Edinburgh City put in a valiant performance against Stirling University last night in the Lowland League Cup, but went down 1-0 to the students at Forthbank.
After a battling performance for the majority of the match, the City defence allowed the hosts’ Jack Nixon to pounce from close range in the 74th minute to all but end the Meadowbank club’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals.
City can only finish in second spot in Group B and hope they seal the best runners-up spot, but even that remains a tall order.
Manager Gary Jardine was proud of the endeavours shown from his side but was left to rue a lapse in concentration.
He said: “The boys put a lot of effort in. For a lot of them, it was their first day back at work after the festive period and then to come up here and put so much in and come away with nothing is disappointing – it’s tough to take.
“It was a defensive error from a corner. Stirling are a good side and Andrew (Stobie) had some fantastic saves, but also Peter Stenhouse went around the goalie and knocked it wide and had that went in, it might have changed the game.
“The players can take a bit of confidence as they’ve competed with a team who have a real chance of winning the first Lowland League along with Spartans. The next few games we will look to work on things that can help us improve in the second half of the season.”