Aberdeen Under-20s boss Paul Sheerin insists the Scottish Youth Cup final against Hibs will be totally different to Tuesday’s league encounter.
The young Dons lost out 2-0 to the Leith men in the Development League clash at Oriam in Edinburgh.
Victory for the Easter Road youngsters means they become the Development League champions.
But they will meet the men from the Granite City again a week today in the final of the Scottish Youth Cup.
The Reds last reached the final in 2003 and they are bidding to lift the trophy for the first time since 2001.
Sheerin believes there are positives Aberdeen can take into the cup final from Tuesday’s loss.
He said: “It will be a totally different game.
“We’ll have to take encouragement from the first half.
“The fact they had four over-agers and we didn’t have any, I take encouragement from that.
“We’ll look at the goals and how we could have been better.
“But in terms of the game itself there are plenty of positives to take from this one into next week.
“For the boys themselves it’s been a good season and I’ve told them that.
“Yes, be disappointed that the league is now gone. But for the main part of the season they’ve been a good group.
“They’ve worked hard and now for them and certainly for this age group it’s the biggest game in 15 years, the last time they were in a cup final.
“So we’ll just prepare for that now.
“We wipe out Tuesday and we look forward to it because it’s a big game.
“Hopefully it will generate a lot of interest and the boys can go and do themselves, their families and the club proud.”
Another positive for Sheerin was the return of two key players from injury ahead of the final.
Midfielder Dean Campbell, who is the U20s captain, made his comeback along with centre-back Sam Roscoe.
Sheerin was pleased both men were able to get game time ahead of next week’s big match.
He added: “It was good to get big Sam back and the same with Dean.
“Dean comes off frustrated with himself, but he has to realise that’s six or seven weeks he’s been out for and it’s going to take time. But it’s brilliant to get him back on the pitch.
“He shows his composure at times, gives you a different option in terms of the way you play so it’s really pleasing to have him back.
“Sam has been outstanding for the bulk of the season so they’re two big players to come back in and for them to get minutes is really pleasing.”