Connor Scully says Cove Rangers’ promotion heartache will provide extra motivation for next season.
The Highland League champions were denied promotion to League Two on Saturday after they were beaten 3-2 by Cowdenbeath at Central Park in the play-off final.
The Blue Brazil’s winner was controversial with Cove keeper Stuart McKenzie appearing to be fouled by Jordyn Sheerin which let Brad Smith score.
Referee Steven Kirkland and his assistants failed to give a free-kick and then sent off Cove’s Paul McManus, captain Eric Watson, Scott Ross and boss John Sheran in injury time.
Scully says the Aberdeen team can’t dwell on the disappointment and insists it has already boosted their motivation to win the Highland League next term and reach the play-offs again.
The midfielder said: “We’ve just got to get over it because it’s done now. We can’t sit and dwell on things. If you do that you don’t get over it.
“We’ve got to take a step back because it’s not going to change now and that’s just the way it is.
“It is a motivation for next season. We spoke about it on the bus on the way home and had an awards night when we got back.
“I think it spurs everyone on because we know that they will probably finish bottom again because they’re not good enough.
“If we can get back to the final we know we’ll probably be playing them again.
“So it gives us something extra for next season to try to do it and put them down.”
Scully also says it’s important to remember Cove’s fine season, in which they won the Highland League and Aberdeenshire Shield and reached the Scottish Cup fifth round.
He added: “It kind of feels that because of that one result we’ve had a bad season.
“But we’ve got to take a step back and look at it and see that we went a massive number of games unbeaten and we won the league and a cup.
“There’s not much more we can ask for.
“We obviously wanted a result on Saturday, which it looked like we would get at one point.
“When I come back into pre-season I’ll be trying to make sure I’m even fitter than last season to try to do the same and hopefully go out and win the league.
“Cove’s objective is to get up into the leagues and that’s what we’ll be aiming for next season.”