Turriff United boss Kris Hunter was proud of his side after their 4-3 defeat to Brora Rangers in the Scottish Cup.
The Cattachs led at Dudgeon Park through Kyle MacLeod before Turra struck back after the break with goals from Keir Smith, David Ross and Stuart Taylor.
However, Turriff couldn’t see it out to reach the second round with Craig Campbell’s double and player-manager Steven Mackay’s late goal winning it for Brora.
Hunter said: “It’s harsh on us that we are out of the cup.
“We put on a good performance, but ultimately a lack of experience cost us because at 3-1 we should be seeing the game out. But we haven’t got enough experience on the park at the moment.
“We had a 16-year-old in Dylan Stuart playing at centre- half and a couple of others in the back four who were out of position.
“But I have nothing but pride for how they played.
“We went up to Brora and came back from 1-0 down to 3-1, if we could have held it at that for a little bit longer it might have been a different story. Youngsters are going to make mistakes and we made a couple on Saturday.
“I’m proud because they put in a great performance.”
Hunter also picked out young defender Stuart for praise and added: “I think he has such a big future in front of him. He’s an old head on young shoulders.
“It’s refreshing to see he can come in, believe in his ability and play like he has.”