Fraserburgh manager Mark Cowie was left to rue fine margins as Auchinleck Talbot put them out of the Scottish Cup.
The Broch played for 50 minutes with 10 men after Bryan Hay was sent off in the first half and were edged out by Stephen Wilson’s second-half wonderstrike.
The Buchan team pushed at Bellslea late on with Lewis Davidson hitting a post at the death, but they couldn’t force an equaliser.
Cowie said: “It was a difficult game between two evenly-matched teams and they are very good at what they do.
“They work very hard for one another and the club.
“They are difficult to break down and it was an unbelievable strike that won the game.
“I’ve got to give my guys credit because they played for 50 minutes with 10 men and ran them close.
“It’s fine margins. They are an excellent side and we wish them all the best.”
Cowie didn’t have too many complaints with Hay’s sending-off for two yellow cards in the first period. Although he did feel some off-the-ball incidents from Talbot went unnoticed by the referee.
He added: “He is unfortunate with the first yellow card because he was let down by his team-mates as we left him exposed.
“It’s a yellow card and so is the second one and we told Bryan that.
“He didn’t have to commit the second foul and if you’re on a yellow card you need to be aware.
“But the referee has missed a couple of blatant elbows that even they were saying were red cards. He has to be sending someone off for two yellow cards but he needs to take action against that as well.
“That’s being picky because we should have done better ourselves.
“Even with 10 men we kept pumping it long which played into their hands. But we did hit the post late on and if that goes in it’s the difference.”
Cowie was full of admiration for the strike that won the game and thought it was a moment of magic that would win it.
He said: “Their player weaved inside and hit a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.
“The top goalkeepers in the country wouldn’t have saved it. It was a bit of brilliance to win the game.
“I’m disappointed to be out but we put in a shift. Even to get here we have done well.”