Aberdeen fell to their first defeat of the season as they crashed out of the SWF Division One North League Cup, with a 3-1 loss in the semi-final to Renfrew Ladies.
Renfrew had already taken the scalp of another Division One North side – Cove Rangers – in the previous round, with the Glasgow side set to come up against one of Celtic and Hibernian’s Youth sides, or East Fife in the final. One quarter-final is still to be played before the second semi can be contested.
While Aberdeen admitted their performance was not up to the standards they’ve produced so far this season, they believe some of the decisions made by the referee did not make it any easier for them.
Co-manager Emma Hunter said: “I feel based on footballing performances we deserve to be in the final.
“There is no doubt in the game decisions all over the pitch went against us and all three goals came from set-pieces which I feel should never have been awarded.”
Hunter insists her side will use the pain of elimination from the cup to drive them in league action for the remainder of the season.
She said: “We now collectively pick ourselves up and move on. With this team of players and staff I really feel we will do this together and we will come through this even stronger.”
The Dons will look to recover with a difficult task in the league, travelling to Buchan Ladies.
There were no league games this past weekend but a full card of fixtures, including a north-east derby between Stonehaven and Cove Rangers, is set for Sunday.