Cove Rangers boss John Sheran today backed his team to come out fighting to try to keep their SPFL hopes alive.
The Aberdeen side went into their pyramid semi-final first leg against Lowland League champions Edinburgh City dreaming of winning promotion to the senior ranks.
But it quickly turned into a nightmare for the Highland League title winners as they found themselves three goals down by half-time at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park.
The 3-0 defeat now means the odds are stacked against Cove as they bid to reach the League Two play-off final against East Stirling.
But Sheran vowed they will not be throwing in the towel any time soon as they go to Meadowbank for the second leg this weekend.
“We went into the game full of confidence and we are disappointed we didn’t give a good account of ourselves,” Sheran said.
“But we have great character and we will come out fighting.
“I expect them to bounce back and go and show what they are capable of.
“In the first tie we were undone and we have to learn something from that and try to turn it into a positive for this weekend.
“There was a feeling that they were already celebrating, so we can maybe use that to motivate the guys.
“We still have the belief we can win the game next week. What is the point of turning up if we don’t think we can win?
“We think we can win the game, whether or not we can get three goals is debatable. But we will give it a go.”