Glory Head Coach Kenny Lowe admitted that his side did not deserve to progress from Tuesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Heidelberg United.
A stunning goal from Ken Athiu early in the second half ultimately proved the difference between the two sides at Olympic Village and Lowe conceded that the PS4 NPL Victoria leaders were good value for their upset victory.
“Obviously I was very disappointed that we didn’t progress,” he said, “and I thought on the night that we didn’t deserve to progress.
“You have to do a bit more than we actually did to earn the right to go through.
“We had the odd little sniff in front of goal, but overall I didn’t feel that we deserved to get anything out of the game.
“They [Heidelberg] had the big moment and they took it. Athiu finished his chance superbly and their desire to compete was greater than ours, unfortunately.”
In terms of positives from the game, meanwhile, Lowe was pleased with the contribution made by two of his younger charges.
“I thought Jake Brimmer did really for us on debut,” he said.
“He got a bad knock on his calf late on and it spasmed, so we took him off. But it’s nothing serious. I also thought Daniel Stynes was bright when he came on, trying to affect the game.”
The defeat means that Glory will have to adjust their pre-season plans, but Lowe is confident that they can do so effectively.
“We’ll roll with it,” he said. “Things happen for a reason and we’ll just have to do things differently now.
“We were hoping and wanting to get through and now our plans have to change, but everything is fluid in pre-season and we’ll start to look at other options.”
Glory return to pre-season action next Wednesday (9th August) when they take on Joondalup United at Sorrento’s Percy Doyle Reserve.
Kick-off is at 6.30pm and admission is FREE.