SAUCHIE JUNIORS youngster Kris Kelly says the side need to "bounce back" in time for their double header against Dunipace after a disappointing defeat at home on Saturday.

The Wee County side lost 5-2 at Beechwood against a clinical Crossgates side which ended a good run of recent form for the team.

Kelly’s performance was one of the only positives from the game and, despite his best efforts, he was unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport after the match, the 18-year-old said: “It was a poor result [on Saturday], but I [think] we’ve just got to bounce back and go for the next game.

“Obviously, there was slack goals gave away, could have had more goals ourselves, [we] created chances but just didn’t take them.”

“It wasn’t a 5-2 game, but we’ve just got to bounce back and go to the next game.”

Despite the defeat, Kelly remains positive and wants to focus on the next couple of cup ties which are both against Dunipace.

He continued: “We’ve got the Scottish Cup coming up in a few weeks and the Challenge Cup the week before that, both against Dunipace, so we will need to go into the next round from there.”

Speaking about the club's historic victory in the Scottish Cup last month, Kelly added: “Fraserburgh was a brilliant day and obviously the second round against Dunipace, we want to try and get into the third round and build something from there.”

Kelly spent most of his football career at Alloa Athletic, as well as a year at Dundee United, before joining Sauchie’s youth development squad.

The teenager was quick to impress manager Fraser Duncan and earned himself a contract with the first team.

Speaking about joining Sauchie Kelly said: “It’s brilliant, all the staff and the lads have been brilliant, and we have picked up great results recently and we’ve just got to bounce on to the next game.

“The minute I came here I was playing with the (under) 20s and I’ve been loving it, I came up, trained with the first team and they’re all brilliant.

“It’s what I wanted to get a first team contract and that’s what I got.”

When asked what’s it like being one of the youngest on the park, Kelly said: “I’m 18 years old but everybody’s the same, you’ve just got to act like I’m the same age as everybody else and just play my own game.”