SAUCHIE JUNIORS manager Fraser Duncan says he was 'totally gutted' after his side gave it their all but lost in the Scottish Cup.

Sauchie were away to Dumbarton in the third round of the Scottish Cup as Duncan's side were looking to cause an upset by beating the cinch League One team.

Despite a courageous effort from Sauchie they conceded twice in the last few minutes of the game to lose 3-1, ending their historic first ever run in the competition.

Speaking to Advertiser Sport about the loss Duncan said: "I'm gutted to be honest, just totally gutted. We've gave it everything; we gave it our all.

"It's just gutting, 89 minutes and 93 they score them last two goals it's just very hard to take, it's a hard one."

Talking about his team's performance Duncan continued: "The boys have worked really hard, I said that to them, I can't take anything away from them, their work rate, effort and desire has been excellent.

"We were in it for a long period of time probably to the 89 minute, [that's] the hard bit, because that's when the legs started to tell.

"You could see once they scored the second goal it's kind of crucified our lads so it's a difficult one to take."

He added: "[Saturday] is not a day where I would pick a man of the match, [it's] one of them ones where you say to yourself, as a whole squad we have been brilliant."

Duncan admitted his players may have been slightly overwhelmed in the first but thought the Wee County side were the better team after the interval.

"I felt first half we were a wee bit off it," he continued. "I just felt we had maybe three or four players who maybe the occasion caught a hold of them a wee bit, but the second half [we] definitely were right at it.

"I've got to be honest I thought we were the better team in the second half."

When asked what the team's priority is now moving forward Duncan said: "We need to kick on from now as the rest of the season is important for us, we've got to keep digging away and working hard.

"If we play like we played today, then there should be nothing stopping us in that league."

Duncan also took the time to praise the fans who made the journey to Dumbarton to support the team.

He said: "The supporters have been unbelievable, absolutely superb that's a great following, if I can get that at Beechwood every week we would be laughing.

"They were like a twelfth man today to be honest, and I can't thank them enough."