Dave Hill admitted he was unhappy with the result, but not with his team’s performance after Cobh Ramblers went down 1-2 to Salthill Devon on Friday night.
The Ramblers manager believes his young side’s naivety cost them dear as they conceded two goals late in the first-half despite their early dominance.
Hill said: “We’re not too disappointed with the way we played, we created quite a few chances and if we take those chances the game is out of sight instead of us being two nil down at half-time.
“I was just saying to the lads that it’s a learning curve this season so it’s disappointing but you can take a lot of positives out of it.
“It’s just one of those games that gets away from you, sometimes you play football and get nothing from it and you’re disappointed but you can play the next week and have an awful game and end up winning, that’s just football. It’s a learning curve, but we’ve still got to learn quickly.”
Despite his side being awarded a late penalty, Hill believes his side should have been awarded another one earlier in the game but he was happy with the fighting spirit shown by the young side as they battled back in the second half.
He added: “We could have had another penalty, it was a blatant one on Kynan (Rocks) at the edge of the box, the lad is on his back and he’s giving him a piggy back!
“We were controlling the game football wise in the first half but in the second half we got the spirits back up and showed good fight, we’re very disappointed to lose.”
Report by Sean Geary