Lochee United boss George Shields admitted his side were second best as they suffered Scottish Cup semi-final heartbreak at home to Auchinleck.
Holding a 1-0 first-leg lead, the Bluebells hoped to cash in on home advantage.
However, two goals in the final 15 minutes from Dwayne Hislop and Ross Harvey dashed their hopes of reaching their second Scottish Cup Final.
Shields was gracious in defeat and admitted the visitors deserved to go through but was disappointed for the many fans who turned out to support the club at Thomson Park.
He said: “I didn’t think we played to our full potential and Auchinleck were worthy winners.
“Everyone associated with the club is bitterly disappointed for all the supporters who turned out and we’re only sorry we couldn’t give them the result they were looking for. It was desperately disappointing because we just didn’t turn up.
“Certainly, we showed none of the qualities which served us so well in the previous rounds. Auchinleck’s experience of these kind of games told in the end, but I feel that Beith, who we beat in the previous round, were a better side.
“But Auchinleck were more up for it and pressed us high up the park and never gave us any time on the ball.
“They played to their strengths with their long-ball game.
“For some players it will probably be the last chance to reach the final but, hopefully, the others will learn from it.
“Probably the most disappointing thing was we didn’t deserve to go through because I can’t recall us having a shot on goal.
“But the season isn’t finished. We have 11 league games to go starting with Jeanfield Swifts at home on Wednesday and then we play Linlithgow Rose here on Saturday in the East of Scotland Cup and that is the second most important competition.”