TEIGNMOUTH manager Liam Jones had no complaints after his side were beaten on penalties in the Devon Football League Cup final.
The Teigns were level at 1-1 with the University of Exeter after 120 minutes at Liverton United’s Halford Ground on Saturday.
But they would go on to lose 4-2 on spot kicks as the Students completed a league and cup double in front of 307 spectators.
It was Teignmouth who had the advantage going into the break after Brad Breslan fired his side into a first half lead.
But a 65th-minute reply from Xavier de Pedro was enough to take the sides to extra-time and ultimately a decider from 12 yards.
‘It was a tight, technical game,’ admitted Teigns boss Jones this week. ‘They [the University] probably shaded it on the balance of play.
‘They’re also a very compact team defensively, which meant that we had to play a little differently to how we usually do.
‘When we scored we were in control without the ball for large periods, and after they scored we probably had our best period in the first half of extra time.
‘We just lacked a bit of quality in the right areas, and by the end the lads were out on their feet. It was probably half a game too much for us.
‘You never want to lose on penalties but I don’t begrudge the result at all. Someone was going to do the double and congratulations to the Uni for pulling it off.’
Having won the DFL South & West title the previous week, Jones was also keen to focus on the positives of his side’s cup run.
‘The lads were down because they all wanted to do the double,’ Jones revealed. ‘It was the opportunity for us to create a bit more history.
‘But when we reflect we have to be proud of our achievement. At the start of the season we wanted to win everything, but somebody has to lose.
‘We were two missed penalties away from winning the double, which I think is a pretty good effort.
‘It’s good that the semi-final of the Supplementary Cup against Mount Gould comes along so quickly – hopefully it’ll be third time lucky for us against them.’
That last four encounter is set to to take place at Coombe Valley tonight (6.45pm) – with the winners facing either the University or Topsham Town in the final.
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