Kilwinning Rangers manager Chris Strain says his side’s ‘naive’ defending cost them progression in the South of Scotland cup, as they lost 5-3 to Irvine Meadow at the weekend.

The Buffs were ahead during the second round tie at Meadow Park going 2-1 up early on in the second half via David Syme’s spot kick.

But a penalty from Mark McLennan and a hattrick from ex-Kilwinning star Michael Wardrope cancelled out Ally McColm’s second half strike to see Medda through to the third round.”

Speaking to the Times, Strain said:”Obviously you have got to press for an equaliser when you are down 3-2.

“So, when Meadow went down to 10 men they caught us on the break a couple of times.

“After they scored the third goal we should have reset and taken a bit of control over the game.

“It came from naivety in defending that found us in that situation.

“But I think you can see over the course of the game and the games we have played recently against Meadow that we are the better team.

“However, we did not defend properly on the day and Meadow got the victory.”