Irvine Meadow co-manager Colin Spence bemoaned his side’s missed chances in front of goal as they lost 3-2 to Craigmark Burntonians at the weekend.

Meadow went into the West of Scotland Football League Cup game desperate to get back to winning ways after an almost three week lay off since their loss to 4-1 Cumbernauld United due to postponements.

They started strongly at Meadow Park taking the lead early on in the first half of the second round tie.

Derek McNab’s cross from the left wing was turned in at the back post by Connor Boyd to open the scoring.

Despite a raft of chances for the hosts, they were unable to grab a second and were punished by the away side midway through the half.

Craigmark’s Steven Tan rose highest to head in to bring the Conference A side level.

Medda quickly bounced back with Michael Wardrope’s free kick from distance putting them back ahead before the break.

In the second half, the away side levelled from the spot via Tan after player-manager Ryan Caddis was brought down in the box by Boyd.

Caddis then stepped up late on to fire the away side ahead and dump Meadow out of the cup competition.

Speaking to the Times, Spence said: “You need to put the ball in the back of the net.

“No matter who you are playing, whether it is a top side in your league or whether it is a team down the divisions.

“You cannot be missing opportunities because in the second half the same chances did not come our way.”

Meadow have a quick chance of redemption as they face Benburb tomorrow night in the Premier Division.

Spence says his players need a reaction against the Ben’s to address their recent slump.

He said:”The next game is massive for us, as it always is, and we need a reaction from the players.

“We all know that the last couple of results have not been anywhere near good enough for this club and we have let everybody down.

“So, we need to put that right.”