a bridge too far

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Midfield general Derek Young was absolutely gutted after Forfar Athletic lost the Championship Play-off final 4-3 to Alloa Athletic.

A nightmare at the Indodrill Stadium ended in a 3-0 loss for the Loons, which allowed the Wasps to retain their place in Scotland’s second tier.

It was a sickener for Young who said the three goals were all simply avoided, with mistakes that don’t get made by the Forfar defenders the deciding factor.

He said: “We’re gutted and I’m gutted with myself. We know how easy the goals were to stop.

“We could have prevented them and we know that. It’s been critical.

“We were solid for most of the season. To chuck it away like we did, we’re absolutely gutted.

“They’re a good side and I thought we showed over the two legs we matched them. They had a game plan to keep the ball through the middle and we did well to set that off.

“I wouldn’t say either team had many clear-cut chances. Both teams had a lot of corners, a lot of crosses into the box. We showed that we’re just as good if not a bit better.

“They’re mistakes that don’t usually happen. Rab’s made an error and he’s been Player of the Year this year.

“These things happen in football and unfortunately for us it’s happened in the final.

“Set pieces are our bread and butter and we’ve conceded from one for the third goal. There’s nothing we can do, we put ourselves in a good position up at our bit.

“We came down to stifle them and we did that for the first half. I think there’s 20 seconds to go and Chopra scores. We’re gutted.

“Maybe we can look at it and say we’ve had a good season but deep down we’re all gutted.

“We’ll go away and get a rest and I think we’re back on June 16. We’ll get ourselves back together.

“There’s a lot of young boys who haven’t been in a final of things before so it’s good experience for them. Michael at left back, he’s been chipped in at the deep end and he did well again.”