Glentoran boss Scott Young was proud of his side after their battling performance against Vorskla Poltava at the Oval last night.
With a handful of key players missing from the team - Richard Clarke, Colin Nixon, Sean Ward, Johnny Taylor and Elliott Morris - it was always going to be a mountainous task for the Glens, however they turned in an admirable display against the tough eastern Europeans, to leave Young delighted with how his side fought.
"First and foremost I am proud of the players because they were playing so many levels above what they normally play," he said.
"We were without a lot of players and had to shuffle the pack and to start the way that we did - we got five or six corners in a row and Ciaran Martyn had a header cleared off the line - we were doing not too bad.
"To concede the goals that we did was sloppy. The first we gave away a free header and if you do that in the Irish League you aren't going to get away with it. so you certainly aren't at European level. For the second, we lost possession in the middle of the park, so the manner in which we conceded was disappointing, but if we are learning from them then we will move on. But they were a very good side.
"A 0-2 scoreline is always disappointing but if these young players and this young squad is learning from the four European games that they will have been involved in then there is plenty of positives to take from this European campaign."
* A FIRST half double by Jordan Follows put Llanelli on the brink of a famous result after the first leg of their Europa League second qualifying round game against Dinamo Tbilisi.
But the tie was left in the balance after the Georgians scored a late away goal, from the penalty spot, to leave the final score 2-1.