Norths United coach John Edmunds believes his team "didn't play too badly" in Saturday's Northern Inland Premier League major semi-final against Tamworth FC.
Despite being beaten convincingly by the minor premiers, Edmunds wasn't overly disappointed with his team's efforts.
"They scored a couple of goals from set pieces, that happens," he said.
"Just a late one got pushed forward and we got caught out.
"We didn't play that badly."
The Redmen were beaten 3-nil by Tamworth but they weren't without opportunities.
Edmunds credited their opponents' defence for keeping their team out of the goals.
"A couple of good saves by their goalkeeper," he said.
"They defended strongly and limited our chances in the second-half to not many, if any.
"They probably deserved to win on the day."
The Redmen finished second on the first grade table at the end of the season which means, despite a major semi-final loss, they still have another shot at qualifying for the grand final.
They will face minor semi-final winners North Companions this Saturday at Bellevue Oval.
"We have still got a second chance," Edmunds said.
"We have just got to regroup this week.
"Last week I said we have got to win two games to win the comp and we have still got to do that.
"And we are quite capable of doing it."
Norths' reserve grade team were also beaten 3-nil in their major semi-final.