Royalists ‘disappoint’ coach

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Royal Albert’s stuttering start to the season continued with another defeat in the East of Scotland League Cup competition on Saturday.

Despite the end result, Royalists showed up well during the opening part of the game and were the better side for a spell. However, after Easthouses broke the deadlock midway through the first half it all started to go wrong for the Albert park side.

Lily duly slotted away a second in making the most of some slack Albert defensive play. With Royalists giving the ball away a lot, Easthouses were in the driving seat and former Albert striker Graeme Young got on the home side’s scoresheet with a well-taken goal.

Before the interval, Young struck again for Lily.

The second period proved to be a little better for Royalists and although few scoring opportunities were conjured up, Nick Ramsay was denied a strike by a splendid fingertip save from the Easthouses keeper.

Towards the end Lily went nap. A long kick down the park caught Albert keeper Craig Dunsmore stranded at the edge of his box and an Easthouses attacker took full advantage in finding the net with a header.

Commenting on the game, Albert coach Davie Aitkin said: “We were not like the team that played so well in the two opening games. In fact we were very poor at times.

“Easthouses are a big physical side and they played the right sort of game and punished us for our mistakes. We were very disappointing.”