Alex Clapperton - set to start on Saturday following Garabed Palasyan's booking today.

Alex Clapperton – set to start on Saturday following Garabed Palasyan’s booking today.

Two goals either side of half-time put paid to Brook Street’s Saltire Cup campaign this afternoon as Team Europe At Gleneagles ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.

“I’ve no complaints at all”, admitted Leoš Loos afterwards, “we were beaten by a very good side who are going well in the league above us”. He added, “I’m only disappointed that Garabed has picked up a booking which rules him out of Saturday’s game against Highlands”.

“That said”, he continued, “I would much rather he missed out this game rather than on against one of our title rivals”.

The coach also defended his decision to field the reserves in the match. “Realistically there’s no chance of us defeating a side of the calibre of Gleneagles and even less of us winning the Cup, so why should we risk our first team where they could pick up injuries or such like?”

“The reserves were fielded so that they could gain experience and nothing more. As it happens, Alex Clapperton will get his first league start on Saturday due to Garabed’s suspension, so there is one player who is gaining experience playing these games. I for one have no reservations in throwing him into the cut and thrust of the league”.

So next week, it will be back to friendly matches for the reserves, but again Leoš was not too downbeat.

“These are the kind of games we can try out new ideas. There’s no guarantee as to the quality of the opposition, but all we can do is go with the cards we’re dealt. What we are certain of though is that the matches will all be played at home again this season”.