Fraserburgh United were dumped out of the Morrison Cup on Saturday after a disappointing performance against prospective title challengers Parkvale.
United now have only one game remaining this season, against Parkvale, on April 25 where the Portlethen side could be looking to capture the league title.
Manager Stuart Noble admitted that the better side won on the day.
“It was a disappointing performance from us but take nothing away from Parkvale, they played well and were worthy of their win.
“We we play them again in a couple of weeks time it will be a big game for both sides.
“Parkvale should be going into that game with a chance of winning the league and, for us, we will want to try and end the season on a high.
“Since the turn of the year there has been a massive improvement in this squad and we’ll be looking to take that into next season.
“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can be in contention for promotion next season, we’ll have to wait and see what it brings.”
United started of the better team and controlled the match for the opening ten minutes before being rewarded when Reece Duncan got on the end of a Steven Lawrence pass to chip the ball over the top of the advancing keeper and into the net.
That was as good as it got for the junior Brochers as Parkvale went on to take control of the match.
United were lucky to keep the lead at half time after a string of saves from Edward Flinn kept out the visitors.
Broch looked better in the second half but it was still Parkvale in the drivers seat and 15 minutes after the break the equalised with a header from 6 yards out.
Parkvale hit the bar and Callum Reid had a chance for the home side before an unlucky own goal from Neil Hay won it for the visitors.
Flinn parried a shot from the Parkvale attacker which Jason Morrison tired to clear only to hit the ball of Hay before it rolled over the line.
Neil Hay was then shown a straight red card along with a Parkvale player for an incident of violent conduct, his third red in five matches.