The utter dejection felt in the losing camp was best summed up by Lok manager Tony McInally.

The Southside boss was naturally crestfallen in defeat after watching his side lose in a nailbiting penalty shootout.

He said: "I think everyone is more disappointed than anything else because we have just lost a football match in which the lion’s share of the proceedings was ours and then some.

“Yes, we congratulate Beith on their victory but the cruel lesson to be learned from today is to make the most of your dominance by scoring goals and we just didn’t do that particularly early on when we had the game by the scruff of the neck.

“If you don’t put the ball in the net then you don’t win games.”

The fact that Lok supporters in the Rugby Park stands stayed behind to warmly applaud their side was not lost on midfielder Kevin Bradley, who added: "We’ve let people down today not least of all ourselves as we are a better team than we showed out there.

“All too often we kicked the ball long yet our best spells were when the ball was on the ground and we were making passes to get beyond their defenders.”