DUNCAN Sinclair insists his Arthurlie side must quickly learn their lesson after Saturday’s 2-0 loss at home to Cumbernauld United.

Lie fell two behind due to preventable individual errors before going on to dominate the second-half, but it was too little too late for the Dunterlie Park side as their five-game winning run was brought to an abrupt halt.

Cumbernauld looked to get off to a flier at Dunterlie and had the ball in the net just two minutes but it was adjudged to be offside. 

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But that set the tone for the visitors who went on to comfortably control proceedings early on, opening the scoring 15 minutes in when ex-Lie captain Kieran McAleenan found Paul Callander who finished well.

Cumbernauld were well on top and came close to doubling their advantage on a number of occasions as they ramped up the pressure.

Lie looked to hit back with both Hal Bohme and Del McNab going close but it was the the visitors who bagged the vital second goal of the game with Stefan Law firing past a helpless James Digney with three first-half minutes remaining.

It looked like things would go from bad to worse for Sinclair’s side when Cumbernauld were handed a soft penalty just three minutes after the restart but Digney did well to save Law’s effort and hand Lie a lifeline.

The hosts should have halved the deficit minutes later when David’s Reid fierce drive rattled back off the woodwork to find Andrew Barrowman in the area but the big striker couldn’t get it out from under his feet as the chance passed him by.

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Duncan Sinclair demanded his side learn their lesson 

It was all Arthurlie with McNab, Barrowman and Josh Payne all going close before another Reid effort had the Cumby keeper scrambling as it finished 2-0.

But despite being disappointed as his side’s winning run came to an end, Sinclair was more upset with the individual errors and lack of concentration that cost them.

He said: “We just couldn’t lay a glove on them inside the opening 20 minutes - they were keeping it away from us for fun. They out-played and out-fought us at times - we just weren’t at the races. 

“We go on to lose a poor goal. It was an individual error that cost us for the opener. It was a terrible goal for us to concede because we knew it was going to happen. 

“We looked in control of the game after that but another error costs us right on the stroke of half-time. That was a sickener.

“I gave them my thoughts at the break and I was straight to the point. We totally dominated the second-half after that and I think they had one shot in the second 45 whereas we had four or five. We hit the post and missed an empty goal but we just couldn’t score. It was just one of those games despite Cumbernauld being camped in their own half.

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“We need to learn our lesson sooner rather than later now, though. We can’t give away goals like that and not learn from it. I spoke to the individuals involved in the mistakes and told them in no uncertain terms what they done wrong will not be accepted.”

Lie take on Rossvale JFC at the Huntershill Community Sports Hub on Saturday, kick-off 1.45pm.