Scott Maciver’s devastated body language summed up his innermost thoughts and obvious anguish at the sound of the final whistle.
The Hebridean Heroes, crossing boots in the first ever mainland competitive cup competition for a team from the isles, had more than given their all.
They had run themselves into the ground in a bid to steer Lewis and Harris FC’s maiden voyage in the uncharted seas of the North Caledonian Cup.
But they ran aground on the rocky outcrop of Dalmore Park the first stage this weekend as the island club went down 1-0 away to Alness United.
The newly formed club had crossed the Minch carrying with them the hopes and dreams of an entire island community but on the day they fell agonisingly short.
It was the squad’s first attempt and this defeat will fuel their burning ambitions to navigate safe passage into the latter rounds next season.
On another day Lewis and Harris would have booked a place in the semi-finals. After all they created more than a handful of chances and had their hosts pinned back in their own half for much of the second-half.
But Lady Luck turned her back on the 16 players who made up the first Lewis and Harris Football Club squad who were left to rue some missed chances on a historic day for Hebridean football.
For full coverage of the match see this week’s Stornoway Gazette, out now.