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Watch Elgin City's League 1 play-off semi-final exit at Edinburgh City, another "glorious failure" which defender Matthew Cooper wants to change to a successful SPFL promotion


By Craig Christie

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MATTHEW Cooper wants no more glorious failure at Borough Briggs.

Matthew Cooper enjoys one of Elgin City's high points of the season with Kane Hester. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Matthew Cooper enjoys one of Elgin City's high points of the season with Kane Hester. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Elgin City defender described how the tears and the torment of Tuesday night’s agonising play-off defeat in Edinburgh soon became a determination to go again next season for promotion.

Watch highlights on Edinburgh City TV below.

“It wasn’t a good feeling at full-time,” he said. “It was pure emotion, we have been through so much in the whole season but especially the last six or seven weeks, with the amount of games we’ve played.

“We have had our blips and thought we had blown it but we got to the playoffs and to go out like that, it was just heartbreaking.

“Everyone was kind of on the floor, just gutted and with a mixture of so many emotions.

“Everyone’s aches and pains from the last six weeks were being felt because we had put so much into it. But the gaffer said we could all be proud of what we had done.”

Cooper has made almost 250 appearances in seven seasons for Elgin, and is signed up for another two with a real hope that the club is getting closer to glory.

“The feeling on the bus on the way home after the disappointment, is that if the squad is on the same lines there’s no reason why we can’t go out there next season and be right up there.

“We all know the standard was set this season and we can do it. If we cut out the silly results, we will be right up there.”

The Banffshire-based player is desperate for the supporters to return to games after a campaign played largely in front of empty stadiums. “Fingers crossed, we will be able to get some back in and that makes a huge difference.”

And though he can now enjoy a rest, Cooper added: “I was champing at the bit to go again.

“It’s really tough but you get into the rhythm and you get through it. But the body will be feeling a bit better with a few weeks’ recovery.”


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