Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan said his team paid the price for a poor start in Galway on Friday night.
Harps conceded two goals in the opening ten minutes and then a third just after the break.
“When that one went in, I began to think is this going to be four or five nil,” he said.
“But fair play to the lads, they put in a savage effort to try and get back into the game.
“Believe it or not, Galway were poor after that, we had all the ball. We got the two goals and went for it in the closing ten minutes or so.
“We got ourselves into a lot of good possessions in those final minutes but for one reason or another we just couldn’t find the equaliser.”
The Harps boss was naturally, very disappointed at the outcome, but he paid tribute to his players for their performance.
“We actually started quite well and had a couple of early corners but they scored two very quick goals,” he said.
“We were poor at that stage, but when we began to see a bit more of the ball, we had some decent chances in the first half - good situations where we had shots in the box.
“At half-time, even though we were 2-0 down, I thought if we keep creating chances, we’ll get a goal. But they got their third straight after the break and I was fearing the worst then.”
The goals scored by Ruairi Keating and Adam Hanlon finally ended a run of games without a goal that stretches back to the last time these two clubs met, at the beginning of July.
“Yeah, it was great to finally get a goal, but for all their effort, we still got nothing out of the game,” Horgan said.
“But that’s still a very good positive to take from this game.”
Horgan and Harps must now dust themselves down for tomorrow night’s rescheduled north-west derby meeting away to Sligo Rovers
“There are a few struggling with knocks, but I think everyone should be okay,” he said.