ANDY MORRISON refused to be disappointed after Connah's Quay Nomads bowed out of the Scottish Challenge Cup.

A goal in either half from Raffa De Vita and James Penrice secured Partick Thistle a 2-0 win, and subsequent passage through to the quarter-finals.

But Morrison, who was without key trio Ryan Wignall, Nathan Woolfe and Danny Harrison, accepted Nomads had been beaten by stronger opposition on the night.

"It's never nice to lose," said Nomads boss Morrison. "I've got to be respectful to our opponents and I thought on the day they were better than us.

"We've got to find a way to stay in games and try to find a way to cause the opposition problems.

"We started terrifically, we started on the front-foot, we put balls in the box and asked questions of them, but it comes down to quality at the end of the day and they had better quality.

"There's no right to say any budget is bigger than your own and that gives you a divine right to win games of football, but theirs is six or seven times ours.

"To compound that, we lose Nathan Woolfe in training on Thursday night, Ryan Wignall and Danny Harrison, so a few things went against us, but you wouldn't have thought it during the game.

"Up until the second goal you are in the game, you can cause the opposition problems and if you get that late goal it goes to penalties and it's a lottery.

"I'm not disappointed, not at all, because I thought the boys, as they always do, stood right up against them and had a real go.

"Our general play just has to be better."

Partick boss Ian McCall, who is only three games into his tenure, was pleased with victory over last season's beaten finalists.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved it. 2-0 didn’t flatter us," McCall told the club's official website.

"There was a lot of things to like about how we played in the first-half and we didn’t get embroiled in how they wanted to play.

"I’ve got no issues with how they want to play. They play a system that suits them and gets them results so it was really, really pleasing to get a win.

"To have two wins out of the last three is a good start."

McCall knew Nomads would be a tough nut to crack, especially after they knocked Kilmarnock out of the Europa League this summer, but the Thistle boss praised his side's patience.

“We all know the good results they have had up in Scotland," continued McCall. "They made it to the final last season, had a good result against Kilmarnock and beat a good Cove Rangers side in the last round.

“At times you have to be very, very patient with the ball. You have to move the ball about, if you need to go back to the goalkeeper then you need to do that.

"They sat off and let us have the ball in our half of the pitch, sat deep and then pressed then. I thought we passed it well first half and stood up to them.

"It was terrific.”

The Irish challenge fell by the wayside as well as Glenavon and Waterford were knocked out of the competition.

Northern Ireland's Glenavon lost 3-1 at Raith, while Waterford, of the League of Ireland, suffered a 3-2 loss to Stenhousemuir.

Elsewhere, Inverness defeated Alloa 3-0 and there were 2-0 away wins for Clyde and Elgin at Arbroath and Airdrie.