FACING one of the league favourites without eight first-teamers was hardly an ideal situation for Loughshinny and they duly went down to defeat at a scorching Kilmacud last Saturday.The game opened with St James on the attack and wasn't long before their left winger went close with an excellent effort, before Loughshinny fell behind from a quick break down the right flank when their striker capitalised on a slight mix-up in the defence. It seemed it was going to be a long day for the visitors, but with some collossal work from lone striker Killian McMahon Loughshinny started to find their feet and defender Matthew Brady was very unlucky not to restore parity from a corner kick move. Loughshinny pressed for the last 20 minutes of the first half and they created another chance for Brady, a bullet header from McMahon went close, while there was some excellent work on both flanks from Johnny Wallace and Stephen Byrne. The second half began like the first had ended, with Loughshinny again dominating possession and midfield trio Paul Corr, Stephen Barrett and Mark Lumsden taking control. Some tireless work from McMahon allowed him to create one excellent opening, but after a fine turn his shot passed the wrong side of the post. Another strong header from Carberry, fine defensive work by Johnny Macdonald and an excellent one-on-one save from goalkeeper Shane Wilde wasn't enough to hold out St James, though, and with Loughshinny pressing for a late equaliser they were caught out by an excellent counterattack which resulted in a second goal for the home side. Nevertheless, manager Peter Ryan told his players at the end that in the circumstances he was proud of their brave effort and felt the Lougher deserved more out of the game. LOUGHSHINNY UTD: Wilde, MacDonald, Brady, Carberry, O'Carroll, Byrne (Sheehan Bennett 75), Lumsden (Lynch 70),Corr, Barrett, Wallace, McMahon.