SWINDON Town’s Cameron McGilp exited the Ultimate Quaran-Team Cup in a first-round replay following a 2-1 loss to FC Nantes on Monday night.

After the first tie – an understandably nervy affair – ended 0-0, McGilp played the three-time Fifa eWorld Cup winner Bruce Grannec immediately after in a far more entertaining and open clash.

But after coming back from a goal down, Town’s representative conceded shortly before half-time before missing a late penalty to consign himself to a first-round exit.

McGilp made several changes from Richie Wellens’ tried-and-tested 4-3-3 formation for the opening game, opting to choose 4-4-2.

Steven Benda retained his place in goal, with a back four of Tyler Reid, Mathieu Baudry, Tom Broadbent and Ellis Iandolo.

Anthony Grant and Michael Doughty started in central midfield while Diallang Jaiyesimi and Kaiyne Woolery occupied spots on the wing.

The deadly pairing of Jerry Yates and Eoin Doyle started up front – though McGilp found no place for himself in the matchday squad.

The first game started in a rather cagey fashion before Yates had a golden chance to score in the 10th minute cleared off the line.

No further chances occurred for around 20 minutes as both teams played the ball around patiently in the final third.

Nantes had their first big chance of the tie after a break to the byline was pulled back into the middle for a waiting striker.

However, the effort was snatched at and Town survived until the break at 0-0.

If the first half was cagey, the second half was on lockdown.

Nantes dominated the ball as McGilp became much more anxious with his passing.

Yet, in the final move of the game, Town created one more flowing move that McGilp – using Yates – sliced just wide when the opportunity was there to progress.

In the second game, Town got off to a nightmare start. Still visibly rattled by missing the gilt-edged chance, McGilp conceded inside five minutes.

Yet, the young Australian showed good character to come back and equalise five minutes later through Doyle as the second game proved to be a far more open affair.

Nantes regained the lead shortly before the break after McGilp won the ball back in his own box before losing it again.

That mistake was punished in the most brutal way with a tap-in finish after a block.

Jaiyesimi was replaced by Yates up front at half-time as McGilp searched for his second equaliser.

The Swindon man was presented with a golden opportunity with 15 minutes left after a late tackle from Nantes was punished with a penalty.

However, McGilp’s spot kick was a poor one down the middle and the goalkeeper easily kept the ball out, sending Town out in the first round.