MAN­AGER’S VIEW­POINT: CUP WIN COMES AS RE­LIEF TO ALEX

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Ruther­glen Glen­cairn un­der 21s head coach Alex McArthur was re­lieved to hear the fi­nal whis­tle which con­firmed the club’s first piece of sil­ver­ware for the sea­son.

The young Glens dom­i­nated their 2-0 win in the LSK U21 West of Scot­land Cup fi­nal as Dale Wal­lace and David Quinn netted ei­ther side of half-time.

Wild cel­e­bra­tions on the park and in the chang­ing room were sparked fol­low­ing the win.

And they were well de­served as Glen­cairn had lost two fi­nals al­ready be­fore last week­end and had fin­ished close sec­ond to ri­vals Tower Hearts in the Premier League.

A 3-1 de­feat to Hearts in the last league meet­ing be­tween the two sides all but ended The Glens’ chances of win­ing the ti­tle.

While an 86th minute goal was enough for The Tower in the West of Scot­land League Cup in March and An­to­nine BC were vic­to­ri­ous in a penalty shoot-out over the young­sters last month.

But Saturday’s win has put a seal on their sea­son be­fore seven of their stars will move on as they will not be of age to play at un­der 21 level.

“I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted,”said Alex, who is also the club pres­i­dent.

“It would have been crim­i­nal and a trav­esty if they walked away with noth­ing this sea­son.

“They have de­served it, es­pe­cially the seven boys who will be leav­ing us this year.

“They def­i­nitely wanted to leave with some sil­ver­ware and were de­ter­mined to win.

“Re­lieved is a word I would use to de­scribe how I was feel­ing but I’m pleased they’ve not came away from the sea­son with noth­ing.

“They showed grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to win the game. To be fair, we bossed the game apart from a 10 minute spell in the sec­ond half when Steins put a lot of cor­ners into our box but the best team won on the day.”

Alex re­flected on what has been a pos­i­tive sea­son for the team and also thanked the com­mit­tee mem­bers at the club for their hard work through­out the cam­paign.

He added: “We man­aged to get to three cup fi­nals and pushed Tower close in the league so we would have taken that at the start of the sea­son.

“It was a sea­son of‘so near so far’. We matched The Tower all the way and it was just those last 10 min­utes where we lost two goals at home that let us down.

“We’ll keep the same nu­cleus of the team with the play­ers we have left and we’ve al­ready spo­ken to six or seven boys about join­ing the team from younger age groups.

“That’s what the club is all about, keep­ing the con­veyor belt go­ing.

“All of this would not be pos­si­ble with­out the com­mit­tee, Tam Ben­nett, Jamie McGall, Andy McFadyen and Sammy La­mont.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to first team man­ager Willie Har­vey and Au­drey Mills from Mrs Mill­sys bar and restau­rant in Hamilton for their spon­sor­ship.

“I also need to say a big thanks to Peter Fer­gu­son for cov­er­ing our games this sea­son.”

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are wel­come at the Glen­cairn un­der 21 Player of the Year Dance on Saturday, 7.30pm at the Glen­cairn venue in Ruther­glen.

Coach­ing stars Glen­cairn coaches Tam Ben­nett, Alex McArthur, Jamie McGall and Andy McFadyen

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