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Rutherglen Reformer - - Juniors -

Ruther­glen Glen­cairn’s hopes of reach­ing the top tier of ju­nior foot­ball in the West may be over.

But man­ager Wil­lie Har­vey ad­mits he could not be prouder of his play­ers who bat­tled to the very last day of the sea­son.

The Glens could only man­age a 1-1 draw against rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Cum­ber­nauld United on Mon­day.

Har­vey’s men knew that any­thing less than three points would end all hope, how­ever slim, of be­ing pro­moted but were met by a de­ter­mined United team who also needed the three points for very dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

De­spite not at­tend­ing the game ear­lier this week due to ill­ness, Har­vey in­sisted his play­ers could hold their heads up high for their achieve­ments.

He said: “It was dis­ap­point­ing that we didn’t get there in the end but I can­not fault the boys’com­mit­ment and hard work over the sea­son.

“Hope­fully next sea­son we can go on and com­plete the task.”

He added:“They can 100 per cent be proud of them­selves.

“It was a rel­a­tively new team and it took a while for us to gel to­gether, which was ex­pected.

“But, over the course of the year, I thank ev­ery sin­gle one of them for their ef­forts. “Ev­ery one of them played their part.” Paul Mur­phy’s ex­pertly taken first half free-kick put Cum­ber­nauld in the driv­ing seat in a must-win game for both sides. Glens striker Alessan­dro Savarese lev­elled in the 90th minute to give his side hope but they ran out of time to find that all-im­por­tant win­ner.

The re­sult, cou­pled with ri­vals Gir­van and Peter­shill’s vic­to­ries over Mary­hill and Irvine Meadow, re­spec­tively, leaves Glen­cairn in fifth spot in the Su­per First Di­vi­sion.

De­spite miss­ing out on go­ing up, Har­vey must be ap­plauded for his work at the club en­sured only five de­feats in the league all sea­son, which ended with one loss in the last 16 games.

The Glens will now wel­come near neigh­bours Cam­bus­lang Rangers into the di­vi­sion next sea­son which means two com­pet­i­tive der­bies are set to grace the towns once again.

Pen­sive Wil­lie Har­vey

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