Arthurlie secured promotion to the West of Scotland Premier Division in a thrilling match at Dunterlie Park last night.

The Barrhead team battled back from 2-0 down against Maybole to record a 3-2 victory and seal the Conference A title.

Second half goals from Jordan Leyden, Lee Roulston and Dale Simeon – not to mention a penalty save by James Scott – sparked celebrations at a packed Dunterlie as Andy McFadyen’s troops also maintained their unbeaten league record.

It all looked so different at half-time, by which stage Maybole had scored two goals without reply.

However, the Arthurlie fightback began early in the second period as Leyden fired home a volley.

A few minutes later, the match was all-square after substitute Roulston found the net.

Things started to heat up as Arthurlie assistant Craig Palmer was sent off for protesting over a high tackle on Aaron Healy as he chased down a loose ball.

However, the Barrhead players kept cool heads to go ahead for the first time as Simeon broke clear and dinked the ball home.

Maybole needed a win to have any chance of finishing in the top four and were handed a route back into the game when Leyden was penalised for a challenge in the box but Scott dived low to his left to keep out the resultant spot-kick.

The referee's full-time whistle sparked jubilant scenes.

Afterwards, McFadyen praised his players for their fighting spirit.

He told Barrhead Sport: “When you score three goals and win the league, it is a great feeling.

“It’s been a long time coming and we’ve worked hard and the boys have too. We’ve had to dig out results but you have to do that to win leagues. The comeback shows the character of the boys and the workrate they put in all season.

“Sometimes getting over the line is the hardest one to win but we’ve managed to achieve that.”

Arthurlie host Lugar Boswell Thistle on Saturday, with kick-off at 2pm, before their final home league game of the season against Bellshill on Wednesday, April 27.