Neilston co-manager Derek Carson hailed Saturday’s 2-1 West of Scotland Cup win over Rutherglen Glencairn as his side's best performance of the season.

The Farmer’s Boys had to come from a goal down against the West Region Premiership outfit at Brig O’ Lea as they progressed to the second round.

After a fairly even start, the Glens opened the scoring with 17 minutes on the clock.

However, it was all Neilston from that moment on as Carson’s men made the Premiership side look ordinary.

After a few half chances, the home side got the equaliser their play deserved when Stephen Stirling’s clever through ball found its way to Mark Archdeacon, who had plenty of time to pick his spot as he rolled it past Rutherglen keeper Grant Hay.

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Hay then had to come to the Glens’ rescue twice before the break, with both Stirling and Dylan Fletcher going close as Neilston upped the pressure.

Neilston continued that dominance in the second-half and were justly rewarded just four minutes in when Archdeacon lifted it over Hay for his and his side’s second with Stirling’s through ball doing the damage once again.

Fletcher tried his luck with an audacious volley at the back post as he tested Hay once again with Rutherglen just about hanging on.

The visitors did have a couple of forays into the Neilston box as the second-half went on but Kyle Pirie was never in any danger as Carson’s side set up a second round tie away to Kilsyth Rangers.

“We’re absolutely over the moon with that one,” Carson said. “I thought it was easily the best performance from us this season. From Kyle in goal right through to the strikers and then even the subs who came on, we were superb.

“Rutherglen started on the front foot which we expected as they were the Premiership team. After 15 minutes of that, we went on to control the full game.

“We scored two cracking goals and could even have went on to get a third but every player on the park did the job we asked of them.”

Back to the league this weekend and Carson has his eye on third spot.

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He added: “Football is a funny game where one bad result could swing everything the other way so we just need to keep up the hard work and make sure we keep this run going.

“If we were to win against Whitletts, and other results were to go our way, then we could possibly end the day up in third so that’s incentive to keep the momentum going.

“It will be tough, though. I know their coach so we know to expect a hard one.”

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