A spirited second-half performance couldn’t prevent Yoker Athletic losing out in the Central League Cup final to Petershill in Cambuslang on Sunday.

It means the season ends on a sour note for Steven Reilly’s side after a 6-0 defeat to Petershill in the league last week confirmed Whe-Ho’s relegation to the Central District First Division.

Reilly brought skipper Gary Bissland into the side at Cambuslang Rangers’ Somervell Park after the midfielder sat out the semi-final win over Benburb in midweek.

The game’s first real chance fell to Whe-Ho defender Kerr Allan but he couldn’t get enough contact on Greig Maitland’s set-piece delivery to trouble Mikey White in the Peasy goal.

At the other end, Paul Callander was first to try his luck but his effort went wide of Liam Campbell’s left hand post.

Peasy took the lead after 32 minutes when a soft foul in midfield saw Paul Murphy rise to nod down and Callander was on hand to prod home from close range.

Ryan Hynes and Maitland then both had attempts blocked before the Peasy dealt a killer blow just before half-time. Conor Stevenson picked out Stephen McGladrigan whose superb looping volley went in off the post leaving Campbell helpless.

The Whe-Ho came out sharp after the break and began to dominate proceedings. Just after the hour mark Maitland’s defence splitting pass sent Hynes clear, but his effort went wide of White’s right-hand post.

Substitute David Crerand made a really positive impact on the match and he was next to try his luck when his excellent touch from John Harvey’s raking pass took out two defenders only for a third to get a desperate block on the shot sending it high over the bar.

From the resulting corner Michael Bailey’s header found Hynes but his effort from close range was blocked on the line.

Allan headed off the bar before the Whe-Ho were denied a penalty when Arbuckle’s header back across goal struck Jordan Kennedy on the arm.

The defeat coupled with relegation has meant a disappointing season for the young Whe-Ho side.

Assistant Manager Graeme George said: “Today has shown the inconsistency which has plagued us all season. We’ve played well in large spells of the game and dominated the second half in my opinion but we’ve lost two soft goals again.

“If the young boys can learn from days like today then we can bounce back I’m sure. It’s the club’s first final for a long time and there’s an argument that some pride should be taking in that, but right now it’s just more disappointment.”