RENFREW manager Jimmy Quigley has challenged his side to finish the season strongly as they recorded their first league win in Greenock since 2000 with a 3-0 victory at Ravenscraig Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan Rutherford headed in his first goal for the club before David McKenna added the second before the break.

Frew had goalkeeper Danny McLeay to thank when he kept out a second-half penalty and just a few minutes later Scott Morton scored his 25th goal of the season to seal the victory despite Liam McMenamay seeing red in the closing stages.

The result keeps Renfrew’s hopes of a top-four finish alive, though Thorniewood remain in a commanding position as they trail by four points but have four games in hand.

Quigley admits Saturday was nearly the perfect away performance but was left frustrated at the referee’s decision to reduce his side to ten men.

Speaking to Gazette Sport, he said: “We’ve struggled there for a while but you can’t complain with a 3-0 win.

“We were excellent in the first-half but never came out in the second-half. I think at 2-0 they thought subconsciously they just had to sit in and hit them on the break.

“Greenock had a lot of the ball without really hurting us but every time we broke up the park, we looked like we were going to score.

“For the red card, the forearm of one of the boys smashed Craig Dallas which we thought was quite high and the ref has booked him.

“Liam has shoved him and the referee sent him off for reckless play but it should have been a yellow. He couldn’t wait to send him off.”

Frew have just two games remaining with their final home fixture taking place on Saturday against Cambuslang Rangers who can secure the title on the day.

Quigley accepts Thorniewood remain favourites to finish fourth but has challenged his side to do their bit.

He explained: “You want to get the points on the board and let people chase us. All we can do is post a score and see if anyone can catch us.

“We’re waiting for Thorniewood to slip up and if they do once or twice it might add a wee bit of doubt because they’ve got a few games away. It’s still in their hands to be fair.

“The boys are a wee bit disappointed because they know if we started the season a wee bit better they wouldn’t be in this predicament.”