PORT Glasgow United's hopes of winning the first piece of silverware have been given a lifeline - despite the league campaign being declared null and void by amateur football officials.

United reached the Chairman's Cup final back in October with a 3-1 win over St Peter's to set up a showdown with Glasgow side Shawbridge.

However, the final was scrapped after Scottish Government restrictions forced amateur sport to shut down across the central belt just days before the big match.

The club feared they had missed out on a chance to play in their first final, with the Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League taking the decision to curtail the 2020-21 league campaign last month.

However, league bosses are hopeful the association's three remaining finals will go ahead - even if it means playing them seven months behind schedule.

United ace Ross Kearns told the Tele: "The club are gutted that the season has been null and voided.

"The manager, players and committee had all been looking forward to what we feel had the potential to be a very successful season for the club.

"Already being in a cup final was a great start and we are delighted this hasn't been taken away, although there is no indication on when this will be played.

"The club as a whole would like to thank everybody who contributed towards the short season and can't thank sponsors and fans enough with their fundraising efforts before the season was cancelled.

"We will be back again once football is allowed to continue."

Kearns scored six goals en-route to the final, as United saw off Gleniffer, Real McCoy, Barshaw and St Peter’s to set up the showdown with Shawbridge.

United's local rivals Port Glasgow Athletic will have to wait to face SEMSA in the President's Cup final at Vale of Clyde Juniors' ground.