Motherwell lost their chance to claim the SPFL Reserve League title as they were defeated 3-1 by Celtic in their final game of the season.
The Glasgow side themselves went top with a game to play, with goals from Armstrong Oxoflex, PJ Crossan and Mikey Johnston sealing victory.
Conor Sammon grabbed a late consolation for Maurice Ross’ side, who featured a number of first team players.
Peter Hartley, Chris Cadden and Danny Johnson also got minutes for the second string, who went into the game knowing a win could put them in title contention.
Within nine minutes, the visitors were in front at Forthbank. Oxoflex worked a one-two on the edge of the area, before side footing past Rohan Ferguson to open the scoring.
Both sides had chances as the first half wore on, but Celtic would strike on the verge of half time to double their advantage.
A driving run through the middle of the park by Crossan presented him a shooting chance from the edge of the box, which he took with aplomb.
Then, soon after the hour mark, Johnston netted the third. Bursting through a number of bodies, he slotted under Ferguson to make it 3-0.
Motherwell had chances and got a consolation with five to go, with Sammon getting on the end of a terrific reverse pass from subsitute Akeel Rehman, putting the ball past the goalkeeper.
The young Steelmen’s season is now complete, and they must now wait to see how high up the table they will finish.