TAIN Thistle clinched their second trophy of the season in the Ross-shire Welfare League thanks to a 3-0 victory over Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union in the Coronation Cup final at Jubilee Park, Dingwall, last Saturday.
With the elements in the favour in the first half Thistle made all the early running.
Chris Mailley fired in a free kick in the fourth minute which was well saved by Fortrose goalkeeper Stuart Lockhart.
Darren Goller was next up with a fierce drive which Lockhart did well to tip over.
Goller looked sure to score in the 11th minute but Lockhart pulled off a fantastic point-blank save.
But Thistle opened the scoring a couple of minutes later when a Mailley corner from the right was bundled into the net by Liam Rostock in a crowded goalmouth.
It was mostly Thistle pressure but Fortrose came close to an equaliser in first half stoppage time when Lewis Graizer just failed to connect with a whipped in cross from Jack Wardrop right in front of goal.
But it was Thistle who doubled their lead in the 55th minute when the Fortrose defence failed to clear their lines and Adam MacDonald stabbed the ball home from 12 yards.
Fortrose had a good spell of pressure after that but the nearest they came to a goal was a Graizer corner which clipped the near post, and a head flick from Gregor Paterson which flew inches over.
But it was all over in the 73rd minute when Darren Gollar netted after a Mailley shot was deflected into his path.
Rita Sterckx, of cup sponsors the National Hotel, Dingwall, presented the trophy to the winning captain Daniel Christie.
Chris Mailley was named man-of-the-match.
Tain Thistle – J Allan, A Duff, A Durrand, D Mackay, D Christie, C Mailley, G Mackay, C MacKintosh, L Rostock, D Goller, A MacDonald. Subs: A MacKintosh R Smilie.
Fortrose Union – S Lockhart, G Williams, A Henderson, L Smith, C Ireland, G. Whyte, J Wardrop, K Fitzpatrick, S MacDonald, G Paterson, L Graizer. Subs: C Donnachie, C MacLean, P McGarvey, S Stewart, C Reid.
Referee – Scott Mathew.
TAIN Thistle moved three points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 victory over title rivals Alness United at the Links last Wednesday.
Tony Farquhar gave Thistle the lead in the 35th minute when he headed home a Daniel Christie free kick at the back post.
Alness enjoyed a lot of possession after the break but could not find a way through the Thistle defence.
But in a rare foray upfield in the 64th minute Thistle went 2-0 up when Martyn Farquhar scored with a diving header following another Christie free kick.
Josh Cattenach bagged a brace as Balintore eased to a 6-2 win against Invergordon Social Club at the Recreation Grounds.
Harry McCartney, Will Ross, Martin Smith and Jason MacDonald were also on target for the Seaboard side.
Daniel Nicholson and Jack Mitchell scored for Social Club.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union picked up the points after a hard fought 4-2 win against Eastern Rose at Portmahomack.
Jack Wardrop gave Fortrose an early lead but Colin Burry levelled with a free kick shortly afterwards,
Aaron Henderson restored the visitor’s lead nine minutes from the interval.
Back came Eastern Ross with a Jonny Main goal.
But in a late rally Fortrose scored twice through Henderson and Steve MacDonald.
Fixtures – Saturday, July 8 – Seaboard Cup semi-finals (Sponsored by Highland Heatsave Ltd) – Balintore or Alness United v Tain Thistle or Eastern Rose; Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union v Invergordon Social Club. Wednesday, July 12 – League – Alness United v Eastern Rose; Balintore v Fortrose Union; Invergordon Social Club v Tain Thistle.