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    Tain Thistle's defence of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup came to a toughly contested end this afternoon as Balintore edged their way past the Jags with a 1-0 win.<br /><br />Missing Darran Goller from the side, the Jags brought in Arron Christie in an otherwise unchanged squad. Christie replaced Kev Graham in the back line while Paul Cowie returned to first team action, replacing the void left by Goller.<br /><br />The early part of the first half largely belonged to Balintore on their home park, with young goalkeeper and Baltie native John Allan showing strength and determination to keep the Gulls out when asked. <br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-billymurray.jpg">The first half took an ugly turn after the half hour mark thanks to a series of gratuitously issued yellow cards for the Jags, amidst what was always destined to be a heated derby. This only served to add a bitter edge to an otherwise warmly contested game between both sides.<br /><br />Despite chances for both sides, the score remained 0-0 at the break.<br /><br />The best chance of the game came ten minutes into the second half as Daniel Christie found himself clean through, but, electing to lob goalkeeper Henderson, he aimed his finish wide of the post.<br /><br />Moments later, Liam Rostock was unlucky not to have recorded the opener as his shot found the net, but was ruled as offside to the astonishment of the Jags touchline.<br /><br />Resolute defending from Balintore in the second half and chances gone a-begging for the Jags ultimately led to the inevitable as Thistle were caught on the break and Andy Bell found the net for the home side. The goal game very much against the run of play in the second half, but it was evidence only that "chances taken" are what separates sides, not possession.<br /><br />Balintore proceeded to "park the bus" for the remainder of the game in an effort to retain their lead, and despite late chances for substitute Robbie Ross, Paul Cowie and Rostock, the score remained the same. <br /><br />Balintore will now go on to meet Alness Athletic in the final at Cromarty, the latter having hammered Invergordon Social Club by 5 goals to 1.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Farquhar, Brand, A Christie, D Christie, Munro, Cowie, Durrand (Matheson 75), Ripley (Ross 80), Rostock<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Graham, Sutherland, Gordon<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />-<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Munro 28, Cowie 34, Allan 34, A Christie 34, Brand 90, Cameron 90<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand

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