Tain Thistle have been crowned Ross-shire Welfare league champions for the second year running following a 2-1 win at Alness on Wednesday night.An opening goal from Mark Lamont gave Tain the lead towards the end of a frenetic first half played in wet conditions, as he slipped the ball underneath Andrew Maitland to round off a back and forth period of play between the sides. Alness pulled a goal back with a well taken header shortly after to end the half at 1-1.A draw would have been enough to see Thistle clear of Contin on route to the championship, however Cammy Mackintosh soon made sure of the points with a headed goal from a Daniel Christie corner to go 2-1 ahead. It wasn't for the lack of trying as Thistle tried to close the game out, with Lamont missing a hatful of chances towards the end. Nevertheless, the Jags saw the game out and referee Eric Robertson duly blew his whistle to draw a close to a long and closely fought league campaign.Thistle will have to wait until Saturday to be re-presented with their league shield. Presentations are scheduled to take place at the Railway Hotel following the annual "1st vs 2nd" Charity Shield friendly match at the Links.
The Jags missed out on a fourth trophy of the season on Saturday, losing 2-1 to a deserving Contin FC in the Pattisons' Challenge Cup Final. Despite taking the lead through Dave MacIver on 37 minutes thanks to a stunning 20 yard volley, Tain were quickly pegged back upon the restart when Andrew Gow prodded home a loose ball inside the box following a bad clearance.The winning goal arrived fifteen minutes from the end when Kenny Clelland weaved his way into the box before tucking the ball past Johnny Allan.Both teams convened at the Railway Hotel post match, where Jimmy Patullo and sponsor Alan Nimmons presented the trophy to Contin captain Cammy Bell.
- The Jags are now just a point away from securing an historic 2nd league title in a row - a feat that will see them become the first team to do so in over 20 years.Tonight, Thistle overcame a scare to record a 4-1 win in Invergordon. Goals from Alan Duff (free kick) and Chippie Mailley sent Thistle on their way with a 2-0 lead before Robert MacCormack pulled a goal back for Social Club. It was late in the day before Mailley made it 3-1 and put the game beyond any doubt, and substitute David MacIver added a fourth to round the evening off.As week 12 of the season is concluded, teams in the Ross-shire Welfare should have been about to draw a line under their league campaign, however, owing to severe downpours in recent weeks, there are still some games to be played. Thistle's remaining game is an away trip to Alness United - and the Jags need just one point from that game to secure the title. The club await confirmation from the league of the date when this game will be played.