Inverness Caledonian Thistle won the Inverness Cup for an 8th time, as they beat Clach 4-1 at Grant Street Park.

Striker Harry Lodovica grabbed a first-half hat-trick while substitute Lewis Mackie scored in the second-half.

Caley Thistle started the game strongly, having chances through Adam Brooks who saw his whipped in effort tipped onto the bar by Daniel Rae and then Austin Samuels dragged an effort wide of the post after meeting Robbie Thompson’s pass in the box in the opening 15 minutes.

16 minutes into the match, Caley Thistle took the lead. Harry Lodovica met Aaron Doran’s corner in the box and his header came off the underside of the bar and went in for the opening goal.

Cameron MacKay was forced into a good saved as he turned Calum Ferguson’s free-kick over the bar as Clach searched for an equaliser.

Harry Lodovica could’ve had his second of the match after 28 minutes as the striker met Aaron Doran’s cross inside the box, but his effort went over the bar and behind.

After 35 minutes, Caley Thistle were awarded a penalty. Harry Lodovica was taken down by Clach keeper Daniel Rae in the box after the striker got on the end of Aaron Doran’s pass.

Lodovica stepped up to take the penalty and saw spot kick saved by Daniel Rae but the striker was alert to smash the rebound past the Clach goalkeeper.

Lodovica had his third of the match before the break, the striker completed his hat-trick after meeting Aaron Doran’s swung in free-kick to make it 3-0.

Cameron MacKay was called into action as Clach were awarded a penalty kick almost immediately after Lodovica’s third.

Former Caley Thistle player Calum Ferguson stepped up but MacKay got down well to keep out the spot kick.

In the second-half, Calum Ferguson made amends as he pulled one back for the home side with a low powerful finish.

Caley Thistle restored their three-goal advantage after 75 minutes, substitute Lewis Mackie lashed the ball into the back of the net after it was cleared into his path.

Wallace Duffy, who was named captain for the side, was presented with the Inverness Cup following the game by Inverness Provost Glynis Campbell-Sinclair.

Pic Trevor Martin