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Tain Thistle retain league title

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.

Article written on 11 Aug 2016 | Link to article

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Jags lose Pattison Cup final

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.

Article written on 08 Aug 2016 | Link to article

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Social Club 1 Tain Thistle 4

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.

Article written on 03 Aug 2016 | Link to article

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Date for HWC match unclear

At present, Tain Thistle have been unable to agree a date to play their Tom Hunter Highland Welfare Cup quarter final tie against Mintlaw.  The club currently await a response from the Highland Welfare Cup organisers as to when the match can be played.

Article written on 30 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Jardine Quaich returns to the Links

TAIN THISTLE have won the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich for the second time in three years last night in what was a great advert for the Ross-shire Welfare league - the experience of Thistle pitted against the youthful determination of a very good Balintore side.

It took until the 55th minute for Tain to break the deadlock after a first half with chances at either end and the woodwork doing its best to thwart both teams. Cameron Mackintosh had the all important final touch on a well worked move that saw Mark Lamont draw James Metcalfe away from goal far enough for Cammy to tap home at the far post.  Up until this point, Metcalfe had seemed unbeatable in the Balintore goal.

Twenty minutes later, Liam Rostock found Mark Lamont with a throw in, and the Thistle top scorer nodded the ball home at the far post.  The floodgates opened and Rostock himself got on the scoresheet two minutes later.  Lamont hit his 44th goal of the season moments later, slotting the ball home after a quick one-two to round off the scores.

Post-match, Jim Jardine and his grandsons Louis and Robbie, gathered in the centre circle for a photograph with both teams.

The win of course hands Thistle the Quaich yet again, but also resulted in three points in the league campaign - and a place in the Pattisons' Challenge Cup final - which will Tain will host next Saturday.

Article written on 27 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle through to Pattison semi

With only ten members of the club's regular squad available for the trip to Invergordon today, stand in manager Dave Murray drafted in Kevin Munro and Scott Stirling for Thistle's first round Pattisons' Challenge Cup first round match against Invergordon Social Club.

An own goal opened the scoring for Tain in the first half, before Mark Lamont doubled the Jags' lead.  A goal for Jack Hudson made it 3-0 at half time.  A Social Club fight back gave Tain cause for concern in the second half, with the score being reduced to 3-2, however a late goal for Lamont made it 4-2 and put the game beyond doubt.

In learning their semi final opponents, Thistle now await the result of the first round match between Balintore and Eastern Rose, which will be played on Monday night.

Article written on 23 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Tain Thistle 3 Contin 1

Tain Thistle put themselves in pole position as far as the title race goes thanks to a 3-1 win over rivals Contin at the Links on Wednesday, leaving the championship in their own hands, three points behind with two games in hand.

Jack Hudson put Tain in the lead after fifteen minutes when he rose above Ali Maclean to head the ball in the net.  Maclean was in good form again for his side, having collected the man of the match award in the Seaboard final four days prior, keeping a number of chances out as Thistle piled on the pressure.  On 38 minutes a series of corners paid off for Thistle as an Arron Christie cross was deflected past Maclean by Cammy Bell to make it 2-0.  Three minutes before the break, Mark Lamont opened his account with a simple finish to a one on one chance to give the Jags a commanding half time lead.

A tense second half saw Contin get back into the game and offer some sign of life left in the game and a goal eventually arrived through Jamal Ali, the midfielder turning the ball past Johnny Allan shortly before the hour.  The visitors soon lost hope though when Fraser Heath was dismissed for a second yellow card during an altercation with David Murray; Murray was also booked during the incident.  Mark Lamont had two golden opportunities to put the game beyond doubt late on but clever play from Maclean was enough to prevent further scoring.

Article written on 21 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Seaboard Cup Final: Tain Thistle 6, Contin 1

TAIN THISTLE have retained the Seaboard Cup, following a tightly contested match against league rivals Contin at Balintore's Seaboard Park on Saturday, which ultimately ended in a goal rout for the Jags.

Naming the sixteen man squad was no easy task for manager Daniel Cormack, despite captain Daniel Christie still enjoying post-wedding nuptials and Dave Murray unavailable.  Liam Rostock returned from injury, while Arron Christie, Darran Goller and Dave Macgruer all returned to the side. Also returning to the squad, Adam MacDonald and Martyn Farquhar took up a place on the bench.

Games between Contin and Thistle have been close all season, and therefore it was a surprise when it appeared that the attack minded Jags grabbed an early foothold on the game and looked as though they may go on a rout.  Mark Lamont opened the scoring after just six minutes when he hit the back of the net with a shot across the face of goal, guided through a busy six yard box and past the outstretched arms of Ali Maclean. 

Maclean quickly began writing the script for a hero's performance though as he pulled off a number of saves. Denying Lamont on two occasions in quick succession, the Contin custodian kept the score at 0-1 throughout a first half in which Thistle had both possession and the elements in their favour.

A long clearance ultimately handed Contin a lifeline just on the stroke of half time when they found themselves through on goal with three forwards to Thistle's one defender.  The Munro Park men did the needful and Ryan Dow secured the final touch to a simple move to beat Johnny Allan and level the scores.

The second half kicked off and the wind was now in Contin's favour and it showed as they began to pester Thistle's back three.  Allan escaped embarrassment when he was nearly beaten at his near post with a shot off the upright as Contin passed up a chance to take the lead.  A formation change calmed things down for Tain as they looked to reassert their authority, and that they did on the hour mark, Lamont again forcing Maclean to produce a save, and Ryan Day heading into the clutches of Maclean soon after. Ten minutes later, Thistle restored their lead after assistant referee Barry Stuart flagged for a foul on Darran Goller in the eighteen yard box. Stepping up, Mark Lamont made no mistake with the resultant spot kick, sending the ball high into the top corner of the net.

For all the wind had played a factor in the game, the penalty kick had knocked all of the wind out of Contin and on 80 minutes, the impressive Darran Goller put the game beyond doubt when he cut inside with pace before sending the ball past Maclean with an expert finish. 

A wild few minutes followed as Cammy Mackintosh moved into a wing role and glided along the by line before laying the ball off to Lamont for his hat-trick and just moments later, substitute David MacIver was felled on the edge of the box shortly after and taking the resultant penalty award, Lamont netted his fourth to make it 5-1. 

With the final goal of the game, Robert Ross laid the ball to his fellow sub MacIver who volleyed the ball into the net with the goal of the match.

In the end, the 6-1 result did not tell the story of a match which was very closely fought by both sides, however, Thistle were deserved of the victory, claiming their third Seaboard Cup in five years.  Post-match, the trophy was presented to stand-in captain Alan Duff by sponsor's representative Gordy Lowe.

Article written on 18 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle reach Seaboard Cup Final

TAIN Thistle will defend their Seaboard Cup title next weekend in Balintore after reaching the final thanks to an 8-2 win over the competition hosts at the Links.  Playing with an under strength eleven due to a clash with the wedding of club captain Daniel Christie, the Jags called in a handful of players to assist on the day, among them Rory Vass, Luke Cormack and Brian Cameron.  Gordy Mackay made his first start since June 1st, while Robbie Ross and Dave MacIver also made returns to the first eleven.

Balintore took the lead in the first half offering Thistle an early shock but the strength of the Jags' long ball paid dividends eventually as they finished the initial period 4-2 up.  Mark Lamont ran the show in the second half as Tain ran out 8-2 winners, the Thistle striker taking his season tally to 35 with six on the day.  Cammy Mackintosh scored two.

Contin won the other semi final, beating Fortrose 2-1 and will be Tain's opponents in the Seaboard Cup Final next Saturday at 3pm.

Article written on 11 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle 8 Fortrose 2

Darran Goller was the star man as Tain Thistle cantered to an 8-2 win over Fortrose Union on Wednesday in their latest league match.  They were slow to get going and took almost half an hour to break the deadlock thanks to a Dave Macgruer strike.  Macgruer turned provider shortly after his pass reached Arron Christie on the right wing, who squared neatly for Goller to open his account. Goller struck again minutes later when he nipped past goalkeeper Sean Anderson and finished the chance from a tight angle. Mark Lamont made it 4-0 before half time.  

Goller scored three more in the second half to take his overall tally to five. Fortrose pulled a goal back when Daniel MacIver pounced on an error, before Cammy Mackintosh nodded home a Christie free kick to make it 8-1.  A late goal for Fortrose's Jack Wardrop reduced the scoreline to 8-2.

Article written on 08 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Tain see off Alness and Portsoy in weekend of double duty

Two cup games in two days for Thistle ended with two victories and a total of seventeen goals being scored at the Links during a busy Tain Gala weekend.

In the Seaboard Cup 1st round on Saturday, Darran Goller hit a hat-trick against Alness United (his first since 2011), while Mark Lamont did the same, breaking his own record of goals in a season for Tain, taking his 2016 tally to 28.  The other goals came from Jack Hudson and Liam Rostock (2) as the Jags recorded a more than surprising 9-0 win over one of their closest rivals.  The win takes Thistle through to the semi final of the Seaboard Cup to meet Balintore.

On Sunday, Tain were visited by Portsoy in the last sixteen of the Tom Hunter Memorial Highland Welfare Cup.  Thistle found themselves 5-1 up at half time thanks to an opening own goal followed by goals for Darran Goller, Jack Hudson, Liam Rostock and Dave Murray from the penalty spot.  Matty Smith pulled a goal back for the Morayshire side.  In the second half, Rostock netted a second while Dave Macgruer scored midway through the half and Alan Duff lobbed Phil Gray, the player manager goalkeeper for Portsoy, in the dying minutes to make it 8-1.  Thistle now await the quarter final cup draw in the Highland Welfare Cup.

Article written on 04 Jul 2016 | Link to article

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Tain Thistle 18 Eastern Rose 0

With the Tain Gala well and truly underway, the Jags and the Bombers provided the midweek football entertainment following the Primary School Soccer Sevens tournament at the Links which saw Tain Juniors emerge victorious.  The Jags capped things off nicely for Tain's football clubs with an entirely one sided win over their Inver visitors.

Missing for the game were birthday boy Arron Christie and his brother Daniel, along with Chippie Mailley and Dave Murray.  The team lined up with an unorthodox 3-3-4 formation and after taking a good quarter hour to get going, they opened fire relentlessly on the Eastern Rose back line.  

David MacIver got things going with a cross come shot which curled into the net off the far post.  Mark Lamont struck his first of the night from the penalty spot after a handball on the line prevented Thistle's second and Liam Rostock opened his account a minute later.  MacIver and Lamont added another to their tallies in the next three minutes and Rostock netted his second on 32 minutes.  Lamont completed the hat-trick on 34 mins and Jack Hudson scored three minutes later.  Three quick fire goals made it 11-0 at half time, with Lamont hitting his fourth and fifth and Hudson netting his second.

Lamont started the second half with a sixth goal and Thistle's 12th and Darran Goller finally got in on the action on 51 minutes. Substitutes were introduced at this point and shortly after Rostock completed his own hat-trick before Goller scored again.  Substitute John Maclellan scored Thistle's 16th marking his return to the side with a goal and Robbie Ross, scoring his first goal in two years, made it 17-0 getting on the end of a Maclellan cross.  Lamont scored the last goal with 8 minutes to go.

Two records were broken tonight as Thistle recorded their biggest ever win, thrashing last year's record of 15-1 (also against Eastern Rose).  Player wise, John Allan secured his 19th clean sheet in Jags colours, surpassing the previous record held by Steven Martin.

Article written on 29 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Jags out of Coronation Cup

Any chance Tain Thistle had of making it three cup finals out of three was put to bed yesterday as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Munro Park to closest rivals Contin.

The Jags had avoided defeat in all three of their meetings with Contin, winning both home cup ties, but failing to overcome their opponents on away ground.  Missing for the fourth encounter between the teams were Dave Macgruer, Chippie Mailley, Martyn Farquhar and Ryan Day.

Contin enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half, while Mark Lamont offered the only significant chance at the other end with a saved effort. An ankle knock for Lamont moments from half time gave Tain cause for concern though but the striker stayed on the pitch. Neither team could break the deadlock by the end of a close first half.

The goal eventually came ten minutes into the second half when Ryan Dow expertly struck beyond Johnny Allan to give his side the lead.  Dow could very well have doubled the lead ten minutes later but hesitance during a call for offside hindered his attempt as the ball was cleared to safety. 

Similarly to the last clash at Munro Park, Contin sat in for the majority of the second half, defending deep against a Tain side who were desperate for an equaliser.  Thistle improved when substitute Tony Farquhar was introduced, the experienced striker heading wide with the visitors' best chance.  However, unlike the league meeting two weeks ago, it was too little too late.  Despite a flurry of late corners, time eventually ran out on Daniel Cormack's men as they succumbed to their first defeat of the season.  

In the other cup tie, Alness United made easy work of Fortrose Union with a 7-1 win.  The final takes place between Contin and Alness next weekend in Dingwall.

Article written on 19 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Tain Thistle 8 Social Club 1

The Jags knocked eight past Social Club tonight to move into the top spot in the Ross-shire Welfare, joint on points with Contin.  With a near full squad available for the game, there was also a surprise return for Thistle favourite Martyn Farquhar who took a place on the bench.  Six of the goals arrived in the first half, from six different players, as Darran Goller, Liam Rostock, Alan Duff, Jack Hudson, Dave Macgruer and Mark Lamont all added to their season tallies in the space of a thirty minute scoring spell.  In the second half, Lamont added two further goals late on to secure his hat-trick and go top in the league's Top Scorers chart, while Social Club pulled a goal back via Fraser Sinclair.

Article written on 15 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Coronation Cup semi draw

The Jags will travel to Contin in the semi final of the Coronation Cup after the Munro Park men snatched a last minute victory at Seaboard Park against Balintore yesterday.  

Tain Thistle and Contin have already met three times this season and every encounter has been very close.  The only decisive fixture after 90 minutes was in the Merrythought Cup semi final when Tain narrowly beat their visitors 2-1 at the Links.  In the first round of the Cordiner Cup, Thistle clawed back a 3-3 draw in normal time before winning 5-3 in extra time and in their only league meeting, Tain needed a goal five minutes into injury time to rescue a point.

The semi final match takes place next Saturday, June 18th with a 3pm kick off in Contin.

Article written on 12 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Balintore 0 Tain Thistle 5

The Jags shook off a bad start at Seaboard Park tonight to comfortably beat Balintore in the end and secure a further three points in the league, as they took their unbeaten run this season to twelve games. Chippie Mailley and Alan Duff were posted absent for the trip to Balintore as the teams met for the second time in five days.

An early penalty shout for Balintore gave Tain cause for concern as Balintore enjoyed the best of the game for the first twenty minutes.  The tide turned on 21 minutes though when Mark Lamont turned the ball into the net from an Arron Christie corner.  Christie himself got on the scoresheet just two minutes later to put Thistle into the driving seat with a sublime left foot effort which sailed over the top of Danny McCarthy into the net.  The Seaboard side's spirit was fully broken on the half hour mark when Cammy Mackintosh lashed the ball into the net from outside the eighteen yard box.  A first half injury to Dave Murray saw the defender withdraw from the game after 33 minutes to be replaced by former Balintore man Adam MacDonald.  Chances were few and far between with Ryan Day narrowly missing with a ball across the face of goal as the half dwindled away.

The second period started slowly and Thistle's fourth didn't arrive until the 79th minute when Liam Rostock's glancing header beat McCarthy, Tain's all-time marksman getting on the end of an excellent ball in to the box from Daniel Christie.  A fifth followed five minutes later when Jack Hudson burst into the six yard box to beat McCarthy with ease.

The win keeps Thistle hot on the heels of Contin, three points behind with a game in hand - a game which will be played and evened up with a home match against Invergordon Social Club next Wednesday. This Saturday, the Jags enjoy a welcome weekend off - their first week with only one game since the season has began - thanks to a bye in the first round of the Coronation Cup.

Article written on 08 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle retain Cordiner Cup

TAIN Thistle have retained the Bruce Cordiner Cup following a workmanlike performance against Balintore yesterday. On a narrow Inver park, the experience of the Jags overcame a youthful Seaboard eleven largely thanks to a hat-trick and man of the match performance by Mark Lamont.

Cordiner Cup finalists ever year since 2013, the Jags have been no strangers to this particular final in recent years, losing out in 2013 and 2014 before winning the trophy last year under Robert Ross.  For the trip to Inver, Daniel Cormack took a full sixteen man squad, with Tony Farquhar and Chippie Mailley dropping out of the team following the 2-2 draw with Contin in midweek.  Martyn Farquhar and Darran Goller remained unavailable due to work and holiday commitments. 

In front of a good crowd down by Inver Bay, the game kicked off at around 3.06pm and it took just three minutes for the match to kick into life when Lamont found himself through on the Balintore goal, but solid goalkeeping from Danny McCarthy prevented a goal.  McCarthy was called into action just moments later as Liam Rostock tested him from distance.  The second generation stopper was out of luck on nine minutes though, when Ryan Day's long ball into the box caught him off his line. Disoriented, McCarthy tipped the ball over his head and into the path of Lamont who made easy work of the final tap in, prodding the ball high into the net for the opener.

Balintore battled hard for an equaliser over the next ten minutes and their best chance came from a Jordan Hailes free kick but the midfield man fired just over the bar.  At the other end, the ever threatening Lamont had the ball in the net again with 21 minutes gone after good work from Rostock - but linesman Mike Stainke flagged to disallow the goal for offside. Lamont turned provider shortly after laying the ball off for Jack Hudson as he entered the hunt for a goal, but his powerful shot from distance flew wide of the target.  Balintore's second free kick of the game ultimately sewed the seeds for Mark McAuley's side's undoing.  A good clearance fell to the feet of Thistle captain Daniel Christie who in turn sent Lamont clear for his second of the game, as he ghosted past James Metcalfe before rifling the ball past McCarthy to make it 2-0.

Just two minutes later, the assistant's flag had the Thistle touchline up in arms again as Lamont appeared to nod the ball over McCarthy and into the net from a knock on, but again the goal was disallowed. Inexplicably, a third goal was disallowed just moments later, this time scored by Jack Hudson.  Between three disallowed goals and an upturn in possession, the half ended much better for Balintore, first with a free kick taken by Stephen McGaw which zipped just over then followed by the save of the match from McCarthy as he denied Lamont with a superb reaction stop to his left.  It seemed inevitable that Balintore would ultimately pull a goal back and that they did just moments before break through former Thistle winger Ayah Rattanaphithak who broke free to slot the ball past Johnny Allan from an angle.

The second half started with Tain re-asserting themselves as the dominant side first with Lamont heading wide at the near post from a Rostock throw before finally completing his hat-trick with the simplest of goals, poking the ball home from a spill by McCarthy.  Even with forty minutes remaining, it seemed as though the hard work was done as Thistle now sought to simply keep possession. Arron Christie, Ryan Day (later replaced by Adam MacDonald) and Dave Murray rarely looked troubled at the back while Alan Duff played very comfortably in his new midfield role.  

Chances for Macgruer, Lamont and Rostock went awry as Thistle tried to extend their lead during the second half while substitutes MacDonald, Durrand, MacIver and Mackay were all introduced.  A late flurry of chances for Balintore offered one final reminder that the game wasn't quite over, with substitute striker Alan Stainke leading the charge. On 80 minutes, Will Ross headed just over the bar with a chance from close range while at the other end, Dave MacIver offered up Thistle's last goalscoring effort with a header which also missed the target. Five minutes later, Terence Brady came very close to scoring for Balintore when he slid into the box to reach a cross, but his chance was deflected just wide.  Late on, a Hailes free kick was held as the game came to a close and referee Eric Robertson blew his whistle for time.  Thistle had secured the cup for the second year running.

Players and committee members convened at the Inver Inn after the game, where a fine selection of sandwiches and soup was on offer to accompany the post match presentations.  Daniel Christie, captain, collected the Cordiner Cup trophy for Thistle, as he toasted both sets of players.

Article written on 05 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Contin 2 Tain Thistle 2

A goal in injury time rescued a point for the Jags at Munro Park tonight as top of the table sides Contin and Tain Thistle battled it out in the clubs' first league meeting.

With Mark Lamont suspended, Gordy Mackay was called into the starting eleven in what was to be the only change to the starting lineup who defeated Alness on Monday night.  Robert Ross, Tony Farquhar, Ian Ross and Glen McArtney were brought into the squad for the bench.

An early chance for Thistle resulted in Jack Hudson hitting the woodwork with a volley after just seven minutes of play, but it was Liam Rostock who eventually broke the deadlock ten minutes later, whipping a shot across Iain Bartlett and in at the far post to give Thistle a 1-0 lead. Within just a few minutes, Nick Sutherland levelled for the home side with a lashing angled shot.  In a fiercely contested second half, both sides battled for the advantage, but ultimately it was Contin who took the lead through Andrew Gow.  

Chances for both sides made for a tasty remaining twenty minutes, Contin hitting the crossbar and Tain hitting the upright.  Both sides had claims for a penalty turned down by referee Eric Robertson as it looked as though Contin would ride the victory out in injury time. However, a last ditch attempt from Thistle with every player, including goalkeeper Johnny Allan in the box resulted in Ryan Day trundling the ball beyond a felled Bartlett into the net to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat.

Article written on 01 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Hudson claims Club award for May

Jack Hudson has been named the Club Player of the Month for May following a vote cast by members of the club, including committee and playing staff. 

Pictured (right) with manager Daniel Cormack, he collected the award prior to kick off at Munro Park for the top of the table clash with Contin.Throughout May, Jack netted eight goals in as many games from the centre of midfield.

Article written on 01 Jun 2016 | Link to article

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Jags reach Cordiner Cup Final

A closely contested and heated semi final encounter at Alness narrowly went the way of Cordiner Cup holders Tain Thistle as they beat Alness United in the semi final of the competition tonight.

As has been the case in all of their meetings this season, very little separated the sides in the first half, with both teams coming close with chances to score. A goal just before half time handed Thistle the lead when a Liam Rostock throw in reached the rising head of Jack Hudson to nod past Andrew Maitland.

Liam Rostock capped off a fine performance with a goal in the second half just before the hour mark, heading home a cross from Arron Christie at the far post.  

Craig Munro pulled Alness back into the game with a free kick which floated through a sea of Thistle defenders and into the net.  The game took an unexpected turn with eighteen minutes remaining when Mark Lamont was dismissed. Thistle battled through the remainder of the game with ten men and ultimately saw out the victory.

The win sends Tain into the final of the Cordiner Cup which will be played at Inver this Saturday, June 4th against the winners of the other semi final, Balintore.

Article written on 30 May 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle advance in Tom Hunter Cup

Tain Thistle are in the third round (last sixteen) of the Tom Hunter Memorial Cup thanks to a confident and free scoring display against Peterhead United yesterday.

The game provided Daniel Cormack with an opportunity to test the depth of the Thistle squad with brothers Arron and Daniel Christie both absent, and top scorer Mark Lamont and midfield regular Chippie Mailley also left out of the side.  Dave Macgruer also dropped to the bench.

Thistle's opponents from Peterhead arrived in fine voice along with a handful of supporters.  The game started evenly with Peterhead forcing Johnny Allan into a couple of early saves before the difference between the sides began to tell. Liam Rostock, an early substitute for Gordy Mackay (head knock), opened the scoring when he slid the ball under Brian Stevenson.  The same player appeared to tap the ball over the line after a volley at the far post from Dave MacIver, however the goal was later attributed to MacIver.  Alan Duff made it three shortly after with a superb free kick curled into the top corner and Rostock doubled his tally after good work from Darran Goller. Goller scored a goal of his own on the stroke of half time after foxing Stevenson with a brilliant first touch.

Liam Rostock completed his hat-trick with the sixth goal of the game a few minutes after the restart.  Two goals in the space of a minute followed as MacIver and Goller both netted their second and the former completed a hat-trick of his own four minutes later when he lashed the ball home after a spirited run into the eighteen yard box. Jack Hudson scored to take the scoreline into double figures, and controlling the ball well with a downward header, MacIver slotted the ball past Stevenson five minutes before time to make it 11-0.

Article written on 29 May 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle look ahead to Peterhead clash

For the first time in six years, Tain Thistle will compete in the Tom Hunter Memorial Cup - a trophy which is played for between members of all the Scottish Welfare Football Association competitions in the Highlands, specifically Ross-shire, Strathspey & Badenoch, Moray District, Forres & Nairn, Montrose & District and North East Scotland (Aberdeenshire and surrounding areas).

Thistle's last foray in the competition was against Lhanbryde United in 2010 for a Sunday afternoon tie played in a torrential downpour the day after Gala Saturday. Needless to say, it didn't end well, as Lhanbryde ran out 5-2 winners.  Now, six years on, Tain have re-entered the competition and having received a bye in the first round, the draw for the second round has handed them a home tie - against Peterhead United.

Formed in 2012 by current manager Graeme Arthur, Peterhead United play as members of the North East Scotland FA in the association's second tier, known as the Soccerworld Scotland League. Their home is Catto Park, located next to Balmoor Stadium, the home ground of Peterhead FC.  Last year, they visited Moray in their Tom Hunter cup opener to play RAF Lossiemouth of the Moray District Welfare FA but lost out 5-1 on the day to a team that were flying high in their county league.  

Currently sitting in second place with seven games played, United have aspirations of promotion to the top tier of the North East Scotland set up - and if their results so far are anything to go by, they look to be on course to do just that.  They intend to bring a good travelling support to Tain for the tie, so a good crowd is expected on the day.

Tain Thistle v Peterhead United kicks off an hour earlier than usual, at 2PM on Saturday, May 28th.  Supporters are encouraged to participate in our match day raffle (£1 per strip) for a bottle of malt whisky and a special edition match programme will also by available for sale at a cost of £2 per copy.

A total of 43 teams from across the North of Scotland have entered this year's competition and just 32 now remain as we head into the 2nd Round. Three other teams representing the Ross-shire Welfare FA are involved at this stage:

 - Rothes 'A' vs Alness United
 - FC Fochabers vs Contin

Balintore were due to play Golf Inn FC of Montrose, however the Angus side have scratched.

Article written on 26 May 2016 | Link to article

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Tain Thistle 2 Alness United 0

Tain Thistle kept their 100% record for the season intact with a closely fought 2-0 home win against Alness this evening. With only a small list of short-term absentees, Daniel Cormack was able to name a strong sixteen for the Jags' first home league game of the season, welcoming Alness United to the Links for the first time this year.  

The game began in the same cagey fashion as it did in Fortrose just a couple of weeks prior in the Merrythought Cup Final, with neither side able to make a break through in the early stages. Mark Lamont looked like the most likely to score first, teasing the Alness defence with a number of mazy runs and a particularly notable cross into the box which only narrowly missed the head of Darran Goller.

The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes. A floated cross form Arron Christie looked as though it might be easily dealt with by Maitland, but ever a danger in the air, Dave Macgruer reached the ball first and headed it into the net to give Tain the lead.  At the other end, Johnny Allan was caught on the ground shortly after when he was dispossessed but a daring tackle from Dave Murray saved his blushes on the byline.  

Alness United started the second half well, pushing the Thistle line back and the defensive pairing of Murray and Christie had to be on their toes.  There were chances for both sides as time ticked on though, with Craig Munro missing the target with a free kick for Alness and Mark Lamont shooting wide twice.  In a moment of controversy, referee Stephen McDade waved played on while the Thistle touchline began to celebrate a goal from a corner which appeared to have crossed the line before bouncing back out off the goal net.

Johnny Allan was called into action on the hour mark when he tipped the ball onto the crossbar following a wicked shot.  A superb save at the other end from Andrew Maitland denied Mark Lamont as the Thistle striker volleyed toward goal from a looping cross and the Alness stopper turned the ball over for a corner. 

Alness hit the woodwork again on the 75 minute mark as they frantically chased an equaliser, but resilient defending and a portion of good fortune saw the Jags' goal remain unscathed.  With two minutes left on the clock, Arron Christie coolly played a corner ball across the face of the Alness goal and waiting to tap the ball home was Jack Hudson to net his eighth goal of the season and seal the points for the Jags.

With nine points from nine on the board Thistle have done everything asked of them so far in the league campaign, sitting just behind Contin who have played a game more than the Jags.  

Article written on 25 May 2016 | Link to article

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Tain fight back to claim extra time victory

A game of two halves produced an extra time thriller between two closely matched sides this afternoon as the Jags scored the necessary goals to advance to the Cordiner Cup semi final at the expense of Contin.

Ryan Dow capitalised on a Thomas Logie through ball on 19 minutes to slot the ball past John Allan from an angle to give the visitors despite the Tain keeper getting a slight touch, and several corners in succession added to Thistle's woes as they struggled to gain a foothold in the game.  Stand in keeper Karl Ross pulled off a couple of saves from the limited chances Thistle had before Daniel Christie eventually levelled the scores, taking a touch  from a Jack Hudson cross before rattling the ball past Ross into the back of the net.  Dow scored a near carbon copy of his opener minutes later to restore Contin's lead as they went in at the break deservedly in control.

The same Tain who were labouring in the dreech conditions of rain and thunder reemerged for the second half and within a short time they fell 3-1 down, Connor Ross finishing well for Contin.  It was looking like cup holders were ready to head out of the competition with a whimper, were it not for the comeback that was to follow.  

A sustained period of pressure began as Thistle concentrated their play on the wings and looked to heap pressure on Contin with balls into the box.  Melee after melee ensued in the area and with shots hitting the crossbar and chance after chance going begging it seemed only a matter of time before one would hit the back of the net - and it did with a quarter hour remaining - Jack Hudson claiming the final touch on a ball which sailed over Ross from a floated Chippie Mailley free kick.  

At 2-3 the game was there to chase and Ryan Day seemed certain to have levelled the scores when he rattled the ball home from a tight angle - but the referee adjudged that Karl Ross had been fouled.  The equaliser finally came with eight minutes to go and from a Mailley ball again, Alan Duff pushed the ball over the line to make it 3-3.

Despite their best attempts, Thistle couldn't finish the job in normal time - and in fact they nearly lost it, as Ryan Dow popped up on the counter looking for his hat-trick but a save from Allan prevented the frontman from netting.  Moving in to extra time, a drab first fifteen minutes with neither side able to break the deadlock was easily forgotten before the real action began upon the restart. A burst of energy from Chippie Mailley saw the midfielder provide yet another assist, sending substitute Gordon Mackay through on goal for the striker to slide the ball past Ross and into the net!  Tain were in the lead for the first time in the game and now had one eye on a place in the semi finals.  

Composed defending and strength in possession saw Thistle see the job out and with three minutes left they sealed the win. Jack Hudson did well to hold off his man and play the ball across the face of goal for the swooping Mark Lamont to slide in at the far post and push the ball through the hapless grasp of Ross.  

Thistle now await the outcome of the other quarter final match between Alness United and Eastern Rose which will be played on Monday evening.  Owing to both Alness and Tain being involved in the Highland Welfare Cup next weekend, the Cordiner Cup semi final between Tain Thistle and either Alness or Eastern will be played on Monday, May 30th.

Article written on 21 May 2016 | Link to article

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Fortrose Union 0 Tain Thistle 8

Returning to Fortrose for the second time in five days, Tain Thistle turned out a professional performance to make easy work of Fortrose Union by winning 8-0 - in what the gaffer Daniel Cormack described as the team's "best performance of the season".

Union, this season missing some key players such as Shewan, Fitzpatrick, Knight and Smith, lined up with a full sixteen, while Thistle took just thirteen to the Black Isle - messrs Farquhar, Macgruer, Murray, Durrand and Mailley all missing from Saturday's winning Merrythought Cup Final squad. In came trialist Adam MacDonald at right back and the returning Ryan Day at centre half, among others.

An early chance for Arron Christie rattled the crossbar as Craig Maclean stood beaten. Jack Hudson then opened the scoring on 19 minutes with a well placed shot from the edge of the box after good work from Mark Lamont who laid the ball off to the energetic midfielder. It took until the 35th minute for the Jags to double their lead and they did so again through Hudson, who scored a carbon copy of his first, this time pouncing on a cleared ball. Five minutes later, Liam Rostock added the finishing touch to a brilliant team goal after he rifled the ball home from an angle on the receiving end of a superb Adam MacDonald cross. Prior to the half time break, Johnny Allan earned his stripes with an excellent save from Lewis Graizer who tested the Jags stopper with a powerful effort.

Nine minutes into the second half, the clever Mark Lamont opened his account when he broke past a sleeping defence to round the keeper and tap home. A good eighteen minutes later, Cammy Mackintosh added the finishing touch to good work from Lamont who foxed Maclean with his quick feet before Mackintosh hit the ball high into the net on the cutback. On 81 minutes, Darran Goller sent the ball over the line from close range and just three minutes later, substitute Gordy Mackay rattled the ball into the net at the far post with a composed finish.

Jack Hudson completed the scoring by netting his third. The goal secured his first hat-trick in competitive football, as he hammered the ball into the net from six yards to complete a spectacular performance from Thistle.

The win keeps Thistle in second place behind Contin who have scored a full 9 points from their three games played while the Jags sit just behind them with a game in hand. The top two sides meet in cup competition this Saturday at 12pm in the first round of the Cordiner Cup at the Links.

Article written on 18 May 2016 | Link to article

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Tain Golf Club promote Family Fun Day

Tain Golf Club are holding a Family Fun Day on Sunday June 12th. It's going to be a great fun day for adults and children. There will be something for absolutely everybody to enjoy no matter how young or old, so please bring all your friends & family along! All proceeds from the day will do to MFR Cash for Kids and the junior programme at Tain Golf Club.

Article written on 17 May 2016 | Link to article

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Cormack lauds Jags confidence

The winning of the Merrythought Cup final was a first for Tain Thistle. A new cup in the trophy cabinet and a new chapter written in the history books. It was also a first for boss Daniel Cormack. His first trophy as a team manager in what was also his first final in charge of the team. It's hard to argue against the start the team has made, having won all four of their games, securing a trophy into the bargain. It's no surprise that the manager is happy with the way things are going at Tain Thistle.

"The final was a very good game. We struggled to break Alness down first half, but in the second we came out with a different attitude and it made the difference. I was delighted for everyone involved, from the squad to the committee, and everyone who came across to support us. Everyone clubbed together and made it a great day."
But for Cormack, the hard work only begins now, and he is under no illusion that things will come easy this season.

"We need to take all of the positives from the weekend and go out on Wednesday night flowing with that same confidence. Going to Fortrose is always difficult and it will be a battle. We will have to work extremely hard to get the three points. I want to try to maintain our 100% record, but it will be extremely difficult to do as we have a lot of tough games ahead. If the boys continue on with the same work ethic, drive and commitment, then anything is possible."
The Jags travel to Fortrose for the second time in five days this Wednesday on league business as they aim to secure what would be just their third victory over Union on the Black Isle since playing as Ross-shire Welfare opponents. The game kicks off at 7.30pm.

Article written on 15 May 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle win Merrythought Cup

Tain Thistle have won the Merrythought Cup having defeated Alness United in a tense and closely contested affair at Fortrose's King George V Park. After a goalless first half, it took until the 74th minute for Tain to open the scoring through David Macgruer, before top scorer Mark Lamont doubled the Jags' lead five minutes later to secure the victory.

Joined by assistant Tony Farquhar in the dugout, manager Daniel Cormack welcomed Liam Rostock back into the fold after toe injury concerns, while Dave Macgruer also returned in place of the absent Ryan Day, who is holidaying in the southern village of Glasgow.

Close to 200 spectators turned out for the highly anticipated match at Fortrose, with both sidelines well represented. Any likelihood that the match may be a dull affair was quickly quashed when an Arron Christie free kick from out wide offered Tain their first hope of an opener just five minutes into the game - his curling effort hitting the upright. Neither side offered a shot on target until John Allan was forced to block a Chris Graham chance with his legs half an hour into the game. Not long after, Darran Goller forced Andrew Maitland into a reaction save with a powerful strike at the other end, the United custodian palming the effort away for a corner.

While Alness continued to look threatening from set pieces, Tain were defending well and pushing higher up the park as the half progressed - although neither side produced another shot on target, despite some close calls at either end. Five minutes from time, the first yellow card was issued to Thistle's Dave Murray for a mistimed challenge. Former Tain Thistle Committee Player of the Year Craig Munro, a midfield first pick last season for the champions, took up the centre half position for his hometown side and looked comfortable against whatever threat Tain could offer. It wasn't surprising that at half time the scoreboard remained blank and Alness looked marginally the more determined of the two sides.

It took both teams a while to gain a foothold in the second half with the midfield continuing to be the main battleground. Mark Lamont, who had suffered an injury scare during the first period, came into the game more as it progressed and began to look like Thistle's major threat as he became the first offer a shot on target upon the restart, handled easily by Maitland. John Allan was the subject of an injury scare of his own after 55 minutes when he was felled during a goalmouth exchange, clutching his shoulder. After some attention, the stopper carried on.

Midway through the second half, Jack Hudson forced Maitland into action again with a stunning strike, the Alness man tipping his former teammate's effort over the bar. Just moments later, Alan Duff was unlucky not to score for Tain with a header from close range which cannoned off the bar. It took just another ten minutes for the breakthrough to arrive though, and it came from the imposing Dave Macgruer. Arriving at the back post, Macgruer made the most of a superb cross from Alan Duff, powering a header past Maitland from six yards out. The goal changed the entire complexion of the game as the Tain sideline felt a weight of nervousness instantly lifted.

A flurry of substitutions followed for Alness as they began their search for an equaliser. Their efforts were short lived, though, as just five minutes after the opener, a break on goal saw two of the Tain front men combine to double the lead. The on rushing Daniel Christie did well to advance into the box before making way for Lamont to send the ball through both Munro and Symonds and beyond the reach of Maitland to send the Thistle touch line into raptures!

With just ten minutes remaining on the clock, Thistle defended resolutely, and could have added to their tally; Liam Rostock missing a chance late on before being denied a penalty claim after appearing to be shoved to ground in the box. Four minutes of added time were played to compensate for the injury stoppage for Allan - but the extra spell came to nothing for Alness as they eventually succumbed to defeat. Tain Thistle had won the Merrythought Cup - the first team to do so under the auspices of the Ross-shire Welfare FA.

Post match, captain Daniel Christie was presented with the impressive trophy by sponsor's representative and RSWFA chairperson Lee Williams, before both teams convened at the Plough Inn in Rosemarkie.

Team: Allan, Duff, Macgruer, A Christie, Murray, Mailley, Mackintosh (M Farquhar 52), Hudson, Lamont, D Christie, Goller (Rostock 67). Subs not used: Durrand, Mackay

The victory caps off a brilliant start to the 2016 season for Daniel Cormack and his squad, who have won all four of their games so far this season - the only team in the association with a 100% record. The Jags will have just four days to shake off the cup final hangovers though before they return to Fortrose on league action next Wednesday, hoping to make it six points from six in the league.

Article written on 14 May 2016 | Link to article

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Jags blitz the Bombers

Tain Thistle got their league campaign off to a winning start at Inver last night with a comprehensive victory over neighbours Eastern Rose. The added bonus of a piece of silverware gave the Jags an early cause for celebration in the form of the Tain Silver Cup - an impressive trophy donated by MA Forbes Jewellers for annual contention between the two sides on the home turf of Eastern Rose. Leading 5-1 at half time, the game was over in terms of a contest early on, but the highlight of the second half was Mark Lamont's chase to beat his own goalscoring record of seven goals in a game, set last year in the same fixture.

Messrs Liam Rostock, Dave Macgruer, David MacIver, Tony Farquhar and Brian Cameron were the main absentees for the trip to Inver, while Adam MacDonald (trialist) and the returning group of Darran Goller, Martyn Farquhar, Andy Durrand, Daniel and Arron Christie returned to the fold following their jaunt to Berlin. For the 'Bombers', a handful of changes were noted from just ten days prior, with former Jags title winner Scott Innes playing as a trialist in a holding midfield role and referee and former Dingwall man Martin Godwin taking a place in the Rose back three.

Alan Duff opened the scoring for Tain when he headed home at the second time of asking from a pinpoint Arron Christie corner. The goal followed a period of continued pressure from the kick off as the Rose men packed the box. Much to the Jags' surprise though, the Bombers equalised two minutes later when David Durrand pounced on a bobble to slot the ball past Johnny Allan into the net. The opening quarter hour was tough for Tain in terms of breaking the Rose men down as they continued to sit in. A second arrived on 18 minutes when Mark Lamont scored his first of the evening, neatly placing the ball across Danny Mackenzie into the net. Within five minutes, daylight appeared between the sides as 'Lammy' scored again, adding the finishing touch to a Darran Goller run. On 36 minutes, Goller scored one for himself when his cross come shot foxed Mackenzie and powered its way into the net.

The home side hit the self destruct button on 38 minutes when they found themselves down to ten men after substitute Martin Murphy, who had just replaced Godwin, was dismissed for a tackle from behind in the box. There was a short reprieve though, as Mackenzie saved Lamont's penalty kick denying him a first half hat-trick. The first half goalscoring was eventually rounded off by Duff, who hit his brace with a simple first time tap in at the far post from a Daniel Christie corner.

Changes were made just after the second half began, with Ryan Day and Andy Durrand both introduced and within six minutes of the restart, Tain knocked Eastern Rose for six - Goller and Lamont working well again for the latter to score with ease to net the hat-trick. Jack Hudson then scored the best goal of the afternoon with a powerful effort which was drilled over Mackenzie and high into the net. Gordy Mackay and Adam MacDonald were both introduced as substitutes before the floodgates opened further and Lamont scored three goals in the space of seven minutes to bring his evening tally to six. A minute later Daniel Christie rattled the crossbar with a free kick from 25 yards which referee Gordon Seago signalled had crossed the line, despite claims from Jack Hudson that he had nodded the final ball over the line! Lamont levelled his goal scoring record on 78 minutes and a furious 12 minutes followed as the Tain forwards broke ahead almost queuing up to add to the tally. Much to the amazement of onlookers though, the forward line missed more than they could count, with a series of chances flying high and wide and Mackenzie saving on a number of occasions. A final goal was scored by Cammy Mackintosh on the rebound.

The win gets Thistle off the mark with three points in the league and pushes them into second place behind Contin - despite having played a game less than every other team bar Fortrose Union - thanks to their superior goal difference - a stat that means nothing in the grand scheme of things at this very early stage in the season. Attentions now turn to the Merrythought Cup Final in Fortrose on Saturday, where the Jags meet title rivals Alness United - a team who will most likely have their crosshairs set on Thistle as both teams set to lay their hands on the first major trophy of the season.

Article written on 12 May 2016 | Link to article

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Thistle battle their way into the Merrythought Final

A superbly fought comeback secured Tain Thistle their place in the first Merrythought Cup Final to be played under the auspices of the Ross-shire Welfare FA, as they defeated an in-form Contin by the odd goal in three at the Links this afternoon.

With player absences in double figures (largely thanks to many of the squad attending club captain Daniel Christie's stag do in Berlin), no fewer than six changes were made to the starting eleven who played in the club's last competitive game against Eastern Rose. John Allan stepped in for Robert Ross between the sticks, while Brian Cameron took the place of Arron Christie at left back. Up front, Mark Lamont and Tony Farquhar filled the void left by Liam Rostock and Darran Goller. David MacIver made his debut for the club while Dave Murray was the other absentee. The delayed Chippie Mailley took a place on the bench. Following on from their back to back drubbings of Fortrose Union, Contin traveled with a fourteen man squad, with prolific scorers Ryan Dow and Ewan Dance up front and the familiar face of Gordy Duff at centre half, who last played for Tain in 2009.

The wind was blowing a gale as the game began, despite relatively clear skies and a decent day for football. Playing with the wind in their favour, the long ball of Contin looked set to pay dividends early on as Thistle had to be on their toes on a number of occasions, Ryan Day and Alan Duff thwarting chances. A flurry of corners had Allan and his defence under continued pressure for the opening quarter hour and Contin were unlucky not to have taken an early lead as they heaped dangerous balls into a packed area. It took until the 25th minute for Contin's pressure to pay off and the goal eventually arrived through former Muir of Ord man Ewan Dance, who powerfully placed the ball past Johnny Allan from an angle.

It was Day at the other end who should have levelled just moments later when a cross from Lamont met the free head of the centre half, but he missed the target. Clever defending saw Thistle take a grasp on the game and four minutes before the break they eventually got their reward for their perseverance. Mark Lamont, playing his first game of the season, turned his man just outside the box and bearing down on Iain Bartlett, he coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-1. The goal arrived at the perfect time as the tide had begun to turn just before the break.

Tain started as they had finished and began looking for the lead. It looked certain to have arrived when Cammy Mackintosh was faced with the job of tapping the ball past Bartlett from six yards on 57 minutes but he shot just wide. Tony Farquhar also found himself clean through on the hour mark when the ball fell to him from an angle but didn't connect cleanly enough to beat Bartlett. Contin chances were few and far between as they battled against the wind and struggled to get the ball up the park but from a free kick awarded for handball on 65 minutes, Willie Stewart fired over the Tain bar, before the defender was eventually replaced due to injury. The deciding goal eventually arrived for Cammy Mackintosh with a quarter hour remaining. With a finish not dissimilar to that of Dance in the first half, Mackintosh slammed the ball home from an angle with authority, leaving the Contin stopper helpless. The lead was a deserved one for Tain at this stage in what had been a hotly contested game thus far.

Drafted in at the last minute, Tony Farquhar (who had all but sworn he was retired just 24 hours earlier) had turned in a great performance up front and with ten minutes to go he made way for Chippie Mailley. The change saw a reshuffle in the formation and in the next few minutes Thistle missed a catalogue of chances to extend their lead. First, Lamont failed to convert a chance one on one with Bartlett, and MacIver, clean through, shot early into the keeper's arms. At the other end though, a penalty shout from Contin was waved on by referee Scott Matthew before Tain again missed another chance late on. Tain saw the game out to advance to the final.

Article written on 07 May 2016 | Link to article

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Jags hit Embo for six

While the rest of the Ross-shire Welfare league teams kicked off their league campaign, Tain Thistle sat out of this week's action as the "free team" and instead traveled to Embo for a friendly match.

Thistle took a 2-0 half time lead through Dave Macgruer and Darran Goller with two good finishes past the persistently safe hands of Steven Mure in the Embo goal.

Andy Durrand added two goals in the second half to make it 4-0 before Cammy Mackintosh rifled a low effort in off the far post to score Tain's fifth of the evening. Just before the full time whistle, Jack Hudson made it 6-0 to round off the victory.

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Eastern Rose 1 Tain Thistle 7

Tain Thistle kicked off their 20th season as a Ross-shire Welfare football team yesterday with a trip to Inver in the first round of the Merrythought Cup, and thanks to a persistent attacking display the Jags won 7-1 against a much improved home side.

Daniel Cormack made his competitive debut as team manager by naming a fourteen man squad which included his predecessor Robbie Ross who stepped in between the sticks while the Jags await the return of Johnny Allan. Making their competitive debuts on the park were centre half Ryan Day and midfielder Jack Hudson, who both impressed greatly during pre-season. Eastern Rose, formerly located at Portmahomack, have found a new home playing at the football pitch by Inver Bay and for Saturday's game team managers David Purvis and Alan Mair named a couple of former Tain Thistle players in their starting lineup, Graeme Davis and Matthew Rooney.

On the narrow and uneven surface at Inver, Tain struggled to find space and unsurprisingly took a while to stamp their authority on the game. With six minutes gone, however, Daniel Christie turned the ball goalward and for a moment everyone in the six yard box seemed convinced the Jags had scored as there were several claims made that the ball had crossed the line. Referee Barry Stuart, though, waved play on. The opener eventually arrived on the quarter hour mark when Dave Macgruer applied a neat finish to a deadly Arron Christie cross. Robbie Ross had to deal with a couple of dangerous corners taken by the Rose men, however the Tain net largely went unthreatened as the game continued. It took until the 32nd minute for Thistle to double their lead - Alan Duff thumping the ball high into the back of the net after a Daniel Christie layoff. Jack Hudson added a third goal ten minutes later after a calamity at the back for the home side, as he headed over the top of goalkeeper Bryan Durrand. Durrand did make a couple of good saves for the home side denying Daniel Christie, Liam Rostock and Cammy Mackintosh on a handful of occasions to keep the score at only 3-0.

Three goals in the space of five minutes put the game beyond all doubt at the start of the second half, as Thistle hit two quickfire goals through Jack Hudson and Dave Macgruer to make it 5-0. The first arrived on 48 minutes for Hudson when he carried the ball into the eighteen yard box and rifled it into the far corner of the net. Macgruer showed persistence a minute later to force a rebound home following a goalmouth sramble, to score his second and Thistle's fifth. A consolation followed two minutes later when Rose man Josh Cattanach capitalized on a mistake to nip past Ross and slide the ball into the Tain net. Having been booked earlier in the game, Ryan Day was replaced by Martyn Farquhar just before the hour mark and just a minute later, with his first touch, Farquhar finished expertly to send the ball over Durrand and into the net to make it 6-1.

A compendium of missed chances followed for Jags, with Alan Duff, Cammy Mackintosh and substitute Darran Goller all coming close to extending the lead further, and Rose's Durrand, playing most of the game with an injured finger, continued to impress by pulling off a string of saves. The seventh and final goal for Tain was added in injury time when Cammy Mackintosh headed home a corner.

The win sends Tain Thistle into the semi final of the Merrythought Cup where they will meet Contin at their home ground of the Links next Saturday. Contin advanced at the hands of the Merrythought hosts, Fortrose Union, with an impressive 6-1 win.

Ross, Duff (Goller 69), A Christie, Day (Farquhar 54), Murray, Mailley, Mackintosh, Hudson, D Christie, Rostock (Durrand 59), Macgruer

Day 32

Article written on 01 May 2016 | Link to article

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