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.
Article written on 04 May 2016 | Link to article
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
Article written on 02 May 2016 | Link to article
Jags pre-season ends with a stumble
Despite going 2-0 up against Lairg Rovers, Thistle succumbed to a late fightback which saw them lose out by 3 goals to 2 at the Links on Saturday in the last of their friendly matches before the season starts.
The Jags now turn their attention to the first round of the Merrythought Cup - their first match in the new competition - against Eastern Rose at Inver on Saturday. Thistle, one of only two teams to play a competitive fixture at Inver last season, will look to continue their 100% record against neighbours Eastern Rose, who are now under the stewardship of David Purvis and Alan Mair.
Article written on 25 Apr 2016 | Link to article
Thistle brush aside Golspie Stafford
Tain Thistle's good pre-season form continued with a 6-1 win over Golspie Stafford tonight. Despite kicking things off with a calamitous error at the back - which allowed the Staffs to take an unexpected lead - the Jags dominated a first half in which they scored three times to give them a comfortable half time lead. Liam Rostock levelled the scores with a composed finish hitting into the back of the net via the oncoming goalkeeper. Cameron Mackintosh put Tain into the lead moments later slotting home a cut back before Rostock missed out on a chance to make it 3-1 when hit a shot off the post. Returning striker Mark Lamont eventually scored Thistle's third with a great solo effort shortly before the break.
With several substitutes having been introduced at half time, the game took a while to get going again, and it took a goalmouth stramash involving Alan Duff to kick the game into life again on 55 minutes, when the Tain man fortuitously tackled the ball past his man into the net. Donald Sutherland made it 5-1 shortly after before Duff scored his second, a cooly placed shot sent into the far corner from just inside the box, to make it 6-1.
Article written on 20 Apr 2016 | Link to article
Thistle learn Highland Welfare Cup fate
Entered into the draw for the Highland Welfare Cup for the first time since 2010, Tain Thistle have been handed a bye in the first round of the competition. In the second round, they will face Soccerworld Scotland League side Peterhead United in a home tie. The match is scheduled to be played during the last weekend of April, with the exact date to be confirmed.
Article written on 12 Apr 2016 | Link to article
Lochinver 0 Tain Thistle 3
The Jags continued their good start to the pre-season with a confident 3-0 victory over the Northwest Sutherland AFA champions, Lochinver. Playing on neutral ground at Dingwall Academy Park, Thistle took the lead through Liam Rostock and the score remained at 1-0 going in at the break. Darran Goller capitalised on a Rostock through ball in the second half to make it 2-0 and Rostock capped off the win with his second and the Jags' third to make it 3-0.
Delighted gaffer Daniel Cormack was pleased with the result.
"We didn't make a great start to the game, but we got into things more as we played and I was very happy with the score. More pleasingly, we had a full squad here today and I now have a selection headache ahead of me!"
Article written on 10 Apr 2016 | Link to article
New home kit unveiled
The new home kit for Tain Thistle's 2016 season has arrived. The kit, made by Puma, is once again a black and red vertical striped kit which has been kindly sponsored by Isleburn Ltd.
The kit will be worn for the first time in the Merrythought Cup first round against Eastern Rose on April 30th.
Article written on 05 Apr 2016 | Link to article
Tain make easy work of Sams
Tain Thistle continued their season preparations with a comfortable 5-1 win over Inverness & District amateur side NMM Sams FC at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall this evening.
On the excellent 3G surface, Thistle passed the ball well and bossed the midfield for most of the game, switching between a 4-3-3 and a diamond throughout the game. They got off the mark early thanks to a cool finish from Darran Goller, before Liam Rostock doubled the lead with a 20 yard looping drive which sailed over the Sams keeper. In goal for Sams was former Tain Thistle Player of the Year, Will Macrae, now 40 years old and still going strong. Darran Goller withdrew midway through the first half with a groin strain, allowing full back Ryan Day to make his debut.
Goals were added in the second half from Jack Hudson, Cammy Mackintosh and with the best goal of the afternoon, Daniel Christie hit a stunning long range strike from which flew into the top corner. Were it not for Macrae's heroics in goal for Sams, the scoreline could have been much greater. Much to the chagrin of Tain manager Daniel Cormack, the Inverness lads netted a consolation goal on the stroke of full time, denying the Jags boss his first clean sheet.
Article written on 03 Apr 2016 | Link to article
Thistle drub Dornoch to kick off pre-season
The Jags kicked off the Cormack era with a thumping 6-1 win at the Meadows yesterday, beating North West Sutherland amateur side Dornoch City. Missing a number of players who are still involved with their North Caledonian FA teams and others just simply absent, a squad of just twelve travelled over the bridge to tackle the Sutherland men, but what they lacked in numbers they made up for in quality as they made easy work of Dornoch.
Among the scorers for Tain Thistle were Liam Rostock, Chippie Mailley, Jack Hudson and Michael Mckenzie. Chesting the ball into his own net, Martyn Farquhar netted an own goal in favour of the home side.
Article written on 28 Mar 2016 | Link to article
League fixtures announced
The league fixtures for the 2016 have been released, with Tain Thistle starting their campaign with trips to Inver and Fortrose after a 'free week'. The cup fixtures, to be drawn on March 31st, are still to be announced.
Full list of fixtures
Article written on 24 Mar 2016 | Link to article
4th annual Texas Scramble a success
The fourth annual Texas Golf Scramble, held in conjunction with Tain Golf Club, proved a resounding success yet again, as over £1,300 was raised towards club funds.
The winners on the day were:
1st Chris Mailley & team
2nd Davie Clark & team
3rd Ewan Chisholm & team
Closest to the pin: Mike Skinner
Special thanks must go to Tain golf club, Stuart Morrison, Steven Martin, Murdo Macleod, Willie Rostock and the wonderful staff at Old Tom's Bar & Restaurant for helping to make this day such a wonderful success.
Article written on 13 Mar 2016 | Link to article
Graham Macrae memorial bench
The club wishes to thank everyone who attended the unveiling of the Graham Macrae memorial bench on Saturday morning. The bench, which was placed by the football pavilion at the Links, was purchased by Tain Thistle Football Club in recognition of his many years of assistance and support, as a player, committee member and as a fan since the club's formation in 1997.
Article written on 07 Mar 2016 | Link to article
The club wishes to extend it's heartfelt gratitude to Ferries Kitchens and McDonald Scaffolding who have both made donations to the club for the forthcoming summer season.
Thank you to both companies.
Article written on 23 Feb 2016 | Link to article
Friendly matches arranged
As pre-season continues, the Jags have arranged two friendly matches for March. First, they will travel to Brora to play the Wanderers with a 3pm kick off on Sunday, March 20th.
The following weekend, Thistle take another trip to Sutherland to play Dornoch City at The Meadows, Dornoch for a 3pm kick off on Sunday, March 27th.
Article written on 17 Feb 2016 | Link to article
Thistle seek donations to repair vandalism damage
We were very disappointed to discover that our pavilion had been the subject of mindless vandalism over the weekend, leaving our club room window shattered. The window itself has stood the test of several wayward shots at goal over the years, so it’s made of tough stuff. It would have taken quite a deliberate effort to smash it. The matter has been reported to the police and we are assured that they will do what they can to catch the perpetrators.
In the mean time, we’ve had some great offers of help and support from fans, and people in the town, and on the back of one of their suggestions we have set up a JustGiving page where people can pledge money towards efforts to repair the damage. For any voluntary club or organisation, extra expenses like this put a big strain on funds and help from the community goes a long way. We are very grateful to everyone who has donated money to this cause so far.
The JustGiving page can be located here:
JustGiving - Tain Thistle FC
Article written on 26 Jan 2016 | Link to article
Training scheduled for February
Tain Thistle will kick off their pre-season training in February at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex. Sessions will begin on the all weather surface on Monday 8th February and manager Daniel Cormack is looking forward to seeing his squad together for the first time.
New players are welcome and encouraged to come along to the session which begins at 7pm. For more information, Daniel can be contacted on 07864 607944.
Article written on 16 Jan 2016 | Link to article