Tain Thistle 4 Contin 2
A combination of first game nerves and less than favourable wind direction saw Tain Thistle get off to a stuttery start in the Union Tavern League Cup this weekend, battling to a 4-2 win over Contin to advance to the semi final.
The manager had to cope with a number of absences for his first competitive game in charge, as the team played in their new red and white away strips for the first time.
Michael Dunnett was first to fire a shot towards goal in the fourth minute with a cross come shot which appeared to rattle in off the top corner, but the ball collided between the upright and the crossbar and came back into play, leaving the touchline wondering if the ball had crossed the line. It was Contin who took the lead though, just four minutes later, as hesitance in the Jags defence allowed Ryan Dow to easily tap the ball home after it had been squared across the face of Daniel Cormack's goal.
A goal down, Thistle took their time to get into any sort of stride and with twenty minutes gone, they could have been 2-0 down. As referee Michael Stainke was pacing out the yards between a free kick taker and the Jags' wall, the Contin men took their kick prematurely and found the net. The goal of course was disallowed - a let off for Thistle.
Neither side were able to extend their lead throughout the remainder of the first half as the wind continued to play a factor. With five minutes of the first half remaining, Dunnett had perhaps the best chance as he again rattled the woodwork when his looping shot from the right wing landed on the crossbar.
The second half started in better fashion for Tain, with the wind on their side, and they took just three minutes to equalise, Neil MacDonald rattling a thunderous shot over the top of Sean Beaton down the middle of the goal. With a goal under their belt, the Jags were playing with a renewed confidence and within six minutes they had taken the lead through Liam Rostock who expertly sent the ball home through an area of bodies.
Messrs Neil MacDonald and Cameron Mackintosh both threatened to extend the lead as Contin struggled to contain, but it was left to Rostock to extend the lead again, with a first time shot to better Beaton. At 3-1, Tain looked to have the win sewn up. A twist of fate handed Contin a lifeline when referee Michael Stainke (who later admitted a mistake in the award) adjudged that Keith Dingwall had fouled Cammy Houston inside the box, and Fraser Heath for Contin scored from the penalty spot.
The threat of extra time was now looming as Contin threatened to equalise, and as legs began to tire and cramp set in, the Jags survived a couple of shaky moments. In the end, the win was wrapped up thanks to an excellent finish from Martin Smith, who, with one minute remaining, curled his effort to the back post past Beaton to make it 4-2 and the Tain Thistle touchline breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Team: Cormack, A Christie, McGaw (Dingwall 65), MacGruer, MacDonald, Munro, Mackintosh, Rostock, Dunnett (Greenlees 82), D Christie, Mcdonald (Smith 76)
Subs not used: Goller
Goals: MacDonald 48, Rostock 54, 71, Smith 89
Article written on 26 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Jags hold pre-season dinner dance
Tain Thistle held their pre-season dinner dance at the Saint Duthus Hotel on the evening of Friday April 17th this past weekend, raising over £450 towards club funds. The club wishes to thank those who attended the meal, bought raffle tickets and contributed to the auction of several items.
We also wish to extend many thanks to the following donors of raffle prizes and auction items:
Glenmorangie Distillery, Balblair Distillery, Tesco, Carnegie Lodge Hotel, Royal Hotel, Saint Duthus Hotel, Railway Hotel, Niall Harkiss, ANTA Pottery, Tain Pottery, Kirsty McFarlane, Kenny MacDonald, KM Fitness and Dundee United Football Club.
Article written on 23 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Thistle put nine past newcomers
New Ross-shire Welfare side Eastern Rose were handed a nine goal welcome to the Links at the hands of their Easter Ross neighbours Tain Thistle this evening. A six goal blitz in the first half left the Bombers reeling before further bombardment in the second half heralded a further three goals.
Manager Robert Ross had just a couple of absences to deal with as he named a strong 19 man squad for the game, with the aim of ensuring every player at least 45 minutes on the park. Martyn Farquhar, Michael Dunnett, Ben Brown, Stephen McGaw, Andy Durrand were among those on the missing/injured list while Kiki Dingwall and John Maclellan were recalled to the side for their first pre-season game this year.
Thistle stuttered in the early stages and failed to get into any kind of stride, the performance levels of last Friday seemingly a distant memory. A quick fire double from Darran Goller in the 11th and 12th minute with two similarly well taken goals, gave Tain a 2-0 lead, despite the Jags not having moved out of first gear. Goller was forced to withdraw following an ankle knock a minute later, and was duly replaced by Liam Rostock. It was Rostock who was next to score, slotting home with ease following an excellent and powerful solo run, before he added a second on 23 minutes, lobbing Sam Law in the Rose goal from over 30 yards out.
Another first half injury saw Dave Murray withdraw in the early stages to be replaced by Kiki Dingwall. It looked as though Rostock may notch a hat-trick when he struck goal ward but his effort cannoned off the woodwork and took a deflection off the head of the waiting Gus Mcdonald and the towering forward man notched the goal for himself. With ten minutes left, Mcdonald made it 6-0 with a tap in from close range. Eastern Rose's only notable effort in the first half came from Steven Christopher, when the Bombers' target man launched a powerful long range effort towards goal. Daniel Cormack was up to the effort though, saving well, despite the ball spilling in front of him for a brief moment.
A further seven changes were made to the side at half time, including the goalkeeper, and it took Tain just two minutes to notch their seventh - Martin Smith thumping the ball home during a goalmouth scrap from three yards out. After 54 minutes, the quick feet of Sean Scott deceived Ryan Newlands in the eighteen yard box and referee Bill Murray awarded a penalty to the homesters. Scott made no mistake with the spot kick and made it 8-0 for Tain. The final goal of the game came three minutes later when John Maclellan combined with Sean Scott to score easily at the far post, finishing off an excellent move.
The Jags could have added further goals in the final 25 minutes of the game, were it not for the goalkeeping of Sam Law and some less than desirable finishing - Maclellan, Smith and Mackintosh all coming agonisingly close to finding the net. In the Thistle goal, young goalkeeper Ian Ross had very little to do during the second half, only once called into action when David Purvis Jr shot into his arms from distance. Time was called prematurely after just 85 minutes and the score ended 9-0 to Tain.
Cormack, I Ross, MacGruer, Murray, Dingwall, A Christie, Duff, T Farquhar, Mailley, M Munro, C Munro, Mackintosh, Greenlees, N MacDonald, Smith, Goller, Rostock, G Mcdonald, Scott, Maclellan
Article written on 16 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Ross praises team morale
Robert Ross gives his thoughts on the season ahead in an interview with the RSWFA official website, discussing his team's chances, young players, team morale and more.
To read the interview, click the link below.
Article written on 13 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Thistle impress against Avoch
In the latest of their preseason friendly matches, Tain Thistle put in an excellent performance to defeat current Highland Amateur Cup champions Avoch FC last night, in what turned out to be a thoroughly well contested game.
There were a handful of enforced changes following the trip to Embo last week. Missing Neil MacDonald and Chippie Mailley from the midfield with slight injury concerns, Robert Ross reintroduced Martyn Farquhar and Gus Mcdonald, the latter taking his place up front while Daniel Christie dropped to the midfield alongside Farquhar. Dave MacGruer was moved further upfield, swapping places with Dave Murray, and between the sticks, former Alness Athletic goalkeeper Andrew Maitland deputised for a one-off appearance, covering for the absence of both Daniel Cormack and Johnny Allan.
The Jags got off to a good start with a goal from Dave MacGruer in the eleventh minute of the first half, tapping home from six yards after an excellent build up. Avoch had a chance to equalise on the half hour mark from the penalty spot, but Andrew Maitland was up to the task, making a good save to deny the Black Isle side. The Jags ended the half on top and the score at half time remained in Tain's favour.
It took Thistle just seven minutes of the second half to add a second, this time via Daniel Christie, the attacking midfielder finding the back of the net with a stunning strike. Moments later, Alan Duff capped off an excellent piece of play with a goal of his own to take the score to 3-0. Most pleasing for Ross will be the clean sheet, as the Jags held on to the commanding scoreline while also preventing Avoch from scoring.
The victory all but rounds off the pre-season friendly calendar. Just a home game against Eastern Rose remains, which will be played this Wednesday, April 15th at the Links.
Maitland, Duff, Murray, A Christie, Dingwall, MacGruer, C Munro, M Farquhar, D Christie, G Mcdonald, Rostock, Goller, T Farquhar, Dunnett, Greenlees, Smith
Article written on 11 Apr 2015 | Link to article
The Jags will welcome Avoch FC to the Links for a friendly match on Friday, April 10th for a 6.30pm kick off. This will be the first time the teams will have met in any type of game and it should prove to be Tain's toughest test of the pre-season so far.
The friendly between Tain and Golspie, originally scheduled for tomorrow night (Tuesday), has been postponed, as the North West Sutherland side failed to raise a team.
Article written on 06 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Embo 1 Tain Thistle 4
Returning the compliment with a trip to Sutherland, Tain Thistle recorded another friendly win this evening against a much improved Embo side, ten days after their Tain meeting. The manager introduced three new players, all from last season's championship winning Alness Athletic side to compliment his already very promising squad.
Tain had to wait all of 90 seconds for the opener as Craig Munro launched a ball into the box for Dave MacGruer to guide a headed effort over the top of Steven Ure to make it 1-0. Slick passing and total comfort on the ball followed as Tain Thistle dominated the early stages. Alan Duff came close moments later with a long range drive, forcing a save from Ure at his far post. Up front, Darran Goller and Martin Smith pestered the Embo back line, and it was the former whose persistence paid off when he was fouled in the box. From the resultant spot kick, Neil MacDonald easily converted the penalty, sending the ball under the goalkeeper to make it 2-0 with ten minutes of the half remaining.
Eight minutes into the second half, Tain made it three thanks to a Chippie Mailley goal, which capped off a solid performance from the midfielder. A long ball from Arron Christie was picked up by the Dornoch native, as he forced a save from Ure before collecting the rebound and forcing it home from an acute angle.
The ink paper of the otherwise resolute Tain defence was blotted on 80 minutes. Much to the consternation of the Thistle touchline, Dave MacGruer was adjudged to have nudged James McGillivray off the ball just inside the area and referee David Cowie awarded a spot kick to the Fishers. Scott Mackay stepped up to take the spot kick and quite confidently put it past Johnny Allan to reduce the deficit.
Having kept Thistle at bay for most of the second half, the Embo back line eventually succumbed to a Tain attack on 90 minutes, when Calum Greenlees and Cameron Mackintosh combined for the latter to slot the ball home, for what was to be the last kick of the ball.
Cormack, Allan, Duff, A Christie, MacGruer, McGaw, MacDonald, C Munro, Dunnett, Scott, Mackintosh, Greenlees, Mailley, Murray, Goller, Smith, D Christie
Article written on 04 Apr 2015 | Link to article
Tain cruise to victory against Embo
Tain Thistle bounced back from their Friday night defeat with a strong squad and a strong performance against an Embo team who had previously had the better of their Tain counterparts during pre-season for the past two years. On this occasion, there was no doubting the more superior side, as Tain cantered towards a 3-0 win, with Daniel Cormack in goal for the Jags, largely untested.
The opening goal came after just 90 seconds, when Ben Brown, picking the ball up on the edge of the box, moved goalwards and slotted the ball past Steven Ure for the easiest of openers. Brown could have made it 2-0 just moments later when he looped a shot over Ure but his effort rattled the crossbar and flew to safety. The Jags didn't let up and neither did Brown as his powerful 20 yard strike stung the palms of the Embo 'keeper before Dave MacGruer added the finishing touch to push the ball home and make it 2-0 after just seven minutes' play. The early signs were that a rout could be on the cards.
Embo offered very little when they did win possession and struggled to do anything against the more than competent back line of Duff, Christie and MacGruer and were it not for the competent goalkeeping of Ure, Embo may have found themselves nursing a sorer scoreline at half time. Calum Greenlees impressed and proved to be a frequent thorn in the side of the Embo back line, linking up well with Daniel Christie on a number of occasions. Gus Mcdonald, playing his first game of the pre-season, narrowly missed out on a goal when he attempted to glance a shot past Ure, only to watch his shot trundle wide of the post. Marc Munro offered Tain's last shot of the first half, forcing a good save from Ure. Liam Rostock and Paul Cowie were introduced during the interval and the changes offered Embo no respite as Thistle continued to dictate play during the second half. The latter of the substitutes was most unlucky with an hour gone when he shot just inches wide of the post from distance.
In the end, Tain's persistence paid off when Ben Brown scored his second of the afternoon. Following on from a series of incisive passes and through balls, which Daniel Christie, nor Gus Mcdonald could finish, Brown launched a low effort from the edge of the eighteen yard box which sailed through a packed area past Ure and into the net. At 3-0, Tain Thistle were completely comfortable. Liam Rostock tested Ure with a shot of his own moments after the third goal, and just minutes after that, a first time attempt at goal from the striker, on the turn, scraped narrowly past the upright.
All in all, Robert Ross will be pleased to have watched his Tain Thistle side canter to victory, without every looking likely to concede.
Squad: Cormack, I Ross, MacGruer, A Christie, Duff, Sutherland, Cameron, Munro, MacDonald, Greenlees, Brown, D Christie, Mcdonald, Rostock, Cowie
Article written on 22 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Jags lose out in Dingwall
The visiting Lewis and Harris amateur side, Ness FC, did everything they needed to in the first half at the Dingwall Academy astro pitch last night as a depleted Jags, who had to deal with absences in double figures, lost 2-1.
Joe Sutherland gave the Jags an early lead thanks to a drive from the edge of the box which took a wicked deflection, but having survived a rocky opening period, Ness found an equaliser, Andrew Macleod forcing a save from Daniel Cormack before Cage knocked in the rebound. Having turned the tide, Ness then took a first half lead. Macleod turned goalscorer and snatched an equaliser with a curling effort into the top corner, and the half ended 2-1 to the islanders.
The second half heralded no further goals and all in all it finished evenly with neither side creating any real clear cut chances, and the score ended as the first half did with a 2-1 win for Ness.
Squad: Cormack, I Ross, Graham, A Christie, McGaw, Scott, Cameron, Sutherland, Mailley, Greenlees, Smith, D Christie, Farquhar
Article written on 21 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Golf Scramble raises record amount
Tain Golf Club and Tain Thistle Football Club teamed up for the third consecutive year to run their annual Texas Scramble, raising over £1,200 along the way. Thanks to entry fees from the teams involved and a very popular raffle with many great prizes, the club was able to raise a record amount of money for this event, which will contribute greatly to season costs for the year ahead.
Congratulations to today's winners. Ross Jack and Gerry McCready (pictured) were part of the winning team along with G. Dunbar and M. Dzialdowski with a fantastic score of 56.4.
The club wishes to thank Tain Golf Club, the greens keeping staff and the bar staff, who hosted our post-game raffle. The Jags committee also wishes to thank the following individuals and businesses for their kind donations towards today's raffle:
Ian Innes, Richard Hamblin, Willie Rostock, Keyline, Gus Gurney, Harry Gow Bakery, Ray Goller, Niall Harkiss and Tesco.
Finally, a big thanks must also go to Steven Martin for organising the event. Thank you once again Steven! Also, we must thank Willie Rostock for his help and time running the raffle.
Article written on 15 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Thistle make easy work of Contin
Traditionally, it's a good idea to avoid teams from the league you play in during pre-season, however, the midweek workout proved beneficial as Thistle cantered to a 4-0 win over fellow Ross-shire Welfare side Contin at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex this evening.
Just four minutes in, the Jags took the lead after Darran Goller's shot rattled the post and Daniel Christie made easy work of the rebound, slotting home from 15 yards to make it 1-0. Four minutes later, it was 2-0, and after Dave MacGruer rattled the crossbar with a header, the second chance this time was left to Alan Duff who expertly curled the ball past the keeper. Youngster Calum Greenlees looked lively and was unlucky not to play provider for Thistle's third when his pace wing play played Cameron Mackintosh in. The third eventually came just after the half hour and it was Daniel Christie who scored again, lobbing the Contin goalkeeper from 30 yards with a brilliant strike. Another of the Jags midfield, Chris Mailley, made it 4-0 three minutes later, receiving a pass from Mackintosh before twisting and turning inside the box and unleashing a left foot shot which left the Contin 'keeper helpless.
Manager Robert Ross introduced seven new players at the start of the second half, continuing the 3-2-3-2 formation which had proved effective thus far. Most pleasing for the manager will be the clean sheet, but the second half heralded no further scoring action. A combination of a bitter chill in zero degree temperatures and several rolling substitute changes left the second half quite disjointed, and Thistle competently saw the game out as four goal winners.
Cormack, Duff, A Christie, Durrand, MacGruer, Cowie, Cameron, Munro, Mailley, McGaw, Mackintosh, Scott, D Christie, Greenlees, Goller, Rostock, Newlands, Smith
Article written on 10 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Half dozen for Jags in pre-season opener
Tain Thistle strolled to a 6-0 victory over North West Sutherland amateur side Brora Wanderers yesterday afternoon to kick off their pre-season campaign. The match saw new manager Robert Ross introduce a handful of new players as efforts to build a new squad for the season ahead continue. All fifteen players included in today's squad were used.
Liam Rostock opened the scoring for Tain in eleven minutes when he applied the finishing touch on a Chippie Mailley layoff. And he could have doubled his tally just moments later following good work from Brian Cameron, but his right footed curling effort flew well over. Thistle's second arrived courtesy of Martin Smith, who turned the ball underneath the 'keeper at his near post. The Jags went 3-0 ahead with six minutes of the first half remaining, in a packed goalmouth; Dave MacGruer the man with the final touch as the ball found the net. A minute later, Liam Rostock was withdrawn having suffered an ankle knock. Chippie Mailley rounded off the first half scoring with a long range strike, from fully 30 yards, leaving the Brora 'keeper standing.
Tain made two further changes to start the second half. Almost instantly, Brora tested Daniel Cormack in the Tain goal, but the flurry of pressure was short lived as Tain went on to enjoy twenty minutes of sustained pressure. New to the side, Stephen McGaw and Cameron Mackintosh were impressive going forward, and substitute Michael Newlands was unfortunate not to score on a couple of occasions. It was the other of the second half subs who found the net next. Receiving a cross, Ben Brown hit the ball first time to expertly place it beyond the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Tain introduced young substitute goalkeeper Iain Ross on 71 minutes for Daniel Cormack, who had had a quiet afternoon of it. Within minutes, it looked as though Brora may have found the net, but they could only hit the post before shooting a rebound wide, leaving Ross's goal unscathed. Joe Sutherland made it 6-0 for Tain with nine to go by simply nodding home the freest of headers from a corner. Ross was finally called into action on 85 minutes but held well as Brora hit the target following a counter.
Thistle now turn their attention to fellow Ross-shire Welfare side Contin, who they will entertain at the all-weather pitch at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex on Tuesday evening. The match kicks off at 7.10pm.
Cormack, I Ross, Duff, MacGruer, A Christie, McGaw, Cameron, Sutherland, Mailley, D Christie, Mackintosh, Rostock, Smith, Brown, Newlands
Article written on 09 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Links pitch almost ready for new season
The Links playing fields took a step further to being ready for the new season thanks to the kind help of Struan Mackay of Highland Landscaping, who gave the pitch its first cut this weekend.
Please visit Struan's website at http://www.highlandlandscaping.co.uk
Article written on 08 Mar 2015 | Link to article
Dinner Dance scheduled
Tain Thistle and the Saint Duthus Hotel in Tain have teamed up once again to hold a Dinner Dance in aid of funds for the club. As well as a meal, those in attendance will be treated to entertainment provided by local DJ Ally Mackintosh as well as a raffle and auction.
The dinner will be held on the evening of Friday, April 17th. Those wishing to order tickets should contact Alan Grant at the Saint, or contact the club via Facebook.
Article written on 02 Mar 2015 | Link to article
The proposed game to honour Liam Rostock, Daniel Christie and Martyn Farquhar has been postponed on account of adverse weather this week. In addition, the Graham Jardine Quaich match has been postponed until August to allow for Balintore FC to regroup and form a team.
Article written on 01 Mar 2015 | Link to article
AGM held in the Railway Hotel
The Tain Thistle AGM for 2015 was held in the Railway Hotel last night, with news that the Club is in great health ahead of the forth coming season being the most pleasing news of the evening.
Dale Finlayson was unanimously re-elected as Chairperson for a third season, while Niall Harkiss also retained his place as Club Secretary and Treasurer. The following committee members were also elected for the season: Ian Christie, Brian Patullo, Darren Mackay, Steven Martin, Andrew Murray, Robert Ross (team manager), Kirsty McFarlane (sponsor representative) and Arron Christie (player representative).
Article written on 24 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Jags Supporters' Club looking for new members
We would like to remind supporters of the club that they can help to contribute towards our season costs by becoming members of our Supporters' Club - by contributing as little as £2.50 per month or £25 for a whole year, via Paypal subscription.
Money raised from subscriptions helps us towards our goals of ensuring players have proper training equipment, strips, insurance for the season and also covers match to match costs such as referee expenses and player refreshments. Click the link below to become a member.
Article written on 12 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Good turnout at first training session
A promising turnout for the first training session gave the management team of Robert Ross, Arron Christie and Allan Ross some food for thought as over 30 individuals took the field at the Tain Royal Academy Community Complex this past Monday night.
Article written on 10 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Rostock, Christie and Farquhar testimonial
Tain Thistle will hold a Testimonial match to kick off the pre-season on Sunday, March 1st to recognise Liam Rostock, Daniel Christie and Martyn Farquhar for their continued service to the Club. Each player made their debut for the Jags during the 2006 season under manager Billy Russell, and now, in 2015, they will play in what will be their tenth consecutive season, marking a full decade of uninterrupted service.
A collection for charity will also be held at the game in memory of former players David Matheson and Mark Austin.
Article written on 04 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Ferries Kitchens serve up some match balls
The Club wishes to thank Ferries Kitchens for their very kind offer of match ball sponsorship for the forthcoming season.
Please visit their website at:
Article written on 04 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Ross returns to take the Jags' reigns
Tain Thistle are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Ross as Team Manager for the next two seasons. A former Jags player with 80 goals to his name for the Club since 1997, Robbie is an experienced player who knows the club well. He will be assisted by Allan Ross and former manager Arron Christie.
Robbie made his debut for the club under Gordon Burry in 1998, after having responded to an advert in the local Post Office from a new team who were looking for football players. Although only 16 years old, Robbie netted his first goal on May 6th that year, against the Morven as Thistle fell to an 8-1 defeat.
Playing at a time when Thistle were frequent underachievers, Robbie stood out as one of the brighter talents at the club, scoring 5 times in 1999 and finishing as the club's top scorer in 2000 with 18 goals. After five years with the club, however, he left in 2003 to represent neighbouring Portmahomack, alongside a handful of other Thistle regulars. Robbie finally returned in 2007 after the departure of manager Billy Russell, to assist new boss Arron Christie. That year, the pairing led Thistle to their first ever trophy, with Robbie scoring in the Pattison Cup final to take the trophy home. His crowning achievement came in 2009 when he finished as the club's top goalscorer during their league winning season.
Article written on 01 Feb 2015 | Link to article
Annual Texas Scramble to be held on March 15th
Tain Thistle F.C. are teaming up with Tain golf club once again to host what will be the 3rd Annual Jags' Texas Scramble.
The event will be held on March 15th, 2015. Players, supporters and golfers alike are invited to take part at £40 per team of 4. The day is being co-ordinated once again by committee member Steven Martin (email@example.com).
Please get in touch with the golf club, or Steven, to book your place!
The golf will be followed by a raffle with many fantastic prizes to be won, kindly donated by several local businesses and individuals.
Article written on 28 Jan 2015 | Link to article
Isleburn renew sponsorship for 2015
The Club wishes to extend its thanks to Isleburn, who have renewed their sponsorship of Tain Thistle FC for a further season.
Article written on 27 Jan 2015 | Link to article
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