The Jags made amends for their loss in a practice game earlier this year with a 3-1 win over visiting North West Sutherland amateur side Lairg Rovers on Tuesday night. With many absences, only nine of Darren Mackay's envisaged eleven were available for selection, prompting the introduction of a couple of others.
Tain Thistle 3, Lairg Rovers 1
Goals from Darran Goller, Liam Rostock and substitute guest player, Clachnacuddin striker Ross Grant in the second half wrapped up the win.
Squad: R Ross, Davis, Sutherland, Chisholm, Brand, Farquhar, Cowie, Mailley, Rostock, Goller, D Christie, MacIver, Grant
Article written on 10 Apr 2014 | Link to article
Two late goals gave Embo a narrow win over Tain Thistle as the Jags visited the North West Sutherland side in a friendly today. Martyn Farquhar had given Tain the lead for most of the game before a lapse in concentration led to a quick fire double to send the visitors home with a defeat.
Embo 2, Tain Thistle 1
R Ross, Durrand, Davis, Sutherland, A Christie, Cowie, Farquhar, Rostock, Bell, McCourt, D Ross, Smith, D Christie, Mailley, McVicar
Article written on 05 Apr 2014 | Link to article
Thistle look set to complete their pre-season with two friendly matches. The Jags will play Embo in a return fixture from last year's game on Saturday, April 5th with a 3pm kick off. Last year's game at the Links saw the Sutherland side run out 1-0 winners. This year's game will be played at Embo Park with Thistle out to secure a victory over last season's North West Sutherland league runners-up.
April friendlies arranged
On Tuesday, April 8th, Thistle will welcome Lairg Rovers to the Links for the first time since 2012, having already played them this pre-season in a practice game at the TRACC all-weather pitch in March. The game kicks off at 7pm.
Article written on 27 Mar 2014 | Link to article
Thistle's friendly match of the pre-season ended in comfortable victory as Darren Mackay's depleted Jags battled to a 3-1 win over Muir of Ord United.
Muir United 1, Tain Thistle 3
Run by former Tain striker Stu Ross, Muir of Ord United had played Thistle three years ago under their former name of Dores FC in a Christmas friendly. That day the game ended in a 7-7 draw in bitterly cold and wet conditions. Thankfully, the weather made for a much better game today. Missing several of their regular side, Thistle took only twelve players to Muir of Ord for the game.
The Jags got off to a flier after only one minute of play when the speedy Darran Goller capitalised on lackadaisical defending to run past the keeper with ease and score.
The next twenty minutes of the game, though, belonged to Muir as they began to press the Thistle back line. Despite a couple of debatable offside calls going the home team's way, Muir were unable to take their chances, blasting shots high and wide.
At the other end, Paul Cowie was desperately unlucky not to score when he rattled the crossbar on the 20 minute mark. Six minutes later though, a free kick for the Jags led to a second goal. Floating the ball into the eighteen yard box with precision, Arron Christie found Goller who volleyed the ball home to make it 2-0.
With only one man on the bench, Thistle did well to cope against the frequent introduction of fresh legs in the Muir ranks in the second half and should have made it 3-0 on the hour mark when Goller again found himself in on the keeper. Finding himself with his back to goal though, he could only back heel, and the chance went awry.
The score remained at 2-0 until the 79th minute when the referee awarded a penalty to Muir, amidst much protestation - goalkeeper Robert Ross being booked for dissent during the furore. For Muir, Alan Smith made no mistake with the spot kick to reduce the deficit to one.
Tain wasted no time from the restart and from a Chippie Mailley through ball, Goller was on hand once again to dance past the keeper and walk the ball into the net for his hat-trick.
With Liam Rostock leaving the field with an ankle injury, Paul Cowie replaced him up front towards the end of the game, and nearly made it 4-1 in the dying moments with a curled effort that hit the woodwork. The score, however, remained 3-1 and Thistle recorded their first win of the pre-season in style.
R Ross, G Davis, A Durrand, M Brand, J Sutherland, G Smart, P Cowie, L Rostock, C Mailley, A Christie, D Ross, D Goller
Article written on 23 Mar 2014 | Link to article
Today's Texas Golf Scramble was another huge success, raising over £1,000 towards club funds. Thank you to Tain Golf Club, the companies and individuals who donated raffle prizes and to everyone who participated.
Golf scramble raises over £1,000
Congratulations to Frank Sutherland's team who won the second annual Tain Thistle Shield with a score of 55.7.
The standings at the end of play were as follows:
1st. Frank Sutherland
2nd. Alan Sangster
3rd. David Macleod
Article written on 16 Mar 2014 | Link to article
In a back and forth match at Tain Royal Academy Community Complex, Tain Thistle lost 3-2 to a feisty Lairg Rovers side last night.
Rovers overcome the Jags
Missing key players Daniel Christie and Martyn Farquhar from the draw against Maryburgh, manager Darren Mackay introduced Chris Mailley and Jamie Macdonald to the side.
Lairg played effectively on the counter with Thistle having enjoyed most of the early pressure, and took the lead with a shot squeezed in at the near post to make it 1-0. Liam Rostock levelled for Tain on the half hour mark, and the scores remained level for some time. Midway through the second half, Lairg capitalised on a mistake at the back to make it 2-1, but with five minutes remaining Chris Mailley made it 2-2.
It seemed as though the game would end a draw until a momentary lapse for the Jags gave Lairg the easiest of goals, as the ball was walked into the net.
Team from: R Ross, Davis, Durrand, Brand, Macdonald, Sutherland, Cowie, Mackenzie, Pelka, A Christie, Smith, Goller, Rostock, D Ross, McCourt
Article written on 05 Mar 2014 | Link to article
As the sun battled its way through the clouds to show its face for the first time this Spring, the Jags took to the Links for the first time this year, under new management, to face the visiting amateur team from Maryburgh.
Tain Thistle 1 Maryburgh 1
Despite being a friendly, the first half saw a couple of tasty challenges from both sides, with chances shared too. Thistle could have gone 1-0 up after only three minutes when an effort deflected off a Maryburgh defender and looked to be looping over their keeper, but the shot drifted just over. At the other end, Robbie Ross in goal for the Jags did well with a save from close range to keep the scoreboard clear at half time.
Playing in the middle of the park, Paul Cowie was a candidate for man of the match, winning headers as though he were 7 foot tall against some big lads in the Maryburgh team.
The second half saw the introduction of several substitutes including the nephew of goalkeeper Robert, Dean Ross, and it was the youngster who eventually opened the scoring after the hour mark, firing into the far corner following a neat counter attack to make it 1-0 to the Jags.
With the makeshift pairing of Graeme Davis and Michael Brand looking comfortable at the back alongside the re-introduced Arron Christie, it didn't seem as though Maryburgh would have any luck up front, but following a tussle in the box, referee Billy Murray awarded Maryburgh a penalty - and the visitor's imposing Number 2 thundered the ball over a diving Ross to net the spot kick.
The game ended with both sides one goal apiece, and all told the outing proved very useful for the new manager, Darren Mackay, who saw his Tain side pick up where they left off last season in many ways; the signs of determination and grit still apparent despite many absences.
Thistle have to wait just two days for their next friendly match, playing on the TRACC all-weather pitch against Lairg Rovers on Tuesday evening.
Robbie Ross, Joe Sutherland, Andy Durrand, Graeme Davis, Michael Brand, Arron Christie, Paul Cowie, Daniel Christie, Martyn Farquhar, Darran Goller, Martin Smith, Liam Rostock, Dean Ross, Ross Gourlay
Article written on 02 Mar 2014 | Link to article
Tain Thistle will get their fundraising off to a driving start with the help of Tain Golf Club this March, as the club hold their second annual Texas Golf Scramble. On March 16th, players, supporters and golfers alike will gather to compete in the event, which takes place just as the golf and football seasons are set to begin. The day is being co-ordinated by former Jags keeper and current committee member Steven Martin who also works for the golf club's bar.
Tain set to tee off with Golf Scramble
Speaking to the official site, Steven said,
"We did really well with the scramble last year and it worked well in the interest of both the football club, who raised a lot of money, and the golf club, who had a few extra people through the door playing the game."
"We've managed to sell every available space for the competition itself, which is great news, but we'd encourage supporters of the club to join us in the evening for the presentations and a good night."
The golf will be followed up by a raffle with many fantastic prizes to be won, kindly donated by several local businesses and individuals.
Article written on 11 Feb 2014 | Link to article
With the new season fast approaching, Jags manager Darren Mackay has moved quickly to secure three friendly dates in March to get his team ready for the campaign.
Jags' March calendar filling up
On Sunday, March 2nd, United will play host to Carrbridge FC. The match follows two weeks of training preparation at the TRACC all-weather pitch and one week later they will make an away visit to Contin on the 9th. The team will take a break the following weekend to attend the club's Golf Scramble fundraiser before resuming play on March 23rd with a match at Muir of Ord against Inverness Welfare side Dores FC.
In other news, the Ross-shire Welfare league have scheduled a pre-AGM meeting for February 20th at the Social Club in Invergordon to discuss team involvement and season plans.
Article written on 01 Feb 2014 | Link to article
The first training session for Tain Thistle FC under new manager Darren Mackay will take place at TRACC all-weather pitch on February 19th from 7pm. Any new players wishing to join in, please get in touch via Facebook.
Training and friendly announced
We also have a first friendly arranged which will be held on the Links, in Tain on Sunday, March 2nd with a 1pm kick off, up against Carrbridge FC from the Strathspey & Badenoch Welfare league.
Article written on 28 Jan 2014 | Link to article
The Tain Thistle AGM was held tonight with office bearers and committee re-elected, and the appointment of a new club manager, following the resignation of Gary Ross.
Thistle AGM toasts good health and a new manager appointed
(Above: The present Tain Thistle committee sans Arron Christie who was taking the photograph!)
Dale Finlayson retained his position as Chairperson while Niall Harkiss was also re-elected to the roles of Treasurer and Club Secretary. A committee was elected comprised of the following attendees; B Patullo, J Cairns, R Ross, A Christie, A Murray, I Christie, A Nimmons as well as AGM absentees K McFarlane, J Rice and S Martin, who gave their apologies.
The treasury showed a healthy club balance, which the committee believes can only improve as the season progress with successes expected from the club's Golf Scramble on March 16th and plans provisionally in place for a club dinner in April.
Following a unanimous vote from those in attendance, the club have moved to appoint Darren Mackay as the manager of the club for the forth coming season. The club are hopeful that Darren, a former player and manager with Inver (among other clubs) can continue to bring the success enjoyed by Thistle in recent seasons.
Article written on 27 Jan 2014 | Link to article
Tain Thistle annual general meeting will be held on 27th January at 6:30pm in the Railway Hotel.
Article written on 15 Jan 2014 | Link to article
Search for new manager begins! League winning manager has announced he will not be able to commit to managing Tain Thistle in defending the league title next season due to the expansion of the Ross household.
Search for new manager begins
We would like to thank Gary for all the work he put in last season in guiding Tain to a memorable League Championship. The way it was won will be remembered for a long time. We look forward to seeing Gary still at matches this season and wish him and his family all the best for the future.
Applications for managing the team are welcome.
Article written on 10 Jan 2014 | Link to article