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  • Tain Thistle 1 Pentland United 2 (AET)

    Despite a gallant effort, Tain Thistle’s debut in the Highland Amateur Cup ended in extra time defeat today, at the hands of Caithness side Pentland United.

    Chances were missed at both ends during a hard fought ninety minutes which saw no goals scored. The period of normal time wasn’t without incident though, as Adam MacDonald (knee injury) was forced to withdraw after just 16 minutes, leaving only manager Tony Farquhar on the bench after Roy Smillie was introduced.

    Making his debut, Finn As-Chainey gave a solid display in midfield alongside Paul Cowie, who put in a committed performance despite battling injury. Thistle mostly threatened from set pieces with Goller a frequent feature going forward.

    The Jags’ goal led a charmed life in the latter stages as legs began to tire but resolute defending from Cameron, Mackay and Durrand kept the wolves from the door and a good display from Dan Cormack ensured that the score remained 0-0 when normal time ended.

    Pentland broke the deadlock five minutes into extra time after a defensive lapse allowed James Murray to fire home with a shot that was drilled low into the far corner of the net. The Jags fought doggedly throughout the remainder before a penalty award handed United a 2-0 advantage with ten minutes left.

    Paul Cowie halved the deficit from the spot for Tain to make for a nervy ending to the match but the visitors held out for a 2-1 win.

    Team: Cormack, Noble, Durrand, Cameron, D Mackay, Cowie, G Mackay, As-Chainey, Goller, Rostock (Farquhar 90), MacDonald (Smillie 22)

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  • Thistle prepare for Pentland United test

    On Saturday, Tain Thistle will begin a new chapter in their 21 year history when they welcome Pentland United to the Links for a preliminary round match in this year's Highland Amateur Cup.

    The game marks the club's first foray not only into the Highland Amateur Cup, but also in amateur football, having taken the decision to switch to the amateur code in March to join the North West Sutherland Amateur League.

    The Jags' Caithness visitors will be strong favourites for the game, having won the overall competition no fewer than seven times in their history. Tain Thistle team manager Tony Farquhar, a long time Pentland United man himself, will be faced with several late fitness calls as a number of key players continue to recover from injuries picked up at the end of the winter season.

    Speaking today, Tony said,

    "Having completed several good training sessions over the past few weeks, we are really looking forward to the game against my old club on Saturday. We go into the game as underdogs and without a few regulars but we will be give it our best efforts and see what happens on the day." 
    The game kicks off at 3pm tomorrow at the Links. Supporters welcome. Tea and coffee will be on sale, along with tickets for our half-time raffle.

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  • League fixtures for 2018 released

    The first set of league fixtures for this season's North West Sutherland Amateur League campaign have been released, and Tain Thistle have learned that they will begin with a home game against Brora Wanderers on April 28th. A trip to Melvich follows a week later before the Jags play host to Lairg Rovers on May 12th.

    A full set of fixtures can be viewed here.

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  • Jags drawn against Pentland United in Highland Amateur Cup

    For the first time in their 21 year history, Tain Thistle FC will play in the Highland Amateur Cup and following Saturday's draw, it has been revealed that the Jags' preliminary round opponents will be Caithness AFA side Pentland United AFC, who will visit the Links on Saturday, April 21st.

    Seasoned Highland Amateur Cup competitors, Pentland United will provide formidable opposition for the Jags, having won the competition 7 times in the last 31 years. The "Stabbies" are the former club of Jags manager Tony Farquhar, who takes the reigns at Tain Thistle for their maiden season as an amateur club. It will surely be a bittersweet feeling for Thistle's championship gaffer as he leads the club out for their first amateur game against a club so close to his heart.

    A home tie in the first round proper awaits the winners, who will host Wick Groats on Saturday, May 12th.

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  • Thistle granted entry to North West Sutherland Amateur League

    Tain Thistle FC have today been accepted as a guest club in the North West Sutherland Amateur League for the 2018 summer season, ending concerns that the club may not be able to play this year.

    The Jags were represented at a meeting of the NWSAFA committee this afternoon by team manager Tony Farquhar and following a vote held by member clubs, the Jags’ application for entry was accepted.

    The season will see Tain compete in the league competition against amateur clubs from all across the North Highland landscape, including Golspie, Dornoch, Lairg, Brora, Embo, Helmsdale, Lochinver, Tongue, Melvich and Kinlochbervie.

    The move ends a 21 year association with the Ross-shire Welfare League, of which Thistle are the reigning champions, having won the championship in each of the last three seasons. The committee of Tain Thistle greatly appreciate the efforts of both Jimmy Patullo and John MacLeod in particular who have served the league during the club’s years of membership.

    The club are now very much looking forward to a new challenge under the amateur code as competitors in the North West Sutherland League as well as our entry into the Highland Amateur Cup for the first time.

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  •   League Table

    Team Pld GD Pts
    Brora Wandrs 0 0 0
    Dornoch City 0 0 0
    Embo 0 0 0
    Golspie Stafford 0 0 0
    Helmsdale Utd 0 0 0
    Kinlochbervie 0 0 0
    Lairg Rovers 0 0 0
    Lochinver 0 0 0
    Melvich 0 0 0
    Tain Thistle 0 0 0
    Tongue Utd 0 0 0