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  • Tain Thistle 0 Brora Wanderers 1

    Brora Wanderers needed just one goal to humble champions Tain Thistle at the Links today. A first half goal from Jon Campbell, who pounced on a short clearance from the goalkeeper before lobbing the Tain custodian from 30 yards was all that separated the sides at half time. It could have been 2-0 but a second half penalty for Wanderers was saved well by Will Macrae, and at the other end a foul on the Brora goalkeeper denied Tain their only netbound effort.

    In the latter stages, the home side were unlucky not to score with a Finn As-Chainey shot that deflected onto the crossbar as the signs were that it was not going to be their day. Thistle’s push for an equaliser was against a Brora side who were defending resolutely, and against Tain’s best efforts the Wanderers held on to claim an impressive away win.

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  • Jags ousted by Staxigoe

    It was to be another first round exit for Tain Thistle in the Highland Amateur Cup, losing 3-1 to Staxigoe United. During an evenly contested first half both keepers were called into action, and on twenty minutes Thistle thought they had broken the deadlock when the ball appeared to have crossed the line – but referee Eric Robertson waved play on.

    The Caithness side eventually opened the scoring with 10 minutes of the half left through Martin Banks but within five minutes Darran Goller had equalised. Capitulation followed in the second period as Staxigoe netted twice in the final twenty minutes to put the game beyond Tain. Staxigoe retook the lead via an unfortunate Paul Cowie own goal and the final goal to make it 3-1 was a second for Banks.

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  • Highlights - Melvich v Tain Thistle

    Match highlights, courtesy of Darren Manson, Picture House.

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  • Melvich 3 Tain Thistle 5

    There were goals aplenty in Melvich in a back and forth affair. Thistle got off to a great start with a goal after just three minutes, when new signing Shaun Kerr headed in from an Arron Christie corner. Kerr made it 2-0 seven minutes before the break with a good finish from six yards out after David Mackay found the striker inside the box with a cross. As the second half began, Melvich pulled a goal back from a corner kick, Kyle Innes beating Stevie Campbell with a headed effort.

    The North Sutherland side must have been taking inspiration from England’s midweek European hopefuls as they proceeded to complete the comeback to make it 2-2 when James Murray nodded home from a corner — and ten minutes later Martyn Cook put the home side ahead with a shot from inside the area to leave Thistle reeling. Were it not for some good goalkeeping from Campbell, the home side could have extended their lead. But Melvich’s resolve was tested just minutes later when Gordy Mackay was able to sweep the ball home to make it 3-3.

    From then on, it was Thistle who showed the metal to retake control when Darran Goller finished from a tight angle to make it 4-3. There was to be no second Melvich comeback this time though, and with five minutes remaining Goller netted again, this time with a header to wrap up the win.

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  • Jags knocked out of Stafford Cup

    In the early kick off at Ferrycroft Park, Lairg Rovers had put three past Thistle after just 20 minutes. Liam Mcleod opened the scoring with a good finish from six yards on the end of a Michael Newlands cross. Michael Newlands doubled their advantage four minutes later when he pounced on a loose ball and rounded the keeper. Newlands netted again on twenty minutes getting on the end of a clearance from Craig Ross, but shorty after, Thistle reduced the deficit with a goal following a penalty award for a foul on Finn As-Chainey; Liam Rostock putting away the resultant spot kick. Lairg remained undettered in their first half assault though, and Adam Mackay added a fourth before the interval, scoring with a neatly hit volley which cannoned in off the post.

    Thistle stemmed the tide in the second half and on 55 minutes, Darran Goller reduced the scoreline to 4-2 after rounding the keeper. The comeback continued as Goller netted again just five minutes later heading home a Cammy Mackintosh cross, leaving just a goal between the sides. The Jags were given further hope when Craig Ross was red carded with half an hour remaining — but there was to be no equaliser as the home side held on to advance to the semi-final.

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  • Thistle put six past Melvich

    League champions Tain Thistle are competing in the Stafford Cup for the first time this year and they got off to a winning start on Saturday with a 6-0 win against visitors Melvich at the Links Playing Fields. 19 year old winger Finn As-Chainey set the pace on 13 minutes when he slotted the ball past Melvich ‘keeper Brian Mackay after good work from Will Ross. There was hardly time for a comeback before Mackay was beaten again, this time by one of his own defenders, as Kerr Mackay deflected a low drilled cross from As-Chainey into the net. It was 3-0 on 30 minutes with another goal from As-Chainey and the same player had the chance of a hat-trick minutes later, but Mackay was up to the challenge and saved well. Christopher ‘Chippie’ Mailley made it four ten minutes before half time when he collected the ball just outside the box and scored with a low drive which cannoned off the upright and into the net.

    With the game all but over as a contest by the second half, things went from bad to worse for Melvich when Connor Mackintosh was sent his marching orders. It was left to Thistle striker Liam Rostock to add to the tally for Tain after that, netting with a spot kick after As-Chainey had been brought down in the box. Substitute Gordy Mackay made it 6-0 shortly after being introduced. Receiving the ball from Cammy Mackintosh, Mackay’s initial shot came back off the post but the forward was quick to the rebound and fired home.

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  • Jags draw Staxigoe in Highland Amateur Cup

    The draw for the 2019 Gow's of Lybster Highland Amateur Cup took place on Saturday 30th March at the National Hotel Dingwall and drawn into the first round of the competition, Tain Thistle will play at home against Caithness amateur side Staxigoe United. The fixture will be Thistle's second crack at the Highland Amateur Cup, having been handed a baptism of fire last year, losing out in the first round to eventual winners Pentland United after extra time.

    As defending North West Sutherland league champions, Tain will be hopeful of giving a better showing to secure a place in the next round. The first round games are scheduled for Saturday, May 11th.

    Before their Highland Amateur Cup game, the Jags will begin their season on Saturday, April 13th with a Stafford Cup first round match against Melvich at the Links.

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  • Sixth annual Texas Scramble success

    In the most miserable of conditions, we held our sixth annual Texas Scramble at Tain Golf Club today, which raised a substantial amount towards club funds.

    Our thanks go to the Golf Club itself, Stuart Morrison, Gus Gurney and Richard Green, as well as Willie Rostock who held our raffle. We also wish to thank our prize donors Bannermans Fish Shop, Alan Duff, Stevie Martin, Martin Corbett, Tony Farquhar, Frank Sutherland and Willie who all made the raffle possible.

    The winners on the day were the team of Paddy Murray, Scott Macdougall, Cameron Macdougall and Malcolm Macdougall. Well done to them! Raymond Lockie claimed the prize for Longest Drive, while Paddy Murray made it a double celebration by collecting the Closest to the Pin prize.

    Lastly, we must say a big thanks to all teams who competed today to make the Scramble another huge success for us, and a brilliant fundraiser for Tain Thistle AFC as we look forward to the summer ahead.

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  • Polla Cup added to Thistle honours list

    Rounding off their 2018 season, Tain Thistle resoundingly defeated Lairg Rovers at the Highland Football Academy tonight, beating their high scoring rivals 6-1 to capture the Polla Cup for the first time. The Polla Cup is traditionally contested between the two highest scoring teams in the league at the end of the summer season.

    The goals on the night for the Jags came from Darran Goller (2), Cameron Mackintosh (3) and Chippie Mailley.

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  • Tain Thistle win North West Sutherland league

    With today's resounding 8-2 win over Lochinver FC, Tain Thistle AFC have been crowned champions of the North West Sutherland AFA. Delighted to have won every point on the park and to have visited many new grounds during this summer -- and to become the first team in living memory to have won back to back league titles in two different counties! What an achievement. Come on the Jags!

    Well done to Liam Rostock who finished as our top scorer with 18 goals this season - a great return from the club's all-time marksman - and congratulations also to Martyn Farquhar who made his 200th appearance for Thistle today - what a game to do it in.

    Thank you to the NWSAFA for welcoming our club into contention, it has been an enjoyable and well fought league campaign - we look forward to many more seasons ahead, although we've still got the Polla Cup to play for!

    Finally, our biggest vote of thanks must go to our gaffer Tony Farquhar who works tirelessly to make everything happen with the Jags these days. We can't thank him enough for the time and energy he puts into it all. I'm sure winning titles like today makes it all worth it!

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  • Tain Thistle 4 Kinlochbervie 2

    Tain Thistle moved two points clear at the top of the North West Sutherland AFA league table today thanks to a 4-2 win over visiting Kinlochbervie.

    Match report to follow.

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  • Golspie Stafford 1 Tain Thistle 2

    The Jags were faced with their stiffest test of the season thus far when they travelled to Golspie to meet the local Stafford. A switch to Friday night gave Thistle an opportunity to move on to the same points tally as Dornoch City at the top of the table - and they grabbed the chance with both hands by securing a confident 2-1 win.

    With twenty minutes gone, Liam Rostock was brought down and a penalty was awarded to the Jags. The same man made no mistake from twelve yards to give Thistle a deserved first half lead.

    Midway through the second half, good approach play from Daniel Christie, Cammy Mackintosh and Darran Goller led to the latter firing towards goal, but his shot was blocked. The ball fell into the path of Rostock who slotted home to give Thistle a 2-0 lead.

    James Macrae pulled a goal back from a free kick for the home side six minutes later, before a dramatic late "stramash" saw each side have a player dismissed; Thistle's Ally Mackintosh amongst those given his marching orders after participating in a quick session of sparring.

    Team: Allan, D Mackay, Macleod, Dingwall, A Christie, Cowie (T Farquhar 75), Macgruer, D Christie, C Mackintosg, Goller, Rostock (A Mackintosh 85)

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  • Tain Thistle 2 Dornoch City 0

    Thistle moved one step closer to the top of the table on Saturday when they defeated league leaders Dornoch City by 2 goals to nil at the Links. The match was won in comfortable fashion although the Jags left it late to finish the match off.

    Darran Goller gave Tain an early lead when he finished well to give Cameron Hook no chance in the Dornoch goal. It could have been 2-0 soon after were it not for Paul Cowie shooting over the crossbar. Thistle rarely looked flustered during a busy first half, but they couldn't extend the lead before the break.

    Shortly after the restart, Gordy Mackay was forced to withdraw due to injury and he was replaced by Dave Macgruer. The winner eventually came from Alan Duff after a great ball in field sent the defender clean through on goal and he beat Hook with a cool finish. Thistle had chances to add to the tally late on when Tony Farquhar headed over the bar and Goller hit the crossbar with a looped effort from an angle, but the score remained 2-0.

    Team: Allan, Durrand, Duff, D Mackay, A Christie, Cowie (Ross 78), G Mackay (Macgruer 50), C Mackintosh, Rostock, Goller (T Farquhar 85), D Christie

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  • Tain Thistle 4 Lairg Rovers 3

    Tain Thistle recorded their first home win of the season on Saturday with a 4-3 win over Lairg Rovers. Daniel Christie and Cammy Mackintosh joined the squad for the first time this year, and making a surprise return from the bench for the first time in over a year was Dave MacGruer, who has been recovering from a long term injury.

    Lairg took a surprise lead through Miller Mackay after just ten minutes but just a couple of minutes later Cammy Mackintosh made it a goalscoring return to the side when he left Conor Mackay in a pickle between the sticks with an awkward shot. Thistle asserted themselves well and took the lead on 35 minutes thanks to a majestic left foot strike from Graham Noble from 30 yards. The remaining five minutes of the first half saw two further goals scored. Miller Mackay was first up as he netted his second, this time from the penalty spot after a foul committed Alan Duff - but Duff did well to atone for his mistake four minutes later to put the Jags 3-2 up. Disappointingly for the Tain men, Gordy Mackay was then forced to withdraw at the half time break due to injury, with Paul Cowie being introduced as his replacement.

    Thistle made hard work of it in the second half and struggled to put the game beyond their opponents, despite extending their lead after just five minutes when Noble struck again, hitting a loose ball low into the net from the edge of the box to give Mackay no chance. Lairg did manage to pull a goal back in injury time though, when Shane McKay struck home the rebound following a save from Daniel Cormack, but it was too little too late for Joe Sutherland's men as the full time whistle followed just seconds later.

    Team: Cormack, Duff, Durrand, A Christie, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, Noble (Macgruer 63), D Christie (T Farquhar 87), Rostock, Goller, G Mackay (Cowie 46)

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  • Thistle prepared for strengthened Lairg side

    After a fortnight’s break, the Jags welcome Lairg Rovers to the Links for what will be their latest North West Sutherland league match on Saturday.

    Thistle will be looking to record their first home win of the season, having lost 5-2 to Brora in their last game at the Links. Team manager Tony Farquhar is expected to have more players at his disposal than in recent games. This weekend, Cammy Mackintosh is among those returning, having recovered from a broken hand.

    The visitors have been in mixed form so far this season but have had no problem finding the net. The Lairg men have made several additions for their 2018 campaign and are expected to be among the teams challenging for the league title.

    Tain’s performance against Rovers tomorrow will give the manager and his squad a good indication of their standing amongst their new North West Sutherland peers.

    The game kicks off at 4pm.

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  • Melvich 3 Tain Thistle 7

    Tain Thistle secured their first win of the 2018 season with the lion's share in a ten goal thriller at Melvich today. An eight minute hat-trick for Gordy Mackay was the highlight of a first half goal flurry for the Jags which saw them end the first period five goals to the good before they rounded off the win in the second half.

    It took until the 35th minute for Mackay to open the scoring when he tucked away a long throw from Liam Rostock and immediately after, Murray Mackintosh netted to make it 2-0 with a header. Mackay scored his second five minutes before the break after good work from Rostock and just three minutes later Mackay made it 4-0 with a superb strike from 20 yards out to record his treble. To compound Melvich's misery, Arron Christie made it five on the stroke of half time with a low drive from outside the box which flew into the bottom corner.

    Melvich fired back through James Murray within five minutes of the restart with two quick goals to reduce the deficit, but Liam Rostock headed home a Christie corner at the other end to make it 6-2 just after the hour mark. Ten minutes later, Christie scored his second of the game to make it 7-2.

    A goal for Melvich with a quarter hour remaining added to the second half goal tally, but the outcome remained academic, as Thistle ran out 7-3 winners to record their first points of the league campaign.

    Team: Cormack, D Mackay, Noble, A Christie, Noble, I Mackintosh, Fraser, M Mackintosh, T Farquhar, Rostock, G Mackay

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  • Thistle tackle Melvich trip in low numbers

    A 70 plus mile trip to the North coast of Sutherland awaits the Jags this weekend as they travel to play Melvich in their first away game of the new North West Sutherland AFA season.

    Injuries and absences continue to haunt player manager Tony Farquhar in his pursuit of a squad for the game, as Thistle look to steer the ship back on track by recording a first win in 2018. Despite the stuttering start, Farquhar remains in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday's match.

    "It's a bit of a task for sure, but I'm sure there will be weeks when we have 20 players at our disposal and I'll be faced with a different dilemma then."
    Melvich will be no easy proposition, as was evidenced in their opening 4-4 draw against title contenders Lairg Rovers last weekend. A double from James Murray helped Melvich to the point, just a week after the same player had netted twice for Pentland United in the Highland Amateur Cup, against Thistle. 

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  • Tain Thistle 2 Brora Wanderers 5

    Brora Wanderers served up a harsh welcome to the North West Sutherland Amateur League for Tain Thistle yesterday, as a depleted Jags side were handed a 5-2 defeat.

    Debuts were made for the club by the father and son pairing from St Duthus of John and Jamie Skinner, while former club player of the year Will Macrae was recalled for an appearance in goal for the first time in over 15 years.

    The Wandies scored after just three minutes, Ben Campbell firing home from close range after getting on the end of a low driven cross at the near post. A second arrived eight minutes later when Liam Mcleod was left free to power a header past Macrae from a Scott Murray corner.

    Craig Sutherland called Macrae into action on 20 minutes when he hit a stinging drive from the edge of the box but the Tain keeper did well to tip the ball round the post for a corner. At the other end, Liam Rostock hit the crossbar from a free kick before the ball was cleared to safety. Thistle’s chances of halving the deficit were short lived though, as Brora snatched a third on 26 minutes. Fired through a packed box, a Sutherland shot from 25 yards cannoned off Garry MacLeod, leaving Macrae off balance as the ball flew into the bottom corner.


    Rostock had better luck with a free kick just after the half hour mark when he steered the ball past Rian Mackay to reduce the score to 1-3. Dave MacIver forced a save from Mackay moments later with a shot from just inside the box, but the score remained the same at the break.

    Thistle gave a better fist of it during a fiercely contested second half but the Jags’ hopes of getting back into the game were dealt a blow on 56 minutes when Liam Ridler finished with a neat lob to make it 4-1. Thistle fired back two minutes later and it was Rostock again who found the net with a lashed effort from the edge of the box which gave Mackay no chance.

    Tony Farquhar and Alan Duff were introduced late on in an effort to further reduce the scoreline, but a penalty award ten minutes from time secured the win for Brora; Scott Miller doing the needful to round off the scoring from 12 yards.

    Team: Macrae, Durrand, Cameron, John Skinner, Jamie Skinner, Cowie (T Farquhar), M Farquhar, G Mackay (Duff), MacIver, Rostock, As-Chainey

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  • Jags face tough league start against Wandies

    Tain Thistle begin their North West Sutherland league campaign with the visit of Brora Wanderers to the Links from 4pm tomorrow -- but with several players already participating elsewhere, manager Tony Farquhar faces another team selection headache.

    Several key players are set to miss out on the opener due to their end of season involvement with North Caledonian League side Invergordon who meet Inverness Athletic in the Jock Mackay Cup Final on the same day. It is anticipated that the Jags will field a new goalkeeper for the game, while the manager may be looking to take to the field himself as the Jags look to get their season off to a good start. Thistle's chances will be boosted by the return of one of their longest serving players in Martyn Farquhar.

    The 'Wandies' will provide a stern test. They are frequent contenders for the North West Sutherland league and are sure to be among the favourites for this season's championship. Under the management of Jon Campbell, the Brora side kicked their season off last weekend in the Highland Amateur Cup preliminary round with an impressive 7-2 win over Top Joes. The star man on the day was striker Scott Miller, who netted a hat-trick to put the Caithness side to the sword

    The game kicks off at 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the Links. Supporters welcome. Tea and coffee will be on sale, along with tickets for our half-time raffle.

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  • Graham Macrae Memorial Quaich match arranged

    A date of Saturday, May 26th has been set for the Graham Macrae Memorial Quaich to be contested at the Links between two Tain Thistle select teams. Former players are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible with their availability for the date.

    The Memorial Quaich, last played for in December 2016, was donated to the club by Steve Urquhart in memory of long serving Tain Thistle FC committee member, player and supporter Graham Macrae.

    The game will also mark the testimonial of striker Darran Goller who completed his tenth season with the Jags last year.

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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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  • Pattison Cup returns to Tain

    The Jags made history with a fourth cup win on Saturday, to take their haul to five trophies in what has been their most successful season in their 21 year history.


    Manager Tony Farquhar named a sixteen man squad for the cup final against close rivals Alness United, who fielded an experienced eleven which included a handful of former Thistle players.

    Following a close twenty minutes, the game was kicked into life when former Jag Dave Murray was dismissed for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Within ten minutes, Liam Rostock connected with a superb Chippie Mailley through ball to make it 1-0. The goals then began to flood in and two quick strikes from Darran Goller and a penalty from Liam Rostock made it 4-0 by the hour mark.

    Goller double his contribution with two goals late on, as he hit a milestone by notching his 100th and 101th for the club. A late looping effort from Alan Duff made it 7-0 as the Jags ran out clear winners.

    Post-match, the trophy was awarded to captain Daniel Christie at the Railway Hotel, who also collected a bottle of Glenmorangie malt whisky in recognition of reaching 200 appearances for the club.

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  • Tain are champions for third year in a row

    Tain Thistle have been crowned Ross-shire Welfare League champions for the third year running after a 5-2 win over neighbours Balintore at the Links tonight. The victory also secured the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, which is contested annually in Tain between Thistle and Balintore in their league fixture.

    Nerves were put to bed after half an hour when Roy Smillie battered a knock on into the net at the far post. Shortly after, top scorer Darran Goller netted his 28th of the season to make it 2-0. Balintore reduced the deficit soon after the restart, but an own goal at the other end from a Liam Rostock corner immediately restored Thistle's advantage. It was 4-1 thanks to a neat Gordy Mackay finish, before Balintore once again reduced the leeway. A penalty award saw Thistle wrap up the points and the win five minutes from time, which Gordy Mackay cooly slotted away.

    The win sends Tain Thistle five points clear of Alness United in an unsurmountable position with all 10 games played. 

    Team - J Allan, A Durrand, A Duff, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, D Christie, G Mackay, L Rostock (G Noble), R Smillie (A Mackintosh), D Goller, B Cameron

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  • Jags win third Seaboard Cup

    Tony Farquhar's resurgent Jags continued their fantastic run this season by winning the Seaboard Cup for the third year in a row yesterday thanks to a 4-2 win over Invergordon Social Club at Balintore.


    Liam Rostock opened the scoring on twenty minutes to take his season tally to eight before the Tain men went 2-0 up thanks to an own goal. It looked as though it may be plain sailing for Thistle, but a David Chivas goal reduced the scoreline to 2-1 at half time.

    Cammy Bell eventually levelled the scores after a period of Social pressure ten minutes after the restart and it looked as though the match could go either way. But midway through the second half, substitute Graham Noble grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and powered Thistle back into the lead with a stunning strike from 25 yards, collecting the ball and rifling a right foot shot beyond the keeper. Thistle firmly in control, an own goal five minutes from time secured the victory.

    Post match, the trophy was presented to the winners by Gordy Lowe, Balintore.

    Team - J Allan, A Durrand, D Mackay, A Duff, C Mailley, P Cowie (G Noble), C Mackintosh, G Mackay, L Rostock, R Smillie (A Mackintosh), A MacDonald
    Unused sub - T Farquhar

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  • Thistle secure second Coronation Cup

    Tain Thistle won the Coronation Cup on Saturday for the second time in their history, thanks to a 3-0 win over Fortrose Union at Jubilee Park in Dingwall.


    They first secured the Dingwall trophy in 2013 under manager Gary Ross, when a single Chippie Mailley strike from distance helped them to a 1-0 win in Maryburgh, also against Fortrose. This time around, Chippie Mailley was also the man of the match - but the score was much more decisive.

    Liam Rostock opened the scoring from close range from a Chippie Mailley corner after just thirteen minutes to calm the nerves and it ended 1-0 at half time. Ten minutes into the second period, Adam MacDonald doubled the scoreline with a shot in off the post before the league's top marksman Darran Goller wrapped up the win with a goal from six yards after steady pressure from the Thistle front line.

    The victory secured Thistle's second cup of the season making it 2 out of 3 for new gaffer Tony Farquhar, who has done a fine job of leading the Jags during 2017, and hopefully many more years to come.

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  • Tain Thistle win Cordiner Cup for third year in a row

    A goal in extra time was required to record a 2-1 win against Alness United in the Cordiner Cup Final this past Saturday, as Tain Thistle retained the trophy to make it three in a row.


    An early sending off put Alness at a disadvantage after Kraig Vass was given his marching orders. But it took until just after the half time break for the deadlock to be broken, and it came via a penalty. The fouled striker, Mark Lamont, made no mistake with his spot kick to give Alness a 1-0 lead.

    Gordy Mackay levelled the scores on 82 minutes, sending the game into extra time. It was all Tain from there, and with 12 minutes of the game left, the league's top scorer Darran Goller netted for Thistle to make it 2-1.

    Team - J Allan, A Duff, D Mackay, A Durrand, P Cowie (A Mackintosh), C Mailley, C Mackintosh, G Mackay, R Smillie (T Farquhar), D Goller, G Noble

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  • Jags through to Cordiner Cup Final

    The Jags cantered into the Cordiner Cup final with a 7-0 win over Eastern Rose last night, in the rearranged semi final meeting between the teams at Tain. 


    Stellar goalkeeping from Ian Ross kept Thistle at bay for the first twenty minutes before Cammy Mackintosh rifled a shot in off the far post to give his side the lead. Gordy Mackay made it 2-0 soon after after a botched clearance, and Chippie Mailley shot from distance to make it three. The rest of the goals arrived late in the second half, from Daniel Christie and all three substitutes - Dave MacIver, Ali Mackintosh and Roy Smillie.

    Thistle now play Alness United in the final on Saturday June 17th in Inver.

    Team - J Allan, P Cowie (D MacIver), D Mackay, A Durrand, M Farquhar, C Mailley, C Mackintosh (A Mackintosh), L Rostock, D Christie, G Mackay (R Smillie), G Noble

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  • Weekly roundup (2/6)

    The Jags made hard work of a win over Fortrose Union in midweek, after twice enjoying a two goal lead before having to settle for a 3-2 win. Cammy Mackintosh gave Thistle the lead in the first half with a sweet strike and Darran Goller made it two with an hour gone. Daniel MacIver reduced the deficit with a goal for Fortrose before substitute Ally Mackintosh popped up to score his second of the season. A freak goal from Gregor Paterson gave Fortrose a late hope of taking something from the game, but Thistle closed the game out with ease.


    Team - J Allan, D Mackay, A Durrand, A Duff, M Farquhar (R Smillie), D Christie, C Mackintosh, C Mailley, A MacDonald, G Mackay (A Mackintosh), D Goller
    Sub not used - T Farquhar

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  • Weekly roundup (28/5)

    Thistle got back to winning ways with back to back victories this past week. They secured a 3-2 win over Invergordon Social Club in midweek thanks to goals from Alan Duff (2) and Cameron Mackintosh to make it six points from nine so far in the league campaign. Duff's winner came just after Social Club thought they had nicked a 90th minute leveller to snatch a point.


    Team - J Allan, D Mackay, M Farquhar, A Duff, G Noble (A Mackintosh), B Cameron, C Mackintosh, D Goller, D Christie, G Mackay, C Mailley
    Sub not used - R Ross

    On Saturday, the Jags required a penalty shoot out to beat a persistent Balintore Welfare side, who held Thistle to a 3-3 draw after extra time. A penalty shoot-out followed and only three were required as the Jags cruised to a 3-1 win thanks to stellar goalkeeping from John Allan.

    Team: J Allan, D Christie, D Mackay, A Duff, P Cowie (R Smillie (A McGregor)), C Mackintosh, A Mackintosh, A Durrand, G Noble (L Kemmett), D MacIver, G Mackay

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  • Weekly roundup (19/5)

    Thistle's league challenge took a turn for the worse during the week with a 3-1 defeat away to Alness United on Wednesday. Mark Lamont levelled the scores at 1-1 before United secured a two goal deficit and all three points.

    Team - S Innes, B Cameron, A Duff, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, D Murray, C Mailley, G Mackay (D MacIver), D Goller, M Lamont, D Christie

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  • Weekly roundup (12/5)

    The Jags kicked off their defence of the Ross-shire Welfare League title with a 7-1 win over Eastern Rose on Wednesday night, sending them to the top of the league table on goal difference. Hat-tricks for both Darran Goller and Mark Lamont were complimented by a goal from Ali Mackintosh, who netted his first for the club. Post match, the Jags were presented with the Tain Silver Cup, which they win for the third consecutive year.

    Team - R Ross, D Mackay, D Murray, A Duff, G Mackay (T Farquhar), C Mackintosh, C Mailley, A Mackintosh, D Goller, M Lamont, L Rostock

    Thistle had to come to terms with defeat last Saturday, however, as a makeshift Jags eleven lost 6-2 to Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union, on the Black Isle's side turf. Without a recognised goalkeeper, Thistle succumbed to a 4-1 deficit at half time, and played the majority of the game with ten men due to a first half injury to debutant Robbie Murray, who has fractured his wrist. Dave MacIver and Gordy Mackay were the scorers for Tain.

    Team - B Cameron, R Murray, G Noble, D Mackay, T Farquhar, D Christie, A Mackintosh, C Nimmons, D Goller, G Mackay, D MacIver

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  • 2017 fixtures announced

    The fixtures for the 2017 season have been released. Tain Thistle will begin their season with a trip to Fortrose as they aim to defend the Merrythought Cup. Then they will travel to Portmahomack to play Eastern Rose F.C. as they look to kick off their defence of the Ross-shire Welfare league title. 


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  • Fifth annual Texas Scramble a success

    The fifth annual Texas Scramble at Tain Golf Club, held each year in aid of funds for Tain Thistle Football Club, was hailed as a success by chairperson Dale Finlayson on Sunday, as 24 teams battled for the main prize.

    On behalf of the club, we wish to thank everyone who competed on the day and bought raffle tickets for the post-scramble draw, and of course to Tain Golf Club, Stuart Morrison and the staff at Old Tom's Bar and Restaurant. A total of £1,083 was raised. 

    The winning team on the day was the foursome of Dean O'Brien, Paul Morgan, Craig Moffat and Ian Moffat (pictured below).

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  • Cold freeze shuts out North Caley league

    While Tain Thistle sit out of the Winter campaign, the North Caledonian league itself has struggled to put on any fixtures during the lengthy November freeze, as the December calendar promises more snow beginning this weekend.

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  • Committee pair get hitched

    Congratulations from Tain Thistle Football Club go out to two of our committee members and their respective partners, Dale & Sarah Finlayson and Alan & Lauren Forsyth, who were both married during the month of September.

    On behalf of the club, we wish them all the best for the future and a lifetime of happiness.

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  • Awards Night Summary

    The players successfully voted for this season's End of Year awards were as follows:<br /><br />Martyn Farquhar (Player of the Season)<br />Andrew Sutherland (Young Player of the Season)<br />Ryan Johnston (Goal of the Season)<br /><br />In other news, winger Darran Goller collected the website poll award for Player of the Year.<br /><br />The awards were presented by publican Alan Nimmons at the Railway Hotel this past Saturday.

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  • Inver 1-4 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle rounded their season off with a third place finish and a 4-1 win over local rivals Inver at Portmahomack. Goals from Liam Rostock, Michael Brand, Robbie Ross and Martyn Farquhar secured the three points in the rescheduled game.<br /><br />Manager Arron Christie left himself out of the squad that lost 9-1 to Cromarty on Saturday, but introduced messrs Ryan Cowie and Ryan Johnston to the defensive fold. Goalkeeper Stephen Wemyss also started as a trialist for the club, in for David Matheson.<br /><br />Martyn Farquhar opened the scoring for Thistle, before Robbie Ross gave them a first half lead of 2-0. Despite Inver pulling one back, second half goals from the Jags from Liam Rostock and Michael Brand made sure of Thistle's first and only win over Inver this season.<br /><br /><B>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cowie, Johnston (C Nimmons), Sutherland, Farquhar, Ross (Maclellan), Burry, D Christie, Brand, Goller, Rostock (Stein)<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Farquhar, Ross, Rostock, Brand<br /><br /><B>Man of the Match:</b><br />-

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  • Third place still up for grabs

    Tain Thistle will play their final league game of the season this Wednesday, August 11th. The Jags are still to play local rivals Inver, in a game rescheduled from May. The game was postponed following a head injury, with Thistle 2-1 up at the 75 minute mark.<br /><br />Thistle currently sit in third place with 20 points, with Inver trailing by three.

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  • Tain Thistle 4-2 Inv. Social Club

    Invergordon Social Club avoided a repeat of their Saturday humiliation at the hands of Tain Thistle tonight, as they fell to a more respectable 4-2 defeat, with Thistle ending their final home game of the year with a win.<br /><br />Thistle welcomed back Daniel Christie, in for the departing Garry Perks, while Michael Brand also returned. <br /><br />The Social Club men pegged Thistle back with a 1-0 lead at half time, before Darran Goller netted his tenth of the season to equalize. Liam Rostock scored the Jags' second, before Robbie Ross made it 3-1. The Invergordon men were able to pull the affair back to 3-2, but substitute John Maclellan was on hand for Tain to make it 4-2, putting the game beyond the Social men.<br /><br />Thank you to Andy Murray, Thistle supporter for the match report.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, C Nimmons (A Christie), Sutherland, Farquhar, Cowie, Burry, Goller, Brand (Stein), D Christie, Rostock, Ross (Maclellan)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller, Rostock, Ross, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-

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  • Website Player of the Year

    You can now vote for this year's Official Website Player of the Year, as decided by the visitors of TainThistle.co.uk. The six candidates have been chosen based on votes cast for man of the match nominations throughout the 2010 season thus far, and the nominees are Liam Rostock, Darran Goller, Garry Perks, Michael Brand, Martyn Farquhar and Colin Burry.<br /><br />Votes can be cast using the poll on the right hand side.

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  • Thistle travel to Cromarty for semi

    Following their 15-2 demolition of Invergordon Social Club this afternoon, Tain Thistle will now travel to Cromarty for the Coronation Cup semi final, on Saturday, August 7th. Cromarty were also involved in a high scoring cup game today, beating Inver 8-6 in an early kick off.

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  • Tain Thistle 15-2 Inv. Social Club

    The history books were rewritten once again last night as Tain Thistle recorded their biggest ever win, handing the underachieving Invergordon Social Club a 15-2 humping at Grant Park in the first round of the Coronation Cup. The win tops the club's previous record of 11-1 against Tain United in 2002.

    The tie started in disjointed fashion as the Social Club goalkeeper, Jamie Murphy, failed to appear, forcing defender Daniel Cormack to take his place between the sticks again as he had done on the opening day of the season against Thistle. Referee Gary McCarthy, having delayed kick off to allow Social extra time to produce an eleventh player eventually blew the whistle to start the game off at 3.17pm.

    Thistle were without Michael Brand, Brian Cameron and Daniel Christie, but manager Arron Christie was able to reintroduce himself and Craig Nimmons, with Ryan Cowie back in the first team fold.

    With only ten men to begin, a Social side countered their uphill struggle by playing with an element of determination at the start of the game, quickly finding the net through Scott Stirling, as the Invergordon man headed home a James McKidd cross to cancel out Erich Golabek's calamitous own goal opener for Tain moments earlier.

    At 1-1, the game was beginning to look like a goalfeast, however the superior attacking prowess of Thistle quickly shone through; Darran Goller breezing past the Social defence to slot home a second after only ten minutes. Robbie Ross was next to capitalize, with a mis-hit strike in the six yard box sent trundling beyond Cormack to make it 3-1 on the quarter hour mark.

    Neil Stephens was able to pull a goal back for Social a few minutes later, but as quickly as they scored, any semblance of winning hope immediately flew out of the window.

    Stepping up a gear, Thistle began to play the flowing football that has eluded them for most of the season and soon found a fourth goal through Liam Rostock, before Colin Burry watched his effort deflected into the net to make it 5-2. In his final game of the season before his return to the United States, Garry Perks netted the sixth, placing a shot beyond Cormack after dribbling with ease past a near static Social back line.

    Christie introduced Ryan Johnston for Robbie Ross as the second half began, with the tie already all but over. 16 year old John Maclellan reopened the floodgates at the start of the second period, shamelessly robbing Martyn Farquhar of the final touch on a clever piece of play in the 18 yard box, to score his third of the season. Shortly after Perks added his second to make it 8-2, Farquhar indeed got on the scoresheet, drilling a shot past Cormack for Thistle's ninth.

    A defensive calamity led to Thistle's tenth, as Perks netted his hat-trick by simply walking the ball into the net, and only moments after taking his place as a second half substitute, player-boss Christie netted a beautiful long range shot from 30 yards, directly into the top corner to make it 11-2.

    Rostock added Thistle's twelvth goal with a rifled shot underneath Cormack, before Perks netted his fourth. With ten minutes remaining, it was up to Darran Goller to wrap up proceedings. After a flurry of missed efforts by Rostock, substitute Craig Nimmons and his cousin Dave, Goller netted to end an eight minute barren spell, thumping a shot in at the near post to make it fourteen. Goller achieved a personal best two minutes later at the end of time by netting his first competitive hat-trick for Thistle, having done the same only a week prior in the Macrae/MacAngus testimonial.

    The emphatic win sends Thistle into the semi final of the Coronation Cup, when they will meet Cromarty at Victoria Park. The tie will be played on Saturday, August 7th with a 3pm kick off at Cromarty.

    Team:
    Matheson, D Nimmons, Cowie, Sutherland (A Christie), Ross (Johnston), Farquhar, Burry (C Nimmons), Goller, Rostock, Maclellan, Perks

    Goals:
    Galabrci o.g. 3, Goller 10, 88, 90, Ross 15, Rostock 23, 79, Burry 28, Perks 32, 62, 71, 80, Maclellan 48, Farquhar 65, A Christie 73

    Bookings:
    Johnston 62

    Man of the Match:
    Liam Rostock

    Match details:
    http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/match.php?id=406

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  • Results Roundup (28/7)

    Balintore secured their first Ross-shire Welfare league title since 2006, as they cast Social Club aside in an 8-0 win at Invergordon. The win marks completion of a near perfect season for the seasiders, as they remain unbeaten in league competition with only Cromarty to play next week.<br /><br />In other action, Inver dropped three points at home to Alness Athletic, losing by 2 goals to 1 thanks to a second half penalty for the visitors, while Cromarty fought back late to secure a point at Grant Park against Tain Thistle.<br /><br />In other game of the evening, Vertex won the battle of Dingwall, as they recorded a 2-0 win over Ross-shire Club.

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  • Tain Thistle 3-3 Cromarty

    Tain Thistle were pegged back to a draw at Grant Park this evening, by a determined and resilient Cromarty. Goals from Liam Rostock and Darran Goller gave the Jags a second half 3-1 lead before a fight back in the last five minutes saw the Victoria Park men claw out a point.<br /><br />Both sides started the evening on 16 points, chasing third place in the league. Stand-in gaffer Craig Nimmons had a sizable squad to choose from, with Garry Perks returning to action. Back between the sticks was Davie Matheson, as Steven Martin departs to begin pre-season training with Brora Rangers. <br /><br />Upon kick-off, Thistle couldn't have gotten off to a worse start as Cromarty found themselves a goal up after only three minutes. A shambolic series of goalmouth scrambles eventually saw the ball turned into the net, with Thistle completely unable to send the ball clear. <br /><br />But it wasn't long until Thistle stamped their authority on the game. With clever play down the left from Colin Burry and Liam Rostock, Thistle found themselves winning a series of corners, narrowly missing out on an opener with Robbie Ross and Garry Perks both shooting wide.<br /><br />Cromarty were determined to extend their lead however and continued their pressure on Matheson's goal, hitting the crossbar and the post in quick succession.<br /><br />Thistle finally found an equalizer through Rostock. The pacey Darran Goller found his way down the right flank to place a simple ball across the face of goal; Rostock tucking a shot beyond the keeper with ease from close range.<br /><br />At 1-1, Thistle moved into cruise control and could very well have gone 2-1 ahead instantly following the equalizer, as Rostock found himself one on one with the Cromarty stopper. Rostock however opted to chance a lob and the winger's effort was headed off the line.<br /><br />Rostock made amends moments later however as he found the net for a second time with a well struck shot beyond the keeper. The first half should very well have ended 3-1 were it not for a lack of composure. Garry Perks meandered his way into the 6 yard box with a mazey dribble - but Ross in the box could not connect with the cut back. <br /><br />The second half began as the first had ended with Thistle forcing the Cromarty back line wide with the clever runs of Goller. It was Goller involved again for Thistle's third in fact, laying the ball to Ross for a simple return and a confident finish to the left of Craig Maclean.<br /><br />The 3-1 lead should have given Thistle the confidence to see the job through but with instruction from the sidelines, the Croms threw men forward in the final twenty minutes to rattle the Thistle defence.<br /><br />Two one on one saves from Matheson saved the blushes of the Tain back line as Cromarty piled on the pressure but on eighty minutes he could do nothing to prevent their second. At 3-2, the Cromarty tails were up.<br /><br />Inevitably, their third followed for the equaliser, with only injury time remaining. More messy defending led to an all too easy chance for Phil Macdonald as he cooly placed a high shot past Matheson.<br /><br />Despite late pushes from both teams, the score remained at 3-3 as referee Eric Robertson drew a close to proceedings.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, D Nimmons, Burry, Sutherland, Farquhar, Brand, D Christie, Goller, Rostock, Perks, Ross<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Cameron, Maclellan, Johnston, Stein, Cowie<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 26, 41, Goller 59<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=405">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=405</a><br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Darran Goller

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  • Testimonial "a great success"

    Tain Thistle and the Legends XI locked horns this past Saturday in a testimonial game. The twelve goal thriller was held in excellent spirits, as former manager Gordon Burry returned to assemble a team of former players and committee members to take on Thistle's current XI.<br /><br />The testimonial had been arranged by Tain Thistle in honour of two of its longest standing committee members, Graham "Peeps" Macrae and Norman Macangus, who have been with the club since its 1996 formation.<br /><br />Peeps, a former goalkeeper for the club, did not pull on the jersey for the game however his cohort Norman, who played for many clubs in the area but never Thistle - pulled on the white of Burry's XI in his first ever game for the Jags.<br /><br />The testimonial pair were presented with club tankards to mark the occasion by Burry and player Martyn Farquhar.<br /><br />Also making an appearance for Burry's side were striker Darren Gilmour, club co-founder Ronnie Mackie, goalkeeper Will Macrae, Neil McHardy, Brian MacAngus, Bob Swann, Brian Waddell, Andy Murray, Murray Taylor, David Shaw, among others. In a spot of transfer dealing, Burry also negotiated the signing of three current players, in his son Colin, forward Robbie Ross and goalkeeper Steven Martin.<br /><br />On the day, it finished 8-4 to the current side, a modest scoreline and certainly not a disheartening one for the weary legs of the Legends; Robbie Ross netting twice before second half goals from Gilmour and an unnamed trialist gave some hope of a comeback.<br /><br />Assistant coach for the Legends XI, Brian MacAngus was delighted with the outing.<br /><br /><i>"Saturday was a great success. It was great to see so many old faces. This is what its all about."</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/normpeeps.jpg">

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  • Legends prepare to return

    Tain Thistle legends past and present prepare to make a return to Grant Park for the much anticipated Macrae/MacAngus testimonial game this coming Saturday.

    Management team Gordon Burry and Brian MacAngus have been touting names such as Mike McKenna, Will Macrae, Darren Gilmour along with the coaches themselves to fill the starting eleven.

    The current Thistle XI will not be taking the challenge likely however, with a near full strength team available for the game.

    The game kicks off this Saturday July 24th, at 12.30pm.

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  • Results Roundup 14/7

    The full results from this weekend's Ross-shire Welfare league action were as follows:<br /><br />Balintore 3-0 Tain Thistle<br />Invergordon Social Club 1-4 Cromarty<br />Dingwall Vertex 0-7 Inver<br />Alness Athletic 3-1 Ross-shire Club

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  • Balintore 3-0 Tain Thistle

    <i>(Last night's match report provided by Steven Martin.)</i><br /><br />Tain started brightly and looked the sharper of the two teams as Balti struggled to settle on the wet park. Darran Goller looked dangerous on the break down the right on a number of occasions in the opening spells.<br /><br />The first controversial incident came only 10 minutes in when a long hopeful clearance from stand in sweeper Robbie Ross deceived Henderson in the Balintore goal and bounced over his head and in to the back of the net. Gary McCarthy had judged there to be a foul on the stopper by Tain's young striker John McClellan, much to the amazement of all 22 players and coaching staff of both teams.<br /><br />After this match changing decision the home team were able to get a foothold in the game playing some excellent football, spreading the ball round a solid back three of Calderwood, Stainkie and Ross.<br /><br />Both teams were now looking to break the deadlock in what was turning into a rather exciting encounter, Martyn Farquhar and Daniel Christie coming close for Thistle.<br /><br />Andrew Ripley and Jamie Martin both had chances for the seaboard men which were dealt with comfortably by Steven Martin Michael Brand respectively.<br /><br />25 minutes saw the first goal of the night when a hopeful Gus Macdonald cross looped into the top corner of the net; the goal scorer admitting after the game that it was a fluke.<br /><br />The game slowed down after the goal with both teams keeping good position of the ball. The only other chance of note in the first period came after 40 minutes when Ally Macdonald hit a ferocious drive from 25 yards, Martin got a finger tip to it, but with the effort still flying goalwards Goller stood strong and saved the effort with his face, Mccarthy waived away a weak call for handball by awarding the corner kick.<br /><br />Half time 1-0<br /><br />The second half saw the league favourites taking firm grip of the match, and looking to build on their slender lead. Andrew Ripley and Ross Powell were starting to cause the Thistle back line some problems; however, Ryan Cowie, Andrew Sutherland and Robbie Ross were battling well and keeping the threats on goal to a minimum.<br /><br />The second and decisive goal came after 55 minutes when Jamie Martin was able to slip round the outside after a poor headed clearance from Cowie, as the full back tried to recover to block the cross, the ball deflected off of his trailing leg and deflected into the net despite the best efforts of Steven Martin and Ross on the goal line.<br /><br />Thistle continued to battle away but the home side still looked the more dangerous on the break. Jamie Martin thought he had added a third on the hour mark, but the goal was correctly chalked off as the midfielder had used an arm to put the ball over the line.<br /><br />The third goal was to come shortly afterward, the back line of the jags switching off for the first time in the match to allow a quick short corner to be played to the feet of Gus MacDonald who was able to turn his man and fire a low drive into the bottom corner and effectively kill off the game.<br /><br />The action however was far from over and Thistle seemed to get a lift for the final 20 minutes of the match. The now more advanced Farquhar and Christie linked up well and the latter forced a top drawer save from Henderson diving to his left and at full stretch guiding the ball over the cross bar.<br /><br />The home side had a chance to add to the score line with 10 minutes remaining when Martin in the Thistle goal was adjudged to have fouled the leagues top scorer Andy Ripley in the area, much to the surprise of the nippy striker the ref awarded a penalty kick. The striker dusted himself down to take the spot kick, he placed the ball low to Martin's left, but the stopper was equal to the effort and was able to push the ball round for a corner.<br /><br />The Jags survived one final scare when the impressive Ally MacDonald was able to skip between the tiring back line of Ross and Nimmons and was able to lift the ball over the advancing Martin, only for Ryan Cowie to sprint back from 8 yards to slide the ball off of the goal line under pressure from Ripley.<br /><br />Balti were reduced to 10 men in the final minutes when stalwart Alan Stainkie mistimed a challenge on McClellan, the forward doing well to get his standing foot off the ground in time.<br /><br />Final Score 3-0<br /><br /><b>Team:</b>Martin, Ross, Cowie, Sutherland, Farquhar, D. Nimmons (Johnson), Brand, Goller, Rostock (C. Nimmons), D. Christie, McClellan<br /><br /><B>Subs not used:</b> Matheson<br /><br /><B>Booked:</b> Ross

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  • Macrae/MacAngus testimonial game confirmed

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/peepsnormantest.jpg">A testimonial game has been arranged to be played on Saturday, July 24th to honour two of Tain Thistle's longest serving committee members, in Graham Macrae and Norman MacAngus.<br /><br />The match will pit the current Tain Thistle team against a Legends XI, consisting of Tain Thistle players of the past, managed by the club's inaugural manager Gordon Burry and his able-bodied assistant, former chairman Brian MacAngus. <br /><br />Former players are encouraged to call Gordon and Brian on 01862 893099 if they wish to be involved.<br /><br />The game will kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday, July 24th.

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  • Alness to look for favour as title race hots up

    Terry Stirling's Alness Athletic side were fighting against last place in the Maclean Electrical Ross-shire Welfare league last season when they held title contenders Ross-shire Club to a surprise 1-1 draw in Dingwall with two games left to play. The draw put Tain Thistle into pole position for the championship, leaving them with the task of beating Invergordon Social Club to secure the title.<br /><br />This Wednesday, Stirling will no doubt be looking to Tain to return the favour as Athletic sit behind league favourites Balintore. The Thistle men head to Seaboard-ville to meet local rivals and league favourites Balintore for their tenth league game of the season and suffering from injuries, holidays and absences in recent weeks, Thistle boss Arron Christie will hope that training will provide some good news ahead of the fixture, as they also try to make amends for their earlier 4-1 loss at Grant Park.

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  • Full Tom Hunter Cup 2nd Round Results

    The full results from last weekend's Tom Hunter Memorial Cup 2nd Round are as follows:<br /><br />Bishopmill Villa 2-0 Tomintoul<br />Burghead 5-2 Lossiemouth<br />Moray Social 4-1 Elgin Albion<br />Cullen 3-1 Buckie United<br />Tain Thistle 2-5 Lhanbryde United<br />Port Gordon 6-1 Merkinch<br />Rothes 3-2 Hopeman<br />Crimmond 1-5 Aberlour

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  • Seaboard Cup opener sees Tain tumble out

    Depleted, short of key players and continuing a trend of under-performing this season, Tain Thistle were hammered at Cromarty by 8 goals to 3, as the Jags watched another chance at silverware vanish, in the first round of the Seaboard Cup.<br /><br />First half reply from Darran Goller and a penalty from Liam Rostock pulled the issue back to 4-2 at half time before Cromarty knocked a further four goals beyond Matheson in the second half. John Maclellan scored Tain's only goal of the second half.<br /><br />The result is Thistle's worst since July 2005, when they were on the receiving end of a 10-3 thrashing at the hands of eventual league winners Invergordon Social Club. Thistle went on to finish 2nd in the league that year however.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Sutherland (C Nimmons), Johnston, Stewart, Farquhar, Brand, Cameron, Goller, Burry, Rostock, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Shearer<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 20, Rostock pen 42, Maclellan 50<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Burry, Farquhar

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  • Thistle's trip to Cromarty will be in small numbers

    Absences aplenty are expected to play havoc with Thistle's Seaboard Cup 1st round tie against Cromarty this Saturday. A combination of holidays, injuries and T in the Park see Tain going into the game with no fewer than 11 players missing.<br /><br />Arron Christie, Daniel Christie, Steven Martin, Dave Nimmons, Garry Perks, James Rice, Ayah Rattanaphithak, Ryan Cowie, Robbie Ross, Michael Stein and Martin Mackay are all on the unavailable list.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-0 Dingwall Vertex

    Tain Thistle skipped back to winning ways with a rare 2-0 win over Dingwall Vertex, tonight. Late goals from Garry Perks and substitute Craig Nimmons put the contact centre men to the sword after a largely uneventful first hour.<br /><br />Full back David Nimmons was handed his first start of the season while David "Embo" Matheson stepped in for Steven Martin between the sticks. Still missing through injury were James Rice and Kyle Oliver.<br /><br />A quiet first half had few highlights in front of goal but was not lacking in spots of brief entertainment. In goal, Tain's Matheson looked very comfortable, dealing with frequent Vertex counter-attacks until being mercilessly capsized on the edge of his box -- his knee twisting unnaturally on the way down. Ever a trooper, Matheson continued on.<br /><br />Liam Rostock enjoyed the best chance of the first half, his effort from 18 yards breezing past the post. Moments later, Garry Perks passed on a glorious opportunity to open the scoring following a Darran Goller cutback when he let the ball go by him for an unsuspecting Rostock.<br /><br />Referee Keith Middleton became the star of the first half, for his sharp awareness of the rules and outstanding attention to detail -- the whistler gained applause for spotting an infringement following a Vertex corner, as the taker was illegally first to receive his own rebound off the woodwork. Crafty however, was Vertex right back Lewis Sinclair, who managed to stay out of Middleton's sight, taking all of his throw-ins in the first half while on the park.<br /><br />Despite not scoring, Thistle rarely looked in danger during the first half, with the back four of David Nimmons, Martyn Farquhar, Andy Sutherland and Colin Burry in good form.<br /><br />The second half started more brightly, with substitute Arron Christie adding a new dimension to the attack opportunities. Midfielder Brian Cameron could very well have opened the scoring with a long range effort held by Vertex stopper Del Welsh.<br /><br />Vertex themselves could very well have scored soon after as the otherwise resolute central defensive pairing of Thistle left Matheson with a one-on-one to deal with - but the capable stopper was able to adjust his position to tip the slow moving strike that followed, round the post.<br /><br />Thistle finally nicked an opener in the 72nd minute, when Garry Perks scored his tenth goal of the season in unconventional fashion as he headed home from a deep Arron Christie cross.<br /><br />Substitute Craig Nimmons made an almost immediate impact when he replaced Liam Rostock, playing as a winger. It was down to Nimmons to wrap the game up in the end, as he dribbled into the Vertex box to rifle the ball home for Thistle's second.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, D Nimmons, Burry, Sutherland, Farquhar, Cameron, Brand, D Christie (A Christie), Goller, Rostock (C Nimmons)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Cowie, Stein<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Perks 72, C Nimmons 90<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />David Matheson<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=401">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=401</a>

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  • Perks breaks goalscoring record

    Following his two goals against Lhanbryde on Sunday, Garry Perks has broken the record for Welfare goals scored for Tain Thistle. Only one behind the legendary Robbie Ross before the weekend, Perks now stands as the club's all-time record goalscorer with 71 goals.

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  • Thistle fall short in Tom Hunter Cup

    Despite dominating the game for large spells, Tain Thistle could not find the scoring touch to eliminate Lhanbryde United side from the Tom Hunter Highland Welfare Cup, as they fell 5-2. Coping with multiple absences, assistant coach Steven Martin called in old faces Calum Macdonald and Gary Austin, while Colin Burry returned to the side for the first time since May.<br /><br />Simple chances for Daniel Christie and Darran Goller should have seen Thistle go 2-0 up after only 3 minutes, before Goller again found himself clean through only to blaze a shot wide. <br /><br />Thistle found themselves camping in the Lhanbryde half for the majority of the opening quarter hour, before a lapse in concentration allowed Graham Ingram to slip past Ryan Cowie to round Martin for the opener. As quickly as the first had happened, a burst forward from defender Lewis Anderson saw the Thistle defense sleeping to make it 2-0.<br /><br />Though stunned by the scoreline, Thistle continued to pressurize, again coming within inches of scoring, Calum Macdonald most notably with a shot off the post from a Perks free kick before too many touches right in front of goal between Goller and Christie saw an effort shot straight at the keeper. Christie was unfortunate once more before the half hour mark when his headed effort bounced off the crossbar.<br /><br />Feeling as though they should be winning the game and comfortably, Thistle were in for another shock. Caught at the back once again, Ryan Cowie was caught short of defending some clever wing play from a Lhanbryde side on the break; Martin once again rounded for the cut back and tap in. A fourth followed as Thistle heads in identical circumstances as Steve Ingram netted a few minutes later. Thistle's inability to cope with the long ball counter on the left wing was obvious and costing them dear, despite their countless chances to score.<br /><br />The second half started much as the first had ended with another Lhanbryde goal. Martin, in an attempt to clear the ball played the ball out to Ryan Cowie, but the full back was dispossessed, leaving Lhanbryde to take care of the inevitable - cut back and tap in for Graham Ingram's hat trick.<br /><br />The remainder of the second half was all Thistle, as they adjusted to take care of the basic threat of Lhanbryde. Goller again should have scored but shot the ball over before a Macdonald effort was shot straight at the keeper. The inventiveness of Goller and Perks created numerous opportunities in front of goal as the half progressed but in dealing with crosses, Dey was often successful.<br /><br />The goal finally came after what seemed like 15-20 glaring chances, as Garry Perks curled a ball home. A second followed for Perks before time, as he was fouled in the box. Referee John Nicolson awarded a penalty and the forward netted with ease to score a brace. Coincidentally, the goal was Perks' 71st for Thistle, a record for himself and for the club at Welfare level.<br /><br />The cup outing will come as an eye opener for Thistle, who certainly showed spectators that the Ross-shire Welfare brand of football is certainly of a good standard. Thistle will be especially disappointed to have lost today as for large spells they were clearly the more creative and talented side. However, Lhanbryde supporters will certainly agree there is a lot to be said for the simple long ball approach.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Sutherland (Austin), Cowie, Farquhar, Brand, Cameron, Perks, Goller, Burry, Macdonald (D Nimmons), D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />MacRitchie, C Nimmons, Matheson<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Perks 72, pen 90<br /><br /><i>(Pictured below, the first Tain Thistle Tom Hunter Cup squad)</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/IMG_4736.jpg">

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  • Gala football for all ages

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/p6winners.jpg">Gala spectators turned out in their droves for a double header of football festivities this past week as individuals aged six to sixty took part in the sporting proceedings.<br /><br />On Wednesday night, the primary schools 6s and 7s teams competed on two freshly marked pitches on the bottom Links park, with many a good showing in front of close to a hundred spectators on the hills at the park.<br /><br />Two days later on Friday night, the veterans of St Duthus football club got together once again for a match against the Black Isle Golden Oldies. The Gala Queen, Princess and Attendant were also on hand, to kick the game off. The St Duthus men are pictured below.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/oldcrocks.jpg">

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  • Key players absent for Lhanbryde showdown

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/razzle10.jpg">As they head into their first ever Highland Welfare Cup tie, Tain Thistle are confirmed to be without player/manager Arron Christie, forward Liam Rostock and utility man Robbie Ross. In addition to that, James Rice, Ayah Rattanaphithak and Ryan Johnston all remain unavailable while on holiday.<br /><br />In a boost for the side however, goalkeeper Steven Martin is expected to return to action, along with Kyle Oliver and Colin Burry.

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  • Grant Park prepares for five-game football fest

    Just when you thought you'd seen enough football with the World Cup on every TV station, Tain's Grant Park will now play host to five different games across the next six days.<br /><br />On Friday night, the Tain Gala will kick off proceedings as they present a friendly match between veterans of Tain St Duthus and a team from the Black Isle. On Saturday, the Railway Hotel sponsored Cordiner Cup final will take place between Cromarty FC and Alness Athletic FC and on Sunday, home team Tain Thistle will meet Morayshire's Lhanbryde United in a Highland Welfare Cup 2nd round tie.<br /><br />The four-day consecutive fest will be completed when the Tain Juniors meet Aird Athletic in a Monday evening semi final for the Under 17s.<br /><br />The park will receive only a one day reprieve before Tain Thistle entertain Dingwall Vertex in a league game on Wednesday night.<br /><br />Summary:<br />Friday 2nd July - St Duthus Oldies vs Black Isle Golden Oldies (7.15pm)<br />Sat 3rd July - Cordiner Cup final: Alness vs Cromarty (3pm)<br />Sun 4th July - Tain Thistle vs Lhanbryde Utd (2pm)<br />Mon 5th July - Tain Juniors U17s vs Aird Athletic U17s (7.30pm)<br />Wed 7th July - Tain Thistle vs Dingwall Vertex (7.30pm)

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  • Alness Athletic 2-0 Tain Thistle

    Football is at its cruelest when teams can play their best game of the season and still end up as the losing side. Last night was one of those nights for Tain Thistle, as they fell 2-0 to a strong and determined Alness Athletic.<br /><br />The expected stand-in for missing first team goalkeeper Steven Martin was Steve Bannatyne but a bad case of "RSI of the neck and shoulder" led to the keeper being forced to withdraw from the squad. Davie Matheson was the third in line, taking the numberless goalkeeping jersey for only the second time this season. Through suspension, player/manager Arron Christie was also missing, with brother Daniel returning to the lineup to fill the void. Brian Cameron also returned to the first team, replacing the absent Kyle Oliver in central midfield.<br /><br />Changes in personnel always force a period of readjustment, none moreso than when you have a different keeper between the sticks - but the introduction of Robbie Ross at sweeper certainly seemed to stem the flow of attacks that have left Thistle pinned back in many of their games this season. Ross, usually a forward, paired up well with youngster Andrew Sutherland to enjoy a flawless first half at the back, flanked by Ryan Cowie and Michael Brand, the latter playing as a full back for the first time since last season.<br /><br />The most significant chance of the first half came to James Cochrane of Alness, finding himself clean through after breaking free down the right wing. Cochrane, last season's top goalscorer in the Welfare league, failed to hit the target however, blasting wide of the far post.<br /><br />Thistle's interim stopper was called into action only once during the first half, when a Steven Alexander free kick forced a save; Matheson palming the effort away to his familiar right side.<br /><br />Despite a confident defensive display and numerous attacking runs from a blisteringly fast Darran Goller, Tain failed to find a first half answer in the final third. <br /><br />As quickly as the second half started however, front man Daniel Christie could very well have put Thistle into the lead, played in beyond the last line of defence by Garry Perks -- but Christie could only fire at the legs of oncoming keeper Scott MacGruer.<br /><br />At the other end, luck was on Thistle's side for a moment as Alness blasted a long range effort goalward only for it to cannon off the crossbar. The capable feet of Michael Brand ushered the rebound to safety.<br /><br />The luck would eventually run out however as an out-rushing Matheson was caught out of position and a goalmouth scramble ensued to clear the ball. Unfortunately for Thistle, it fell to the feet of Alness defender David Kennedy, who lashed the ball into the net for the opener.<br /><br />Within minutes of his first, Kennedy netted a brace. Played in for the easiest of chances for a one-on-one with Matheson, he watched his shot trundle beyond the fallen keeper; wrong-footed and unable to prevent the inevitable to make it 2-0.<br /><br />In search for a consolation, Thistle introduced young striker John Maclellan who made an immediate impact with a speculative cross into the box, only narrowly missed by an oncoming Darran Goller. The change was academic however as a resolute Alness defence held onto the their lead for the three points.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Cowie (C Nimmons), Brand, Sutherland (Stein), Ross, Farquhar, Cameron, Rostock (Maclellan), Goller, D Christie, Perks<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Darran Goller<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=399">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=399</a>

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  • Programme to be issued for Lhanbryde tie

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/proglhanbryde.jpg">The Tain Thistle matchday programme will return for the club's July 4th cup game against Lhanbryde United. The issue will be the first of 2010, having last been produced in August 2009 for the club's opening North Caledonian league match against Dingwall Thistle.

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  • Bannatyne set for dramatic return

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/stevieb.jpg">It's been a memorable week for Stephen Bannatyne. The experienced goalkeeper hasn't pulled on a Tain Thistle jersey since January 2009, however any doubts over his shooting skills were put to bed yesterday, as he announced the good news that he is going to be a Dad.<br /><br />But for Bannatyne, 28, the hands that will rock the cradle will be required to be in catching form as soon as this Wednesday, as he faces a quick return to action against Alness Athletic. The Thistle reserve stopper is expected to take the field for the first time this season in the absence of the holidaying Steven Martin, following a successful spell on the training pitch.<br /><br /><i>"I'd been asked to play at Invergordon and elsewhere, but I wanted to hold out for this chance as I enjoy training with Tain and I've been building up my fitness".</i><br /><br />TainThistle.co.uk can confirm that rumours suggesting Stephen and his dear wife Kerrie intend to name their first born after former Rangers goalie Lionel Letizi, are entirely false.

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  • Christie banned for one game

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/arronsentoff.jpg">Player-manager Arron Christie has been hit with a one match ban following his dismissal against Inver last Wednesday. <br /><br />The Thistle boss will miss the club's visit to Alness on the 30th, but is expected to return for action at the weekend against Lhanbryde, before the visit of Vertex on the 7th July.

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  • Tain Thistle 1-4 Inver

    In a ragged encounter tonight, Tain Thistle's hopes of retaining the Ross-shire Welfare league fell apart at the seams as they fell to their second defeat of the campaign, losing once again to local rivals, Inver. The list of scorers for the victors read like a "Who's Who" of Tain Thistle's 09/10 winter eleven, with Martin Smith, Chris Mailley, Ashley Mills and Andrew Durrand all netting for the visitors.<br /><br />Inver would certainly have been the happier of the two teams to see their opponents, holding an aggregate score of 11-3 in their favour this season, across three cup competitions. This, their first league meeting (aside from the postponed match in May) would prove to be no different.<br /><br />Returning from holiday, manager Arron Christie brought a near full-strength Tain team onto the park, with Andrew Sutherland, Liam Rostock, Martyn Farquhar and the manager himself all returning to first team action.<br /><br />Inver took the lead during a frenetic first half; tall striker Martin Smith breaking free to score. The young forward struck the ball with power, leaving Steven Martin with little to no chance of reaching the shot at his far post.<br /><br />Thistle were undeterred however, as they found the net soon after -- Liam Rostock heading in a rebound from close range to make it 1-1.<br /><br />The game took an ugly turn shortly before the break however when Martin Smith and Arron Christie became engaged in a physical battle. Referee Keith Middleton showed no hesitance in dismissing both players.<br /><br />Thistle struggled more to cope with the loss of their centre half than Inver did losing the forward Smith and soon the difference became apparent as Ashley Mills had lashed a shot beyond Martin to make it 2-1. <br /><br />Rostock should have been credited with his second midway through the second half as he finished a clever through ball from Garry Perks, but the referee with his back to play adjudged the player to be offside, disallowing the goal for Tain.<br /><br />Inver got the break of the ball for a third to make the score academic when Chris Mailley found the net. His daisycutting effort flew in from 20 yards with Martin helpless to prevent it.<br /><br />The Jags defence all-at-sea, former Tain man Andrew Durrand rounded off the scoring for a much more organised Inver side, as he placed a ball beyond Martin following an error-laden episode involving the Thistle back line.<br /><br />The loss spells bad news for Thistle as a draw between Balintore and Alness Athletic sees the former, their nearest rivals Balintore pull further away. While the league title is not an impossibility, the uphill struggle ahead will certainly be difficult. In other action, Dingwall Vertex beat Social Club 5-2, while Cromarty continued their good run of form with a 2-1 win over Ross-shire Club.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie (Farquhar), Rice, Sutherland, A Christie, Brand (Maclellan), Farquhar, Goller, Rostock, Perks, Ross <br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston, Matheson, C Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals</b><br />Rostock 38<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Red Cards:</b><br />Arron Christie<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=398">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=398</a>

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  • Juniors lose out in double header

    Tain Juniors' Under 17s lost out in their final home league match last night to Muir of Ord in a double header, following the postponement of their May meeting.<br /><br />Chris Gordon offered the only reply for Tain, as Muir galloped towards a 3-1 win, despite missing a penalty and having a goal chalked off by referee Robbie Ross.

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  • Tain Juniors U15s unveil new strip

    Tain Juniors Under 15s have been handed a brand new strip this season courtesy of club sponsor MSIS. The Tain boys wore the strip for the first time during their MSIS Shield final against Alness this past Thursday night, winning 2-1 on the night to capture the shield.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/15ssponsor.jpg">

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  • Thistle dumped out of Cordiner Cup

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/invertainccup.jpg">Inver sensationally dumped defending champions Tain Thistle out of the Cordiner Cup today, after coming back from 2-0 down to blast seven past their rivals, advancing to the semi final.<br /><br />With Arron Christie, Daniel Christie, Colin Burry, Liam Rostock and Martyn Farquhar all missing from the first team, with Ryan Johnston, Craig Nimmons, Brian Cameron returning to the starting eleven. David Nimmons also returned to the bench, while Brian MacRitchie was also called into the squad for the first time.<br /><br />The opener, and the goal of the game came from Ryan Johnston of Tain who gave Thistle a 1-0 lead after only 5 minutes with a 25 yard shot looped over the top of Inver stopper Gary Mackay. Garry Perks continued the scoring before the twenty minute mark, scoring on the rebound after co-striker Robbie Ross shot at Mackay, to make it 2-0 for Thistle.<br /><br />Craig Nimmons could very well have made it three before the half hour mark but action at the other end delivered the third goal of the afternoon as Paul Austin's deflected effort found its way into Martin's net to make it 2-1.<br /><br />Inver found themselves 3-2 up at half time following a comeback that left Thistle looking ragged at the back; goals from Chris Mailley and Lewis Ross giving Inver the lead.<br /><br />The second half continued as the first had ended with a determined Inver finding it all too easy to break though the Thistle defence. Paul Austin added a second before Ashley Mills made it 5-2. A sixth followed soon after with former Tain man Andrew Durrand netting a rebound. Substitute Russell Ferguson rounded off the score with minutes remaining to make it 7-2.<br /><br />The win for Inver knocks Tain out of the Cordiner Cup.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Rice, Cowie, Johnston, Nimmons, Oliver, Cameron, Goller, Perks, C Nimmons (Sutherland), Ross<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Nimmons, MacRitchie, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Johnston 5, Perks 19<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Rice, Oliver<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/stats/matchdetails.php?id=400">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/stats/matchdetails.php?id=400</a>

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  • Thistle's Top 10 All-time Goalscorers list released

    Since 1996, a total of ninety different players have scored 655 goals for Tain Thistle during their Welfare campaigns. Among them are the one-goal superstars such as the Moroccan Jimmy Abbelour, former goalkeeper David Crombie, legendary centre half Brian MacAngus, the club’s first ever goal scorer Roy Anderson and of course last but certainly not least, Paul Morgan � who is rumoured to have scored his one and only goal on the promise of a bottle of vodka! <br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals1.jpg">But in this article we look at the men who have netted more times than any other, as we present the current All-time Tain Thistle Goalscorer records.<br /><br /><b>1) Robbie Ross (70 goals)</b><br /><br />The #1 spot was clinched by Robbie Ross last season as he netted a record 63rd goal for Tain Thistle, completing a hat-trick against Inver on the 17th June 2009. <br /><br />Making his debut in 1998, Ross scored at the young age of 16 to open his account for the club, improving every season thereafter before achieving a personal best season tally of 18 goals in 2002. <br /><br />After leaving for a brief spell between 2003 and 2006, Ross returned to the club as a utility player, playing as a goalkeeper for large parts of the club’s campaign, but still managed to continue his count, which now stands at 70. <br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals2.jpg"><b>2) Garry Perks (68 goals)</b><br /><br />Getting off the mark with a hat-trick in 2004, a seventeen year old Garry Perks would go on to score 62 goals in four years for Tain Thistle. <br /><br />Perks made his way to Thistle as part of the same Tain footballing generation as that of the current boss Arron Christie, goalkeeper Steven Martin and Kyle Oliver. <br /><br />Having held the club goalscoring record until it was broken in 2009, Perks finds himself returning to the club for their 2010 campaign following eighteen months in the United States on a college scholarship.<br /><br />With two back-to-back hat-tricks already this season, he could very well get his hands on that record again.<br /><br /><br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals3.jpg"><b>3) Calum Macdonald (60 goals)</b><br /><br />Recognised for his instinct in front of goal, Calum Macdonald scored his first goal for Thistle in 2002 under Gordon Burry before taking his place as new manager Bill Russell’s top striker from 2003 to 2006 with 44 goals. <br /><br />Netting 20 times during the 2005 campaign, Macdonald holds the Thistle record for goals scored in one season. <br /><br />Adding seven to his tally during the club’s landmark league championship season in 2009, Macdonald now resides in Comrie.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals4.jpg"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>4) Colin Burry (34 goals)</b><br /><br />A club original, Colin Burry has scored many a spectacular goal for Tain Thistle since its formation. <br /><br />Having scored his first goal in August of 1997 during the club’s first ever win (against Dalmore), Burry went on to score goals under every manager the club has had, scoring as recently as May 2010. <br /><br /><b>5) Mike McKenna (33 goals)</b><br /><br />Scoring his first goal for Tain Thistle during their 2000 campaign, Michael McKenna embarked on a goalscoring spree for Thistle that lasted for over two years. Scoring 14 goals in 2001 for his best season tally, he also notched four goals in one game against the Wheel Inn in 2000. McKenna moved onto Balintore but harbours a desire to one day pull the shirt on again.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals5.jpg"><b>6) Liam Rostock (31 goals)</b><br /><br />Blessed with a combination of pace and dribbling ability, a young Liam Rostock made his mark late in 2006 in a Coronation Cup tie with Invergordon Social Club, before scoring a hat-trick only a week later in the club’s final game of the season. Rostock has become a mainstay of Arron Christie’s Tain Thistle side, scoring 26 goals since 2007. One to score a few when he gets started, Rostock is bettered only by Garry Perks when it comes to scoring hat-tricks.<br /><br /><b>7) Darren Gilmour (29 goals)</b><br /><br />The first man to top the charts for Thistle, Darren Gilmour was the club’s top striker during their inaugural season. Under the management of Gordon Burry, Gilmour topped the Tain charts again in 1999, setting a club record of thirteen goals at the turn of the century. He went on to play until 2004.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals6.jpg"><b>8) Arron Fraser (23 goals)</b><br /><br />Arron Fraser was brought to Tain in 2000 by Gordon Burry, netting the first of his 23 goals against BT Manpower in July that year. He enjoyed his best season in 2001, scoring 8 goals alongside Mike McKenna for a struggling Thistle who finished third bottom in the league. The striker left the club in 2003 along with Robbie Ross to play for Portmahomack, before eventually signing for Invergordon Social Club and Inver.<br /><br /><b>9) Mark Reid (18 goals)</b><br /><br />Playing only two full seasons for Thistle, Reid’s pace and eye for goal led to the forward netting eighteen goals for Tain, in 2005 and 2009. Reid now plays for his native Alness.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goals7.jpg"><b>10) Craig Swanson & Daniel Christie (17 goals)</b><br /><br />Tied in tenth place are the young Daniel Christie and former player Craig Swanson. Swanson, now with Inver, enjoyed an outstanding season in 2002 after making his debut in 2001, netting an impressive 14 goals. Christie debuted long after in 2006, before making his best contribution to date with seven goals during Thistle’s Pattison Cup winning season in 2007.<br /><br /><b>Tidbits!</b><br /><br />Both Calum Macdonald and Garry Perks scored hat-tricks to kick off their goalscoring careers with Thistle.<br /><br />Garry Perks holds the hat-trick record with 5, followed by Liam Rostock on 4, Robbie Ross on 3 and Matty Rooney and Mike McKenna on 2.<br /><br />Roy Anderson was the first Tain Thistle player to score a goal, but in fact the first ever goal the club scored was credit as an O.G - on the end of a 2-1 loss to Inver.

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  • Juniors prepare for MSIS Shield match

    Tain Juniors Under 15s will compete against Alness United tonight in the MSIS Shield Final. The match is scheduled to take place at Grant Park, Tain with a 7.30pm kick off.

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  • Nimmons delighted with Lhanbryde draw

    Railway Hotel publican Alan Nimmons is as jagged a Thistle fan as you'll find. As a long time supporter and post-match host of Tain Thistle, he was never prouder than when he was able to present the club with the Cordiner Cup (also sponsored by the Railway Hotel) in 2009. This year again, he will watch with pride as Tain enter the Highland Welfare Cup for their first match on Sunday, July 4th.

    For Nimmons however, July 4th will be all the more significant, as it shall be a family affair. First cousin Johnny Bremner (a Fearn native) will don the yellow of Lhanbryde United as they travel north to face Thistle for the knockout tie.

    After discovering that his cousin's team were in the same cup pot as Tain, the pair had joked over social networking site Facebook about the possibility of the teams meeting in the draw for the 2nd Round and much to their amazement, the club's were indeed drawn against each other this weekend, stirring up an early sparring contest.

    "My cousin Johnny moved to Elgin when he was young and keeps me up to date on his team. He tells me that they are top of their league and haven't lost a single game this season but I'm confident my boys will do well!"

    "When I heard the news that Johnny's team would be coming up to Tain for the game, I got on the phone and told my Mum and my Grandad. He thought it sounded very nice for his boys to end up playing against each other - I'm yet to tell him that I don't actually play - I just watch and threaten to violate the referees!"


    With pre-match hospitality at the Railway expected to be up to its usual top notch standards, Nimmons expects many of the Lhanbryde boys to travel north a day early to take in some of the Tain Gala events before the game. The scoreline on the day however, could play a big part in the post-match festivities!

    "I haven't told them yet, but if Lhanbryde dare to win the game and go through, then the drinks will be on them all night!"

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  • Inv. Social Club 2-10 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/razoman.jpg">A confident Tain Thistle made very easy work of a downhearted Invergordon Social Club side tonight.<br /><br />Despite being without player-manager Arron Christie, forward Daniel Christie and winger Colin Burry, assistant boss Steven Martin named a decidedly strong eleven, with Liam Rostock returning to a side already boosted by the goal scoring of comeback star Garry Perks. Young striker John Maclellan was handed a return to the side up front, while Kyle Oliver also stepped into the midfield.<br /><br />Liam Rostock had the look of a player who had never been away as he slotted home with ease to give Tain a first half lead after eight minutes. Straight from kick off however, former Tain man Gordy Oman stunned the away side with an equalizer. The leveller was all-she-wrote for the Social men however as Tain pounced back with two further goals in the first half, from Darran Goller and Garry Perks.<br /><br />Thistle reached their comfort level at 6-1 in the second half as Liam Rostock rounded his performance off with a hat-trick, while Martyn Farquhar also found the net.<br /><br />As if Social's evening wasn't bad enough, a series of unsavoury incidents led to red cards for both defender Scott Stirling and substitute Ali Connell, during the second half.<br /><br />Rounding off the win for Thistle was Garry Perks, scoring a further two for his hat-trick, while Darran Goller netting a second for a brace. Completing a ten goal rout was Craig Nimmons, who saw his looping corner deflected into the net. The Social Club offered a late goal through Sean Broadbent to bring the final score to 10-2.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Rice, Cowie (Johnston), Farquhar, Brand, Oliver (Cameron), Perks, Goller, Rostock, Ross, Maclellan (Nimmons)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Rattanaphithak, Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Liam Rostock 8, 50, 58, Goller 16, 74, Perks 35, 76, 85, Farquhar 55, Nimmons 89<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Garry Perks<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=397">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=397</a>

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  • Thistle land home tie in Highland Welfare Cup

    <br />Tain Thistle have struck it lucky by landing a home draw in the last sixteen of the Tom Hunter Memorial Highland Welfare Cup.<br /><br />Elgin based side Lhanbryde United FC of the Moray District Welfare League will make the long journey north to Tain for the tie, having also received a bye in the 1st Round.<br /><br />The game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 4th with a 2pm kick off, with extra time and penalties required if the game finishes a draw.<br /><br /><i>(Lhanbryde Utd, pictured below in yellow)</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/lhanbryde.jpg">

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  • Tain Juniors represented in Ross-shire XI

    A Ross-shire Youth XI competed at Dingwall today against a Scottish Youth XI. From Tain, Donald Matheson, Reece Stewart and Graham Smart represented the side as they lost 2-1 at Jubilee Park.

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  • Tain Juniors 1-2 Aird Athletic (U17s)

    Tain Juniors' Under 17 side lost out to league leaders Aird Athletic tonight, despite a late fightback.<br /><br />Aird took a second half lead soon after the break before going 2-0 with a well struck free kick. Substitute Scott Murray pulled one back for the Tain side but the Juniors couldn't find an equalizer.

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  • Cromarty 3-5 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle narrowly avoided an upset tonight as they meandered their way to a 5-3 win over Cromarty at Victoria Park. A hat-trick and man of the match performance from Garry Perks was enough to secure the points for Thistle following a brilliant second half comeback from the home side.<br /><br />Manager Arron Christie rested Daniel Christie and Kyle Oliver, while Colin Burry was a late withdrawal from the side, leaving an opening for the incoming James Rice and Darran Goller, who was returning from suspension.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cromsvstain.jpg">A 4-0 lead at the end of the first half would have had many believing that the fixture was headed for the same scoreline witnessed in 2009 which saw Tain run out 9-0 winners. After all, the four goals were certainly the product of some excellent play from the Tain men. Garry Perks opened the scoring for Thistle thanks to a protracted dribble at the near post followed by a shot, rifled into the net. A second from Perks followed soon after, placed beyond Maclean to make it 2-0. <br /><br />Arron Christie, who had impressed all through the first half as the yin to Perks' yang enjoyed the goal of the game as he lobbed the Cromarty stopper from the right flank with perfection to make it 3. And finally, first half substitute Ayah Rattanaphithak ensured that he was not going to be knocked off the club's top goalscorer chart just yet by chipping in with a finish from close range on the stroke of half time.<br /><br />The scoreline certainly should have given Thistle the confidence to see the game out in style, however the second half started with a burst of encouragement for the Cromarty men; Ross MacMillan stunning the Tain defence with a first consolation, straight from the kick off.<br /><br />At 4-1, Thistle continued to look like offering something up front but lacked the precision that saw them score four in the first half. Within minutes, they were caught on the counter once again and this time the Victoria Park men's top scorer, Thomas Nicolson blasted a goal home to pull the score back to 4-2.<br /><br />Thistle looked noticeably affected by the comeback, now playing without the fluency that saw them breeze past the Cromarty defence only a half prior. Before long, in a moment of astonishment, Nicholson advanced once again, midway through the second half, and took great advantage of a miscommunication in a Tain defence that were all-at-sea, when he lobbed Steven Martin to stun spectators and make it 4-3.<br /><br />The close scoreline had Tain players and spectators alike wondering just what had happened, while late set pieces and corners could very well have seen the Cromarty equalise and nick a point. Were it not for a last minute moment of genius from Garry Perks, dribbling past the Cromarty defence to net his third and secure the points for Thistle, it could very well have turned out in disaster. The goal marked all but the last action of the half.<br /><br />The win keeps Thistle in third place, with Alness and Balintore also having won their league games. Alness secured all three points at home to Inver with a 1-0 win, while Invergordon Social Club conceded their game to Balintore when the scoreline reached 13-0. In the only other game of the evening, Ross-shire Club beat Vertex 4-1 in the league's Dingwall derby.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie, Rice (Johnston), Brand, Farquhar, Cameron, Mackay (Rattanaphithak), Goller, A Christie, Perks (C Nimmons), Ross<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Sutherland, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Perks 16, 19, 90, A Christie 26, Rattanaphithak 45<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Cowie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Garry Perks<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=396">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=396</a>

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  • Martyn Farquhar named Player of the Month

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/potm.jpg">Tain Thistle's Martyn Farquhar received the approval of his peers this week as he was voted Tain Thistle Player of the Month for May. The Thistle regular had impressed with displays in the Welfare club's opening games of the season, playing at centre half and in the midfield, while also chipping in with a goal against league rivals Balintore.<br /><br />Farquhar (pictured left) received his Player of the Month plaque at the club's league game against Cromarty this evening, presented with the award by fellow player Kyle Oliver.

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  • Thistle hope to avoid Croms upset

    As the Ross-shire Welfare league season heads into the penultimate match of it's first round of fixtures, Tain Thistle will make travel to Cromarty this Wednesday, in the hope that they can put another three points on the board. Thistle currently trail Balintore by eight points with a game in hand and with memories still fresh in the mind from their one and only visit to Victoria Park last year, nothing but a win will be considered acceptable.<br /><br />Thistle ran out 9-0 winners on their way to the league championship at Cromarty in 2009, with veteran full back James Rice scoring a hat-trick, Liam Rostock doing the same, while Robbie Ross also bagged a goal. The night was rounded off with a sensational brace for substitute Craig Nimmons.<br /><br />Despite their -10 goal difference in the league, the Cromarty men are expected to have improved greatly, having won their first three points in the league last week at Dingwall after holding Inver to a draw two days prior.<br /><br />For Thistle, winger Darran Goller will return from suspension as well as James Rice who missed out last week due to work commitments. Kyle Oliver remains a doubt carrying a persistent shin complaint, while Andrew Durrand was confirmed to have played his final game for Tain last week when he was given his release on Saturday.

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  • Tain Juniors 1-2 Dingwall (U17s)

    In the first Under 17 action for two weeks last night, Tain Juniors failed to turned possession into goals as they fell 2-1 to a more determined Dingwall side.<br /><br />Faltering twice either side of the half, Tain found themselves 2-0 down before scoring a consolation goal ten minutes from time.

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  • Thistle's fledgling four fitting in well

    Andrew Sutherland is just one of four new additions to Tain Thistle's Welfare league set up this summer, alongside Ryan Johnston, John Maclellan and Ayah Rattanaphithak. 2010 has been a year of transition not only for Tain Thistle, heading into their first year as defending Ross-shire Welfare champions but also for the "fledgling four", as they step into Welfare football having won the SWL Ross-shire league with Tain Juniors' Under 17 set up last year.<br /><br />Sutherland has featured in no fewer than six of Thistle's eight competitive games during their Welfare campaign after a short pre-season which also involved a trial game for Tain's North Caledonian side against Muir of Ord Rovers. The result on that day went anything but in Thistle's favour, but the experience thus far has been one to savour for the Northern Irish born defender.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ff1.jpg"><br /><br /><i>"Its been a really good experience so far. I never expected to have played as often as I have but I've learned a lot already. The trial game gave us an insight into what to expect in senior football and it was a good chance for us to show what we could do for the manager."</i><br /><br />Inspired by the now experienced youngsters who came before him, such as Farquhar, Christie and Goller, Sutherland seems humbled by just how much he has learned in a short space of time.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ff2.jpg"><i>"Martyn (Farquhar) has been really good for me this season, teaching me how to read the game much better since I arrived, and Darran (Goller) has been fantastic at making us all feel welcome. Football-wise, we'd always spent some time on quick feet with the 17s, and playing the ball quickly has been the main thing we've been doing here, so I feel like I'm learning all the time."</i><br /><br />Like Sutherland, the imposing young forward John Maclellan has found himself in the throws of first team action, starting up front on five different occasions amidst a continually changing forward line. Thistle have been lucky to have Maclellan as they continue to search for their scoring touch, now without Calum Macdonald and missing Liam Rostock for the early part of the season. <br /><br />Many claim the striker could very well have bagged a hat-trick in his trial start against Muir of Ord, were it not for the excellent goalkeeping of Robbie Rose, but instead he had to wait until Tain's trip to Dingwall in May for his first goal, slamming home a penalty in the club's 6-0 destruction of Vertex.<br /><br />Ryan Johnston, too, has impressed. Having swept aside other candidates to win the SWL Ross-shire league's Player of the Year award in 2009, the centre half for Tain Juniors has become a useful full-back for Arron Christie's Thistle side, none moreso than when he netted a goal from 30 yards on the left flank in his first start, picking the man of the match award up on the way. <br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ff3.jpg">The last contributor, but most certainly not the least, is the continually impressive and entertaining Natthaphon Ayah Rattanaphithak. Bangkok born, Ayah - or "Natch" to his 17s brethren - had not kicked a football before moving to Scotland at the age of 10. Making up for lost ground, he has quickly asserted himself as one of the most skillful players to come out of the Tain Juniors' set up, wowing crowds with his dribbling ability since his inclusion in Tain's North Caledonian squad. <br /><br />The winger has also shown his goalscoring touch, netting for Thistle on two occasions, first against Invergordon Social Club in the opening Welfare game of the season, before showing that even as the shortest player in the league, he can still head the ball, with a perfectly placed nut over a helpless Ross Rae.<br /><br />Whatever the future holds for Thistle, one thing can be assured -- the continued efforts of Tain Juniors, working with the young footballers of Tain, are proving once again to be successful, especially if Sutherland, Maclellan, Johnston and Rattanaphithak are anything to go by - and Thistle are only too glad to continue the job.

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  • Inver game postponed

    The league meeting between Inver and Tain Thistle scheduled for this Monday has been postponed for a second time, following injuries to the Portmahomack based side suffered during their Pattison Cup loss to Ross-shire Club.<br /><br />In Pattison Cup action today, Inver lost 2-1 to Ross-shire after extra time, while Balintore thumped Invergordon Social Club by 10 goals to 2.

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  • Thistle handed bye in Highland Welfare Cup

    Tain Thistle have been awarded a bye in the Tom Hunter Highland Welfare Cup. The 1st Round will be played on Sunday, June 13th, with the winners advancing to the last sixteen to join Tain Thistle, and other bye teams. The 2nd round is scheduled to be played on Sunday, July 4th with a 2pm kick off.<br /><br />The 1st round draw is as follows:<br /><br />Tomintoul vs Elizabethan Link Up, Merkinch vs Rock House, Hatton vs Buckie, Rothes vs Branders, St Marnans vs Bishopmill, Elgin Albion vs GS United, Crimond vs New Deer, Cullen vs White Eagles, Port Gordon vs Portsoy<br /><br />Byes: Tain Thistle, Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Lhanbryde, Moray Social, Burghead, Aberlour

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  • Tain Juniors preview

    Followers of Tain Juniors' under 17 side are reminded that the team's next fixture is tomorrow night at 7pm at Grant Park against league rivals Dingwall.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Ross-shire Club

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/dantheman.jpg">Tain Thistle bounced back from three consecutive defeats tonight to leapfrog Ross-shire Club into 3rd place in the Ross-shire Welfare with a 2-1 win at Grant Park. Goals from Daniel and Arron Christie saw the league champions reaffirm their intentions as contenders to retain their title with a persistent and workmanlike performance.<br /><br />American college soccer supremo Garry Perks stepped back into the fold after an eighteen month absence to take his place on the right wing while Michael Brand also returned, following an ankle injury sustained in the pre-season. The suspended Darran Goller stepped out, while James Rice was also absent. <br /><br />Thistle started the game in nervy fashion, despite matching their opponents in most areas of the park. Robbie Ross came closest to opening the scoring in the early going; his header sailing only inches round the post before turning an effort over the hands of Mitchell and the crossbar.<br /><br />Despite the pressure from the home side, it was the Dingwall men who took the lead through a lapse in concentration down the right flank. Clever play from the Ross-shire men saw full back Donald Stewart's effort reach the far post and drift into the net, while keeper Steven Martin could only look on in astonishment.<br /><br />The disaster did not deter the Jags however as they continued to press at the other end of the park. In fact, within minutes the Thistle bench and players were all but celebrating when Andrew Sutherland saw his aerial effort sail goalward only to be deemed not to count, despite appeals from the home side that his header had crossed the line. <br /><br />As the second half began, Thistle looked more positive, with player managed Arron Christie now in an advanced midfield position. Quickly, Christie and Perks began to link up well, creating chances in front of the Ross-shire goal with frequency; Ross again unlucky not to score as he watched his effort drift over the bar. <br /><br />The clever trickery of Garry Perks finally paid off for Thistle as the winger dribbled past a pair of defenders to square the ball for the waiting feet of Daniel Christie; the latter making no mistake with the finish, placing the ball beyond Mitchell to make it 1-1.<br /><br />Ross-shire Club continued to show solidarity at the back however, thwarting a series of corner attempts for Thistle as the Jags battled for a winner. But it was not for long, as an Arron Christie looping effort from the edge of the area soon found the net, taking a deflection on the way in. At 2-1, Thistle's domination was finally reflected in the scoreline.<br /><br />A late flurry of long ball attacks from the Ross Club put some late pressure on Martin's goal, but confident defending from Martyn Farquhar and Michael Brand saw the goal well tended until the final whistle; the visitor's best chance in the latter stages easily thwarted as Ryan Cowie covered ground with the grace of a gazelle to tackle Paul Fredricks at the key moment.<br /><br />The win pushes Thistle into 3rd place in the Ross-shire Welfare league, overtaking both Inver and Ross-shire Club, while Balintore strengthened their lead at the top with a thumping 6-1 win over their seaside rivals. At Invergordon, Alness beat the Social Club 3-0, while Vertex fell 2-1 to Cromarty.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie, Sutherland (Durrand), Farquhar, A Christie, Brand, D Christie, Cameron, Burry, Perks (Rattanaphithak), Ross (Maclellan)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston, C Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />D Christie 50, A Christie 71<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=395">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=395</a>

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  • Inver 2-0 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle fell at the first hurdle this weekend, losing 2-0 to Inver, in the teams' second competitive outing of the season. The match was in the first round of the Portmahomack hosted Pattison Cup<br /><br />Match report currently unavailable.

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  • Moylan Urquhart Memorial Game scheduled

    On Saturday May 29th, Grant Park will play host to the <b>Moylan Urquhart Memorial Quaich</b> match, which will kick off at 1pm.<br /><br />The memorial tie, played in memory of Moylan Urquhart and to raise money for Takayasu’s Arteritis research, was this year organized by Graeme Ross and will be played for the fifth consecutive year. Played between two XIs of younger and older players from Moylan's generation, Keith Glazier and James Affrin will captain the sides for the afternoon.<br /><br />Presentation of the Quaich and a raffle will take place after the game at the Railway Hotel with prizes including a signed Celtic shirt and an acoustic guitar<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/moylan.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 1-4 Balintore

    A confident first half performance from league leaders Balintore saw them extend their advantage with a 4-1 win at Grant Park against a disjointed Tain Thistle side.<br /><br />Completing a number of changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Inver on Saturday, manager Arron Christie reintroduced striker Robbie Ross and Ryan Johnston, while also giving Thai winger Ayah Rattanaphithak his first start for the club, in place of Darran Goller.<br /><br />End to end action in the first half saw the first break fall to Balintore, as North Caledonian young player of the year Andrew Ripley tucked a shot underneath Steven Martin for the opener. Balintore made it 2-0 shortly after with a Dave MacGruer strike.<br /><br />Andy Bell added a third before the interval after Thistle failed to deal with persistent attacking play.<br /><br />Making two half time changes, Thistle re-emerged for the second half with Darran Goller and Andy Durrand introduced, adding new attacking options. The chances quickly came through Goller as he narrowly missed a chance to score, one on one with Balintore stopper Ross Henderson.<br /><br />Tain's second half pressure finally paid off when a Martyn Farquhar effort was adjudged to have crossed the line, despite protests from the Balintore bench. At 1-3 down, Thistle could have pulled another back thanks to a late Arron Christie lob, but the confident Henderson was up to the task.<br /><br />Despite their best efforts, Thistle could not prevent Balintore from adding a fourth. From a set piece, the towering Gus Macdonald knocked the ball beyond Martin with deflected header, concluding the scoring for the evening.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie, Johnson (Durrand), Rice, Sutherland, Farquhar, D Christie, Burry, Rattanaphithak (Goller), Ross, A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Maclellan, Cameron<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Farquhar 77<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=393">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=393</a>

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  • U17s replay postponed

    The proposed replay between Muir of Ord and Tain Juniors' under 17 outfits scheduled to be played tonight has been postponed.

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  • Juniors held at Invergordon

    Tain Juniors U17s finished all square with Invergordon U17s at the Recreation Grounds last night, as the game ended 1-1.<br /><br />More to follow.

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  • Tain Thistle vs Balintore - when last they met

    Tain Thistle can expect nothing but a tough contest from neighbours Balintore as the Jags challenge the 100% record of the seasiders this Wednesday night. The unbeaten Thistle will hope to make an advance towards top spot in the table by toppling their rivals with the home advantage on their side.<br /><br />As the game closes in, we look at the last two meetings between the sides at Grant Park, from 2009 and 2008.<br /><br />Tain Thistle 5-1 Balintore<br />Wednesday, May 20th, 2009<br /><br />Goals: D Christie 3, Rostock 5, Rice 7, 19, Goller 28 � Mackay 47<br /><br />Tain Thistle:<br />Martin, Farquhar (Austin), Rice, Dingwall, A Christie, Oliver, D Christie, Cowie, Macdonald (McGaw), Goller (Durrand), Rostock<br /><br />Balintore:<br />Crombie, Mackenzie (MacKelvie), Metcalfe, Ross (Allison), Stainke, MacMillan, Mackay, Macdonald, Smith (Vass), Martin<br /><br />James Rice was the hero of the day against a beleaguered Balintore side, as he netted a first half brace before narrowly missing out on a hat trick to contribute towards a thumping 5-1 win, rocketing Thistle to the top of the Ross-shire Welfare league table.<br /><br />Tain Thistle 1-2 Balintore<br />Wednesday, May 19th, 2008<br /><br />Goals: McCourt 24 - Kay 65, Mackay 70<br /><br />Tain Thistle:<br />Ross, Farquhar, George (Harkness), Rice, Cowie (Milne), Cameron, Burry, Brand, McCourt, Rostock (McQuillan), Perks<br /><br />Balintore:<br />Henderson, Metcalfe, Mackay, Davis, Stainke, Ross, Martin (J Vass), Wood (Moffat), Macdonald, Smith, Kay (B Vass)<br /><br />The Jags' early league momentum was quickly halted by a stubborn Balintore side as a flat footed Tain Thistle saw their early lead cancelled out by Ryan Kay and Martin Mackay to give Balintore three important league points.

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  • Inver 2-1 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/scottyjohn.jpg">Inver are the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup winners for 2010, following an entertainment packed ninety minutes at Balintore Lower Park yesterday. <br /><br />Both sides had made changes since their inconclusive meeting at Portmahomack weeks prior, with Craig McCourt in for Greig Mitchell and Gary Mackay replacing Stephen Campbell in the Inver goal. For Thistle, Kyle Oliver was introduced to the midfield with Brian Cameron stepping into a full back role for Ryan Cowie. Experienced forward Robbie Ross failed to make the final squad due to the imposed limit of six Winter form players, while the returning Mark Reid took a place on the bench.<br /><br />Pre-match, the Tain players and committee arrived together, universally clad in red and black bar ties. For many of the younger players, it would be their first Welfare final, having stepped up from the Under 17 ranks this summer. <br /><br />Nerves were apparent early on as neither side could figure a conclusive hold on the game, but it was Inver who had the first chance, Ashley Mills managing to win a header in the Thistle box before sending a shot just over the bar after some shaky defending from the Grant Park men. <br /><br />Despite the early pressure from Inver, it was Tain who opened the scoring, through an unlikely source. A looping cross from right back Brian Cameron reached the edge of the Inver area, but it was Inver captain Scott Innes who was first to the ball in what he must have hoped would be a headed clearance. The unlucky defender could only watch his effort drift into the net at Gary Mackay’s far post however, giving Thistle a surprise 1-0 lead.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ayahash.jpg">The goal should have served as encouragement for Thistle, who had seemed all-at-sea for most of the half thus far, but disaster struck moments later when Craig McCourt found himself through on the Tain goal, this time forcing goalkeeper Steven Martin to produce a save, beating the ball behind for a corner.<br /><br />The Thistle defence were caught napping once again as McCourt found himself in an advanced position and in a moment that player-manager Arron Christie will want to forget, the towering Inver forward was sent to the ground, leaving referee Michael Stainke with no other option than to point to the spot. McCourt stepped up and rifled the ball home to level the affair at 1-1.<br /><br />As the first half continued, frustration grew higher as the action flew from end to end. In the frenzy, Thistle could only stand and watch as the next goal flew in, as Stuart Wood struck the ball from 25 yards, over the Thistle defence and their keeper to make it 2-1.<br /><br />The deficit finally seemed to spur Tain on, as a flurry of chances before the half time whistle ensued. Kyle Oliver was unsuccessful first of all with a thumping shot that just skimmed its way over the bar, before the midfielder once again beat the keeper, only to see his angled shot bounce off the post � winger Darran Goller unsuccessful with the rebound. It was beginning to seem like one of those days for Thistle as John Maclellan also found himself clean through on Mackay. The forward dribbled the ball past the Inver keeper but in an infringement which seemed to escape the eyes of both the referee and his assistants, the young striker found his legs clipped by the keeper, ending his momentum and the scoring chance.<br /><br />The second half told a very different tale to that of the first, with forty-five minutes of Thistle pressure about to begin.<br /><br />Arron Christie, now in a forward position, should have made it 2-2 when he found himself one-on-one with Mackay, but much to the amazement of the Thistle support, after he beat Mackay his chipped effort came back off the crossbar! Christie’s frustration turned to scorn soon after as he found himself in the Inver box only to be wrestled to the ground; referee Stainke again ignoring any penalty claim to the amazement of both teams.<br /><br />Thistle’s best chance of the second period fell without doubt to Andrew Sutherland who, having advanced for a set piece found the goal gaping, but could only shoot directly at an Inver defender on the goal line.<br /><br />The Jags continued to pressurize up until the final whistle, Colin Burry, James Rice and even goalkeeper Steven Martin coming close to finding an equalizer but as time went on, it became evident that the name of Tain Thistle was never to be written on the League Cup this year.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/inverwinners.jpg"><br /><br />Competition sponsor Jim Oman of Highland Heatsave Ltd Plumbing & Heating presented the trophy to Inver captain Scott Innes after the match, before medals and awards were handed out at Balintore's Commercial Hotel. Any taste of bitterness following the result were soon washed away with some excellently prepared soup, provided by the hosts.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cameron (Reid), Rice, Sutherland, A Christie, Oliver, Farquhar, Goller (Rattanaphithak), Burry, Maclellan, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston, Cowie, Durrand<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Innes o.g. 15<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=409"> http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=409</a>

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  • Dingwall Vertex 0-6 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle got off the mark in style at Dingwall this evening, winning all three points after putting six into the Vertex net. <br /><br />Manager Arron Christie made four changes for the visit. Resting winger Darran Goller, full back James Rice with Brian Cameron and John Maclellan dropping to the bench, while Kyle Oliver, Andrew Sutherland and Robbie Ross were recalled to the side along with the player-manager himself.<br /><br />A promising start for Thistle saw Robbie Ross and makeshift forward Arron Christie come close with efforts in the box, with Daniel Christie also firing over the bar in the early going. A resilient Vertex defence were able to stave off the pressure from Tain's determined wing pairing of Colin Burry and Andy Durrand but before long the floodgates opened; Arron Christie leathering the ball into the top corner to give Tain a 1-0 lead in emphatic style with his first goal of the campaign.<br /><br />Arron's brother Daniel Christie opened his account for the season soon after, turning a shot into the net beyond the keeper to make it 2-0, giving Thistle a more than comfortable half time advantage.<br /><br />Shortly after the restart, Ross could very well have made it 3-0, but failed to connect with a cross at the far post, heading wide from close range. The duty was left to Thistle's left back, in sensational fashion, as Ryan Johnston watched his deep looping cross turn into the shot of the game when it sailed over the head of an unsuspecting Ross Rae and into the net.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/vert1.jpg"><br /><br />Vertex enjoyed a brief reprieve from defending when Thistle brought on substitutes John Maclellan and Ayah Rattanaphithak as the visitor's rejigged their formation; the Dingwall side's Ryan Reid testing Steven Martin with a tame effort soon after with the call centre side's only significant chance of the game.<br /><br />Substitute Rattanaphithak found himself in the thick of the action quickly, winning a free kick outside the box, before finding the net himself, stunning onlookers with a deft header over the ample Vertex keeper finishing a Mark Reid cross; a feat in itself for the diminutive Thai dribbler, who would take some beating as the shortest player in the league!<br /><br />The tireless Burry added a fifth from a set piece outside the box soon after Rattanaphithak's contribution, much to the disappointment of the Vertex defence and their keeper who were caught off guard by Thistle's quickness in taking the free kick.<br /><br />Rattanaphithak, finding it all too easy to advance on the vulnerable Vertex defence was adjudged to have been impeded in the closing minutes of the game and a penalty was awarded to the visitors by referee Mark Dalton. Still chasing his opening goal of the campaign, young striker John Maclellan stepped up to the plate for the spot kick and after sending the Vertex keeper the wrong way, Maclellan knocked the ball home to round the evening off at 6 goals to nil for Thistle.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/vert2.jpg"><br /><br />The win gets Thistle off the mark in the Ross-shire Welfare league, catapulting them to 3rd in the table, behind Ross-shire Club who lost 1-0 to Balintore in another of the evening's games. Elsewhere in the county, Invergordon Social Club were beaten 3-1 at Portmahomack by Inver, while Alness Athletic regained form to make easy work of Cromarty in an 8-0 drubbing.<br /><br />Thistle's win over Vertex will be their final outing before they play Inver in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup final, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 22nd at Balintore Lower Park, Balintore, with a 3pm kick off.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie (Reid), Johnston, Farquhar, Sutherland, Oliver, D Christie, Durrand (Rattanaphithak), Burry, Ross (Maclellan), A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />S McGaw, Cameron<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />A Christie 23, D Christie 36, Johnston 56, Rattanaphithak 77, Burry 82, Maclellan pen 90<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Ryan Johnston<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=392">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=392</a>

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  • Andy's Odds (19/5)

    <img class="imgleft" style="border-color:#ffffff" border="10" color=white align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/00144403-C3EE-4283-ABDA-74AFE9F1B894.gif">Tain Thistle's resident mascot and betting enthusiast, Andy "I'll play anKNEEwhere" Murray weighs in with another edition of "Andy's Odds", speculating on the fortunes of the Ross-shire Welfare's league teams for this evening's card of games.<br /><br /><b>Inver vs Social Club</b><br />Inver will be keen to get a league game under their belt finally and with that I think they will prove too strong for Social!<br />My prediction: 3-0<br /><br /><b>Alness Ath vs Cromarty</b><br />Alness are a strong team but have struggled to score goals so far. However think Alness will sneak this one!<br />Mr prediction: 2-1<br /><br /><b>Balintore vs Ross Club</b><br />Both teams are currently sitting on 6 points with 1 goal between them. Going for a draw on this one!<br />Mr prediction: 1-1<br /><br /><b>Vertex vs Tain Thistle</b><br />Pre-season friendly ended with a narrow 2-1. With 3 points at stake Tain will be keen to see this one off with ease. Team news is that there could be a change up front, so will all depend on whether the new 'striker' finds the back of the net!<br />My prediction: 0-3

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  • Thistle announce Estonian club link

    <br><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/pic1.gif">Tain Thistle are proud to announce a new club association with Estonian side <a href="http://www.estonvilla.ee" target=blank>Jalgpaliklubi FC Eston Villa</a>.<br /><br />Eston Villa play in the Estonian championship IV league and currently hold 2nd position in the East Zone. Thistle and Villa committees are currently working on setting up a friendly match, expected to be played in mid 2011.

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  • Cup Final venue confirmed

    The Ross-shire Welfare league cup final between Tain Thistle and Inver will now be played at Balintore Lower Park, in Balintore.<br /><br />The match is scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd with a 3pm kick off.

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  • Juniors game postponed

    Tonight's match between Tain Juniors under 17 side and Muir of Ord has been postponed due to traffic problems preventing the away side's arrival.

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  • Tain Thistle 0-0 Alness Athletic

    Welfare sides Tain Thistle and Alness Athletic were deadlocked at Grant Park today as the league challengers finished their match goal-less.<br /><br />Injury concerns following the weekend saw Robbie Ross and manager Arron Christie drop out of the first team, with Andy Durrand and Andy Sutherland coming in while Christie's most recent signing Kyle Oliver took a place on the bench. Terry Stirling named a much changed starting eleven for Alness, with David Kennedy, Kraig Vass, Scott MacGruer and former Thistle welfare defender Keith Dingwall adding strength to the Alness side.<br /><br />The first half told a familiar story of end to end flowing football from both sides, with Colin Burry impressing once again on the left flank. Thistle got started early with a corner in the first minute; James Rice heading wide from a Burry cross with the first chance of the game. John Maclellan was unlucky minutes later with a one-on-one chance against MacGruer as he shot straight at the stopper.<br /><br />Alness enjoyed their best chance through Stuart Murray, who having spent most of the game offside was finally able to play the trap well to lob Martin, only to see his shot land on the crossbar and bounce over.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainalness1.jpg"><br /><br />Goalkeeper Steven Martin was called into action twice in the second half following a period of Alness pressure, doing very well to tip an effort away from goal before holding a free kick.<br /><br />Action flowed freely in the latter stages of the second half with most of the action coming through Burry and Darran Goller for the home side, but chances in the middle were few and far between for both sides despite creative play.<br /><br />At the back, the young combination of Martyn Farquhar and Andy Sutherland received good reviews from the touchline, keeping their first clean sheet of the season as a defensive pairing, as the game meandered towards a 0-0 finish.<br /><br />Elsewhere in the league, league leaders Balintore made it 2 from 2 with a 3-1 win at Dingwall over new side Vertex thanks to goals from David Calderwood, Ross Powell and James Metcalfe, while action at Cromarty never got started as traffic issues prevented Inver from reaching Victoria Park. In other game of the night, Ross-shire Club beat Social Club 2-0 at Invergordon.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Cowie, Rice (Oliver), Farquhar, Sutherland, Cameron (Ross), D Christie, Goller, Burry, Maclellan (Rattanaphithak), Durrand<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Johnston<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/player.php?id=104">Andrew Sutherland</a><br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=391">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=391</a>

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  • Grant Park goal posts spruced up

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/embo.jpg">The goal posts at Tain Thistle and Tain Juniors' Grant Park have been given a much needed tidy up and respray by Thistle committee members Ian and Arron Christie. <br /><br />The newly painted posts were put to good use tonight during Thistle's league match with Alness, netted up by the able bodied hands of Graham Macrae and David "Embo" Matheson.

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  • Andy's Odds (12/5)

    <img class="imgleft" style="border-color:#ffffff" border="10" color=white align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/D2EF243C-1D87-46B1-B3D7-FC927004A80F.gif">TainThistle.co.uk's resident pundit, Andy "The Hatchet" Murray weighs in with his prediction for this week's Ross-shire Welfare league fixtures.<br /><br /><b>Cromarty vs Inver</b><br />Cromarty had a good 1st round cup win and results have been close and with home advantage don't think Inver will have this one all their own way, especially with their goalkeeper 'cast' aside through injury!<br /><i>My Prediction: 2-2</i><br /><br /><b>Invergordon Social Club vs Ross-shire Club</b><br />I think Ross Club will win this one although they don't seem to be as strong as last season. It all depends on what team Social put out however!<br /><i>My Prediction: 1-3</i><br /><br /><b>Tain Thistle vs Alness Athletic</b><br />This will be another close one. Alness are a physical team but as long as (we) Tain match them, I think it'll be 3 points for Tain!<br /><i>My Prediction: 2-1</i><br /><br /><b>Vertex vs Balintore</b><br />Vertex are the new team finding their feet, don't think they'll be a match for a seemingly strong Balti team!<br /><i>My Prediction: 0-4</i>

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  • By-Gone Games: Tain vs Alness

    In 1920, the reformation of the Ross-shire League had begun -- with teams from Evanton (Black Rock), Invergordon and Dingwall competing again and among the others to join were Alness and Tain (St Duthus).<br /><br />Most significantly for the latter two was their first meeting since the end of the First World War in 1920 with both sides finding themselves in the final of the Tain hosted Pattison Cup. Crowds flocked to "The Links" from both towns to view the spectacle, with the cup committee recording a gate of £10 - a record at the time for the town.<br /><br />Tain had disposed of Dingwall Vics (then recognised as Ross-shire's premier team) and Invergordon en route to the final, while Alness had made easy work of Cromarty and Golspie.<br /><br />The game was affected heavily by a strong wind, one which Alness benefited from early on, winning the toss for kick off and the weather advantage. Despite numerous corners for the visitors in the first half, no advantage was taken and the score remained 0-0 at the break.<br /><br />Despite Alness having the better of things (with three shots saved by the Tain custodian), it was Tain who took the lead with their first attempt on Maynard's goal -- and in bizarre fashion. A cross from Mitchell was left to go bye by the Alness stopped but it careered off the post and back into the goalmouth. The stramash that followed found the ball trundle into the net; Maynard's valiant efforts to prevent it going in only succeeded in pushing it further over the line, resulting in what would effectively be classed as an "own goal". <br /><br />The goal would be the only one of the game, with Tain securing the prize of the Pattison Cup in a 1-0 win. Presentations took place at the Temperance Hotel, awarded to the Tain captain by Mr D Sinclair of the North of Scotland Bank.<br /><br />The year marked a renaissance for Tain football, as they went on to secure the first post-war (1920/21) Ross-shire League championship soon after, overcoming teams from around the county, with five wins from six games.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/5561.jpg"><br /><i>(Above: Tain St Duthus, Pattison Cup Winners 1920)</i><br /><br />The teams on the day were:<br /><br /><b>Tain St Duthus</b><br />Team:<br />W Munro, W Macleod, E M Fraser, R Earl, A Macleod, W B Dunnett, J G Holmes, D J H Mitchell, D Mackay, G Findlay, W Ross<br /><br /><b>Alness United</b><br />Team:<br />Maynard, Collins, Mackenzie, Grant, Macdonald, Maclean, Fraser, Young, Maclean, Darling, Lamb<br /><br />Referee - Mr W G Mackay, Dingwall

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  • Juniors vs Muir moved to Wed night

    Tain Juniors' home under-17s fixture against Muir of Ord, originally scheduled for Friday 14th May, will now be played this Wednesday 12th May on the TRACC all-weather pitch.

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  • Sunflowers get off to a winning start

    Tain Thistle would like to thank Debbie Dyer and her crew of able bodied helpers from the Sunflowers Cafe for the provision of refreshments at today's semi final.<br /><br />Spectators were spoiled rotten throughout the match and at half time with baguettes, tea, coffee, soup, rolls, cakes and the much sought after "Shortbread Gollers" (pictured <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shortbreadgollers.jpg">here</a>).<br /><br />Thank you to Debbie, John and Sunflowers Cafe for their time and efforts. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/sunflowers.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Alness Athletic

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/burrys.jpg">A last gasp winner from Robbie Ross was enough for Tain Thistle to book their place in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup final this afternoon, against cup holders Alness Athletic.<br /><br />Arron Christie named a relatively familiar starting eleven, with Ryan Cowie coming back into otherwise the same side who played in the abandoned fixture midweek against Inver. <br /><br />Despite a positive start from Thistle, it was Athletic who broke the deadlock through Stevie Murray; the forward taking advantage of defensive frailties in the early going to knock the ball past Stevie Martin. The goal jolted Tain into action and before long chances came, mostly through Colin Burry as he found the head of Robbie Ross on two occasions, both being sent over the bar. <br /><br />As Tain continued to chase an equalizer, the game adopted a frenetic feel with chances at either end, Stuart Murray shooting over the bar while John Maclellan had an effort saved at the other end and bookings which soon followed, for Thistle's Rice and Athletic's Alexander.<br /><br />But, capping off a brilliant first half display down the left wing, it was Burry who was able to pull his side back into contention with a tremendous goal, looping the ball over Annal and into the net from an acute angle just before the half time break.<br /><br />The second half started as the first had ended, with much of the tough yet flowing football that both teams had promised to deliver pre-match on display for the 100 strong crowd. Chances falling to Darran Goller and Ross were squandered while Maclellan again found an opportunity held by Annal as Tain pushed for a winner.<br /><br />Just as the match looked as though it was headed for extra time, Robbie Ross provided the heroic touch, as he had done in the Cordiner Cup semi final last year, with a goal in the dying minutes. Winger Goller's seemingly tireless legs carried him into a fantastic position down the right hand side to cross for Ross; the forward carrying the ball over the line to send the Thistle crowd home delighted, with the prospect of another cup final to look forward to.<br /><br />Post-match, the Athletic touchline took issue with referee Billy Murray leading to ugly scenes at the full time whistle. Tain Thistle have been asked to post the following message on their official website at the request of Alness Athletic from the opposition club's manager Terry Stirling:<br /><br /><i>"I would like to apologize for my bad temperament and my attitude towards the referee. I understand that he has a hard enough job. My apologies to the children in attendance and to the great support Tain had at the game, if any offense was caused. Well done and all the best in the final."</i><br /><br />In the other semi final, Inver travelled to Cromarty where they were able to win 3-2, setting up a derby final for the Invergordon hosted cup. The final is scheduled to be played on Saturday, May 22nd with a 3pm kick off Invergordon's Recreation Grounds.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Farquhar, Cowie, Rice, A Christie, Cameron, Burry, Goller, D Christie, Maclellan, Ross (Johnston)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Durrand, C Nimmons, Sutherland, Rattanaphithak<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Burry 43, Ross 89<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Rice, D Christie, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Colin Burry<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=408">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=408</a>

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  • Aird Athletic U17s 3-2 Tain Juniors U17s

    Despite a second half fightback, Tain Juniors' under 17 side fell by 3 goals to 2 to Aird Athletic tonight.<br /><br />Tain took the lead through Ceiran Cunningham against a lively Aird side, but a quick fightback saw Aird go 2-1 before scoring third on the stroke of half time to go in 3-1 leaders at the break.<br /><br />A second half penalty from Reece Stewart reduced the deficit but the elusive equaliser could not be found as Aird held on to win 3-2.

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  • Thistle prepare for Alness double header

    Tain Thistle are preparing to head into two back-to-back home meetings with Alness Athletic in the next five days. The latter meeting will on be on Wednesday evening on league business but first and foremost, the teams will meet in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup semi final this Saturday afternoon.<br /><br />For Tain, they seem to have found their bogey team in Alness Athletic, having lost three times in four of the meetings between the sides in 2009. They lost first of all in a friendly, losing 3-2 at Grant Park before leveling the playing field in a league game with a 2-1 win. Tain's further matches with Athletic (both in visits to Alness) ended in defeat, first with a 4-3 loss thanks to a last minute Jordan Greig strike and secondly, in a game which followed Thistle's clinching of the Ross-shire Welfare league championship; Alness making easy work of a tired Thistle in a 3-0 win to reach the Seaboard Cup final.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/037.JPG"><br /><i>(Last season's Ross-shire Welfare League Cup winners, Alness Athletic)</i><br /><br />Defending cup holders Alness will go into Saturday's game having beaten Dingwall's Ross-shire Club by an outstanding 8 goals to 2 at Jubilee Park in the first round. Striker Stuart Murray opened his account for Athletic with a hat-trick in that game and despite defeat on Wednesday evening (to Balintore), the forward was able to add to his tally with a brace making him the league's top goalscorer thus far. Flanked by prolific scorers of last season, Jamie Macdonald and James Cochrane, Alness are sure to be a threat going forward. Alness manager Terry Stirling is looking forward to a good display from both sides.<br /><br /><i>"If both teams play football and play the passing game we know both teams can play, fair but tough, then it should make for a good semi final"</i><br /><br />Thistle however will be determined to get a result at the weekend having seen a chance to get off the mark on Wednesday vanish following the abandonment of their game against rivals Inver. Full back Ryan Cowie is expected to be back in action for Tain, having impressed against the Social Club in Tain's first round win while Michael Brand is likely to remain on the sidelines due to injury, possibly to be joined by top scorer and winger Darran Goller, who picked up a number of knocks in the club's unfulfilled midweek fixture.

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  • Results Roundup (5/5)

    While Inver and Tain Thistle's meeting at Portmahomack ended in postponement, three other fixtures opened the Ross-shire Welfare league season.<br /><br />At Evanton, Alness fell by 5 goals to 2, as Balintore's Gus Macdonald netted twice to put his side to the top of the league.<br /><br />Ross-shire Club of Dingwall join Balintore on three points after a 3-1 win over Cromarty, while in the only other game, Dingwall Vertex recorded their first point with a hard earned draw against Invergordon Social Club; Ryan Reid netting for the league newcomers in reply to a strike from Kenny Ross.<br /><br />Alness Athletic 2-5 Balintore<br />Ross-shire Club 3-1 Cromarty<br />Invergordon Social Club 1-1 Dingwall Vertex<br />Inver vs Tain Thistle - abandoned

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  • Inver vs Tain Thistle abandoned

    A head knock to Inver defender Jamie Shepherd brought an impromptu end to this evening's league meeting between Inver and Tain Thistle at Portmahomack, as the game was abandoned after 73 minutes of play. <br /><br />Tain had started the game brightly and no sooner had they had their first attack when they scored through Darran Goller; the pacey winger finishing after his run down the right wing saw him one on one with Stephen Campbell.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/invergame.jpg"><br /><br />Daniel Christie was unlucky not to extend the lead straight after as he powered a shot wide following a goalmouth sclaff - but it was Christie who started the move for Tain's second, playing Darran Goller into space for the winger to play a ball across the face of Campbell's goal for striker John Maclellan to net his first welfare goal for Thistle.<br /><br />Before the half hour mark however, Inver's persistent counter play resulted in a goal for Ashley Mills, placing the ball under Steven Martin to pull one back for the home side.<br /><br />The second half looked promising for Thistle as it started, with Maclellan looking to find the net again. The striker was unlucky on two occasions, first watching his effort drift wide before failing to round Campbell to score moments later.<br /><br />The incident which followed led to the cessation of Shepherd's involvement and ultimately the postponement of the fixture. Following a tussle between Shepherd and Thistle's Robbie Ross, the oncoming goalkeeper Campbell collided with his defender (Shepherd) resulting in stoppage of play. The game was stopped for eight minutes as players and officials from both clubs helped the player from the field, awaiting an air ambulance. While the game resumed for a short time after, the air ambulance's arrival finally brought it to a halt.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/airamb.jpg"><br /><br />Following consultation with the paramedics, it was clear that the game was not going to be resumed with suitable light and referee Keith Middleton brought an end to proceedings, calling the game off after speaking to both team managers.<br /><br />News late tonight indicated that Jamie Shepherd has recovered well and has a concussion. Everyone at Tain Thistle wishes Jamie a speedy recovery.<br /><br /><b>Inver:</b><br /><br />Team:<br />Campbell, Davis, Smith (Swanson), Shepherd (G Mackay), Innes, D Wood, Mailley, Austin, Mills, S Wood, Mitchell<br /><br />Subs unused: <br />D Mackay, Ferguson<br /><br />Goals:<br />Mills (28)<br /><br /><b>Tain Thistle:</b><br /><br />Team:<br />Martin, Farquhar, Rice, Sutherland, A Christie, D Christie, Cameron, Burry, Goller, Ross (Rattanaphithak), Maclellan<br /><br />Subs unused:<br />D Nimmons, Durrand, Johnston, C Nimmons<br /><br />Goals:<br />Goller (2), Maclellan (13)

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  • Thistle prepare for Inver

    Tain Thistle and Inver met in a pre-season friendly in April in a game that ended 5-4 to the Jags, thanks to a Daniel Christie hat trick and goals from Brian Cameron and youngster John Maclellan however the landscape will prove different for both sides as they head into their first league game of the season.<br /><br />Regarding changes from their April meeting, Inver are expected to be boosted by the introduction of Invergordon natives Ashley Mills and goalkeeper Stephen Campbell, while Thistle are without the injured Michael Brand, Ryan Cowie and Liam Rostock having been strengthened mainly by the return of Robbie Ross.

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  • Dingwall U17s 2-1 Tain Juniors U17s

    Tain Juniors' unbeaten start to their SWL Ross-shire Youth League campaign came to a halt last night as they were beaten 2-1 by rivals Dingwall.<br /><br />The Juniors were able to cancel out a Dingwall half time lead with a goal from Chris Gordon but were unable to prevent the home team from retaking their lead. Tain thought they had done enough to earn themselves a draw when Stuart Greenlees knocked the ball home but the referee on hand adjudged that the player was offside.<br /><br />Next week, Tain travel to Kirkhill to play Aird Athletic in the second meeting between the teams this season, this time on league business.

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  • Tain Thistle 4-1 Social Club (aet)

    Tain Thistle got themselves off to a winning start this afternoon with a first round victory over Invergordon Social Club to advance to the semi final of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup, but not without hard work. Manager Arron Christie handed the reigns to father Ian in his absence and Christie the elder named a strong eleven; boosted also by the return of winger Liam Rostock.<br /><br />The Tain men got off to the perfect start when last season's top goalscorer Robbie Ross beat goalkeeper Daniel Cormack to put the home side 1-0 up after only nine minutes, opening his and Thistle's account for the summer.<br /><br />The pressure on the Social's goal continued throughout the first half with young striker John Maclellan coming close with a shot off the post before turning the rebound wide, leaving Thistle wondering if it was going to one of those days.<br /><br />The second half continued as the first had ended, with Maclellan again coming close before the the crowd witnessed miss of the game, credited to Liam Rostock, who shot the ball over the bar from four yards after a clever through ball from Ross. Ross could have scored not long after following clever link up play between Rostock and Ayah Rattanaphithak but his shot was sent wide.<br /><br />Under continued pressure, it looked as though things were only getting worse for Social as forward Ali Connell, who had received an earlier caution for dissent, was eventually dismissed for a wild tackle on Darran Goller outside the box leaving Social with ten men for the remainder of the game.<br /><br />But it was the Invergordon men who found the net in the second period; Neil Stevens surprising Thistle keeper David Matheson with an angled looped shot into the top corner. The goal had been Social's first significant shot on target during the ninety minutes of play, and it also confirmed that extra time would be needed to separate the sides, much to the astonishment and frustration of the Tain support.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/burrysocial.jpg"><br /><br />Matheson was forced to withdraw before extra time commenced due to vision problems and the change saw Thistle make their final substitution, with Ryan Johnston making his debut for the club while scorer Ross pulled on the goalkeeper's jersey. The loss of Ross's threat up front was countered when left back Colin Burry was pushed into midfield, while Rostock was moved from the wing to the front.<br /><br />Despite resurgent Social attacks in the first spell of extra time (Social still buoyed by their goal), centre-backs Martyn Farquhar and Andrew Sutherland both showed steely determination to protect their goal as they had done during normal time.<br /><br />Winger Darran Goller lit up the extra time period up front finally in the second half with a moment of brilliance; cutting into the box on the left hand side to drill a shot home with his right foot, much to the relief of the Tain touchline. The tricky Rattanaphithak picked up an assist for Goller's second goal soon after, as he crossed for the winger to thump the ball beyond Cormack to make it 3-1.<br /><br />With the game all but finished, Rattanaphithak nicked a goal of his own, adding the finishing touch on a Goller effort launched from the left hand side.<br /><br />The win advances Thistle to the semi of the League Cup, with another home tie looming. The opposition proved to be Alness Athletic, who handed Ross-shire Club an 8-2 drubbing at Dingwall. In other action, Dingwall's other team in Vertex were drubbed 5-0 at home by Cromarty, while Graham Davis, Stuart Wood and Greig Mitchell scored the goals necessary for Inver to beat Balintore 3-1 after extra time in Portmahomack.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson (Johnston), Cowie, Burry, Farquhar, Sutherland, Cameron (Durrand), D Christie, Goller, Rostock, Ross, Maclellan (Rattanaphithak)<br /><br /><b>Sub not used:</b><br />Stein<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Ross 9, Goller 109, 113, Rattanaphithak 116<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Rostock 63<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=388">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=388</a><br /><br />The semi finals of the League Cup will be played this Saturday, May 8th with a 3pm kick off.<br /><br />Tain Thistle vs Alness Athletic<br />Cromarty vs Inver

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  • 2009: A Season to Remember

    As we begin a new Welfare season, TainThistle.co.uk looks back on the most successful season in the club's history. From the reintroduction of the Christopher Grant Trophy contested with Tain St Duthus to the visit of the HMS Sutherland and the Homecoming Cup, the infamous "Peeps is my hero" t-shirt, the Cordiner Cup win and the memorable league win.<br /><br />Below we have a blow by blow account of the season, as it happened.<br /><br /><b>Mar 4th</b><br />The Tain Thistle committee was represented by ten members at the club’s AGM. Niall Harkiss was re-elected as Chairman, with Alan Forsyth re-assuming the position of Secretary and Treasurer. The committee also agreed that James Rice and Steven Martin should assume interim organisation of the Welfare team, pending confirmation of an official team manager. <br /><br /><b>Mar 14th</b><br />Tain Thistle officially re-registered for the Ross-shire Welfare League at a meeting of all Welfare clubs, chaired by Jimmy Patullo.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/beh.jpg"><b>Mar 19th </b><br />A team management meeting between chairman Niall Harkiss, interim coaches James Rice and Steven Martin and former manager Arron Christie was held, confirming Christie’s reappointment as manager of the Welfare team.<br /><br /><b>Mar 20th</b><br />Manager of the Tain St Duthus XI for the upcoming Christy Grant Trophy match, Jim Jardine, announced a squad of 19 featuring Tain football veterans such as Alan Duff and DJ McCarthy.<br /><br /><b>Mar 21st</b><br />Following an excellent hospitality dinner at the St Duthus Hotel, spectators at the Christopher Grant Memorial Trophy match watched Tain Thistle defeat Jim Jardine’s St Duthus XI by 6 goals to 2. Kenny Johnstone and Gavin Macdonald netted for the veterans, while goals for Thistle came from Bob Swann, Paul Cowie, Daniel Christie and Calum Macdonald - the latter scoring a hat-trick in his first game for the club since 2007.<br /><br />Post match, St Duthus Hotel manager and son of Christy, Alan Grant presented Thistle captain Scott Innes with the trophy.<br /><br />Throughout the day, the committee raised a substantial amount for the club, as well as raising £115 for Macmillan Nurses.<br /><br /><b>Apr 4th</b><br />Tain Thistle’s Welfare league preparations began well as they coasted to 6-0 win over Embo in Sutherland. Returning winger Liam Rostock netted a hat trick, while Ally Macdonald, Robbie Ross and Arron Christie also scored.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/kiki3.jpg"><b>Apr 7th</b><br />The draw for the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup saw Thistle pitted at home against local rivals Inver.<br /><br /><b>Apr 15th</b><br />Thistle’s Welfare preparations took a turn for the worse as Kraig Vass’s amateur Black Rock Rovers demolished an under strength Tain side, winning 5-0 at Grant Park.<br /><br /><b>Apr 19th</b><br />Unable to bounce back straight away, Thistle fell 3-2 to new side Alness Athletic in another pre-season friendly, after going 2-0 up. <br /><br />The same day, members of the Thistle committee began the first phase of a sponsored walk up Tain Hill.<br /><br /><b>Apr 22nd</b><br />April’s pre-season was rounded off in dire fashion as Invergordon’s Sutor Inn handed Thistle a third friendly defeat in a row; club secretary Alan Forsyth in goal unable to prevent the Sutor from netting twice to cancel out a Daniel Christie penalty.<br /><br /><b>Apr 24th</b><br />Injuries to goalkeeper Steve Martin, striker Calum Macdonald and winger Darran Goller raised concerns for manager Arron Christie ahead of the club’s first competitive game of the season.<br /><br /><b>Apr 25th</b><br />Goalkeeping errors and the absence of key players led to a 4-1 defeat for Thistle in their League Cup opener.<br /><br /><b>Apr 26th</b><br />It was announced on Moray Firth Radio that Tain Thistle would play the football team of the HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy on May 2nd.<br /><br /><b>Apr 30th</b><br />Tain Thistle’s opening league match finished goalless, against Inver.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/chipmart.jpg"><br /><br /><b>May 1st</b><br />The Homecoming Cup was unveiled on the club’s official website, an attractive trophy to be played for between Thistle and the HMS Sutherland.<br /><br /><b>May 2nd</b><br />Tain Thistle soundly defeated the HMS Sutherland by 5 goals to 1 to win the Homecoming Cup.<br /><br /><b>May 6th</b><br />Buoyed from their Saturday Cup win, Thistle got back to winning ways this Wednesday with a resounding 3-0 win over the Sutor Inn, avenging their pre-season defeat to go 3rd in the Welfare league.<br /><br /><b>May 13th</b><br />Despite injuries to Mark Reid and Kiki Dingwall, Thistle continued their run of wins with a 2-1 win over Alness Athletic, coming back from 1-0 down with goals from Calum Macdonald and Andy Durrand.<br /><br /><b>May 20st</b><br />Goals from Daniel Christie, Darran Goller and Liam Rostock as well as a brace for right winger James Rice led to a demolition of local rivals Balintore; the final result ending at 5-1. The win put Thistle joint top of the Welfare table along with Invergordon Social Club, who had got off to a very good start.<br /><br /><b>May 23rd</b><br />Making amends for their earlier cup exit, Thistle battled a stubborn Sutor Inn side to a 2-1 win at Grant Park, advancing to the Pattison Cup semi final in the process.<br /><br /><b>May 26th</b><br />Rescheduled to avoid a clash with the Champions League final coverage, Thistle’s league tie with Dingwall’s Ross-shire Club ended in a 1-1 draw. Supersub Craig Nimmons provided the cross for Calum Macdonald to nod past the Ross Club keeper for an equalizer.<br /><br /><b>May 30th</b><br />Thistle’s hopes of repeating their 2007 Pattison Cup winning feat were dashed as they lost 3-2 on penalties to a dogged Invergordon Social Club side in the semi final.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goller.jpg"><b>Jun 3rd</b><br />Thistle shrugged off semi final defeat with the 5-0 demolition of Cromarty. Darran Goller notched his first goal of the campaign, unveiling the infamous “Peeps is my hero” t-shirt.<br /><br /><b>Jun 10th</b><br />Tain’s dominance continued in the league as semi final opponents from the past week, Invergordon Social Club, crumbled at home against Thistle. The game finished 5-0 with Thistle going two points clear of Balintore at the top of the table.<br /><br /><b>Jun 13th</b><br />Thistle breezed into their second semi final of the season with yet another win over Balintore, this time 3-1 in the Cordiner Cup.<br /><br /><b>Jun 17th</b><br />The intimidating small pitch at Portmahomack proved no problem for Thistle as they brushed aside rivals Inver with a 4-0 win in the league; Robbie Ross netting a hat trick along the way.<br /><br /><b>Jun 19th</b><br />Tain Thistle re-registered for the North Caledonian Football league, now with the intent to play in both the league and cup campaigns.<br /><br /><b>Jun 20th</b><br />A repeat of the Pattison Cup tie that saw Thistle eliminated saw the Cordiner Cup semi final took place between Tain and Invergordon Social Club, this time with Thistle the victors. Deadlocked at 2-2, it was Robbie Ross who powered a header past Barry Nimmons to record a 90th minute win for Tain.<br /><br /><b>Jun 25th</b><br />Despite being 3-0 up, Thistle laboured their way to a 3-2 win against the Sutor Inn in the league, with reserve keeper David Matheson making an appearance for their absent Steve Martin.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cordiner2.jpg"><b>Jun 28th</b><br />Tain Thistle defeated Inver in the final of the Cordiner Cup, by 3 goals to 1 in blistering heat. Thistle won the cup after extra time was required to separate the sides.<br /><br /><b>Jul 1st</b><br />The cup hangover combined with the absence of stalwart centre half Arron Christie saw Thistle lose in the league for the first time to a Jamie Macdonald inspired Alness Athletic, by 4 goals to 3.<br /><br /><b>Jul 4th</b><br />Missing eight key players on Gala day, Thistle were again defeated, this time by Inver in the 1st round of the Seaboard Cup. <br /><br /><b>Jul 9th</b><br />A combination of questionable refereeing decisions and poor luck cost Thistle dear in the league, as they fell 2-1 to Balintore; both of the seasiders’ goals coming from the penalty spot.<br /><br /><b>Jul 10th</b><br />Training for the North Caledonian league team was held for the first time.<br /><br /><b>Jul 16th</b><br />Thistle were robbed of a glorious 2-1 win over Ross-shire Club by Steve McCallum’s blistering 94th minute strike, which saw the Tain and Dingwall sides drawn level for the second time this season.<br /><br /><b>Jul 22nd</b><br />Thistle returned to winning ways in style with a sensational 9-0 win over Cromarty. Hat tricks from James Rice and Liam Rostock were complimented by a Robbie Ross header and two goals from substitute Craig Nimmons.<br /><br />In Alness, Terry Stirling’s Athletic side held Ross-shire Club to a draw meaning that a win for Thistle in their final game against the Social Club would guarantee them the league title.<br /><br /><b>Jul 23rd</b><br />Tain Thistle were awarded a bye in the Coronation Cup, putting them into their third semi final of the season, following the withdrawal of the Sutor Inn.<br /><br /><b>Jul 29th</b><br />It was announced that Tain Thistle would re-feature in Sports Interactive’s Football Manager game, for its 2010 release.<br /><br /><b>Jul 30th</b><br />Tain Thistle made history in the Ross-shire Welfare league by winning their first ever League Championship, beating Invergordon Social Club by 5 goals to 1 to lift the shield.<br /><br /><b>Aug 2nd</b><br />Thistle lose out by 3 goals to nil to an inspired Alness Athletic in the Coronation Cup semi final.<br /><br /><b>Aug 16th</b><br />Welfare affairs were concluded as Thistle won the Charity Shield with a 4-1 win over Ross-shire Club of Dingwall. Daniel Christie accepted the League and Charity Shield on the club’s behalf at a presentation, post-match. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shieldwinners.jpg">

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  • Welfare League Cup preview

    Tomorrow, the eight teams registered with this year's Ross-shire Welfare Football Association will contest the first round of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup.<br /><br />Defending champions Alness Athletic will travel to Dingwall to play Ross-shire Club, while last year's other finalists Balintore will play host to Inver in what is expected to be a hotly contested derby. Terry Stirling's Alness side will be hoping to get off to a good start by defending their trophy in 2010 having made their mark by winning the trophy last year at the first time of asking, while Inver and Balintore, who have both handed out thrashings in the pre-season (to Vertex and Invergordon Social Club respectively) will be looking to reach the semis.<br /><br />In the other two first round games, newcomers Dingwall Vertex will entertain last year's debutants Cromarty in a 12pm kick off (owing to both Dingwall sides being handed home draws), while Tain Thistle play Invergordon Social Club at Grant Park. Coaches Arron Christie and Steven Martin are both expected to be missing for Tain's opening tie against Jimmy Patullo's young Social Club side.

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  • Results Roundup (28/4)

    The North Caledonian FA's league fixtures concluded last night as Bonar Bridge hosted Dingwall Thistle, while Tain Thistle entertained league runners-up Muir of Ord. At Bonar, Dingwall recorded a 5-1 win, taking six points in what was scheduled as a double header. At Grant Park, Tain were soundly beaten by Muir, 8 goals to nil.<br /><br />In other news, Fort William Reserves were unable to raise a team to play Bonar Bridge for the only other game outstanding in the league. As a result, the points from the game have been awarded to Bonar.<br /><br />Tain Thistle finished their campaign with 15 points from 18 games, an eleven point improvement on their 2008/09 finish.

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  • Players net awards

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goller3.jpg">As the North Caledonian league season came to a close, Tain Thistle players and committee voted for the club's Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season.<br /><br />Talented winger Darran Goller picked up the clubs' Young Player award, having scored 3 goals in 14 games for the club, while the club's most regular starter centre half Chris Mailley was voted Player of the Year.<br /><br />Russell Lawrie, not present, was awarded the prize of Top Goalscorer.

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  • 2010 Fixtures announced

    Tain Thistle's fixtures for the Ross-shire Welfare season have been announced. The club will travel to Portmahomack (Inver) on May 5th, before hosting Alness Athletic on May 12th.<br /><br />A full list of fixtures can be found here: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matches.php">Tain Thistle Fixtures</a>

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  • Thistle gear up for first welfare cup game

    On the back of two friendly wins, Tain Thistle now prepare to meet Jimmy Patullo's Invergordon Social Club side this Saturday in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup 1st Round. The team will no doubt want to make amends for last season's 5-1 drubbing against Inver on the opening day of the season in the same competition, having brought together virtually the same squad as last year.<br /><br />Assistant boss Steven Martin is expected to take charge of the game while manager Arron Christie remains on duty with Brora Rangers. <br /><br /><i>"We have a strong team going into this game but we wont have the depth we want until Michael Brand regains fitness and we can reintroduce Garry Perks and Liam Rostock in June."<br /><br />"We'll hopefully have Daniel (Christie), James Rice and Colin Burry back in the fold this Saturday, strengthening from our side that played against Vertex."</i><br /><br />Thistle and the Social Club enjoyed two highly competitive cup ties last season; the Invergordon side knocking Tain out of the Pattison Cup after a frenzied penalty shoot-out in Tain, before a 92nd minute Robbie Ross goal secured a 3-2 win and Thistle's place in the Cordiner Cup final three weeks later at Invergordon.<br /><br />Tain Thistle and Invergordon Social Club's detailed head-to-head history can be viewed here:<br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/opponent.php?opp=7">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/opponent.php?opp=7</a><br /><br />The game takes place this Saturday, May 1st with a 3pm kick off at Tain's Grant Park.

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  • Sutherland nets against Motherwell for Ross Youth Group

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ayah1.jpg">Tain Thistle youngster Andrew Sutherland bagged a goal for the Ross Youth Group's football team this afternoon in the Jordan Ross Memorial charity game. The group of youngsters played against a select from Motherwell FC's Under 17s at Invergordon's Recreation Grounds. In a double bonus for Tain, Ayah Rattanaphithak grabbed the club's man of the match award.<br /><br />The Ross Youth Group was established in April 2009 to encourage young people from the Easter Ross, Caithness and Inverness Area to get together on a regular basis to take part in different activities. One of their main activities is their football team who play regular friendlies and charity matches against different teams.<br /><br />The Ross Youth Group are also currently looking for coaches to volunteer to help with the running of the team. Volunteers should contact Andrew McNeil on 01862 892592.

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  • Tain Juniors U17s 3-2 Invergordon U17s

    Tain Juniors' Under 17 side remaining on maximum points in the SWL Ross-shire Youth League this weekend after a Friday evening win over neighbours Invergordon.<br /><br />Despite taking the lead through Stewart Shearer after twenty minutes, Tain found themselves 2-1 down at the break following a below par first half. The hairdryer treatment from coach Rob Nicolson sent the team out with a renewed desire and before long Keiran Cunningham had nicked a deserved equaliser. Tain had gained control and with ten minutes to go, captain Chris Gordon scored the winner to give Tain a 3-2 win.<br /><br />Next week, the 17s travel to Dingwall in a much anticipated clash between last season's top two teams.

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  • Results Roundup (24/4)

    Thurso were crowned NCL Champions for the first time in seven years this afternoon, with a thundering 12-0 win over Fort William Reserves at Fort William's Sports Centre. Five goals from Stuart Mackenzie, a hat trick for Nigel Mackenzie, brace for Mark Nichol and two more from Jamie Mackenzie and Sean Munro completed the rout.<br /><br />In other action, Golspie Sutherland beat Dingwall Thistle by 3 goals to nil and the SWL Cup final was played between Muir of Ord Rovers and Halkirk United, with the Rovers running out 2-0 winners in Thurso.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Dingwall Vertex

    Tain Thistle ambled their way to victory this afternoon in a friendly match against Welfare newcomers Dingwall Vertex.<br /><br />A below par and stuffy first half saw little action from either team with minimal chances being created. Andy Durrand opened the scoring early on however with a bounced effort over the away side's keeper to put Tain 1-0 ahead, before Vertex were able to cancel out the opener with a volley beyond Martin five minutes before the break.<br /><br />The second half saw a change in pace from Tain, having introduced John Maclellan and Ayah Rattanaphithak to the game. Renewed attacking options meant that the Vertex back line had to be up the task on a number of occasions. most notably when Maclellan's near post effort flew inches wide.<br /><br />The breakthrough came when Maclellan was fouled outside the box and defender-come-forward Robbie Ross blasted a 20 yard free kick into the roof of the net. Despite late pressure, Thistle held on for a ropey 2-1 win.<br /><br />Tain Thistle's first competitive game will be this Saturday, May 1st against Invergordon Social Club in the First Round of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Steven Martin, Ryan Cowie, Andy Murray, Andy Sutherland, Robbie Ross, Martyn Farquhar, Brian Cameron, Andy Durrand, Mark Reid, Darran Goller, Lewis Montgomery<br /><br /><b>Subs (all used):</b><br />Davie Matheson, Ayah Rattanaphithak, John Maclellan, Stephen McGaw

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  • Happy Birthday Andy

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/murrabday.jpg">Tain Thistle’s stalwart utility man, Andy Murray, despite appeals, has been forced to accept yet another birthday. Never afraid to stick a leg in, for Murray, tackling old age is no stressful feat.<br /><br /><i>“Each birthday is like the last these days. After a while you just get used to it, although I got a nice letter from the Queen today, so that made this one a bit more special.”</i><br /><br />The hard-hitting Murray is certainly no stranger to a birthday. Speaking exclusively to the Tain Thistle website, he fondly recalled one of his more memorable birthdays.<br /><br /><i>“I canna mind the year eh. I think it was a Pattison Cup final, but I could be wrong. It was the year before Moses took the team and I made up a back three with Alexander the Great and the boy who made the wheel. I think I scored about eight that day, but back then the games used to last for ages, because the watch hadn’t been invented yet.”<br /><br />“I was really pleased with that win though. It was the first cup I’d won since coming back from injury. I’d done my knee in and ended up missing most of the Jurassic period due to it.”</i><br /><br />Murray will be brushing the cobwebs off to take the field in his final North Caley game of the season this coming Wednesday, in what is believed to be his 1,000,000th game � a record for any player in the league. It is expected that he will be awarded after the game with a plaque, and a bus pass.

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  • Results Roundup (21/4)

    Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland tied up loose ends in a fairly meaningless mid table fixture which saw neither team move up or down in the table. Golspie took a first half lead courtesy of a Shane Sutherland penalty, before Martyn Farquhar levelled for Thistle. Late goals from Kristof Mikula and Neil Stewart handed Golspie the points.<br /><br />In the only other game played on Wednesday night, Muir of Ord Rovers kept the pressure on Thurso with a 2-1 win over rival side Dingwall Thistle at Jubilee Park. Ewan Dance and Martin Callum gave the Pavilion Park men a 2-0 lead before Michael Manson netted for the home side in consolation.

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  • Golspie Sutherland 3-1 Tain Thistle

    A closely fought encounter between mid table sides Golspie Sutherland and Tain Thistle ended with the points going to 'home' side last night, thanks to late goals from Kristof Mikula and Neil Stewart. Golspie had foregone their home advantage to play the game at Tain upon the request of the Ross-shire side.<br /><br />The match was Tain's first North Caledonian fixture to be played as an evening game since they joined the league in July 2008. Assistant manager Ian Christie took the side for the game, having to contend with the suspension of Darran Goller while Michael Brand, Kyle Oliver, Russell Lawrie and Martin Smith were also injured/unavailable. <br /><br />Thistle started the match brightly, surprising Golspie with a couple of chances in the first five minutes. Daniel Christie bettered his counterpart on the left wing to send a ball across the six yard box for Paul Cowie, but the midfielder failed to connect with the ball. Shortly after, a looped ball from Martyn Farquhar found an advancing Andy Durrand; goalkeeper Stephen Campbell up to the challenge with a save from close range.<br /><br />Golspie took the bull by the horns as they reached the half hour mark however, forcing a number of saves from Steven Martin, most notably when Kristof Mikula powered an effort down the middle of the goal only for Martin to palm the shot away.<br /><br />Thistle's good luck ran out on 33 minutes however as Mikula was felled on the edge of the box. Despite protests, referee Jason Hasson awarded a penalty to Golspie; Shane Sutherland making no mistake with the spot kick to give his side the lead.<br /><br />Just before the half time break, Thistle again found themselves with a goalscoring opportunity, full back Andy Murray this time failing to turn and shoot in good time within the six yard box, after being played in by Christie.<br /><br />Thistle will have felt aggrieved to have finished the first half a goal down having been their opponent's equal throughout. Despite the deficit, they were undeterred after the break, Durrand and Sutherland switching on the right flank to create new attacking opportunities. <br /><br />Thistle's hard work finally paid off just before the hour mark when Craig Sutherland's persistent play down the right wing enabled him to find Martyn Farquhar in an advanced position; the midfielder slotting past Stephen Campbell with ease to make it 1-1.<br /><br />The game eventually took its toll on Paul Cowie who is still carrying a knee injury and his substitution saw the introduction of youngster Ayah Rattanaphithak to the fold; the Thai winger impressing quickly with a series of runs down the left.<br /><br />But it was Golspie's Mikula who had the final say on the outcome of the game, bursting past the Thistle defence to round Steven Martin and score. Thistle's protests that the Polish forward was offside were waved off.<br /><br />A late chance for David Mackay following a burst forward from defence proved to be Tain's final chance of the game, as the centre half forced a save from Campbell. Neil Stewart had better luck at the other end of the park almost straight after however as he placed a shot beyond to Steven Martin to make the final score 3-1.<br /><br />Thistle now have one game remaining in their North Caledonian league season, at home to Muir of Ord Rovers next Wednesday, with a 6.30pm kick off. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Durrand, Murray, Mackay, Mailley, Cowie (Rattanaphithak 64), Farquhar, Burry, D Christie, Sutherland, Cameron<br /><br /><B>Subs not used:</b><br />Matheson<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar 55<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None

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  • Saturday friendly confirmed

    Tain Thistle's second welfare friendly match will now be played against Dingwall Vertex on Saturday April 24th, with a 12pm kick off at Tain's Grant Park.

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  • Results Roundup (17/4)

    In North Caledonian league action today, Thurso all but confirmed themselves as 2009/10 champions with a 1-0 win over rivals Dingwall Thistle, thanks to a second half strike from Mark Nichol. <br /><br />At Invergordon, Golspie Sutherland hit the home side for eight, Allan Campbell netting a consolation as his side were thumped 8-1. Elsewhere in Ross-shire, Balintore were soundly beaten by 6 goals to 1, by a confident Muir of Ord side; Martin Callum netting four times.<br /><br />In the final game of the day, Halkirk Utd beat Bonar Bridge 7-1 to complete their league season, Luke Sawyer netting a hat trick along the way. Tain Thistle and Fort William were not in action.

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  • Thistle battle Inver at Port

    Tain Thistle's Welfare side took on Inver in their first pre-season friendly this afternoon at the villagers' temporary home of Portmahomack.<br /><br />Still waiting on the arrival of a number of players from Winter commitments, manager Arron Christie took the opportunity to introduce a group of talented youngsters promoted from the Under 17s, namely Andrew Sutherland, Ryan Johnston, Ayah Rattanaphithak and John Maclellan to the fray, combined with the core of the side who won the Ross-shire Welfare league title last year.<br /><br />Exhibiting some good passing football, Tain took an early lead through Daniel Christie, as the midfielder dazzled Inver stopper David Crombie with a long range effort into the top corner. A second followed ten minutes later, as winger Darran Goller was fouled inside the box and referee Harry Corbett pointing to the spot. Christie made no mistake with the penalty to put Tain 2-0 ahead.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/invertain.jpg">Full back James Rice and midfielder Darran Goller withdrew from the game early, seeing Ryan Johnston and Ayah Rattanaphithak introduced on about the half hour mark.<br /><br />Thistle could have gone 3-0 up through the returning Colin Burry on two occasions, but the winger was unable to capitalize. Inver were not without their share of chances however; mostly notably when Tain Second XI star Chris Mailley rattled the cross bar for the home side.<br /><br />Tain would have gone in 2-0 leaders at the break, were it not for a fortunate cross, which looped over Steven Martin into the Tain net, giving Inver a consolation before half time.<br /><br />Tain started the second half as they began, winning a free kick to go 3-1 up after the restart; Daniel Christie netting again for his hat trick with the set piece, placed over the Inver wall into the top of the net.<br /><br />With a quarter hour remaining, Inver assistant boss Darren Mackay showed some style of his own, pulling the score back to 3-2 with a classy effort looped into the top corner. Thistle were undeterred however and could have scored through Ayah Rattanaphithak, with the diminutive winger thwarted only by an oncoming David Crombie. <br /><br />Tain managed to nick a further goal however; Rattanaphithak playing his former Under 17s team mate John Maclellan into space for the calmest of finishes to make it 4-2. A fifth followed soon after as Brian Cameron drove a ball into the bottom left corner from midfield.<br /><br />Despite a 'meaty' atmosphere at times, Thistle's younger players showed great discipline and determination, never showing themselves to be overawed -- a credit surely to the great lessons learned under the coaches of the Ross-shire league winning Tain Juniors U17s.<br /><br />Late on, Christie introduced substitutes Craig Nimmons and Michael Stein, along with reserve keeper Davie Matheson. Matheson was brought into action straight away however, having to tip an Inver effort round the post before a goalmouth stramash found its way into the net for Inver's third. Matheson was unlucky moments later as Inver pulled the scoreline back to 5-4. The stopper was able to block a shot at close range before being beaten by the rebound.<br /><br />The scoreline remained at 5-4 despite late chances at either end. <br /><br />Thistle's Welfare side are likely to travel to Dingwall this coming Saturday, April 24th for another friendly against newcomers Vertex.<br /><br /><b>Starting XI:</b><br />Steven Martin, Ryan Cowie, James Rice, Mark Munro, Michael Brand, Martyn Farquhar, Daniel Christie, Brian Cameron, Colin Burry, Darran Goller, Dickie Durrand<br /><br /><b>Subs (all used):</b><br />Davie Matheson, Andrew Sutherland, Ryan Johnstone, Ayah Rattanaphithak, Michael Stein, Craig Nimmons, John Maclellan

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  • Golspie vs Tain venue changed

    The game between Golspie Sutherland and Tain Thistle, originally scheduled to be played at Golspie, will now be played at Tain, on the evening of April 21st, with a 7pm kick off.

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  • U17s continue good start with league win

    Tain Juniors' Under 17 outfit continued their good start to the season tonight, with a comfortable 3-0 win over Alness United. A fortunate own goal combined with confident finishing from Stewart Greenlees and Keiran Auisal were enough for the Tain side, as they won their first three points in the SWL Ross-shire Youth League.<br /><br />Playing on TRACC's 3G surface, the Juniors had dumped nine man Muir of Ord out of the John Maclean Cup at the start of the month thanks to a Dale Maver 25 yard strike. The 17s could not carry their winning form into the semi final however, losing 4-2 to Aird Athletic.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/u17salness.jpg">

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  • Grant eyes Cup glory with County

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rossy.jpg">As many of his childhood teammates prepare to defend the Ross-shire Welfare league title for Tain Thistle, Ross Grant prepares to complete a different competitive journey with his current club Ross County, as they eye Scottish Cup silverware for the first time in their 81 year history.<br /><br />Ross is one of the names on Tain’s increasing list of footballing sons, having grown up alongside fellow town players such as Martyn Farquhar, Michael Stein, Daniel Christie and Andrew Durrand � a group who came from similar beginnings at a young age, playing together when the chance arose while also learning under the Soccer 7s program run by Tain Juniors. But for Ross, his talent began at home. <br /><br /><i>“My Dad (John Grant) got me started when I was younger; he had me kicking a ball as soon as I could walk. He used to take me down to the local park or just in the garden. There wasn’t a lot of football played in the primary schools apart from the Soccer 7s.”<br /><br />“I never moved onto elevens with Tain Juniors, as I got picked up by Ross County before I got the chance. I went to a County run event at the Tain Links when I was 12 and a short while after I got a letter through the post asking me to go to Dingwall for training. I’ve never turned back since and my Mum and Dad have both been great � they’ve spent a lot of time travelling and given me a lot to get me where I am today.”</i><br /><br />Coming through the youth ranks, Ross transformed himself into a first team option for the club, making his debut against Brechin City at the age of 17. Ross made the jump from Under 19 to First Team in summer 2009/10, marking the day he signed his first professional contract by scoring County’s third and decisive goal in the Reserve Cup Final victory that evening. When recalling his brightest memories, he reserves special praise for his youth coach, David Kirkwood.<br /><br /><i>“After a couple of months training under David I felt like double the player I ever was. Derek Adams and Craig Brewster have both taught me a lot, as have many of the first team players, but I’d say that David has been the biggest influence on my career.</i><br /><br />Also amongst his fondest memories will be the Staggies’ fateful visit to Hampden Park, when they cast aside competition favourites Celtic to reach the Scottish Cup final last Saturday.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rossy2.jpg"><br /><br /><i>”Coming off the bench against Queen of the South earlier in the season was one of my better memories, but beating Celtic has to be the best. The whole season has been really good. I’ve enjoyed training with the first team as there is a really good spirit at the club.”<br /><br />“Dundee United will undoubtedly be favourites for the Cup final when we play them but I believe that will suit us. We have beaten Hibs and Celtic and we have shown what we can do. If we play the way we know we can then anything can happen on the day.”</i><br /><br />Despite the excitement and glamour of the Scottish Cup however, Ross maintains a keen eye on the progress of his home town side, Tain Thistle, as they prepare for another Ross-shire Welfare season, this time as defending champions.<br /><br /><i>“It’s been hard through the winter to keep up with the team as I am involved with County on Saturdays, but I always try to get down to watch the games I can. I always make a point of texting Martyn (Farquhar) to find out the scores!”<br /><br />“The team did very well last year. Tain has a lot of good players, and some great young players. Any time I’ve been down to watch, I’ve always been impressed by Michael Brand as well as players like Martyn Farquhar, James Rice � they have all stood out. If they can keep the players together, they have every chance of winning the title again. ”</i>

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  • Tain Thistle training continues

    Training for Tain Thistle's Ross-shire Welfare side continues tonight at 6.30pm at the Links park.

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  • Christie signs on for another year

    After protracted discussions, Tain Thistle's only league winning manager Arron Christie has agreed to run the Ross-shire Welfare side into another summer campaign, flanked by assistant Steven Martin.<br /><br />Christie was nominated as the club's Player of the Year in 2009, having also nabbed the Man of the Match award during Tain's Cordiner Cup win. As gaffer, Christie completed a treble by securing the Ross-shire Welfare league title and Charity Shield double for the first time in the club's thirteen year history.<br /><br />In 2010, he will look to defend the championship -- a feat which few teams have managed to achieve in recent years. Thistle, however, will hope to be even stronger this year, buoyed by the return of forward Garry Perks from the US and youngsters Martyn Farquhar, Daniel Christie, Darran Goller and Andy Durrand benefiting from regular experience in the North Caledonian league.<br /><br />Tain Thistle will begin their pre-season campaign on Saturday April 17th, with a pre-season meeting against rivals Inver at Portmahomack.

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  • Thistle to open against Social Club

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cordiner2.jpg">Tain Thistle were drawn into the Ross-shire Welfare cups last night, with the following matches set for the first rounds:<br /><br />League Cup:<br />Tain Thistle vs Inv. Social Club<br /><br />Pattison Cup:<br />Inver vs Tain Thistle<br /><br />Cordiner Cup:<br />Inver vs Tain Thistle<br /><br />Seaboard Cup:<br />Cromarty vs Tain Thistle<br /><br />Coronation Cup:<br />Tain Thistle vs Inv. Social Club

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  • Thistle to play Inver in friendly

    In their first scheduled pre-season friendly, Tain Thistle's Welfare side have confirmed that they will play Inver FC at Portmahomack on Saturday April 17th, with a 3pm kick off.

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  • Thistle to begin Welfare training

    Training for Tain Thistle's Ross-shire Welfare league team will begin on Monday 5th April at Grant Park from 6.30pm for anybody wishing to take part this season.<br /><br />For more information please contact the club via the Contact Us link.

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  • Results roundup (27/3)

    Eight teams competed in the weekend's North Caledonian league fixtures. The game of the day was at Golspie, as the Sutherland side played host to title hopefuls Halkirk United. Alex Bone gave Golspie an early 1-0 lead before the Caithness side levelled through Colin Sinclair mid way through the first half. In the end, only an Adam Sutherland strike would seperate the sides; the Halkirk man making it 2-1 with three minutes to go.<br /><br />League leaders Thurso required a penalty to beat Invergordon in an unlikely result; Mark Nichol scoring the all important set piece in a narrow 1-0 victory at the Recreation Grounds.<br /><br />In other action, Dingwall Thistle got the better of Fort William by the odd goal in five at Claggan Park, while Ewan Dance added to his season's tally with a superb hat trick at Bonar Bridge, giving his Muir of Ord side a handsome 4-0 win.<br /><br />The complete results are as follows:<br /><br />Invergordon 0-1 Thurso<br />Bonar Bridge 0-4 Muir of Ord Rovers<br />Golspie Sutherland 1-2 Halkirk Utd<br />Fort William Res. 2-3 Dingwall Thistle<br /><br />Balintore and Tain Thistle were not scheduled to play.

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  • Thistle committee prepare for Welfare

    The second pre-season meeting of Tain Thistle FC's welfare football committee took place last night, with matters of registration and sponsorship discussed.<br /><br />Messrs Niall Harkiss and Dale Finlayson were re-elected as Chairman and Club Secretary, respectively, while Mr John Dyer was proposed and seconded as the treasurer for the club's welfare campaign.<br /><br />Following the club's registration for this year's Ross-shire Welfare League, the club committee also unanimously voted to enter the Highland Welfare Cup -- a first for Tain.<br /><br />The office bearers also acknowledged support from Zzzing!!! Recording Company as a multiple match sponsor and Sunflowers Cafe as the season's match ball sponsor.<br /><br />In attendance were Mr N Harkiss, Mr D Finlayson, Mr I Christie, Mr G Macrae, Mr N Macangus, Mr B Patullo, Mr A Murray, Mr S Martin, Mr J Dyer and Mr J Rice. Apologies from Mr A Forsyth.

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  • Golspie vs Tain date moved

    The initial date for Tain Thistle's visit to Golspie has been changed due to the clash with the Scottish Cup semi final between Ross County and Celtic.<br /><br />The game will now be played at 6.30pm on the evening of Wednesday 21st April.

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  • Thistle re-enter Welfare league

    Ross-shire Welfare league champions Tain Thistle have registered their participation in the 2010 campaign, joined by Balintore, Inver, Ross Club, Alness Athletic, Cromarty, Invergordon Social Club and newcomers Dingwall Vertex. Former members The Sutor Inn did not re-enter. <br /><br />The Jags will be looking to defend both the Ross-shire league title and their Cordiner Cup trophy this summer.

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  • Darran Goller handed ban

    Tain Thistle winger Darran Goller has been issued with a one match ban following his caution against Bonar Bridge last Saturday. The Jags regular had accumulated points on the back of a sending off earlier in the season.

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  • Remaining fixtures announced

    The management committee of the North Caledonian FA met last night to discuss matters arising during the current season, covering issues of player registration and remaining fixtures.<br /><br />League secretary Rod Houston announced fixtures for the remainder of the season, which will see Tain Thistle travel to Golspie Sutherland on Saturday, April 10th before the evening of Wednesday April 28th, when Tain will host Muir of Ord Rovers for their final game. An updated list of fixtures is available <a href="matches.php">here</a>.<br /><br />In other news, Tain Thistle and Invergordon were both fined £200 for failure to fulfill fixtures.<br /><br />The North Caledonian FA office bearers also announced that they would rewrite the league constitution following the close of the season.

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  • Tain Thistle 0-1 Bonar Bridge

    Bonar Bridge avenged their early season defeat at Grant Park today, with a narrow 1-0 win over rivals Tain Thistle. A single goal from Barry Duncanson was enough to separate the sides following the dismissal of Bonar's Billy Ferries early in the game.<br /><br />Match report to follow.

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  • Weekend results 13/3

    The weekend saw only two league fixtures fulfilled in the North Caledonian league. Fort William Reserves recorded their first league win in spectacular fashion with an 8-1 thrashing of 6th placed Balintore, while Dingwall dumped Invergordon 6-0.<br /><br />The match scheduled between Halkirk Utd and Tain Thistle was off, with the points awarded to Halkirk.

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  • Tain vs Bonar date arranged

    Tain Thistle will play Bonar Bridge on Saturday, March 20th at Grant Park in one of the club's remaining league fixtures, with a 2.30pm kick off.

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  • Halkirk game rescheduled

    Tain Thistle's visit to Halkirk has been pushed back one week due to the postponement of all of today's North Caledonian league fixtures. The match will now be played on Saturday March 13th with a 2.30pm kick off.

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  • Thurso 5-0 Tain Thistle

    In the only North Caledonian league match of the day, Tain Thistle were soundly beaten by league leaders Thurso at Sir Georges Park.<br /><br />An early pitch inspection conducted by referee Graham Elder led to the pitch being passed for the game despite frosty conditions across the region. Thistle manager John Oliver coped with the absence of Michael Brand, Daniel Christie and Darran Goller to name a makeshift eleven with last week's unused substitutes Andy Murray and Kyle Oliver slotting into the midfield.<br /><br />Thurso's Andrew Bremner gave the Vikings the earliest of leads to put his side in pole position, before going 2-0 up through Sean Munro on the half hour mark.<br /><br />Second half goals from Jamie MacKenzie and a penalty from Mark Nichol wrapped up the afternoon.

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  • Thurso game faces morning pitch inspection

    Officials from Thurso FC will conduct a 9am pitch inspection to determine the playability of Sir Georges Park tomorrow morning, with forecast frost and snow threatening to postpone the fixture.<br /><br />Should the game go ahead, Tain will see a near full strength squad travel to Caithness, with only Darran Goller and Michael Brand missing from the side that lost 3-1 to Golspie last week.

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  • Fixtures announced for Feb/Mar

    Fixtures for the next three weeks have been announced by the NCL committee, with Tain Thistle travelling to league leaders Thurso this coming Saturday (Feb 20th) for a 2pm kick off, followed by a visit to Halkirk on Saturday March 6th. Thistle are expected to have a free week on February 27th, with a full set of Football Times Cup 2nd Round fixtures scheduled for that day.<br /><br />20/2 - Thurso vs Tain Thistle (2pm KO)<br />27/2 - No game<br />6/3 - Halkirk Utd vs Tain Thistle (2.30pm KO)

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  • Results Roundup (13/2)

    The 2nd Round of the Jock Mackay Cup saw Golspie Sutherland, Thurso, Bonar Bridge and Muir of Ord advance to the semi finals, with the following results:<br /><br /><i>Bonar Bridge 3-1 Balintore</i><br />Kraig Vass recorded his second win as Bonar manager, once again in cup competition, this time beating league rivals Balintore. The Bridge were 2-0 ahead after only 20 minutes, but Gus MacDonald replied for the Seaboard side on the stroke of half time. Chris Campbell ended all doubt however with a second half goal for Bonar.<br /><br /><i>Tain Thistle 1-3 Golspie Sutherland (also a league result)</i><br />A lively first half saw NCL champions Golspie take a 1-0 lead before Darran Goller made amends for two earlier missed chances by leveling the scores on 53 minutes. Golspie were undeterred however, capitalizing on errors with goals from Krystoff Mikula and Stuart Thomson to seal the win.<br /><br /><i>Muir of Ord 2-1 Dingwall Thistle</i><br />Goals from Ewan Dance and Scott Morrison were enough for Muir of Ord as they cast aside local rivals Dingwall Thistle at Pavilion Park. A 90th minute strike from David Murray was the Jags' only reply.<br /><br /><i>Thurso P-P Invergordon</i> - Invergordon failed to raise a team<br /><br />In league action this weekend, Fort William's reserve side put up a good fight away to Halkirk United, in another double header played in Caithness. Halkirk opened on 20 minutes with a Colin Sinclair penalty, before Fort equalized. A second Sinclair penalty secured a close 2-1 win for Halkirk on 87 minutes.

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  • Tain Thistle 1-3 Golspie Sutherland

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/russpic.jpg">A tough display at the newly rotated Grant Park ended with Golspie Sutherland advancing to the semi final of the Jock MacKay Cup while also notching a further three points in the North Caledonian league in today's "double header".<br /><br />John Oliver could enjoy a near complete squad for today's tie, with travellers Chris Mailley and Darran Goller back from holiday and Russell Lawrie shaking off a groin strain to become available.<br /><br />Thistle started the game in lively fashion, with Darran Goller unlucky not to have put his side in the lead on 3 minutes. Clever link up play between Russell Lawrie and Goller led to the winger finding himself one on one with the Golspie stopper, the latter standing up to the challenge. Lawrie also came close to finding the net in the opening stages, watching his effort sail just past the post.<br /><br />Golspie struggled to find their way in the first half, thwarted on the counter numerous times by a steadfast Thistle defence of Mailley and Mackay. The Tain men found themselves out of luck however on the half hour mark as the visitors found the net with their first effort. An early call for offside was waved off by the referee before Golspie's Krystoff Mikula was able to round Steven Martin to make it 1-0.<br /><br />Tain were undeterred however and finished the first period as the more likely side, Lawrie again hitting the side netting following some silky wing play, and Martyn Farquhar coming very close with a 20 yard dip.<br /><br />Thistle started the second half with the same vigour and soon were rewarded for the efforts. Lawrie and Goller linked up again, with the latter connecting with the killer touch to place the ball beyond Budge. <br /><br />At 1-1, Tain were back in the game and could very well have taken a lead through Lawrie, had the striker not been unsuccessful with a lobbed effort from close range.<br /><br />Golspie did not waste time in restoring their lead however, with a second goal on 68 minutes. Following a counter down the wing, goalkeeper Steven Martin was pulled wide and rounded for a predator's toepoke from Mikula for his second.<br /><br />Within minutes, Golspie had rounded off their afternoon with a fortunate third; Stuart Thomson pouncing on a loose ball after Martin had failed to hold.<br /><br />Despite the 3-1 scoreline, Thistle battled on and were handed an opportunity for the remaining ten minutes as Golspie were reduced to ten men. The Golspie offender had been handed a second yellow for a bad challenge on Lawrie and Chris Mailley came extremely close to pulling a goal back when his set piece effort cannoned off the bar.<br /><br />The result keeps Thistle in 6th place in the North Caledonian League, but sees Golspie advance to the semi final of the Jock MacKay Cup - ending Thistle's debut season in the NCL cup competitions.<br /><br />Thistle have five games remaining this season, with trips to Golspie, Halkirk and Thurso awaiting scheduling and home games against Muir of Ord and Bonar Bridge still to be played.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Sutherland, Farquhar, Mackay, Mailley, Brand, Cowie (Durrand), Smith, Goller, Christie, Lawrie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />K Oliver, Murray<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 53<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Farquhar 38, Cowie 42<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="matchdetails.php?id=381">Click here</a><br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-

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  • Thistle and Golspie to meet in double header

    The outstanding Jock Mackay quarter final cup tie between Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland will now be played on February 13th at the Jags' Grant Park with a 1.30pm kick off. <br /><br />To alleviate fixture congestion, the clubs have also agreed to count the result after 90 minutes as their rearranged league meeting, after blustery conditions postponed their first outing in December.

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  • Thistle out of Football Times Cup

    Today's match between Dingwall Thistle and Tain Thistle in the 1st Round of the Football Times Cup has been scratched from this weekend's fixtures, following Tain's decision to withdraw from the tie.<br /><br />The game, originally scheduled to be played at Dingwall's Jubilee Park, had been moved to the HFA's 3G astroturf park yesterday due to weather concerns. Tain later conceded that they could not guarantee a team to play on the artificial surface, following a number of player withdrawals.

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  • Tain vs Golspie called off

    For the avoidance of any doubt, the club can confirm that today's cup game against Golspie Sutherland has been postponed due to excessive snowfall.

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  • Grant Park to be turned in February

    Following discussions between Tain Thistle and Tain Juniors committee representatives, it was agreed that Grant Park, Tain's only active football pitch, should be turned in February. The measure will be taken to prevent any disruption to Thistle's remaining North Caledonian fixtures and also to prepare it for the rest of the year.<br /><br />It was also suggested that Thistle's welfare football team could play on the Links park during the upcoming summer months. The Thistle committee are expected to organize an informal trial match to be played on the surface to determine its playability.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/images/grantpark.jpg">

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  • Martin wants consistency

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/stevemartin.jpg">Goalkeeper Steven Martin is a footballer in transition. Touted by many as the number one keeper in the North Caledonian league, it was not surprising that many clubs came knocking when he left Bonar Bridge last year.<br /><br />Top of the list were Brora Rangers. The Highland League club had trained Steven in the past as a youth player before he left for Bonar Bridge, but it was the new management team led by Andy Macleod (who snapped up left winger Arron Christie from Tain last October) who were keen to see him return to join the squad of keepers at Dudgeon Park.<br /><br /><i>“After Bill (Russell) left Bonar, I knew I was not going to stay there and I had a few options open to me.”<br /><br />“I wanted to test myself at a higher level again and when Andy (Macleod) asked me to go back to Brora I had to go.”</i><br /><br />But the talented custodian has yet to be handed the chance of first team football and for now, has agreed to see out his season with Tain Thistle, the club he grew up playing for and supporting.<br /><br /><i>“I am a Tain fan and always like to see them do well so I am always willing to help out when I can.”<br /><br />“I picked up a calf injury at the end of November and have struggled since, only managing one training session in the past 7 weeks. My main focus at the moment is getting a few good sessions under my belt.”<br /><br />“I would like to think when I get back training on grass that I will be able to get my fitness up and get involved up at Brora again.”</i><br /><br />Steven made his unofficial return to the side as an outfield substitute during the Graham Jardine Quaich match with Balintore in November but it was not until this past weekend that the Fearn resident pulled on the gloves for Thistle � and he could not have gotten off to a better start, keeping a clean sheet in the club’s first win of 2010, as Tain overcame Fort William by one goal to nil.<br /><br />The stopper reserved special praise for the club’s resolve in victory.<br /><br /><i>“Winning is always pleasing and keeping a clean sheet is a bonus. It makes it easier for the strikers, knowing one goal is enough. After a bad run of defeats it was important to get 3 points on the board.”<br /><br />“We did something that Tain have struggled to do lately -- win ugly.”</i><br /><br />Martin is the fifth goalkeeper to play under John Oliver this season, with young Maryburgh native Ali Matheson the only to have kept a clean sheet until Martin’s arrival. Along with the players and supporters, Martin hopes that the team can find a new level of consistency for the remainder of the season.<br /><br /><i>“Every team needs a steady goalkeeper and defence. The NCL (North Caledonian League) is so unforgiving, and one mistake can be the difference between teams at times.”<br /><br />“If you can get a settled team that are comfortable playing together it cuts out the mistakes.”</i><br /><br />But Martin, under no illusions, sees next weekend’s fixture as a different story, with talisman Chris Mailley and winger Darran Goller missing.<br /><br /><i>“Golspie are always a difficult team to beat, and missing key players only makes the task that much harder. Chippie (Mailley) was fantastic yesterday and will be a key player for the rest of the season.”<br /><br />“Darran's pace can hurt every defence in this league, but Daniel and Dickie will bring a bit of quality back into the team and hopefully we can put in a good performance.”<br /><br />“You never know, with a bit of hard graft and the rub of the green an upset might be on the cards.”</i><br /><br />Steven Martin is expected to be between the sticks for the club’s first ever Jock MacKay cup tie, at home to Golspie Sutherland this Saturday, January 30th.

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  • Fort William Res 0-1 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/skelet.jpg">What a difference a break makes. It has been seven weeks since Tain and Fort William took to the field and as both sides played for the first time in 2010, the occasion proved most fruitful for the Jags; Thistle running out 1-0 winners in a tightly contested affair.<br /><br />The game had been switched due to the unplayable state of Fort's Claggan Park and while registered as a home game for Fort William, the Jags certaintly registered their home field advantage.<br /><br />Manager John Oliver named a makeshift eleven, coping with mid-winter absenses and the fitness effects of a lengthy layoff. The major change came with the inclusion of goalkeeper Steven Martin, making his first start between the sticks for Tain's Second XI's side following his move from Bonar, while Chris Mailley moved back to defence. Missing from the early December defeat to Invergordon were Ali Matheson, Daniel Christie and Andrew Durrand.<br /><br />Thistle started the game brightly, with winger Darran Goller keen to open the scoring with a series of midfield runs, his most potent tipped round the bar by goalkeeper Gary Macleod after a run down the left wing.<br /><br />Debutant keeper Steve Martin had little to do in the early stages, with only a header from Iain Maclellan to hold.<br /><br />Martyn Farquhar also came close to scoring following a mazey midfield run late in the first half, but it was Fort William who had the best chance of the first half; centre half Chris Mailley clearing a netbound shot from the Fort on 42 minutes to prevent a first half lead.<br /><br />The second half proved more productive for Thistle, as they pressed for an opener against a livelier Fort William. With action flowing from end to end, the breakthrough eventually came following a mistimed challenge on Paul Cowie in the eighteen yard box, which resulted in a penalty. Referee Gavin Dearie pointed to the spot, issuing goalkeeper Garry Macleod with a stern talking to for his involvement. This season's top goalscorer Russell Lawrie made no mistake from with the kick to put Tain 1-0 ahead.<br /><br />Within moments however, a clash at the other end led to a moment of tension and outspoken goalkeeper Steven Martin was booked for dissent, along with the offending Fort defender.<br /><br />The Claggan Park men never gave up however and thirty minutes of defensive determination were what saw the Jags finish the game with a clean sheet and a win; Chris Mailley impressing once again as a centre half.<br /><br />The well earned three points keep Thistle in 6th place in the North Caledonian league despite a poor end to 2009, while in other action Balintore fell 3-0 in Golspie and Invergordon suffered a 4-0 loss at home to Muir of Ord. The only other result was in the Jock MacKay Cup, Thurso beating Halkirk by 3 goals to 2.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Farquhar, Murray (D Oliver), Mackay, Mailley, Cowie, Brand, Sutherland, Goller, Smith, Lawrie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />K Oliver<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Russell Lawrie pen 62<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Stevie Martin 64<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Chris Mailley<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=377">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=377</a>

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  • Fort William game set to go ahead

    The weekend fixture between Tain Thistle and Fort William's reserve side looks set to go ahead tomorrow as planned, following a midday pitch inspection.<br /><br /><b>Spectators and players alike are encouraged to approach the park entrance with caution due to icy conditions.</b>

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  • Fixture rearranged

    Due to Thurso's advancement in the Jock Mackay Cup, Tain Thistle will now play Fort William next weekend on January 23rd.<br /><br />The league game, originally scheduled to be held at Fort William will instead by played at Tain's Grant Park, with a 1.30pm kick off.

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  • Halkirk game postponed

    Along with most of the weekend's northern fixtures, Tain Thistle's trip to Halkirk has been postponed by the North Caledonian league, due to weather concerns.

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  • Winter weather freezes fixtures

    With this past Saturday's match against Fort William postponed due to excessive snow and frost, Tain Thistle can only wait until later in the week to find out if their league trip to Halkirk will go ahead this coming weekend.<br /><br />The Jags are due to play Halkirk on Saturday, 17th January, before returning to Caithness on the 24th to play Thurso.

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  • Club awards handed out at St Duthus Hotel

    Following an evening buffet provided by the Saint Duthus Hotel, the players and committee of Tain Thistle were joined by several guests for the presentation of their annual end of season awards last night.<br /><br />Proceedings were carefully handled by guest speaker for the night, the President of the Highland Football League, Dennis Bridgeford, who gave thanks to the club's sponsors, The Railway Hotel, The St Duthus Hotel, Isleburn Ltd, Ferries Kitchens and Tain Golf Club before entertaining the crowd with a series of clever quips and anecdotes. <br /><br />Andrew Durrand collected the Most Improved Player award on behalf of the absent Martyn Farquhar, and collecting the Top Goalscorer Shield for his haul of 27 goals this season was Mark Lamont. Daniel Christie won the Goal of the Season trophy for his stunning strike in the Seaboard Cup Final against Balintore.<br /><br />Niall Harkiss took to the podium to present the Committee Player of the Year award to Craig Munro, before Robert Ross ably presented the Young Player of the Year trophy to Cameron Mackintosh. Shortly after, James Rice gave a rousing speech before awarding the Player's Player of the Year shield - created in memory of Graham Macrae - jointly to Dave Macgruer and Mark Lamont.<br /><br />Dale Finlayson rounded things off by presenting Robert Ross with the Manager's Quaich, in recognition of his league winning achievement this season.<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/eosa2015a.jpg"><br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/eosa2015.jpg"><br /><br />Everyone at the club wishes to thank Kirsty and Alan at the St Duthus for their hospitality for what proved to be a very enjoyable and memorable evening.

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  • Thistle legends turn out for Testimonial

    Past team-mates, friends and supporters of the club turned out for the testimonial year of Daniel Christie, Martyn Farquhar and Liam Rostock yesterday as the Ross-shire Welfare league champions played a match against a XI side managed by James Rice. <br /><br />The scores finished level at 2-2 at half time, but ultimately fitness told as the current side ran out 6-3 winners. A minutes silence was excellent observed before kick off in remembrance of former player and committee member Graham Macrae, who passed away last week.<br /><br />Both Liam Rostock and Daniel Christie were presented with Testimonial Quaichs later in that evening, and collecting for the absent Martyn Farquhar was Andy Durrand.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/testimonial2015.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Tain Thistle:</b><br />John Allan, Ian Ross, Neil MacDonald, Craig Munro, Arron Christie, Daniel Cormack, Robert Ross, Darran Goller, Daniel Christie, Mark Lamont, Liam Rostock, Andy Durrand, Cammy Mackintosh, Dean Ross<br /><br />Scorers: Darran Goller 3, Neil MacDonald 2, Liam Rostock<br /><br /><b>Testimonial XI:</b><br />Alan Forsyth, Jamie Walker, Andy Murray, Andrew Sutherland, Gary Austin, Keith Dingwall, Graeme Davis, James Rice, Shaun Mckenzie, Brian MacAngus, Ross Grant, John Maclellan, Ali Mackintosh, Colin Burry, Darren Gilmour<br /><br />Scorers: Ross Grant, Ali Mackintosh, Colin Burry<br /><br />Guest referee: Billy Murray

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  • Graham "Peeps" Macrae (1961-2015)

    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Graham "Peeps" Macrae. A former goalkeeper, committee member and above all - the club's greatest ever supporter - Graham will be missed by all at Tain Thistle Football Club. Our thoughts are now with his mother Marie, his family and close friends.<br /><br />Graham's funeral service will take place this Friday from 1pm at Tain Parish Church, before meeting at the St Duthus Hotel afterwards.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/peeps2015.jpg">

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  • Tain collect RSWFA league shield

    As the 2015 season drew to a close, Tain Thistle collected the Ross-shire Welfare FA league championship shield at the Railway Hotel on Saturday night, after playing the Charity Shield final match at the Links against league runners-up Contin.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/marty2015.jpg">In the absense of club captain Daniel Christie, Martyn Farquhar collected the shield from league secretary Jimmy Patullo. Rhys Shewan of Fortrose finished top goalscorer, while also collecting the RSWFA Player of the Year shield. Eastern Rose were awarded the Fair Play award.<br /><br />Contin, much improved from their 2014 debut season in which they finished bottom of the table, secured a hard fought 3-1 win against the champions, running out comfortable winners against the Thistle 'XI' who took to the field on Saturday. With the vast majority of the championship side missing due to other commitments, manager Robert Ross drafted some extra players into the starting XI. Keith Dingwall re-emerged from retirement for one last appearance, while Hilton AFC's Brian Cameron and Alness United's Jack Hudson, the latter up for the RSWFA Player of the Year award, also started for the Jags, alongside the manager himself, who played the full ninety minutes in midfield.<br /><br />Tain were unlucky not to take the lead early on when Jack Hudson's powerful header was pushed over the bar. Contin eventually opened the scoring through Alex Beaton after 23 minutes, drilling the ball into the net from eighteen yards after a neat cut back. Great work from John Allan in goal prevented further goals for Contin as the first half drew to a close and just before the break, Thistle were handed a lifeline when excellent work from first half sub John Maclellan resulted in a Tony Farquhar flick on and a neat finish from Jags top scorer Mark Lamont.<br /><br />The second half belonged to the champions for the most part, but for all their trying and attacking play, they couldn't take the lead and against the run of play, an Ally Rose cross caught the Thistle defence napping as Cammy Houston headed toward the empty net and Brian Cameron, lunging to clear the ball, carried the ball over his line. From there, Thistle collapsed and Contin should have scored more, were it not for the heroics of Allan, who cleaned up many a mess at the back and produced some great saves. Thistle used all four substitutes available to them in the match, including goalkeeper Daniel Cormack who took up an outfield role. In the dying minutes, Shaun Carson wrapped up the victory when he was waved onside despite protests and he easily sent the ball past Allan from an angle.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />Allan, Cormack, M Farquhar, Munro, Dingwall, MacDonald, T Farquhar, Rostock, Goller, Maclellan, Hudson, R Ross, Scott, Cameron, Lamont

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  • Thistle complete treble with Cordiner win

    Tain Thistle rounded their season off this past Saturday with a satisfying 3-0 victory over Dingwall at Inver to secure the Cordiner Cup for the second time in the club's history.<br /><br />Missing several key players, manager Robert Ross drafted Tony Farquhar into the starting lineup for what was to be the tall striker's third start of the season. Darran Goller, who has been suffering with ankle problems, was also called onto the four man bench, for his first involvement in over two months.<br /><br />In the opening stages, Dingwall looked the more positive of the two sides, as Andy O'Connor's men looked for the long ball to Liam Muir as their main threat; Arron Christie and Neil MacDonald both thwarting several attempts in the early going. <br /><br /><img width=100% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cordinertony.jpg"><br /><br />The condition of the pitch at Inver had been the subject of much consternation in the run up to the game with ankle knocks a concern for both teams, but it was to be a hamstring concern that would claim the first casualty, as Dave Macgruer was forced to withdraw after 14 minutes. Replacing the wing back, Darran Goller was then given an unexpectedly early introduction to the game. It took Goller just seven minutes to make an impact. Bursting past the Dingwall defence he powered the ball into the net from a drilled Liam Rostock cross to put Thistle 1-0 - albeit somewhat against the run of play. The goal was Goller's first of the season and his 50th overall for Thistle. <br /><br />Moments later, Cammy Mackintosh should have Thistle 2-0 up as he fired a shot over the bar from 15 yards. From then, the game soon turned in Tain's favour. Forward man for Dingwall Ryan Reid then dropped to the ground after a six yard box tussle, nursing an ankle injury.<br /><br />It wasn't until the second half that the Jags were able to assert their full authority. Mackintosh was unlucky not to double Tain's lead after Goller got in on the action again, this time as provider to slip a ball into the midfielder's path, but he could only shoot into the outstretched arms of the Iain Mackenzie. A Craig Munro corner shortly after set up Tony Farquhar for a dangerous looking header at the back post, but again Mackenzie was up to the task. <br /><br />Tain's grasp on the game could have slipped just before the hour mark when Liam Muir managed to rise above Johnny Allan to head goalward, but the towering forward's effort sailed just over. As quickly as they had nearly lost their lead, Thistle almost doubled theirs with a great passage of play started and ended by Neil MacDonald. Working quick one twos with Munro and Mackintosh, MacDonald travelled from defence to attack before forcing a tremendous save from Mackenzie. If the ball had found the net from that move, it would have been hard for anyone to argue against it as a candidate for goal of the season!<br /><br />Tain's second finally arrived just a minute later, and in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Sending a ball into the box, Liam Rostock send the ball up the sloping eighteen yard box and watched as his cross flew underneath Mackenzie and into the net at the far post, slipping through the loose fitting goal net. There was a moment's pause as the touchline waited for confirmation that the ball had actually crossed the line, but the referee awarded the goal.<br /><br />The second goal appeared to knock the wind out of Dingwall and within nine minutes, Tain went three up, as Daniel Christie battled forward before rounding Mackenzie and tapping the ball into the net to make it 3-0. On eighty minutes, the ball was in the net again after when Dingwall's Ryan Stewart diverted a cross into his own net, but with Tony Farquhar deemed to have been in an offside position and interfering with play, linesman Bill Murray flagged the goal to be disallowed.<br /><br />A confident Thistle saw the remaining ten minutes out with ease and were unlucky not to add to their tally on a couple of occasions, with Tony Farquhar in particular seeing an effort saved. Referee Keith Middleton wasted no time in blowing the whistle after the ninety minutes, with no further added time, as the whistler blew for the last time, for what was to be his final match as an official.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, M Farquhar, A Christie, MacDonald, Munro, Mackintosh, D Christie (Smith 77), Dunnett, Macgruer (Goller 14 (Maclellan 75)), T Farquhar, Rostock <br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 22, Rostock 62, D Christie 71<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cordiner2015a.jpg"><br /><br />Post-match, Thistle were presented with the Cordiner Cup trophy by Tanya Taylor of the Inver Inn, before retiring to the post-match venue where both teams were treated to excellent hospitality, an array of sumptuous mince pies, servings of pea and ham soup and plates of cheese and onion rolls. Prior to the medal presentations, Keith Middleton was presented with a decanter and a bottle of malt whisky by Bill Murray, and in recognition of his length of service, both teams applauded as the long serving official gave a well received speech. <br /><br />Saturday's win marks the first time in the club's history that they have won two cup competitions in one season, completing their first ever Ross-shire Welfare "treble" - having also won both the league championship this year and the Seaboard Cup in July.

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  • Jags edged out in fifteen goal thriller

    It took extra time and a ten minute goal rush to eliminate Tain Thistle from the Tain hosted Cordiner Cup in this afternoon's semi final meeting with Invergordon Social Club.<br /><br />Coping with the absences of various players, Thistle named only two substitues, with Andrew Sutherland and John Maclellan benched while an unchanged eleven from the side that destroyed Cromarty in midweek took to the field.<br /><br />The game had just started when referee Mike Stainke awarded a penalty to champions elect Invergordon Social Club, with goalkeeper Stephen Wemyss helpless to prevent the eventual spotkick. Social's early lead was cancelled out almost straight away thanks to a goalbound toepoke from the impressive Liam Rostock.<br /><br />Social took the lead on the twenty minute mark however, as a ball appeared to bounce over the grasp of Wemyss leaving the Invergordon men with the easiest of tap-ins. Top scorer Darran Goller was on hand however to level the scores at 2-2.<br /><br />Ever the capitalists, Social again went 3-2 up before the break, but the goal getting Daniel Christie made it 3-3 soon after. Three Thistle comebacks eventually led to a goal that would put them in front, as Rostock netted his second to make it 4-3.<br /><br />Now it was Social's turn to make a comeback, and they did just that, equalising through Keith Dingwall at the far post. The Jags, now with a thirst for victory soon retook the lead, Rostock securing his hat-trick in the process, as the score stood at 5-4.<br /><br />It looked as though Thistle would go through the final, with only three minutes left on the clock, but a miscommunication left Social's tall gangly forward with a chance he couldn't miss to make it 5-5.<br /><br />Extra time began and it seemed that the first period would end goalless but the fortunate Social men found the net to take half time lead at 6-5. The foot was off the pedal from then for the Jags, as Social found a second wind and banged in a further two goals, before Maclellan notched a consolation for the visitors.<br /><br />A ninth goal for Social killed off any hope of a comeback as Stainke blew for time.

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  • Thistle draw Social in cup semi

    Tain Thistle will play Invergordon Social Club in the Cordiner Cup semi final after soundly beating Cromarty by 7 goals to nil.

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  • Tain Thistle 7-0 Cromarty

    Tain Thistle crushed Cromarty in tonight's all important double header thanks to a hat-trick from a Darran Goller and goals from Liam Rostock and Donald Matheson, handing the Jags three points and a place in the Cordiner Cup semi final.<br /><br />Match report to follow.

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  • Thistle/Cromarty to be played in Alness

    The outstanding cup and league double header between Tain Thistle and Cromarty will now be decided this Wednesday, with a rescheduled venue of Alness Academy park.<br /><br />There's everything to play for this coming Wednesday as Tain Thistle and Cromarty begin to battle it out for third place in the league AND a place in the Cordiner Cup semi final. With the cup tie originally scheduled for Cromarty this past Saturday and their outstanding league match due to be played in Tain, Wednesday's match will now take place in ALNESS with a 7.30pm kick off.

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  • Happy 65th Birthday Gordon Burry!

    TainThistle.co.uk wish founding manager and club legend Gordon Burry a very happy 65th birthday!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/gburry.jpg">

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  • Darran Goller nets Jags' 500th!

    Top goalscorer Darran Goller went through some rough treatment to net the club's 500th league goal this evening, during the club's 5-2 win over Dingwall Vertex.<br /><br />Scoring for the 11th time this season, Goller found the net to make it 2-0 in tonight's game before being grounded with a tackle from behind. While he was on the ground, Thistle were celebrating the club's 500th league goal during it's 15 year existence.<br /><br />Post-match, club secretary Dale Finlayson presented Goller with a bottle of champagne to celebrate his milestone strike.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/500th.jpg">

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  • Cameron scoops Player of the Month award

    Following a count of votes from players and committee at the club, full-back Brian Cameron has been named as the club's Player of the Month for June.<br /><br />Despite a torrid time results wise, Cameron has stood out for Thistle at right-back for the Jags, with two man of the match performances and the winning goal against local rivals Inver in the 1st round of the Coronation Cup.<br /><br />Congratulations Brian!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/bripotm.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 5-2 Dingwall Vertex

    The Jags got back to winning ways tonight, with five goals to the two of an organised Dingwall Vertex. Goals from Liam Rostock, Darran Goller and a first of the season for the gaffer, Robbie Ross, put the call centre men to the sword.<br /><br />The team was mostly unchanged from the one who played against Alness Athletic last week, with Liam Rostock replacing Daniel Christie up front and substitute Donald Matheson joining the squad.<br /><br />The introduction of Rostock resulted in an instant payoff, as the pacey forward prodded a rebound home in the first minute after a horrendous defensive error from the visitors, to make it 1-0.<br /><br />It took over half an hour for either keeper to be properly tested before Thistle again found the net. A Robbie Ross free kick was saved low, before top goalscorer Darran Goller broke free to rip a prone Vertex defence apart down the left flank, before being fouled on the byline. With no booking forthcoming for the challenge, Goller eventually made amends after thirty-five minutes, walking the ball into the net to make it 2-0. The goal came after dispossessing Neil Duff, before the Dingwall defender scythed Goller down as the ball rolled home, earning himself a red card from referee Keith Middleton.<br /><br />With Goller's tail now firmly up, the striker found the net again only five minutes later, turning a ball into the corner of the net inside a packed eighteen yard box to give Thistle a 3-0 lead going in at half time.<br /><br />With the rain relenting in the second half, Thistle picked up a gear and began to test the Vertex stopper with a series of efforts; Liam Rostock eventually finding the net within ten minutes, slotting home to make it 4-0 for his second of the game.<br /><br />Despite being a man down, the spirited Dingwall side played some good football to better the Thistle defence on a number of occasions before easing the ball home just after the hour mark to pull the score back to 4-1; Thistle's comfortable lead perhaps leaving the foot not so comfortably on the gas.<br /><br />Coming up for a corner however, it was the dominant figure of player-boss Robbie Ross who secured Thistle's fifth goal, nodding home on sixty-six minutes to put the game beyond doubt.<br /><br />Substitute Donald Matheson impressed within minutes of being introduced, forcing a tremendous save from Anderson after a burst of pace saw him breeze down the left wing.<br /><br />Late lapses in concentration however saw the Thistle defence caught wide open again by the ten men of Vertex, as Scott Millar found the net to pull the score back to 5-2, and the Jags were lucky to escape with just that as the Dingwall men sent two glaring chances wide in the dying stages.<br /><br />Goller's best efforts to secure a hat-trick were thwarted twice by the reactions of Anderson in goal for the blues, palming away a diagonal strike before winning a foul against an onrushing Goller, who looked set to tap the ball home.<br /><br />The score finished at 5-2, with Thistle securing their first three points since beating Balintore in May. The result marks a welcome return to form for the Jags, who have had to deal with the loss of several important players to injury as well as a loss of form.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Gordon 81), Sutherland (Matheson 69), Ross, Farquhar, Graham (D Nimmons 69), Burry, Durrand, Goller, Rostock<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Maclellan, Stainke<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 1, 52, Goller 35, 39, Ross 66<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Goller, Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Darran Goller<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=440">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=440</a><br /><br />In other action, Invergordon Social Club took one further step towards the league title with a 4-2 win over Inver at the Recreations Grounds. At Cromarty, Alness Athletic secured another victory, winning 5-2. The match between Ross-shire Club and Balintore was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-vert1.jpg">

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  • Goalscorers immortalised in new shield

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shield.jpg">Tain Thistle's top goal scorers of years gone-by have been etched in metal this season, and for years to come, with the unveiling of a new Top Goalscorer shield, to be presented to this season's hottest bagger.<br /><br />The impressive shield, which already lists top goal scorers from 1997-2010, features names such as Alan Martin, Aaron Fraser and Darren Gilmour alongside contemporaries Calum Macdonald, Robbie Ross and Garry Perks.<br /><br />The shield is expected to make it's first appearance at the club's end of season awards.

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  • Cromarty 0-1 Tain Thistle

    A brilliant Stuart Wood strike told the story as the Jags battled towards an impressive victory over Cromarty in the latest round of Mid-Ross Shield games.<br /><br />With both sides keen to gain an advantage after two weeks of inactivity in the Mid Ross Shield, Cromarty and Thistle named a strong eleven. The winners would take the top spot in the Shield table and the effort shown by both sides matched the reward. Darran Goller and Martyn Farquhar were missing for the travelling Jags, while Keith Dingwall and Brian Cameron were both introduced to the side.<br /><br />Playing attractive football, Cromarty took the initiative early on and thanks to the alertness of the Thistle defence, the home side were thwarted on a number of occasions. It was Tain however who were first to beat a keeper, as Niall McVicar watched his lobbed effort sail over Symmonds, only to cannon back off the crossbar.<br /><br />A toughly contested first half was largely made up of some resolute defending from Thistle as Cromarty attempt to convert possession into chances, but the back line of the Jags was too strong.<br /><br />On forty minutes however, the game took a swing in the favour of Tain, as Stuart Wood, who had impressed throughout the half, stunned Symmonds with an unstoppable long range strike to put his side 1-0 ahead.<br /><br />Cromarty pressed hard at the start of the second half to get back into the game; the Tain back line strong once again and Ross Henderson in goal up to the task whenever required.<br /><br />At the other end, Niall McVicar was unlucky not to make it 2-0 with a chance one-on-one with Symmonds, but his shot drifted wide. Paul Cowie too had a chance to score when the Cromarty stopper drifted out of his goal, but he could only lob wide.<br /><br />Prolific scorer Ruari Rogan was introduced for Croms in the latter stages and the Jags began to contain, successfully so, dealing with a series of corners for the home side.<br /><br />Thanks to a battling performance all round and some resilient defending, Thistle survived a couple of scares late on but held out for the important 1-0 win.<br /><br />Thistle will now travel to Dingwall on Wednesday, October 31st, before an away match in Contin next Sunday, November 4th.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Henderson, Davis, Cameron (Durrand), Ross, Dingwall, Mackay, Cowie, Wood, Calderwood, Rostock, McVicar (Oliver)<br /><br /><b>Goal:</b><br />Stuart Wood 40<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Cowie, Wood

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  • Forsyth resigns

    Former club secretary and treasurer Alan Forsyth will resign from his post after 4 years at the club on October 31st.<br /><br />Joining the club committee in May 2008, Alan's tenure as club secretary during Thistle's first foray into North Caledonian league football also involved a handful of appearances as a stand-in goalkeeper in friendly matches. After moving to his new home to Invergordon, he became Treasurer of the club, and was instrumental in securing key fundraising for the club's Ross-shire Welfare seasons. <br /><br />Most notably in 2011, Alan successfully negotiated several Selkie waterproof panels for the showers as well as new kitchen worktops, kindly donated by Rearo Laminates of Inverness, for the further development of the Links Clubhouse.<br /><br />Upon his departure, he noted <i>"Its been a privilege to serve the club and I wish you all the best for the future."</i><br /><br />Now living with his partner Jennifer, they are expecting their first child at the end of the year. We wish Alan and Jen all the best going forward.

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  • Tain Thistle 3-1 Queens Park SFC

    Travelling over 400 miles in one day for the game, the footballers of Queen's Park Supporters FC arrived at the Links an hour before kick off to face Tain Thistle, welcomed by sunshine and better playing conditions than should be expected in mid-October. Former Tain man and QPSFC player Neil Skinner had initiated the tie with the club back in July and through the co-ordination of their club secretary Iain Campbell and Thistle's chairman, the match took place this afternoon.<br /><br />The Jags asserted their authority very early on; the woodwork being rattled twice in the opening five minutes while Martin Kelly in the Queens' goal also stopped a number of shots. It took until 12th minute for Thistle to finally break the deadlock however, when Darran Goller tapped home a rebound to put Tain a goal ahead.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/queensgame1.jpg"><br /><br />Enjoying plenty of attacking possession, messrs Liam Rostock, Goller and Niall McVicar were all unlucky in efforts to extend the lead during the next 20 minutes of play with Kelly again up to the task, but it was McVicar who eventually made it 2-0 with a beautiful struck effort into the top corner at Kelly's far post.<br /><br />In goal for Tain, Ross Henderson had very little to do, save for the odd passback from his team mates, but he found himself stunned and picking the ball out of the net following the Queens' first shot on target after 43 minutes - Sean Connolly getting the finishing touch on a well placed cross to knock the ball high into the top corner. The goal, rather against the run of play, crucially renewed the determination of the visitors just before half time.<br /><br />Changes were made at half time for the Jags with Steven Wemyss replacing Ross Henderson, and shortly after Martyn Oliver replacing Liam Rostock, the latter struggling with a vision problem.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/queensgame2.jpg"><br /><br />No further goals were scored in normal time despite chances early on for Oliver. Second half substitute Andy Durrand was also unlucky and Goller also failed to score with a header. The reintroduction of Rostock late on in the second half saw the best chances for the home side in the second period, but on two occasions, the striker shot over the bar.<br /><br />The final goal came in stoppage time, as Stuart Wood, controlling the ball well on the edge of the area, struck the ball firmly past Kelly to make it 3-1. This was to be the last touch of the game, ending in a satisfactory result for the Tain men.<br /><br /><b>For Tain Thistle:</b><br />Henderson (Wemyss), Davis, D Mackay, Calderwood, Ross (Durrand), Dingwall, Cowie (M Mackay), Wood, McVicar (McIvor), Rostock (Oliver), Goller<br /><br />Scorers: Goller 12, McVicar 33, Wood 90+1<br /><br /><b>For Queens Park SFC:</b><br />Kelly, McNaught, Mackenzie, Lennox, Galindo, Colquhoun, Joyce, Blair, Connolly, Duncan, Macrae<br /><br />Scorer: Connolly 43

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  • Tain Thistle 4-2 Contin United

    A fresh looking Jags side took to the field for their first Mid Ross Shield game this afternoon against the newly formed Contin United, with positive results.<br /><br />Prior to the game, both sets of players observed a minute of silence for the late Ernie Ross - a former player of St Duthus FC, businessman and a long time sponsor and highly respected contributor to Tain's footballing sides. <br /><br />Introducing a plethora of new players, gaffer Gary Ross started with an effective 3-5-2 formation to baffle Contin for the better part of a goal proud first half. The goals however, came almost exclusively for Thistle.<br /><br />Under the cosh for the opening minutes, Ross Henderson in goal was unbeaten before Martyn Farquhar opened the scoring for Tain, rather against the run of play. With eight minutes gone, Farquhar offered the most composed of finishes, controlling a difficult ball before slotting it home to make it 1-0.<br /><br />The Contin men were undeterred, continuing to press - however the new look back line of Tain looked organised, with former Balintore centre half David Calderwood impressing with a dominant display.<br /><br />Thistle made it 2-0 in spectacular fashion after 20 minutes. Pacey forwards Darren Goller and Liam Rostock had threatened to breach the Contin defence on a number of occasions, but it was the latter who eventually rifled home from outside the box to give Ross no chance in the Contin goal with a splendid strike.<br /><br />Contin were all at sea for the remainder of the first half, a little shell shocked at the score, and before long Rostock had added a further two goals in quick succession to record a hat-trick - the second of which, however, was perhaps justifiably disputed as offside. Referee Keith Middleton however, waved off the protests and the goal stood.<br /><br />The half ended in unpleasant fashion as centre half David Mackay was forced to leave the field of play with a deep gash above his eye which was later closed by three stitches. Shortly after Mackay's withdrawal, Contin punished the ten men of Tain with a goal from a tight angle, scored by experienced striker Maitland. Ryan Johnston was introduced at half time in place of the Mackay.<br /><br />A further four substitutions were made during a more lacklustre second half, as Rostock failed to add to his tally. Replacing Darran Goller, Martyn Oliver was also unlucky in his efforts, missing the target twice of note. <br /><br />The only goal of the second half came in the dying minutes from Contin's Campbell as the visitors broke against a tired Tain defence, trundling a ball past Henderson to reduce the score to 4-2.<br /><br />With Cromarty recording a 5-2 win over Ross-shire Club on Saturday, Tain sit just a goal behind the Black Isle side on the same points in the Mid Ross shield table, with a game against Ross-shire Club to look forward to next weekend.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Henderson, Davis, McVicar (Durrand), Ross, Calderwood, D Mackay (Johnston), Cowie (Rattanaphithak), Farquhar, Wood (M Mackay), Goller (Oliver), Rostock<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Farquhar 8, Rostock 20, 32, 34<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None.

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  • Mid-Ross league begins against Contin

    New club Contin United will visit the Links on Sunday for the first of Tain Thistle's Mid-Ross Shield league games.<br /><br />The new league, made up of four Ross-shire and Black Isle teams will be contested over October and November for the historic Mid-Ross Shield - a prize resurrected by former Thistle chairman Brian Macangus.<br /><br />New gaffer Gary Ross is expecting a good turnout for Thistle's pre-game training match on Wednesday night, where a squad will no doubt be formed for the upcoming fixture on Sunday.

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  • Latest News (4/8)

    With the season ending in July, 2012 must certainly have been among the quickest of welfare seasons for Tain Thistle, and on the back of their final game last Monday, the club plans to play a series of friendlies over the winter, under the coaching of ex-Inver manager and former Thistle player Gary Ross. <br /><br />The first confirmed friendly is between the Jags and a team run by former Tain native Neil Skinner - the Queen's Park Supporters' Club. At present, the game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, October 21st. For more info on the Queen's Park Supporters FC, visit here: <a href="http://queensparksupportersfc.webs.com">http://queensparksupportersfc.webs.com</a><br /><br />The club are preparing for a fun filled evening on their end of season night out, at the Railway Hotel on August 11th. Grifter Entertainments will be providing casino night entertainment in the form of roulette and blackjack, while the club will also be presenting their end of season awards.<br /><br />The club wishes to thank volunteers Liam Rostock and Andy Murray for their efforts on matchday for the Cordiner Cup final between Alness and Cromarty, hosted at Tain. Congratulations to winners, Alness Athletic.<br /><br />At the last game of the season, the club were visited by long time player and record goalscorer Garry Perks, who, were it not for an injury, would have turned out for the Jags.<br /><br />Finally, another vote of thanks must go to Willie Rostock, for the kind donation of a new medical bag.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-garyross.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 2-0 Ross-shire Club

    Tain Thistle were vindicated in a deserved league win over Dingwall's Ross-shire Club tonight, as they cantered to a two goal victory.<br /><br />A series of changes were made to the side that fell 3-2 in extra time to this evening's opponents, with Martyn Farquhar and Marc Munro stepping back into the first team. John Maclellan also made a return to the side after a successful spell playing in the university leagues and came straight in as Tain's number 9.<br /><br />The Jags controlled the game from the outset; man of the match Martyn Farquhar and Michael Brand handling any offence from the Dingwall men with ease. At the other end, wingers Liam Rostock and Darran Goller were a constant threat but failed to find Daniel Christie or Maclellan in the middle with any distinction.<br /><br /><img width="460" border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/johntain.jpg"><br /><br />The deadlock was finally broken after 35 minutes when Goller, splendidly controlling a ball into the box managed to expertly curl the ball beyond Hyslop with his shin to make it 1-0.<br /><br />It looked as though it would be 2-0 upon the 40 minute mark, when Martyn Farquhar was mercilessly scythed down inside the box and referee John Nicolson showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Paul Cowie however, the taker, blasted the penalty kick over the bar to miss a chance to send the Jags two up. Rostock, too was unlucky on the stroke of half time not to extend the lead with an effort that drifted just wide.<br /><br />The second half started as the first had ended with Tain on the attack, and Maclellan looked like he may have extended the lead with a smartly taken flick in the box, which flew just wide. A break moments later saw Maclellan force a save from Hyslop from a tight angle after great work from John Allan to send Thistle on the counter.<br /><br />Maclellan eventually found the net on 88 minutes finishing off an excellent move with the coolest of finishes beyond Hyslop to put the result beyond doubt.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand, Graham (Johnston 75), Brand, Farquhar, Cowie, D Christie, Munro (Ripley 75), Goller (Matheson 80), Rostock, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 35, Maclellan 88<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Cowie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar

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  • Jags out of cup in extra time

    An extra time goal for Ross Club was required to put the Jags out of their second semi final this season, after equalizing twice during the game.<br /><br />Tain were thin on the ground for the Pattison Cup semi final tie with players absent due to stag do commitments and injury. Making his first appearance at welfare football level was Mike Mackay, as a substitute.<br /><br />Ross Club got off to the perfect start as Donald Stewart netted after only ten minutes, despite calls for offside. But their resolve could not prevent Thistle from equalizing as Liam Rostock scored his second of the season, netting in an open goal on the rebound from Andy Ripley's earlier shot.<br /><br />1-1 at half time, the Jags may have hoped to go on and take the lead, and looked like they may when Goller, having been tripped on the edge of the box, won a free kick. Daniel Christie however, could not convert the chance.<br /><br />Instead, the Dingwall men took the lead through Keagan Stewart, and the second half looked as though it may finish 2-1. However, substitute Mike Mackay with almost his first touch of the game, lashed a shot from outside in the box, deep into the net to make it 2-2 on 89 minutes.<br /><br />The game inevitably went to extra time, and again it was Ross Club who took the advantage, Aaron Simpson pouncing on a failed clearance to make it 3-2. Thistle could find no answer, but will feel aggrieved to have been denied a penalty with minutes to go; the referee claiming to have had his vision of the incident distorted as a Ross Club defender downed Donald Matheson's cross with a high hand.<br /><br />Thistle go on to meet Ross Club again on Wednesday, this time on league business at their more familiar territory of the Links.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand, Johnston, Graham, Brand, D Christie, Ross, Goller (Cowie), Rostock (Mackay), Ripley, Matheson<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 30, Mackay 89

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  • Tain Thistle 0-3 Balintore

    Tain Thistle saw their chances of winning the league take a significant blow last night with a 3-0 defeat to rivals Balintore at the Links.<br /><br />Despite chances for both teams, the soon to be retired Alan Stainke opened the scoring with a free header following a Balintore corner just before the half hour mark. Despite Thistle's best efforts to equalize, Ross Henderson in the Balty goal was up to the task, faced with shots from Paul Cowie and Liam Rostock, and soon the Jags found themselves 2-0 down. Caught at the back once again, Andrew Bell found himself through on John Allan to slot past the keeper.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainbalty2012.jpg"><br /><br />The second half started well for Thistle and it looked as if they had reduced the deficit when Darran Goller was through on Henderson, but his strike rattled the near post. Kevin Graham was unlucky not to score shortly. Eventually, the on-form Bell struck again slotting home from a tight angle to make it 3-0. With ten minutes remaining, Goller again struck the woodwork, but it was too little too late for Tain. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, McVicar (Ross), Graham, A Christie, Farquhar, Munro, Cowie (Matheson), Durrand (Ripley), D Christie, Rostock, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Farquhar, Munro, D Christie, Ross

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  • Thistle to play Ross Club in Pattison semi

    Following Ross-shire Club's close win over Inver today, the Jags will now meet the Dingwall men in the semi final of the Pattison Cup.

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  • Thistle slow to start in Brora runout

    A solid second half performance from the Jags saw off Brora Wanderers in a friendly last night as Thistle sat out of this week's Ross-shire Welfare fixtures. Goals from Liam Rostock, Daniel Christie and Robbie Ross gave them a 4-0 win after a dire first half.<br /><br />It was thanks to goalkeeper Steven Wemyss in the early stages that Brora did not take the lead, as he kept the Wanderers out on a number of occasions; Thistle's three man defence caught several times by the pace and trickery of the visitors.<br /><br />Daniel Christie and Liam Rostock both tested David Crombie at the other end however, but the Brora stopper was more than upto the challenge, giving a great showing between the sticks.<br /><br />A half time roasting from gaffer Arron Christie saw Thistle improve in the second half, and before long they found the net through Daniel Christie. A Liam Rostock brace followed with two goals in three minutes and just moments after, Robbie Ross capitalized on a mistake to dribble past Crombie and tap the ball home.<br /><br />Substitues Colin Burry and Craig Nimmons were introduced late on in their first appearances of the season, but there were to be no more goals as Thistle finished as 4-0 winners.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Farquhar, Graham, Munro, Cowie, D Christie (C Nimmons), Matheson, Durrand, Ross, Rostock (Burry), Ripley (A Christie)<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />D Christie 60, Rostock 75, 77, Ross 78

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  • Latest News (12/5)

    With the season now fully underway and the first cup final played, Thistle can look ahead to yet another quiet spell with 11 days before their next game, against League Cup winners Balintore.<br /><br />In what was believed by many to be their most difficult home game of the season, the Jags drew 2-2 with league favourites Alness Athletic this past Wednesday, coming back twice to finish the game all square. Last season's top goalscorer Darran Goller got off the mark with a tap in while Robbie Ross's last minute goal also opened his account. Andy Durrand, scoring twice against Inver last week, remains the club's top scorer with 2 goals.<br /><br />Thank you to Alan and Alastair Forsyth who have been hard at work this weekend down at the Links pavilion, carrying out repairs on changing room walls and the toilets.<br /><br />There are still a handful of places available for poker this coming Tuesday. Any interested parties should contact the Railway Hotel or the club via the link above.<br /><br />Finally, a massive vote of thanks must go to Kirsty McFarlane of the Railway Hotel who has once again sponsored the club for the renewing of the club's home strips, currently winging their way to be renumbered and repaired. Thank you Kirsty and the Railway.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-halftime.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 2-2 Alness Athletic

    The Jags fought back twice to earn a draw against League Cup finalists Alness Athletic tonight.<br /><br />Messrs Paul Cowie and Kevin Graham were missing from last Saturday's squad, while Darran Goller returned to action. <br /><br />Thistle, undefeated in home games against Alness Athletic since the Easter Ross side's 2009 admission to the league, were facing their toughest test yet as Athletic are believed to be this year's favourites. The Alness men did not let down and the match kicked off with a high tempo.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainalness2.jpg"><br /><br />The first chance of the match fell to Liam Rostock, but Jordan Tremlett, the Alness stopper, held the forward's shot.<br /><br />Darran Goller should have scored after ten minutes following clever work from Rostock to play the striker beyond Alness stopper Tremlett, but Goller, taking a touch too many, played himself wide. <br /><br />It took until the 20 minute mark before John Allan was tested in the Jags goal, as Shaun Robertson saw his effort saved with a cat-like reaction stop, as his shot was steered away from the top corner.<br /><br />Referee Robert MacMillan waved off disputes for offside as Robertson was not to be foiled on his second time of asking, breaking free before dribbling round Allan to score. <br /><br />A fired up Tain Thistle took to the field for the second half and with a groin concern for Andy Ripley, Donald Matheson was introduced to the fray.<br /><br />Thistle pushed for an equalizer and thought they had done enough when an effort bound for the net was cleared off the line. Moments later, it was Rostock again the striker, shooting from a tight angle only to see his effort come back off the post.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/gollervsalness.jpg"><br /><br />The fruits of Thistle's labour were finally enjoyed on 72 minutes, when Darran Goller capitalized on a defensive error to tap home from a couple of yards. An ugly goal, but hugely deserved in a second half of continued pressure.<br /><br />It seemed as though the Jags may go on and find a winner but Goller passed up another chance on 75 minutes, much like his first half effort, unable to find his feet to knock the ball home from the edge of the 6 yard box.<br /><br />With fifteen minutes left, the Jags' pressure dwindled in a five minute spell of frustration as Alness took control. Substitute Liam Muir, in what appeared to be a clear offside position, eventually struck a ball past Allan at his far post. Referee MacMillan pointed to the half way line and Athletic were back in front. Stunned, the Jags were now chasing a game they were close to winning. <br /><br />Rostock appeared to have scuppered Thistle's last throw of the dice with mere minutes left to play as he found himself clean through on goal only to fire a shot into the bosom of Tremlett. <br /><br />Instead, the glory was saved for gaffer Robbie Ross, who had replaced Marc Munro minutes earlier. Getting on the end of a well placed cross from Donald Matheson, the prolific striker nodded home to make it 2-2 with all of 30 seconds left to play.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Farquhar, A Christie, Munro (Ross 80), Brand, Durrand, Rostock, D Christie, Ripley (Matheson 52), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Sutherland, Gordon<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Munro 31<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 72, Ross 90<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Arron Christie

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  • Thistle surrender League Cup

    Tain Thistle's defence of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup came to a toughly contested end this afternoon as Balintore edged their way past the Jags with a 1-0 win.<br /><br />Missing Darran Goller from the side, the Jags brought in Arron Christie in an otherwise unchanged squad. Christie replaced Kev Graham in the back line while Paul Cowie returned to first team action, replacing the void left by Goller.<br /><br />The early part of the first half largely belonged to Balintore on their home park, with young goalkeeper and Baltie native John Allan showing strength and determination to keep the Gulls out when asked. <br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-billymurray.jpg">The first half took an ugly turn after the half hour mark thanks to a series of gratuitously issued yellow cards for the Jags, amidst what was always destined to be a heated derby. This only served to add a bitter edge to an otherwise warmly contested game between both sides.<br /><br />Despite chances for both sides, the score remained 0-0 at the break.<br /><br />The best chance of the game came ten minutes into the second half as Daniel Christie found himself clean through, but, electing to lob goalkeeper Henderson, he aimed his finish wide of the post.<br /><br />Moments later, Liam Rostock was unlucky not to have recorded the opener as his shot found the net, but was ruled as offside to the astonishment of the Jags touchline.<br /><br />Resolute defending from Balintore in the second half and chances gone a-begging for the Jags ultimately led to the inevitable as Thistle were caught on the break and Andy Bell found the net for the home side. The goal game very much against the run of play in the second half, but it was evidence only that "chances taken" are what separates sides, not possession.<br /><br />Balintore proceeded to "park the bus" for the remainder of the game in an effort to retain their lead, and despite late chances for substitute Robbie Ross, Paul Cowie and Rostock, the score remained the same. <br /><br />Balintore will now go on to meet Alness Athletic in the final at Cromarty, the latter having hammered Invergordon Social Club by 5 goals to 1.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Farquhar, Brand, A Christie, D Christie, Munro, Cowie, Durrand (Matheson 75), Ripley (Ross 80), Rostock<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Graham, Sutherland, Gordon<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />-<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Munro 28, Cowie 34, Allan 34, A Christie 34, Brand 90, Cameron 90<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand

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  • Inver 0-6 Tain Thistle

    A cold night in Inver played host to the Jags' opening fixture of the season, having enjoyed a bye in the first round of the League Cup. It was the first action the Inver Park had seen since 2008 other than rabbits and tonight's visitors did not disappoint.<br /><br />John Allan, Marc Munro and Andy Ripley all made their debuts for Thistle having enjoyed a good pre-season, while Paul Cowie was a late addition to the bench, making his first Thistle appearance since 2009. Gaffer Arron Christie left himself out of the side, with co-manager Robert Ross benched.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/inver2012.jpg"><br /><br />Thistle took a short while to get started in the first half, with a number of chances going astray. Darran Goller, last season's top goalscorer was unlucky with an early effort from close range which sailed wide before Andy Ripley forced the first save from Inver stopper Macinnes. Goller, lashing the rebound goalward hit the crossbar.<br /><br />Thistle thought they had scored when Marc Munro's looping shot appeared to have flown into the net from height and at pace, but the referee deemed that the ball had fallen into the roof of the net.<br /><br />Daniel Christie was next to test the Inver keeper but his shot was saved, and at the other end, former Jag Craig Swanson forced John Allan into action, tipping the defender's shot over the bar.<br /><br />Inver found themselves almost always on the defence however, with Brand heading Thistle's best first half chance wide from a Christie free kick. An Andrew Ripley shot from distance was the last throw of the dice before half time, as the Jags were beginning to wonder where the breakthrough would come from.<br /><br />The second half started in more clinical fashion however with Andy Durrand opening the scoring for Thistle, knocking a rebound across the face of Macinnes' goal after Ripley had forced the keeper into a save.<br /><br />Ripley got himself on the scoresheet just minutes later with an outstanding drive from 30 yards, leaving Macinnes standing to make it 2-0. Durrand was again the scorer on 56 minutes with a guided header past Macinnes after clever work from Darran Goller. Both scorers left the field on the hour mark as Donald Matheson was introduced for Durrand and Cowie replacing Ripley shortly after. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/inver2012b.jpg"><br /><br />Liam Rostock made it four on 74 minutes with a shot placed past the keeper to the far corner. Brian Cameron was the creator within 90 seconds of the restart as he played Daniel Christie in on the keeper for an easy finish to make it 5-0.<br /><br />Persistent offside calls resulted in bookings for dissent for Liam Rostock and Paul Cowie as the clock ticked away, before the latter launched a low drive from outside the box to round off the scoring at 6-0.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Graham (Gordon 75), Farquhar, Brand, Munro, D Christie, Durrand (Matheson 59), Goller, Ripley (Cowie 66), Rostock<br /><br /><b>Unused subs:</b><br />Sutherland, Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Durrand 47, 56, Ripley 51, Rostock 74, D Christie 76, Cowie 90+1<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Cowie 83, Rostock 83<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand

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  • Player exemptions

    The committee of the RWFA have granted exemptions from classification as second XI players for this season, to the following Jags players:<br /><br />Daniel Christie<br />Paul Cowie<br />Alan Duff<br />Andy Ripley<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-danny.jpg">

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  • End of season blues for Jags

    In the final game of the season last night, Thistle were soundly beaten at the Links by Invergordon Social Club.<br /><br />In a first half which ended in the favour of the Invergordon men, Thistle had no luck. Opening the scoring for the visitors, Rob MacCormack held off his man to slot home before a Paul Austin cross was diverted into the net by Thistle's Martyn Farquhar. <br /><br />Thistle were not without chances as Goller twice struck wide and Stephen Campbell in goal for Social did well to save when tested by Rostock. A third was added before half time to make it 3-0.<br /><br />Thistle never moved out of second gear and in the second half, two further goals followed. Robbie Ross powered home a consolation for the home side, however the result by this time was academic.<br /><br />The result wrapped up the shortest of seasons for Thistle in their sixth and final league game.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Durrand, Johnston (Matheson), Ross, Farquhar, Cowie, Brand, Rostock, Goller, D Christie, Maclellan (Munro)<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Ross

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  • Tain Thistle 1-1 Cromarty

    Turning up with only ten players, a valiant effort from Cromarty saw them defend well in a first half which saw Tain Thistle consistently attack their goal for 45 minutes.<br /><br />After four minutes Darran Goller hit the crossbar, before curling a shot wide moments later. Thistle thought they had scored shortly after with a header that appeared to be over the line and in the net but referee Gary McCarthy waved play on.<br /><br />A Rostock header went over and Goller again was unsuccessful with a shot saved by Maclean on the half hour mark. From a free kick, Chris Mailley came close with an effort and the resultant rebound before Rostock had a shot blocked on the line. Incredibly, the score finished 0-0 at half time, with goalkeeper Stephen Wemyss for the Jags finding the evening awfully quiet.<br /><br />Amazingly, from the start of the second half, Cromarty kicked into gear and found themselves 1-0, hitting Thistle on the counter to cut a shot back for Gordon Thompson to score.<br /><br />Paul Cowie hit straight back from the home side to make it 1-1 within a few minutes, however it was back to the drawing board as a resilient Cromarty side held on for the draw.<br /><br />Durrand had a shot destined for the top corner stopped by Maclean, and Cowie again looked like scoring - but the packed defence of the Black Isle men kept their resolve the game ended at 1-1.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Durrand, Johnston, Mailley, Farquhar, Cowie, Munro, Rostock, Goller, Maclellan (Matheson), Ripley<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Cowie 55

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  • Jags out of Cordiner Cup

    Alness exacted revenge for their third cup final defeat this season by dumping hosts Tain Thistle out of the Cordiner Cup on Saturday.<br /><br />Missing a host of players from the cup final winning team, including Liam Rostock, Arron Christie, Martyn Farquhar, Michael Brand, Chris Mailley and John Allan, Thistle brought only thirteen players to Academy Park, including Brian Cameron, who returned to the side on temporary duty since his departure for Orkney at the start of the season.<br /><br />The cup tie was not to prove history-changing for Thistle as they once again found themselves on the losing side in Alness, with goals from Mike Mckenzie, Keith Dingwall and Chris Graham putting the Jags to the sword.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Durrand, Graham, Ross, Cowie (Matheson), Munro, D Christie (Johnston), Goller, Maclellan, Ripley

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  • Thistle enjoying unbeaten run

    As the first round of the Tain hosted Cordiner Cup approaches, the Jags will be looking to add to their current unbeaten run, as they enjoy the best form they have had since May 2011, when they won the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup.<br /><br />With only one blemish on their record in their last eight games, Thistle will hope for a reverse of their last visit to Academy Park in Alness, which saw them take the lead but ultimately lose 2-1 in the league this past June.<br /><br />Action between Alness Athletic and Tain Thistle has been tight this year, with a win, loss and a draw recorded for each side, across league and cup competitions.

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  • Ross Club 2-2 Tain Thistle

    Second half goals from Chris Mailley and John Maclellan cancelled out the first half lead of Ross Club at Jubilee Park last night, as the Jags recorded a point.<br /><br />Missing Mark Munro, John Allan and Martyn Farquhar from the Seaboard cup final winning squad, Thistle would also have to contend with injury to Liam Rostock and a groin irritated Darran Goller, both of whom took a place on the bench for the Dingwall visit. Stephen Wemyss came in for Allan, while Kev Graham also returned to action.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ripley2.jpg">A slow to start Thistle looked as though they may have been suffering from a cup hangover in the first half, unable to make a breakthrough despite enjoying most of the play. Daniel Christie and Andy Ripley both unlocked the Ross Club defence but were thwarted by the quick hands of Steven Hyslop in the Ross-shire goal.<br /><br />At the other end, Arron Christie and Robbie Ross both did well to deal with the quick counter of the Dingwall side, but it was an unfortunate cut back in the 38th minute that led to the opener; Wemyss unable to prevent a certain goal.<br /><br />Within minutes, Ross Club had extended their lead, in the most fortunate of fashions. Wemyss, caught out of his goal, was lobbed from distance with a speculative effort and with that the Jags were 2-0 down.<br /><br />The Tain men will have felt aggrieved to be 2-0 down at half time, but they emerged for the second half with renewed vigour, and before long they had pulled a goal back. Midfield man Chris Mailley found the net with a stunning shot, rifled past Hyslop.<br /><br />Maclellan and Goller were soon introduced, and it was the latter who provided for the former, as he netted his seventh goal of the season to make it 2-2.<br /><br />Maclellan found himself through on goal late on, but failed to capitalize and Ripley had the only other chance of note, forcing a save from Hyslop on 80 minutes.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Durrand, Johnston (Graham), Ross, A Christie, Brand, Cowie (Maclellan), Mailley, Matheson (Goller), D Christie, Ripley<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Rostock<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Mailley 55, Maclellan 64<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />A Christie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Andy Ripley

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  • Rostock injury not as bad as feared

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rostockside.jpg">Thistle's top marksman Liam Rostock suffered a blow to his end of season chances of picking up the goalscorers' shield on Saturday, as he limped off the park with 25 minutes left of the cup final. He never witnessed the end of the match, which saw his teammates go on to secure their first ever Seabord trophy, as he made an exit for accident and emergency at Raigmore hospital.<br /><br />The winger's ankle had swelled to the size of a tennis ball after he left the field and fears of torn ligaments or a fracture were about to spell disaster for the rest of his season. The doctor's prognosis was more forgiving however.<br /><br /><i>"It's just a bad sprain."</i> Rostock told the club website. <i>"The swelling has gone down and I'm just left with a lot of bruising, and I've already been out running on it."</i><br /><br />Rostock's chances of a quick return to the side for Wednesday's visit to Dingwall to play Ross-shire Club are slim however.<br /><br /><i>"I wont be fit for Wednesday, think I'll take the rest this week and aim for the following week."</i>

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  • Jags to avoid repeating history in Dingwall test

    As Thistle focus on securing 2nd place in the Ross-shire Welfare league, they face a tough trip to Dingwall, which has not favoured them in recent years.<br /><br />In last year's corresponding July league visit to Dingwall, Thistle suffered a 5-0 defeat, and in 2010, the scoreline was no less embarrassing, falling 4-1 to a Ross-shire Club side who had eyes on Thistle's 3rd place spot.<br /><br />This year, Thistle are a much improved side and will look upon the fixture as a must-win, coming off the back of an excellent performance in the Seaboard Cup final. The Jags' first round victory over the Dingwall men will be sure to bolster spirits, given Ross Club's cup form this year.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rossclub11.jpg">

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  • Seaboard Cup photos

    A selection of photos from the post match celebrations.<br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard1.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard2.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard3.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard4.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard5.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard6.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard7.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard8.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard9.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard10.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard11.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard12.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard13.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/seaboard14.jpg">

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  • Thistle win Seaboard Cup

    Tain Thistle secured their first ever Seaboard Cup win yesterday, following a brilliant second half performance and some resolute defending. A brace from substitute Andy Ripley and a goal from Darran Goller were enough to see out the result, despite a late fight back from fellow finalists Alness Athletic.<br /><br />Thistle, for the first time this season, were at full strength, and gaffer introduced a reshaped back four, with Michael Brand and Martyn Farquhar taking up the full back positions either side of himself and Arron Christie. Paul Cowie, Chris Mailley and Daniel Christie made up the midfield, with Liam Rostock and Darran Goller on the wings, and John Maclellan completed the lineup as the lone striker.<br /><br />Alness Athletic had been hard at it pre-match with close to an hour warming up on the sodden Lower Seaboard Park; the rain hitting the ground at a furious rate - but just minutes after the Thistle boys made their way onto the pitch at 2.45pm, the wet weather relented.<br /><br />Jags keeper John Allan was called into action early on with a series of attacks; Mike McKenzie testing first with a shot saved well at close range. A flurry of corners followed with the Jags very much under the cosh. During the opening 20 minutes, Athletic will feel very disappointed not to have scored, having seen multiple chances fly over and wide of the bar; Ross and Arron Christie both doing excellently well to see the ball clear.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/seaboardaction1.jpg"><br /><br />The Jags eventually settled into the game, and it was Rostock who was first to test Docherty in the Alness goal with a tame effort, however the battle in midfield was becoming anything but. Hard work from Farquhar, Cowie and Mailley to win possession saw Thistle begin to pass the ball in the way that has seen them win six of their last eight games.<br /><br />Maclellan was next on the offensive for Tain, forcing a near post save from Docherty, however as quickly as the corner was taken, Thistle were on the defensive, as the end to end battle continued.<br /><br />The second half started more in Thistle's favour, Alness appearing tired following am all-out attack in the first period. Slick passing and clever forward play allowed the pace of Goller and Rostock to get in behind the Alness back line, however Alness were up to the challenge in defence. <br /><br />It looked as though the fruits of Thistle's labour in the early spell of the second half had paid off as Robbie Ross headed home from a Rostock ball, but referee Gary McCarthy judged that the attacking side had pushed inside the box.<br /><br />Disaster struck after the hour mark for Thistle however, as Rostock was felled with an ankle injury. With his ankle swelling to the size of a tennis ball, he was forced to leave the field, and introduced in his place was Andy Ripley.<br /><br />Albeit non-tactical, the change heralded success almost instantly as Daniel Christie found himself through on goal. His shot was saved by Docherty, but in at the far post to knock home the rebound was Ripley, sending the Jags into the lead.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/celeb.jpg"><br /><br />With twenty minutes remaining, Thistle had a job on their hands to defend their lead, and it looked as though they had lost it when Allan was beaten on the edge of the eighteen yard box, but Arron Christie, excellent in his efforts all afternoon, was there to clear the ball before it crossed the line.<br /><br />Injury forced another Thistle player off the park shortly after when Paul Cowie left the field with a knee knock, Andy Durrand being called into action in his place. <br /><br />Moments later, Alness eventually found their equalizer as Mark Lamont headed home at the far post from a series of knock-ons. Undeterred however, Thistle hearts didn't sink and Darran Goller, tireless in his efforts all afternoon rattled a shot home from inside the eighteen yard box through a wall of defenders past Docherty to make it 2-1, completing a personal hat-trick of cup final goals for the Jags.<br /><br />The Jags players and supporters watched on for the longest ten minutes of the game, awaiting the final whistle, but on 82 minutes, Ripley once again sent the Thistle support into applause with the coolest of finishes from the edge of the box, rattling a shot past Docherty with confidence to make it 3-1. <br /><br />However, as lifelong fan Norman Macangus would say, quite frequently, "This is Tain we're talking about - we don't do things the easy way...". Following a spell of end to end chances for both sides, Maclellan particularly unlucky for Tain, it was Alness who netted again. With two minutes remaining, substitute Kevin Munro found the net and at 3-2 it was backs to the wall for Tain.<br /><br />In the dying stages, hearts were in mouths as Alness Athletic had a goal denied, as Liam Muir believed he had headed home when his effort came off the bar, but Christie once again was the hero with a goal line clearance. Attacking at the other end, Docherty stranded, the Thistle forwards went on the counter towards an open goal, however linesman Martin Godwin deemed them to be offside.<br /><br />Alas, that was to be all the action, and referee Gary McCarthy blew for full time. Thistle secured their fourth cup win in the short history, this their first ever Seaboard Cup win.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/seaboardcupwinners.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Brand, Farquhar, A Christie, Ross, Cowie (Durrand), Mailley, D Christie, Rostock (Ripley), Goller (Matheson), Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Johnston, Munro<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Ripley 67, 82, Goller 78<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Arron Christie

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  • Balintore 4-5 Tain Thistle

    Tain held their nerve to see out a deserved victory at Lower Seaboard Park tonight, despite a continued fight back from the home side.<br /><br />Match report to follow.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Munro, Durrand (Maclellan), Farquhar, Ross, Cowie, A Christie (Brand), Mailley, Goller (Ripley), Rostock, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Matheson, Johnston<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 6, Ross 18, Cowie 59, 67, Maclellan 77<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Ross<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-

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  • Seaboard Cup brings Tain/Alness rivalry to a head

    The competitive history between Alness Athletic and Tain Thistle has been one of the Ross-shire Welfare's most see-saw battles of the past three years. Over ten games, in short, Alness have never won in Tain, and Tain have never won in Alness. This Saturday, something will have to give, as they meet on neutral territory for the first time in the Seaboard Cup final at Balintore.<br /><br />Athletic were formed in 2009, but it could be argued that the rivalry began in 2008, a year before they filled the void left by amateur bound Black Rock Rovers. Many of the current Alness Athletic team played for the Rocks during that season, during which the Rocks controversially pipped the Jags to the league title. Much like the history between Alness and Tain, the Rocks won the Evanton leg of their league fixtures while Thistle comfortably won by 3 goals to nil in Tain.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rocksgame2008.jpg"><br /><br />Thistle made amends for the championship loss by winning the Ross-shire Welfare league the following year, however in both league and cup competition, they could not record a win in Alness, despite winning 2-1 in Tain.<br /><br />This season has proved no different. Alness Athletic, who up until last week could boast a 100% record against every other team team during their very impressive league campaign, could only draw 2-2 with Thistle in Tain. <br /><br />The atmosphere and setting of a cup final will make for an entirely different game, no doubt, and with both teams scoring for fun on the way to the final (ten for Alness and twelve for Tain, in only two games), both sides are hitting form. Lower Seaboard Park was the venue for the Jags' last cup win, as they secured the League Cup last season. The Thistle players and supporters will be hoping that history can repeat itself next Saturday.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainalness460.jpg"><br /><br />13/5/09 - Tain Thistle 2-1 Alness Athletic<br />1/7/09 - Alness Athletic 4-3 Tain Thistle<br />1/8/09 - Alness Athletic 3-0 Tain Thistle (Coronation Cup)<br />8/5/10 - Tain Thistle 2-1 Alness Athletic (League Cup)<br />12/5/10 - Tain Thistle 0-0 Alness Athletic<br />30/6/10 - Alness Athletic 2-0 Tain Thistle<br />11/5/11 - Tain Thistle 2-2 Alness Athletic<br />29/6/11 - Alness Athletic 4-1 Tain Thistle (Seaboard Cup/League double header)<br />9/5/12 - Tain Thistle 2-2 Alness Athletic<br />27/6/12 - Alness Athletic 2-1 Tain Thistle

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  • Social Club 1-9 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle booked their place in the Seaboard Cup final with ease against Invergordon Social Club this afternoon. Goals from Liam Rostock, Darran Goller, Marc Munro, Paul Cowie and Martyn Farquhar rounded off a great team performance against a Social team which will be disappointed with their offering.<br /><br />Arron Christie returned from holiday to come back into the side following ankle problems along with Martyn Farquhar who was returning from suspension. Michael Brand remained absent following surgery, while John Allan in goal was unavailable, prompting the return to the side of Steven Wemyss.<br /><br />With a place in the final at stake, a cagey start saw the opening 20 minutes produce little action; Arron Christie and Darran Goller shooting over for Tain being the only action to speak of. Moments after, Paul Cowie should have scored with a free header but it was left to Liam Rostock to turn and shoot from outside the box to opening the scoring, his goal bound shot finding the top corner to make it 1-0.<br /><br />Wemyss was called into action at the other end and did brilliant to close down the Social forward to keep the score in the Jags' favour, and it was Rostock again at the other end who extended the score on half time, netting from the same spot this time with a low drive under the Social keeper.<br /><br />Starting the second half with a two goal lead, Thistle's pace dropped a gear and soon the Social men found themselves back in it, thanks to a stunning goal from Stuart Thomson, powered past Wemyss into the back of the net.<br /><br />The reduced deficit was only temporary however as Paul Cowie netted at the other ended thumping a rebound into the far post with authority, before embarking on a celebratory backflip which ended the midfielder's participation for the afternoon! Marc Munro took to the field in Cowie's place.<br /><br />Thistle felt they should have had a penalty after the hour mark when Liam Rostock's shirt was tugged, however referee Billy Murray allowed an (albeit limited) advantage before booking the Invergordon custodian. Six minutes later however Rostock rounded off his afternoon with a hat trick, dribbling home to make it 4-1, scoring his 60th goal for the Jags.<br /><br />Rostock was the creator for the fifth as he squared an easy ball to John Maclellan for the striker to score and only a minute later, Darran Goller found the net to make it six.<br /><br />Substitute Munro was next to score with a long range effort skimmed across the ground, appearing to fox the Invergordon keeper and it was Goller again moments later who dribbled past the defence and the keeper to tap the ball goalward, despite a last ditch clearance attempt.<br /><br />Thistle's ninth and final goal was a moment of inspired class from Martyn Farquhar as the centre half dribbled from deep in his own half, past the midfield, the last line of the defence and then finally the goalkeeper to score the Jags' final goal of the afternoon, much to the delight of the players on the pitch and the spectators. <br /><br />The emphatic win sends Thistle into their first cup final of the season against the very strong Alness Athletic, who won 5-2 at Seaboard hosts, Balintore. The final will be played on Saturday, July 14th at Balintore's Lower Seaboard Park with a kick off time of 3pm.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Durrand, Johnston, Ross, Farquhar, Cowie (Munro), A Christie, Goller, Rostock (Matheson), D Christie, Maclellan (Ripley)<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 22, 45, 65, Cowie 59, Goller 66, 81, Maclellan 69, Munro 79, Farquhar 87<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Liam Rostock

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  • Gaffer talks the future

    Every club has its icon. When you discuss Tain Thistle today, there are few names that remain synonymous with its humble beginnings, and none more so than that of Robert Craig Sutherland Ross. Close to a year after Roy Anderson had netted the club's first ever goal, a fifteen year old Robert opened his own account for the burgeoning Jags on May 6, 1998 scoring against The Morven, albeit during an 8-1 defeat.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/razzle2012c.jpg"><i>"When I started out I was playing for the team that got beat every week, sometimes by double figures."</i> Ross laments. <i>"Myself and Billy Knox saw a poster in the post office about training and we went along. I'm still stuck here fifteen years later - what went wrong, I don't know!"</i><br /><br />Ross is quick to jest, quite modestly so, about his formative years as a player, however many of his peers will remark that despite year upon year of goalscoring in the throws of Ross-shire welfare football, he never quite reached the level he was destined for. A highly regarded product of Edwin Skinner's Invergordon youth setup and a young prospect with Brora Rangers, Robert played alongside local stars such as Billy Ferries and Richie Hart before he ultimately gravitated toward Tain St Duthus.<br /><br /><i>"I could have done better, but you're always going to say that about yourself. I did play in the Highland League and a few highlights include playing against Celtic and Aberdeen, but there were many good players there at the time and it didn't work out. I played for a few years at St Duthus and ended up as a sweeper."</i><br /><br />Robert's efforts at sweeper earned him the club's Player of the Year award, playing in a "second eleven" league arguably much more competitive than its namesake today. But the makeshift sweeper's eye for goal was his making in the welfare leagues. By 2002, he had finished as Tain Thistle's top goalscorer on three separate occasions, despite playing every position on the park for Gordon Burry's men. Hungry for success, Ross left Tain and joined Barry Nimmons to run the short-lived but successful Portmahomack FC. In his first season, he had accumulated a cup winners' medal, the top goalscorer shield and the league's Player of the Year award.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/razzle2012b.jpg">But knee cartilage and ligament troubles hampered his momentum and for a good while Robert was spending more time on the sidelines than on the park. His lust for involvement however wouldn't keep him out of action for long - and a return home was on the cards.<br /><br /><i>"I'd known Arron (Christie) for a long time since he was a young boy as my sister used to look after him. I'd heard that he'd been asked to take over the team (Tain Thistle) so I asked if he wanted a hand and he said yes. The rest is history."</i><br /><br />And history-making it was. Robert's arrival was followed by instant success. In his first season back, he scored twice in a 3-1 win to lead the club to their first ever trophy win, taking home the handsome Pattisons Challenge Cup. In the season that followed he completed a positional round-robin, playing the whole season in goal as the club controversially lost the league championship to Black Rock Rovers. One year on, and he'd secured the recognition that had eluded him.<br /><br /><i>"I've enjoyed a lot of great moments with the club but the best of all was winning the league title with Arron and the boys in 2009. It was worth every year I have been with the club."</i><br /><br />His contribution that season was far from understated, finishing as the club's top goalscorer for a record fourth time. Wind the clock forward three years and Robert is thirty years old and a veteran in a team with few players over the age of twenty-five. His motivation is different. His older peers such as James Rice, Mark Ford and Colin Burry have retired or reduced their game time and the faster, younger forwards of today are scoring the goals. Robert's football mind however, timing and strength are now his distinct advantage as Tain Thistle's experienced centre half. But in his fifteenth season, he is weighing up his options.<br /><br /><i>"Maybe its time to put the boots and the folder in the bin and spend more time with my family. I've had some great football influences, but the greatest has always been my Mam, as she was always out in the park playing football with me when I was young. My two boys are getting into football more and more every day and maybe its time for me now to be out in the park with them. As most players will tell you though, it's hard to say no when someone comes asking you if you want a game."</i><br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/razzle2012a.jpg">

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  • Jags set for stormy visit to Contin

    The weather forecast for this Wednesday's trip to Munro Park to play Contin predicts 26 degree temperatures, along with unwelcome thunder storms, as the Jags look to continue their 100% record in the Ross-shire Welfare league this season.<br /><br />Thistle travel to Contin on competitive business for only the second time in history, the first game coming last season, ending in a 2-1 win for Darren Mackay's Tain side.

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  • Dingwall match called off

    For the second time this season, Tain Thistle have been declared winners via forfeit after their opponents, Dingwall, failed to raise a team.<br /><br />New to the league this season, Dingwall forfeited their home game against Tain in the league earlier this season, citing a lack of players, and this weekend, they did the same in the first round of the Seaboard Cup, leaving Tain with a pass into the semi final.<br /><br />Invergordon Social Club disposed of Contin in the only other game to take place on Saturday, and shall be the semi final opponents of Thistle, in Invergordon next Saturday.

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  • Tain Thistle 4 Fortrose Union 3

    The Jags were pegged back three times tonight as they battled to a 4-3 victory over nearest rivals Fortrose Union in week nine of the Ross-shire Welfare league campaign. Eight points separated the sides before kick off in the league table as Thistle aimed to create an eleven point divide, and a last minute goal from Chippie Mailley secured it.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fort2015.jpg"><br /><br />Thistle made two changes to the team who played against Eastern Rose last week, with the returning Dave MacGruer replacing Daniel Christie and Brian Cameron stepping aside for Chippie Mailley.<br /><br />Chances fell to both sides in the early going. Mark Lamont teased the Fortrose defence after five minutes before sending a ball across the face of goal and at the other end Cammy Mackintosh blocked a shot towards goal that seemed destined for the back of the net. The opener was scored by Thistle though, on eighteen minutes, when Chippie Mailley sent a stinging ball into the box, but his cross-come-shot curled into the far corner, deceiving goalkeeper Martin Smith to hand Tain the lead. Fortrose were quick to retaliate however, and from a corner, Iain Mackay scored at the far post after some poor defending. It took Thistle just two further minutes to restore their first half lead when they scored from a corner of their own. Taking the corner short, Mark Lamont laid the ball off to Craig Munro who sent a perfect cross into the box for Alan Duff to power the ball into the net with a header.<br /><br />Arron Christie was unlucky with a free kick moments later when his shot flew just over the crossbar and shortly after, Craig Munro curled a set piece bound for the top corner into the hands of Smith. The score remained at 2-1 as the first half drew to a close.<br /><br />A fault with the home net delayed the restart before Thistle kicked the second half off and the game quickly descended into a one sided affair, with Thistle doing everything but scoring over a period of half an hour. Mark Lamont cut the ball back perfectly for John Maclellan with one of the best chances of the game, but clever defending denied the striker. As the half went on, Lamont also hit the post and shot just over with another chance. It seemed almost inevitable that Fortrose would hit Thistle on the break, and that they did, as a ball from the right wing made it's way into the box via Stuart Gammie and Rhys Shewan stuck the ball past Daniel Cormack to make it 2-2.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fort2015a.jpg">The tide didn't immediately turn, and the Jags pushed on to take the lead once again, Mark Lamont finally getting his reward for some persistent forward play with a leaping header, getting on the end of a Chippie Mailley ball to make it 3-2.<br /><br />A calamity in goal followed, as Fortrose capitalised on the needless concession of a free kick three minutes later. From the kick, Rhys Shewan launched the ball over the wall and through the arms of Daniel Cormack, as the ball trundled in. It looked at that point that two points may have been dropped, and things seemed to go from bad to worse for Thistle when manager Robert Ross was ordered back to the pavilion. But the finale was left for Chippie Mailley. In the last minute, the midfielder sent the ball past Smith with a left foot strike from outside of the box to hand the Jags a deserved 4-3 victory in the most dramatic of fashions.<br /><br />The win puts Thistle eleven points clear at the top of the Ross-shire Welfare league. Next week, the team travel to Contin for the first time this season.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Cormack, Murray, A Christie, Farquhar, Munro, Mackintosh, Mailley, Duff, MacGruer, Lamont, Maclellan (Rostock)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Smith, Scott, D Ross, Cameron<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Mailley 16, 90, Duff 20, Lamont 82<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Lamont

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  • Jags break records with Eastern Rose destruction

    Scoring fifteen times, Tain Thistle recorded their highest ever winning margin as members of the Ross-shire Welfare league against strugglers Eastern Rose in Portmahomack tonight.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/lamont2015.jpg">John Maclellan scored twice in the opening ten minutes to kick things off. He netted a third on 15 minutes but the goal was chalked off for offside. Mark Lamont netted Thistle's third. A bizarre lapse in concentration saw the scoreline reduced when Martyn Farquhar inexplicably passed the ball into his own net under no pressure from the opposition attack, but it wasn't long before Tain reaffirmed their lead, Maclellan finally completing his hat-trick, scoring after 23 minutes to make it 4-1. A stunning strike from Craig Munro shortly after, hitting the top corner after a square ball from Lamont made it 5-1 and Alan Duff completed the first half scoring to net a sixth from just outside the box.<br /><br />A laboured start to the second half saw no further scoring until just before the hour mark, when Alan Mair turned the ball into his own net, and Mark Lamont scored one minute later to make it 7-1. Arron Christie and Dean Ross both scored for the Jags either side of further goals for Lamont, as the striker went on to net seven times to etch his name in the Tain Thistle record books for most goals scored in a game.<br /><br />The 15-1 win narrowly beats the Jags' previous record win of 15-2 (recorded against Social Club in 2010) and earned them three points in the league, as they continue to dominate proceedings, staying eight points of clear of nearest rivals Fortrose Union, who were awarded a forfeit win tonight against Social Club.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Cormack, Cameron, M Farquhar, A Christie, Murray, Mackintosh, Munro, Duff (Scott), D Christie (D Ross), Lamont, Maclellan (Rostock)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />I Ross, R Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Maclellan 2, 10, 23, Lamont 12, 60, 71, 72, 77, 84, pen 86, Munro 27, Duff 42, Mair o.g. 59, A Christie 69, D Ross 80

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  • Jags out of Coronation Cup

    In today's Coronation Cup ties, Tain Thistle crashed out at the semi final stage once again thanks to defeat at the hands of Alness United, losing to a last minute goal at the Links.<br /><br />Missing a number of key players including Dave MacGruer, John Allan and Craig Munro, Thistle handed a first eleven debut to Sean Scott, while messrs Brian Cameron and Daniel Cormack were recalled to the starting lineup. John Maclellan replaced Tony Farquhar on the bench, and Liam Rostock, returning for the first time since suffering injury in the League Cup final, was also called into reserve.<br /><br />Neither side gained an early foothold in the game, despite chances for both sides. Thistle had a goal disallowed when Mark Lamont set up Daniel Christie, but the net bound effort was chalked off for offside. At the other end, Alness failed to capitalise on a spilled free kick. Mark Lamont shot over from distance for Tain in the only other significant Jags' chance in the first half, before Alness eventually took the lead, through Chris Graham, after 41 minutes.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/alness2015semifinal.jpg"><br /><br />It took Tain until the hour mark to equalise and the goal came from a Neil MacDonald free kick. The Alness men were quick in going after a retaliatory goal, and were unsuccessful when they too had a goal disallowed for offside. With 15 minutes left on the clock, Tain believed they should have had a penalty kick, but referee Mike Stainke waved play on. A late chance for Liam Rostock was saved by Andrew Maitland and in the dying minutes, Michael Mckenzie scored the winner for the visitors, sending them through to the final, and Thistle out of the cup.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Cormack, Cameron, A Christie, Murray, Mackintosh, M Farquhar, Duff (Smith), MacDonald (Maclellan), Lamont, D Christie, Scott (Rostock)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Ross, R Ross<br /><br /><b>Goal:</b><br />MacDonald 64<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Mackintosh, MacDonald, Cameron, Duff, Lamont

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  • Tain Thistle 3 Social Club 0

    Thistle did all the work in the first half of their league match with Invergordon Social Club this evening, winning 3-0 before a lacklustre second period saw goalkeeper Johnny Allan leave the field with a broken nose.<br /><br />An early free kick for the visitors offered the first shot on target as John Allan easily gathered, but the action was quickly transferred to the Social Club end. Mark Lamont terrorised the "Club" back line in the early stages, dancing past several defenders to set up the opening goal for Daniel Christie who forced the ball past Allan Campbell after seven minutes. Four minutes later, Lamont dropped the shoulder to beat his man and direct a low cross into the path of Christie, who sent the second into the net with authority. It looked as though the Jags' latest forward pairing were set to run rampant.<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/socialleague2015.jpg"><br /><br />An injury to Dave MacGruer on twenty minutes saw Tony Farquhar introduced, as Daniel Christie dropped into the midfield, but the Jags were to wait just a quarter hour for their next goal - from a free kick. Fouled just outside the area, Craig Munro took the set piece after a neat Neil MacDonald dummy, curling the ball round the wall and into the net. At 3-0, Tain had made easy work of their opposition in this first half.<br /><br />The second half stated off with a booking for Dave Murray, following a late tackle, and the game deteriorated from there as neither side gained a foothold - Tain seeming to lack the motivation to add to their tally, and Social somewhat resigned to defeat. The limited highlights included a looping effort for Daniel Christie and a long range left footed strike for Arron Christie, and for the opposition, Rob Patullo shooting high and wide for the visitors. <br /><br />With seven minutes remaining, the game took an ugly turn when an encounter in the Thistle area left goalkeeper John Allan with a broken nose, forcing Tain into yet another substitution due to injury. With five minutes to go for Social, the pacy Ali Mackinnon will have been disappointed not to net a consolation late on when he beat sub 'keeper Cormack to a through ball before rifling his effort across the face of goal and out for a goal kick.<br /><br />The disappointment of the second half aside, the win more pleasingly sends Thistle eight points clear at the top of the table, following defeats for Contin and Alness United. The Jags are now on 21 points, tailed by both Social Club and Fortrose on 13. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan (Cormack 83), M Farquhar, A Christie, Murray (Scott 70), Munro, Mackintosh, MacDonald, MacGruer (T Farquhar 20), Duff, D Christie, Lamont<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Smith, D Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />D Christie 7, 11, Munro 34<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Murray, Lamont

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  • Links hosts Pattisons' Cup Final

    The final of the Pattisons' Challenge Cup will be held at Tain Links today, played between Alness United and Fortrose Union. The game kicks off at 3pm and teas, coffees and snacks will be available for sale via the Tain Thistle pavilion tea hut.<br /><br />For more information on the 120 year old trophy, please read this blog by Tain Thistle secretary Niall Harkiss:<br /><a href="https://kandnpub.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/the-120-year-old-pattisons-challenge-cup/">kandnpub.wordpress.com</a>

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  • Tain will meet Alness in Coronation semi

    While Tain sat out due to Dingwall withdrawing from their league fixture, Alness cruised to a 7-0 win over Balintore in their rescheduled first round cup match at Seaboard Park tonight. The win for United means that Tain Thistle and Alness will meet next Saturday, June 13th in the semi final of the Mallard Bar Coronation Cup, Tain having beaten Social Club 6-2 this past Saturday.

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  • Thistle handed Dingwall points

    Tain Thistle will not be made to work this Wednesday for another three points, following Dingwall's forfeiture of this week's league encounter. Andrew O'Connor's side failed to raise a team, citing injuries and other absences. As a result, the Jags have been awarded a 1-0 win and three points.

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  • Jags set for Contin test

    The new look Tain Thistle summer team will take to the field in their first friendly game against Ross-shire amateur side Contin FC.<br /><br />The game is scheduled for Sunday March 31st with a 2pm kick off.

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  • Thistle dinner dance a success

    A dinner dance held on Saturday last raised a substantial amount in what was Tain Thistle's second successful fundraiser in as many months.<br /><br />Over fifty were in attendance as a wonderful three course meal prepared by the Saint Duthus Hotel was served before a raffle was held. Tickets had been sold in abundance throughout the early evening, before drawings were made and auction also took place for various items kindly donated by the following individuals and companies:<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/dinnerdance.jpg"><br /><br />ANTA, Tain Pottery, Alan Nimmons, Martyn Farquhar, Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, Glenmorangie Distillery, Red Chilli Indian Cuisine, Top Tain Curry Club, Morangie House Hotel, Time For Toys, Heidi Purvis, Tesco, Co-operative WS, The Royal Hotel, Dundee United FC, Carnegie Lodge Hotel, Scotsburn Garden Centre, R & B Garden Centre, Andrew Patterson, Michael Macdonald, club secretary Dale Finlayson, treasurer Niall Harkiss and of course the chairman Brian Macangus for the kind offering of a treasured club memento.<br /><br />The club is hugely grateful to all who donated prizes, and of course to the Saint Duthus Hotel and Kirsty Macfarlane for their kind hospitality. Thank you also to those who bought tickets for the meal and the raffle, and to those who bid in the auction.<br /><br />On hand as the evening progressed was vice-chair David Purvis who enticed a series of likely candidates into a game of "Roll a pound". This took the overall funds raised to just over the £1,000 mark for the evening.<br /><br />The club wishes to thank every individual or business who donated prizes for the auction and the raffle, as well as those who bought tickets and participated throughout the evening festivities. The night was a huge success and has sent the club on the right road towards what we hope will be a successful season.

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  • Thistle hit a hole in one

    On Sunday March 3rd the club held its very first Texas Scramble fundraiser at Tain Golf club (<a href="http://www.tain-golfclub.co.uk">www.tain-golfclub.co.uk</a>).<br /><br />The day went without too many hitches and was a resounding success. With approximately one hundred golfers taking part it took a fair bit of organisation and a big thank you must go to Magi Vass, Stuart Morrison and Thistle's Steven Martin for helping to make the day a success. We were fortunate enough to get a cracking day and the course was in immaculate condition, which allowed for some excellent scoring. The winning score was 53, an impressive 17 below par. Congratulations to Mathew Sharples from Muir of Ord, the winning captain.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/golfers.jpg">There were a few notable instances on the day including Rob Farquhar, the father of Tain Thistle player Martyn, holing out from around 200 yards for an albatross on the 4th hole. This was however, outdone by the dress sense of Thistle pair Liam Rostock and Steven Martin (left).<br /><br />All in all a good day was had by all who took part and both the football club and the golf club did well. Steven Martin was delighted to be able to hand over £940 to Thistle chairman Brian Macangus after the prize giving. <br /><br />The prize winners were:<br /><br />1st Place: Mathew Sharples (Muir of Ord), 53<br />2nd Place: Gary Ross (Tain Thistle) 54.7<br />3rd Place: Alan Sangster (Tain GC) 56<br /><br />Closest to the pin: Ross Macangus.<br /><br />The club are very grateful for the attendance of the event, with teams travelling from as far afield as Inverness and Helmsdale. A huge thank you must go out to all of the local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes and helped out on the day.<br /><br />Donations were received from:<br /><br /><ul><li>Taylor Made Nails</li><br /><li>Scotsburn Garden Centre</li><br /><li>Munro Butchers</li><br /><li>Bannerman’s seafood</li><br /><li>Lidl (Tain)</li><br /><li>Grants Bakery</li><br /><li>Harry Gow’s</li><br /><li>Salon 19</li><br /><li>Mike Sangster</li><br /><li>Willie Rostock</li><br /><li>Stuart Morrison</li></ul><br />The next event on Thistle’s fundraising calendar is the dinner / dance to be held on March 16th at the Saint Duthus hotel in Tain. There are still a limited number of tickets available priced at only £15 per head.

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  • Tain Thistle Supporters Club

    For as little as around eight pence a day, you can show your support for the Jags, while also benefiting from online features such as never before seen web galleries of matches over the past five years, electronic versions of classic match programmes and more to come.<br /><br />So, sign up now, by visiting <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php</a> and spread the word!

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  • Sponsored Walk 2009

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainhill.jpg">Tain Thistle will hold the first of their annual Sponsored Walks on Sunday April 19th, starting from the football clubhouse, up Tain Hill, then returning to the Railway Hotel.<br /><br />Anyone is invited to take part, and sponsor forms are available from Home & Music, on Tain High Street. <b>In an added incentive, the participant who raises the most through sponsorship will win a Sony PSP (w/ Fifa '09)!</b>

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  • Embo friendly re-arranged

    Tain Thistle will now play Embo next Saturday 4th April, in a pre-season friendly to be played at 3pm, in Embo. An earlier planned fixture for Saturday 28th March was cancelled.

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  • Tain Thistle 6-2 Tain St Duthus XI

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/innesandkenny.jpg">Tain Thistle's welfare stars sauntered to a 6-2 victory in the Christie Grant Memorial Trophy match yesterday, defeating Jim Jardine's Tain St Duthus XI.<br /><br />A number of former St Duthus players took the field for Jim's side, from recent times in Alan Duff, DJ McCarthy and Gavin MacDonald to Gary Ross and Darren Mackay of Inver and even Willie Forsyth, who made his first appearance for Tain in 1959!<br /><br />Arron Christie managed the Thistle welfare side going into the game, before taking the field for the second half. A more familiar Thistle side saw Martin Mackay in goal for the second time in as many matches, with full backs Andy Murray and Brian Cameron joining Martyn Farquhar and Scott Innes to make a back four. A midfield three of Chris Mailley, Paul Cowie and Colin Burry and a forward line of Robbie Ross, Daniel Christie and Calum Macdonald completed the starting XI.<br /><br />For St Duthus, Jim started with DJ McCarthy in goal, a traditional back three of Alan Duff, Tom McCourt and David Calderwood with Darren Mackay, Ross Powell, Craig Swanson, James Rice and Hugh Taylor in midfield. Gary Ross and Kenny Johnstone spear headed the attack.<br /><br />Thistle took an early lead through the returning Calum Macdonald, who nodded home a Daniel Christie cross in the 5th minute. Despite frequent Thistle attacks, however, a nimble Kenny Johnstone was able to scoot past Martyn Farquhar to level the scores on the half hour mark, slotting home past goalkeeper Martin Mackay.<br /><br />The scores looked to be level going in at half time, but a scramble in the 6 yard box saw Paul Cowie hack the ball home to make it 2-1 Thistle at the break.<br /><br />Half time saw a number of changes, with both goalkeepers being replaced. Secretary Alan Forsyth took the field for Thistle, while Graham Stewart replaced McCarthy between the St Duthus sticks.<br /><br />Calum Macdonald got on the score sheet again, almost as quickly as he did in the first half, making it 3-1 on the 48th minute, before adding a fourth, ten minutes later, to make it a hat-trick. At 4-1, the St Duthus substitutions were coming thick and fast; not always with the same amount of men coming off the park as were coming onto it, however! <br /><br />Perennial centre mid turned right-back for the day, Brian Cameron, could have made it five when his excellent work down the right hand side looked like it may be rewarded with a goal, but he failed to connect with a volley on the edge of the box.<br /><br />Thistle netted their fifth in tremendous fashion when Daniel Christie's 25 yard lob looped into the top corner of Stewart's net, in an effort that would been fitting to win any game. A sixth followed when Christie again looked to have the better of the St Duthus defence; Graham Stewart's work to close him down was effective but he was powerless to prevent Bob Swann from netting his first goal for the club, with the easiest of tap ins.<br /><br />Substitute Gavin MacDonald was the unlikely provider of a finale goal for the veterans, as he expertly took advantage of a through ball, sidefooting the ball beyond Alan Forsyth, to pull the scoreline back to 6-2.<br /><br />Post match, manager of the St Duthus Hotel, Alan Grant (son of St Duthus legend Christopher Grant) presented the trophy, in memory of his father, to Thistle captain Scott Innes.

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  • The countdown is on

    The countdown to the Christie Grant Memorial Trophy match is on. In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the match and eventual trophy winners will be decided by penalty shoot out.<br /><br />Summer Tain Thistle manager Arron Christie promises a Tain based side, with an emphasis on Welfare talent, who plan to take the afternoon's friendly match very seriously.<br /><br />St Duthus XI manager for the day, Jim Jardine confirmed his 19 strong squad, with only a handful of names failing to make the final cut. Last minute preparations however have uncovered a dilemma, with only two of the St Duthus strips being available in XL size.<br /><br />The match is to be played at 2pm, at Grant Park, by the Links.

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  • Thistle re-register for Welfare League

    Tain Thistle re-registered for the summer Ross-shire Welfare league season again, joined by Inver, Ross-shire Club, the Sutor Inn and Invergordon Social Club. Also coming in are Alness, who join the league as a separate entity from United, but in a surprise twist, the numbers were made up to seven when Cromarty FC, formerly of the Ross-shire Amateur league, registered for the league.<br /><br />Welfare regulars Balintore and a rumoured team from Dingwall have, at present, opted not to join for the 2009 season.

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  • Hospitality tables available for Christy Grant trophy match

    Tables for the Christy Grant trophy match between Tain Thistle and Jim Jardine's Tain St Duthus XI, are still available.<br /><br />Prices are set at £100 for a table of six, for the hospitality lunch, to be held in the St Duthus Hotel, Tain, at 12pm on Saturday, 21st March, prior to the kick off of the much anticipated game.<br /><br />To book tickets, please contact the club via the website, or alternatively call 01862 892154 to book a table.<br /><br />ALL welcome!

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  • Tain Thistle AGM spells good news for the club

    Ten members of the Tain Thistle committee gathered to attend the club's AGM on the evening of Wednesday 4th March. The committee discussed plans for the club's re-entry into the Ross-shire Welfare league, and confirmed the interim appointment of James Rice and Steven Martin as caretaker managers for the summer.<br /><br />Agenda items included a review of plans for Welfare football, finances, sponsorship and merchandising, as well as an update on the current North Caledonian league season.<br /><br />Joining the Tain Thistle committee for the summer, Steven Martin and Thistle stalwart James Rice were unanimously elected as caretaker managers who will begin assembling a team for the campaign.<br /><br />Club secretary and co-treasurer Alan Forsyth reported a clean bill of health for the club financially and a series of fund raising opportunities were discussed among the committee members. In addition, chairman Niall Harkiss reported that the club's official website was averaging 10,000 unique visits per month, also generating revenue through online merchandise and programme sales.<br /><br />The Tain Links Development Trust was represented by caretaker Graham Macrae who took note of a plumbing concerns regarding the Links Clubhouse. Mr Macrae assured the committee that funding will be made available by the trust for the short term repair of these problems.<br /><br />Senior club manager Robbie Ross finished the meeting when he gave a brief overview of the North Caledonian league team's progress, as the club heads into it's final game this Saturday, as well as plans for next winter's pre-season.

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  • Balintore home fixture announced

    The next league game between Tain Thistle and Balintore has now been scheduled for Saturday, 13th December at Grant Park with a 1pm kick off.

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  • Balintore 5-2 Tain Thistle

    A three goal flurry in the first half followed by two late goals was enough for 10 man Balintore, as they scuppered Tain's hopes of a first Easter Ross derby win in the North Caledonian league.<br /><br />Gordon Duff returned from suspension to reclaim his spot at the back but a last minute call-off meant that manager Robbie Ross had to field himself in goal for first time since the club's final Welfare charity shield tie against Black Rock Rovers in August. Full back Dave MacGruer also returned to action along with Colin Burry.<br /><br />In infamous fashion, Thistle started the game as they often have this season failing to successfully play the offside trap, leaving Balintore three glaring opportunities to score in the opening stages. The Seaboard side were 3-0 by the half hour mark.<br /><br />Thistle did manage to pull a goal back before the break however; Arron Christie scoring his second of the season from 25 yards, dispatched into the top left hand corner of the net.<br /><br />Tain did their best to redeem the scoreline and look to be almost back in the game on the 80 minute mark when substitute Darran Goller made the best of a goalmouth stramash to pull the score back to 3-2.<br /><br />The chances of a 3-3 scoreline look promising still as Balintore were reduced to 10 men when a second yellow saw a member of the home side dismissed for dissent.<br /><br />Going for a third however, Thistle were again caught on the break as the experienced North Caledonian campaigners added a further two to their tally to make it a more-than-comfortable 5-2 win.

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  • Team news for rescheduled Balintore trip

    <img border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/murray.jpg">Trialist keeper Steve Hyslop is expected to make his season debut for the Jags in goal covering for the absent Barry Nimmons, while reserve keeper Steve Bannatyne battles back to full fitness after being knocked down by a parked car.<br /><br />Midfielder Michael Brand is also missing, but the void is expected to be filled by the returning Brian Cameron. Gordon Duff is also expected to be available, having returned from suspension for his dismissal against Muir of Ord three weeks ago.<br /><br />In other news, Invergordon's Andy Murray (right) could be signed in time for the game, pending his release from the Recreation Park side.

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  • Balintore game rescheduled

    Today's game between Balintore and Tain Thistle has been called off due to bad weather, and rescheduled for the following Saturday, November 29th, with a 1pm kick off.<br /><br />The morning call off was the first of all five North Caledonian league games to be postponed.<br /><br />Appointed referee is expected to be Gavin Dearie.

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  • TV and radio coverage for Tain Thistle

    The media frenzy continues as club chairman Niall Harkiss is interviewed, first on Radio 5 Live, then on Good Morning Scotland (Radio Scotland) about the club's inclusion in Football Manager 2009.<br /><br />Then, on the 19th November, BBC Scotland brought their cameras to Tain for a Reporting Scotland special.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/mlxbrTm3-lU&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/mlxbrTm3-lU&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object><br /><br />Listen again to the Radio 5 Live interview:<br /><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ffjwj/5_live_Drive_18112008/">http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00ffjwj/5_live_Drive_18112008/</a> (52 mins in)<br /><br />Listen again to the Radio Scotland interview:<br /><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fl77p/b00fl76q/Good_Morning_Scotland_19112008/">http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00fl77p/b00fl76q/Good_Morning_Scotland_19112008/</a> (2hrs 19mins in)

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  • Thistle hit the headlines!

    <img src="images/fm2009.jpg" align=right>Following the inclusion of Tain Thistle in this year's release of Football Manager 2009, the club have hit the national headlines for their achievement!<br /><br />From The Sun:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/article1941628.ece">http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/article1941628.ece</a><br /><br />From the Press & Journal:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/943028">http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/943028</a><br /><br />From the North Star:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/3973/Tain_team_join_football_superstars!.html">http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/3973/Tain_team_join_football_superstars!.html</a>

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  • Tain Thistle 0-0 Thurso

    It was honours even at Grant Park, as Tain Thistle hosted the Sir Georges Park men, Thurso in the club's tenth North Caledonian league match. Manager Robbie Ross will have felt aggrieved to have taken only one point from a game in which a rejuvenated Tain Thistle side enjoyed a vast amount of possession and chances.<br /><br />Ross made several changes to the side, with the suspended Duff and absent MacGruer making way for Andy Durrand and Martyn Farquhar, who were returning from duty with Brora Rangers Under 19s. Also returning was trialist Martin Mackay, who slotted in at left back for Arron Christie, who in turn pushed into the left wing position vacated by the absent Colin Burry. The midfield remained mostly unchanged with Michael Brand coming in to make it a five. Scott Morrison retained his place as the lone striker, with Barry Nimmons returning between the sticks.<br /><br />Thistle suffered at the hands of a cruel wind upon their October visit to Thurso, and early on it appeared that the opposition manager had invited the weather with him on the visiting bus - as the rain blew upon kick off. Starting in a much more settled fashion, returning to a proven 4-5-1, Thistle enjoyed early dominance in midfield using the winging Christie brothers to pull apart a prone and nervy Thurso defence.<br /><br />Paul Austin had the first chance of the game, heading a Daniel Christie cross into the arms of Asa Sinclair after five minutes, and soon after it was the former whose shot fired just wide of the post.<br /><br />Thurso goalkeeper Asa Sinclair began to emerge as an early man of the match candidate, commanding his defence well against a determined and persistant Thistle attack. Forward Scott Morrison did well on 20 minutes to turn and strike against the constant pressure of Steven and Sinclair; his shot falling wide.<br /><br />As the half hour mark approached, Thistle goal keeper Barry Nimmons could have easily been away for a pie, as Thurso finally made their first attack; Gavin Bremner forcing a save from the returning stopper on 35 minutes.<br /><br />Just as the half-time whistle approached, it was Chris Mailley who almost certainly should have opened the scoring; his driving effort from outside the eighteen yard box just sailing wide of Sinclair's left hand post.<br /><br />The teams emerged for the second half in similar fashion, the wind mildly assising the home side, but it was Thurso who stepped up their performance from the start, with Tain's Scottie Innes a tower at the back.<br /><br />Thurso manager Stevie Reid made an early change, introducing Andy Cumming into the fray, and it wasn't long before Tain's relentless pressure was pulled back into a more even end to end game. Nevertheless, the resilient back four of Durrand, Farquhar, Innes and Mackay stood tall and defiant to ensure that Nimmons again had a quiet half.<br /><br />Thistle's chances came again after the hour mark, as centre half Scottie Innes launched a blistering free kick which was tipped by Sinclair and cannoned off the crossbar for a corner. A barrage of corners and clever wing play led to a number of scrambles in the six yard box; the ball never falling to the right colour of shirt.<br /><br />As the game reached a close, the manager brought on Gordie Oman along with the surprise introduction of himself, replacing Morrison up front. <br /><br />A frantic final ten minutes saw end to end football, including two Thistle defenders go into the book for last ditch tackles - Scott Innes and Martyn Farquhar seeing yellow.<br /><br />In injury time, a late opportunity for Martin Mackay could have clinched the game as Mailley played him through on goal, but the trialist looped the ball into the arms of the consistent Thurso keeper for almost the final kick of the ball.<br /><br />The game finished 0-0 but despite the point, Thistle will feel that they lost two, from a match they most certainly controlled.

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  • Team news ahead of Thurso game

    This weekend's Tain Thistle team could see a number of changes to the side that lost 5-1 to Muir of Ord last Saturday.<br /><br />Gordie Oman is expected to make a return to action this weekend, along with the missing trio of Martyn Farquhar, Daniel Christie and Andy Durrand, who were absent due to their involvement in Brora Rangers' Scottish Youth Cup 3rd tie at Ibrox.<br /><br />Also returning to the side should be first choice keeper Barry Nimmons, who despite some injury concerns should be available for selection.<br /><br />Defender Gordon Duff is suspended following his dismissal last week, and will miss the game this weekend. The only other known absence is that of Dave MacGruer who has other commitments.

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  • Gordon Duff handed suspension

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/duffers.jpg">Following his dismissal against Muir of Ord last Saturday, Gordon Duff will now serve a one match suspension, effective immediately.<br /><br />The suspension will rule the defender out of Thistle's home fixture against Thurso this Saturday, 15th November.

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  • Muir of Ord 5-1 Tain Thistle

    A shambolic first half performance saw Tain Thistle slump to their 8th defeat of the season, at the hands of an experienced and in-form Muir of Ord side.<br /><br />Playing 4-4-2 for the first time since the start of the season, Thistle manager Robbie Ross re-introduced midfield pair Paul Austin and Chris Mailley to slot in between Colin Burry and Brian Cameron, who impressed the week prior against Golspie. Ewen Thain and Scott Morrison returned to the side, paired up front, with the usual back four of MacGruer, Christie, Duff and Innes unchanged. The most significant change saw the debut of goalkeeper Steve Bannatyne, who replaced the unavailable Barry Nimmons.<br /><br />Both teams started quickly from the kick off, with through balls penetrating both defences early on. Indeed it was Tain who should have taken the lead on 5 minutes, when Colin Burry's cross found the head of Ewen Thain whose effort failed to hit the target. The rebound fell to the feet of right winger Brian Cameron at the far post, who also failed to make it count.<br /><br />In an end-to-end first quarter hour, Muir eventually took the lead through Ewan Dance who slotted the ball past an advancing Bannatyne with ease. Undeterred, Thistle hit back almost instantly to make it 1-1, with Paul Austin knocking an easy ball past a flustered Ian Bartlett at his near post.<br /><br />Bannatyne was exposed again two minutes later as yet another Muir attack found the back of the net; Martin Callum volleying a loose ball from inside the area past the punching fists of the debutant keeper.<br /><br />Despite a series of frenzied counter attacks, Thistle found themselves in hot water after 20 minutes, with referee Graham Fraser adjudging that defender Gordon Duff had felled Dance just outside the area. Despite not being a goal scoring opportunity, the ref showed no hesitation in dismissing Thistle's consistent defender. The protesting Colin Burry was booked in the aftermath, and from the resultant free kick, Callum made no mistake with his strike, putting the home side 3-1 ahead.<br /><br />Down to ten men, a disheveled and rattled Thistle side struggled to contain the persistent attacks of Muir of Ord, and on 24 minutes, Ewan Dance scored his second of the afternoon, from a tight angle. With the half time whistle still ten minutes away, Thistle's frustration saw the outspoken Scott Morrison booked for a verbal tirade directed towards assistant referee Leona Dunbar. Rounding off the first half's scoring tally, Martin Callum notched his hat trick on 35 mins, making it an embarassing 5-1 for Tain.<br /><br />As the break approached, Thistle's afternoon got worse when midfielder Paul Austin suffered a knee injury and was forced to leave the field of play.<br /><br />Following the break, Thistle moved into 2nd gear, as Muir of Ord happily sat back defending their more-than-comfortable lead. Winger Colin Burry did his best to open up a relaxed Muir defence, coming closest to scoring with a looping shot just over the bar. Shots from Thain and substitute Darran Goller in the latter stages also failed to hit the target, but it was Scott Morrison who was the first to test really test Bartlett, with a spinning volley inside the area which was stopped well at close range.<br /><br />Despite the goal spree of the first half, the second period produced no more goals for the home side; Bannatyne doing well to thwart a handful of attacks.<br /><br />While Muir move six points clear in 2nd place, the result leaves Thistle stranded at the bottom of the table, with Bonar Bridge having seen off the visit of Thurso in a 4-3 win to take them onto 7 points. In the other afternoon's games, Balintore returned from Alness with a 5-0 win, Halkirk saw off Golspie 3-1, and Bunillidh's visit to Invergordon saw them run out clear 4-1 victors.

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  • Thistle youngsters face Rangers

    Tain Thistle starlets Daniel Christie, Martyn Farquhar and Andy Durrand make their way to Ibrox in Glasgow today for tomorrow's SFA Youth Cup tie against Rangers FC, representing Highland League minnows Brora Rangers.<br /><br />Due to the travel commitment, the trio will miss Tain's weekend trip to Muir of Ord this weekend.<br /><br />Tain Thistle wish the boys all the best in their high profile tie.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.brorarangers.co.uk/pictures/P1010012(3).JPG"><br /><br /><i>Picture, courtesy of http://www.brorarangers.co.uk</i>

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  • Bannatyne to make Thistle debut

    <img src="images/steve.jpg" align=right>With Barry Nimmons expected to miss this weekend's away visit to Muir of Ord, goalkeeping coach Steve Bannatyne is expected to fill the void between the sticks.<br /><br />Bannatyne, formerly of Invergordon, joined the club in August for the start of their North Caledonian campaign and has been listed as Barry's understudy for three games so far this season.<br /><br />The reserve's only run out came in a closed doors friendly against Brora Rangers in September.

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  • Football Manager 2009 demo released

    <img src="images/fm2009.jpg" align=right>The demo release of Football Manager 2009 (due for commercial release on Nov 14th) has been made available for download via <a href="http://www.footballmanager.net">FootballManager.net</a> and has been confirmed to include Tain Thistle Football Club, for the first time in the club's history.<br /><br />Thistle, formed in 1996, are represented in the demo as a non-league Scottish side, including director Alan Forsyth and current players Arron Christie, Barry Nimmons, Michael Brand and Colin Burry. It is expected that the full release, available on sale from November 14th, will include the full squad and backroom team (as at 31st October 2008).<br /><br />In recent years, the only North Caledonian FA club to have been represented in the multi-million copy selling game was Golspie Sutherland, but this year the Scottish researcher opted to include all teams.<br /><br />In a twist, specific to Tain Thistle however, club chairman Niall Harkiss contacted Sports Interactive to request that the club's players and staff be included also.<br /><br />For more information on the Football Manager series, please visit:<br /><br /><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_manager">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_manager</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.footballmanager.net/">http://www.footballmanager.net</a>

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  • Tain Thistle 0-5 Golspie Sutherland

    League leaders Golspie Sutherland were forced to work for a 5-0 victory over a spirited Tain Thistle side at Grant Park.<br /><br />Jags manager Robbie Ross had to contend with a number of changes to the side, enforced by the absence of Invergordon trio Paul Austin, Gordie Oman and Scott Morrison, as well as the missing Chris Mailley and Ewen Thain. The home side welcomed back Dave MacGruer, who reinstated the side’s first choice back four. A makeshift midfield three of Welfare stars Michael Brand, Brian Cameron and Martyn Farquhar was announced. Colin Burry retained his place on the left, with Daniel Christie making way for trialist Martin Mackay on the right wing. Christie took his place as the lone striker to complete the 4-5-1.<br /><br />Thistle started the match well, thwarting a number of early Golspie attacks. The prolific Shane Sutherland came closest to opening the scoring for the league champions with a powerful strike, tipped over the bar by on-form Barry Nimmons. Nimmons was called into action again soon after, having to deal with a number of early corners. <br /><br />On the quarter hour mark, Golspie striker Donald Sutherland was adjudged to be in an offside position when he pounced on a ball spilled in the box. Five minutes later however, it was Shane Sutherland who ensured the lead, with a calmly taken goal, one on one with the Nimmons.<br /><br />Despite going 1-0 down, Thistle fought on, with Michael Brand and Brian Cameron both looking strong in midfield against the experienced and clever visitors. Thistle’s best chance of the first half came from a looping Cameron cross which centre half Scottie Innes nodded just over the bar.<br /><br />Thistle continued to battle for an equalizer, following a series of clever moves using the battling Colin Burry and Martin Mackay, and the home side looked to have salvaged only a 1-0 deficit on half time, until left-back Arron Christie stopped a Golspie attack with a scything challenge inside the box. Referee Graham John awarded a penalty, and Shane Sutherland hit the back of the net for a second time, to make it 2-0 at half time.<br /><br />Golspie returned to the field after the break, with all guns blazing, and by the hour mark they had extended their lead to five, beginning with another Shane Sutherland strike to mark the Golspie native’s hat trick. Golspie made it four with a shambolic defensive miscommunication in the Thistle box, seeing goal keeper Barry Nimmons deflect the ball into his own net. The fifth goal came from John Mackay, as the Thistle defence were pulled apart by the pace and confidence of the visiting side.<br /><br />The league leaders took their foot of the pedal for the last half hour of the game, allowing the Jags back into the game, but despite a couple of slight chances for Daniel Christie in attack and substitute Paul Cowie, the match finished 5-0.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=102">Click here for the match statistics and details</a>

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  • Cormack confirmed as new team boss

    Following a general meeting of the Tain Thistle committee, the Club is pleased to announce the appointment of new team manager, Daniel Cormack.<br /><br />Daniel, a former Ross County youth goalkeeper, has secured two Ross-shire Welfare league titles as a player in recent years, with Alness Athletic and Tain Thistle, and most recently played with Highland League side Clachnacuddin FC.<br /><br />Club chairman Dale Finlayson is excited about the club's future during Cormack's reign.<br /><br /><i>"Daniel has shown great enthusiasm and a keenness to take the Club forward in terms of training and fitness. The committee were very impressed with his ideas where it concerns the development and involvement of younger players and the importance of proper preparation. We are confident that his obvious willingness and desire to succeed will translate on the park as we enter into the next stage in Tain Thistle's history."</i><br /><br /><i>"As defending champions, Daniel and the team will no doubt go into the next campaign with the weight of expectation on their shoulders, however, he and his players will do so with the full backing of everyone connected with the Club. On behalf of the committee, I would like to wish Daniel and the team all the best for 2016."</i><br /><br /><img width=630 src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/IMG_4155.jpg">

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  • Club announce Isleburn sponsorship

    The committee of Tain Thistle FC today announced a new partnership with existing sponsors Isleburn Ltd, agreeing a home kit and training wear sponsorship that will see the fabrication company become the main kit sponsor for the Jags for the next three seasons.<br /><br />Jags' chairman Dale Finlayson was especially pleased at the deal.<br /><br /><i>"We are delighted to have the chance to link up with a company as well respected in the local community as Isleburn Ltd, a group with whom many of our players and supporters have been employed. Their support is great news for everyone connected to our club and is further evidence of the tremendous progress we have made in recent years to raise the profile and standing of Tain Thistle FC in the local area."</i><br /><br />A new kit design will be announced shortly.

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  • Inver 2-6 Tain Thistle

    Robbie Ross made a couple of changes to the side that rounded off Thistle's pre-season, with Kevin Graham dropping to the bench for the returning Darran Goller, while Martyn Farquhar also returned to the starting lineup.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/inver_vs_tain_web1.jpg">Inver, forced to start with defender Ryan Cowie in goal, found themselves 1-0 down almost instantly thanks to an unfortunate fumble in only the 3rd minute, when Darran Goller ran clean through to blast the first goal of the 2011 Ross-shire Welfare season through the hands of Cowie.<br /><br />The clock had not even reached ten minutes when Thistle's second was tapped home, again by Goller, after a clever piece of individual forward play saw the striker nimbly nick the ball past Cowie for the easiest of finishes.<br /><br />Play seemed to settle in the midfield for the next while as Thistle searched for opportunities on a prone Inver goal, and it was Inver who netted next. Handed a reminder of the goal threat throughout the Inver team, it was former Invergordon Social Club midfielder Scotty Stirling who launched a drive over Ross and into the net to make it 1-2.<br /><br />The goal seemed to give Inver some confidence and before long Ross was forced to make a point blank save, as Russell Ferguson found himself clean through on the Jags goal.<br /><br />Any semblance of doubt over Thistle's grasp on the tie was eliminated on the stroke of half time however when Goller completed his hat-trick thanks to creative play in midfield from Colin Burry; Goller again slotting home through the hands of Cowie.<br /><br />The second half started as the first had ended with Thistle pressurising an Inver defence that were losing an ongoing battle and this time it was Andy Durrand who netted, following a pacey right wing sprint. Cutting in from the right, Durrand easily placed the ball beyond Cowie to make it 4-1.<br /><br />Coming on as a substitute for Burry after the winger had taken a knock, Mark Reid made an instant impact, lashing a volley beyond Cowie at his near post just after the hour to make it 5-1.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/inver_vs_tain_web2.jpg"><br /><br />Making his return to the Ross-shire Welfare scene, former Tain Thistle man David Robertson capitalised on a lapse of concentration in the Jags box to pop a consolation goal home for Inver, but the celebrations were short lived as Durrand did the same at the other end minutes later, stabbing home from 10 yards for his second to make it 6-2.<br /><br />Daniel Christie could well have made it seven with five minutes left on the clock with a free kick just outside the box, but his effort flew over the bar.<br /><br />A man of the match performance from young Ryan Johnston was almost capped off with a goal in the final minutes as the left back careered forward beyond the final line of the Inver but could only shoot over.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Cameron, Johnston, Sutherland, A Christie, Brand (Maclellan), D Christie, Farquhar (Graham), Durrand, Burry (Reid), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Murray<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 3, 9, 45, Durrand 48, 81, Reid 68<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Ryan Johnston<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/match.php?id=424">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=424</a>

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  • Weekly News Roundup 29/4

    A quiet week saw preparations for the weekend's opening competitive fixture of the season commence. Tain Thistle will travel to Portmahomack to meet Inver in the first round of the League Cup this Saturday with a 3pm kick off. Thistle are expected to have a near full squad available for the tie, with Inver also reported to be strong.<br /><br />Thistle's first training session on Monday night past went well with a reasonable turnout. Players and anyone who cares to participate are welcome again this Monday night, 7pm at the Links.<br /><br />Congratulations must go to the senior football team of Tain Royal Academy who secured the Northern Schools League championship last night.<br /><br />Finally, the club raised further club funds following their monthly poker fundraiser on Tuesday night, thanks to the organisation of Bryan Campbell and hosting venue, The Railway Hotel. The committee expects to have another poker event organised for May.

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  • Stein fails to retain title

    Michael Stein fell away despite an early comeback to relinquish his hold on the TTFC poker title last night, with Niall Harkiss snatching a last ditch win from the hands of Bryan Campbell.<br /><br />The standings at the end of the night were:<br /><br />1. Niall Harkiss<br />2. Bryan Campbell<br />3. Peter Foster<br />4. Michael Stein<br />5. Mark Reid<br />6. Gordon Ross<br />7. Louise Johnstone<br />8. Dale Finlayson<br /><br />The night was again a fundraising success thanks to the capable organisation of Bryan Campbell and thanks must go to all who participated and donated to the club.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-pkr.png">

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  • Maclellan eyes improvement

    Tain Thistle will travel twice to Portmahomack to kick off their Ross-shire Welfare league campaign starting this weekend, for a double header sure to send shivers down the spines of Jags supporters. Facing up against their fierce rivals Inver, Thistle could not have envisaged the outcome of their first meeting last May. <br /><br />With three points the aim, Thistle found themselves with a 2-1 lead at the 75 minute mark when referee Keith Middleton was forced to bring the game to a halt after a head knock to Jamie Shepherd. The stoppage turned to postponement soon after the landing of an air ambulance and ironically, the fixture was not replayed until the end of the season; Thistle beating Inver by 4 goals to 1 with the result academic.<br /><br />The four fixtures between those games however saw Inver run out with the spoils on every occasion, first with the winning of the League Cup final in May, thanks to goals from Stuart Wood and Craig McCourt, then again in Pattison cup action at the end of the same month. In June, Inver handed Cordiner Cup holders Thistle a 7-2 drubbing to send them out of their own cup and their other league meeting only days later ended in a equally disappointing 4-1 loss for the Jags.<br /><br />Young striker John Maclellan was among those to score for Thistle in the opening fixture last season only to see his first goal for the club ultimately added to the annuls of unrecorded and abandoned fixtures.<br /><br /><i>"It was quite an introduction to Welfare football. It was a rough game and I was delighted to score in my first game but it all kicked off with the collision and the helicopter and it was a bit mad. I think we'd have held on for the win - we were solid defensively and created more chances than they did."<br /><br />"With the rest of the season, we just never played to our best against them and its something we'll have to do better to beat them. We have better players and hopefully we can show that this season."</i><br /><br />Historically, Tain Thistle have only won thirteen of their forty-five previous competitive meetings with Inver and only four of them have been away from home.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-jmac.jpg">

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  • Weekly News Roundup 22/4

    On the field, Thistle rounded off a satisfactory pre-season with a comfortable win over one of their Ross-shire Welfare league opponents in Cromarty. Goals from Colin Burry, Michael Brand, John Maclellan, Mark Reid and Darran Goller put the Victoria Park men to the sword with a 5-1 win. The result followed a 3-2 defeat against the Smithton Hotel for the Jags as a depleted Thistle XI travelled to Inverness for their friendly meeting this past Saturday.<br /><br />With the friendlies concluded, training for Thistle will now begin on Monday night at 7pm at the Links park.<br /><br />The fixtures for the Ross-shire Welfare league were fully announced this week, with Tain Thistle facing almost an entire season of away games on Saturdays following the random luck of the draw. Thistle's only home 1st round tie, against Inver in the Coronation Cup, will be played on a Monday night to avoid a clash with Tain Gala. At most, Thistle will play a small total of nine home games this season.<br /><br />The next poker fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26th this coming week, with a 7.30pm start. Interested parties should contact the club or Bryan Campbell at the St Duthus Hotel.<br /><br />Darran Goller began his road to recovery from a hamstring complaint on Wednesday, playing 20 minutes against Cromarty. The striker scored within moments of being on the park and set up another goal shortly after, showing no effects of injury.<br /><br />Finally, Thistle defender Andy Murray has experienced yet another birthday this week, turning THIRTY-SIX today. Happy birthday Andy.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-training.jpg">

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  • Jags force five past Cromarty

    Robbie Ross named a strong starting XI for the visit of fellow Ross-shire Welfare side Cromarty, with only Martyn Farquhar and Darran Goller missing from the regular starting eleven. Ross named a familiar back four of Cameron, Sutherland, Arron Christie and Johnston. Making his season debut for the club, Marc Munro slotted in at midfield alongside Brand, with Durrand and Graham on the wings. Up front, Burry was paired with Daniel Christie.<br /><br />When last the sides met in August last year, Thistle were handed an embarrassing 9-1 defeat at the end of the season with Cromarty enjoying some great form and an appearance in the Cordiner and Coronation Cup finals.<br /><br />It was centre half Christie who could well have put the home side ahead after only 5 minutes, but his strike flew over the bar. <br /><br />After persistent attacks, the opener came mid way through the first half. Colin Burry, again taking up a striking role, led by great example with a terrific predator's goal on 26 minutes, first knocking a high ball beyond the Cromarty's stopper's grasp with his head, then finishing with a precise left foot tap-in to hand Thistle a 1-0 lead.<br /><br />Andy Durrand, who had the most torrid of times for most of the game where it concerned being adjudged offside by referee Dave Cowie, seemed to have scored before the whistler again pulled play back just after the half hour mark. <br /><br />History repeated itself on the stroke of half time as Kevin Graham added the finishing touch to a clever move into the Cromarty area but his goal was quickly chalked off for offside.<br /><br />Cromarty - a side usually renowned for second half comebacks - showed no sign of stunning Thistle at the restart and before long the Cromarty defence again underestimated Burry to their peril, as the forward man lobbed a ball over the top for midfielder Michael Brand to turn the ball home.<br /><br />Former Cromarty man Brian Cameron, playing at right-back for Thistle could very well have made it 3-0 with a clever cut into the centre of the park, but the defender could only fire wide.<br /><br />Between the sticks, the gaffer Robbie Ross looked comfortable and organised the defence well, having to deal with a number of challenging crosses despite not being tested with a shot on goal during his hour on the field. It was his replacement, Stephen Wemyss, who was first tested though and unfortunately for the substitute and Thistle, the shot resulted in a goal, giving Cromarty hope of a comeback at 2-1 on 77 minutes. Any chance of an instant leveller was soon put to bed moments later however, as the comfortable paws of Wemyss held a looped free kick.<br /><br />Thistle's other substitutes however, in Goller, Reid and Maclellan were quickly wreaking havoc on the Cromarty defence upon their introduction. Goller, recovering from a hamstring injury, showed no signs of letting up as he galloped into the Cromarty box on a solo run to rattle the ball home for Thistle's third.<br /><br />The third goal sent the Jags into a comfort zone and soon Maclellan had added to the tally with the easiest of finishes after the ball rebounded from a Goller strike. Minutes later, Reid added a fifth as he added the final touch to a long ball laid off by Maclellan.<br /><br />Goller could very well have added a sixth just short of time but saw little fortune in striking the ball on target, giving the Cromarty keeper a final reprieve.<br /><br />The win sets Thistle up for a final round of pre-season training to begin next week, before they head into their season opener on April 30th against neighbouring Inver.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Cameron, Johnston, Sutherland, A Christie, Brand, Munro, Durrand, D Christie, Burry, Graham<br /><br /><b>Subs (all used):</b><br />Wemyss, Wood, Stein, Goller, Maclellan, Reid<br /><br /><b>Subs (not used):</b><br />Murray<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Burry 26, Brand 58, Goller 82, Maclellan 85, Reid 89<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-croms.jpg">

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  • Thistle face Port double header

    Tain Thistle will open the season with two consecutive games against Inver, at the seaboarders' temporary home of Portmahomack. Fixtures were released this week, with the Jags handed a mixed start.<br /><br />Following their League Cup 1st round opener against Inver at Portmahomack, they will repeat the fixture the following Wednesday in the first game of the league season. The following week, Thistle will host last year's runners-up Alness Athletic, before travelling to Dingwall for the first of a Jubilee Park double header, playing Vertex in the league on Wednesday and Ross-shire on the Saturday thereafter in the 1st round of the Pattison Cup.<br /><br />Fixtures for May can currently be seen on the club Results & Fixtures page <a href="results.php">here</a>.

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  • Thistle lose by a goal at Bught Park

    The Jags fell by a goal in a friendly match with Inverness & District Welfare First Division side Smithton Hotel at Bught Park, Inverness today. The score finished 3-2 to the home side, with Martyn Farquhar and Colin Burry scoring for Thistle.

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  • Thistle and Vertex draw a blank

    Tain Thistle and Dingwall Vertex have met once already in this pre-season and the game produced ten goals on Dingwall Academy's all weather pitch. Last night's encounter at Grant Park was altogether different, however.<br /><br />With key players Martyn Farquhar, Arron Christie, Darran Goller and the manager himself missing from the line-up, Robbie Ross reshaped an eleven to take the field against Vertex, with a back four of Cameron, Murray, Sutherland and Johnston, a midfield of Durrand, Daniel Christie, Brand and Graham with Burry partnering Maclellan up top. <br /><br />Thistle came into no difficulty retaining possession during the first half and produced several crosses into the Vertex box through clever touches from Maclellan and Burry, supported by the wing play of Durrand and Graham. The best chance of the half fell to centre half Andy Murray who found his shot towards the goal deflected wide. <br /><br />Between the sticks for Vertex, Michael McCallum, the former Brora Rangers stopper, was more than up to the aerial threat of Thistle for most of the action, collecting several crosses from Burry and Durrand throughout the game. <br /><br />At the back, sweeper Andrew Sutherland produced a confident display to deny the Dingwall men any significant action in the first period, alongside Murray who organised well.<br /><br />The second half saw the introduction of substitutes Nimmons, Mackay and Davidson, before Mein, Stein, Wood and Pelka were added to play.<br /><br />Perhaps most outstanding for his tireless running was young Ryan Johnston at left back who seemed to cover almost every yard of the pitch in an attempt to break down a resilient Vertex defence. <br /><br />The game most certainly had 0-0 written all over it in the end, but with five minutes left on the clock, the Vertex men found themselves clean through. Thankfully for Tain, the safe hands of Pelka were up to the task, thwarting an effort on target to save and hold the ball.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Murray, Sutherland, D Christie, Brand, Burry, Graham, Maclellan, Durrand<br /><br /><b>Subs (all used):</b><br />Pelka, Wood, Mein, D Nimmons, Davidson, Mackay, Stein

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  • Smithton venue confirmed

    The friendly match against Smithton Hotel FC has been confirmed for a 1.30pm kick off at Bught Park, Inverness this Saturday.

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  • TRA seniors move closer to North of Scotland trophy

    Tain Royal Academy’s Senior football team all but secured the league title, after a testing match against Lochaber High School. It now leaves the Tain boys in pole position to take the Senior Schools North of Scotland trophy home, needing either a draw or a win over Inverness Royal Academy to pip Millburn.<br /><br />On Friday 8th April, a very late Reece Stewart strike was enough to give Tain a precious 1-0 win. However, for the whole duration of the game, it was a gruelling contest, with little between the two sides. In the first half, the Fort William side perhaps shaded it, but, in the wind and heat, there were very few clear cut chances for either side.<br /><br />Tain’s back four of Reece Stewart, Alan Duff, Calum Macdonald and Ryan Johnston kept the threat at bay excellently, along with 13 year old goalkeeper Johnny Allan. Doing the dirty work brilliantly in midfield was Andrew Sutherland, while Joe Stainke set about his passing game well, the two of them making a fine partnership. Out wide right was the grafter Alasdair Mackintosh, and left was the pacey Donald Matheson, and up front was Ayah Rattanaphitak, playing off John Maclellan.<br /><br />Despite all this, scoring opportunities were few and far between, with Johnston and Sutherland coming close, and a long range Maclellan effort coming back off the bar. Both teams were happy going in at half time scoreless, and after some wise words from Mr Stainke, the second period commenced, beginning in a real test for Tain’s defensive line, facing corner after corner and waves of attack as Lochaber looked for the opening goal.<br /><br />Tain needed a change, and brought on Nick Mein for Mackintosh, and swapped Ayah and Stainke about, with Joe moving up front. Ayah now took control of the game, winning tackles and pinging passes around as Tain came back into the game. It was real end-to-end stuff, with Joe Stainke being a constant thorn in Lochaber’s side, coming close on a few occasions, this all added to his fathers’ stress levels, who on the sidelines was finding it hard to cope with the tension. <br /><br />There were some scary moments for Tain, and Macdonald was a rock at the back, but as full time grew nearer and nearer, a quick interchange between Mein and Maclellan ended up with right back Reece Stewart in a crossing position. As he swung over a tempting cross, the keeper misjudged it, and it ended up in the top corner. Pandemonium erupted for the home side, with several players being elbowed in the wild celebrations. However Stainke Senior calmed them down, and Tain saw out the remaining few minutes to secure a priceless win.<br /><br />Report written by John Maclellan.

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  • Friendlies announced

    Tain Thistle will play two friendlies this week, as games against Vertex and Smithton are confirmed.<br /><br />Thistle will host a friendly against Dingwall Vertex this Wednesday night, following last week's cancellation, with a 6.45pm kick off at Grant Park.<br /><br />Following that, the Jags will travel to Inverness to play Smithton Hotel FC on Saturday, in what is expected to be an afternoon kick off. Details still to be confirmed.

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  • Tain Juniors out of Maclean Cup

    Tain Juniors fell short of the John Maclean Cup final this past Tuesday as they lost 2-0 to a talented Alness U17 side at Grant Park. The Juniors had advanced to the semi final after thumping Invergordon 5-0 the week prior.

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  • Weekly News Roundup 8/4

    The draws for the Ross-shire Welfare FA cups were made on Wednesday at the latest league meeting. Thistle were drawn away to Inver in the first cup of the season, to be played on April 30th in the club's first game of the season. In the other competitions, Thistle also find themselves away to Ross-shire Club, Cromarty and Alness Athletic for their first round matches while their only home tie is against Inver in the Coronation Cup.<br /><br />The club wishes to thank G Bannerman Ltd of Tain for their kind donation towards matchday equipment and medical bag supplies.<br /><br />Following the cancellation of last Friday's trip to Embo and this Thursday's visit of Dingwall Vertex, the club elected to organise a mix of senior and junior players to participate in a scratch game at Grant Park on Thursday, pitting two XI sides against each other. Wearing all-white, Thistle "A" bettered the claret and amber Thistle "B" on the day.<br /><br />A:<br />Wemyss, A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Cameron, Grant, Mein, Burry, G Mackay, C Mackay, R Ross<br /><br />B: <br />Pelka, Stein, Murray, D Mackay, MacIvor, Nicolson, D Nimmons, Cunningham, C Ross, Goller, Wood, K Ross (D Christie)<br /><br />The club are currently exploring options for friendly matches for the remainder of April, with a trip to Inverness looking likely in the coming weeks. Thistle also hope to reschedule the visit of Vertex, which the Dingwall club were unable to fulfill this week.<br /><br />TainThistle.co.uk is looking for an aspiring and enthusiastic sports writer to report on Tain Juniors under 15 and under 17 games this season. Please contact the club if you are interested.<br /><br />Finally, on the injury front, Ryan Johnston is recovering from an ankle knock, while messrs Andy Murray and Darran Goller were able to shake off injuries to participate last night.

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  • Welfare cup draws made

    The draws for the cup competitions associated with the Ross-shire Welfare Football Association were made this past Wednesday night. In attendance for Tain Thistle were Robert Ross, Ian Christie and Andy Murray.<br /><br />The opening game of the season will be played on Saturday, April 30th, in the first round of the <b>Ross-shire Welfare League Cup</b>. The draw was made as follows:<br /><br />First Round:<br />Invergordon Social Club vs Dingwall Vertex<br />Ross-shire Club vs Balintore<br />Inver vs Tain Thistle<br />Cromarty vs Alness Athletic<br /><br />Semi Finals:<br />Cromarty/Alness vs Inver/Tain Thistle<br />Social Club/Vertex vs Ross Club/Balintore<br /><br />The remaining cup draws were as follows:<br /><br /><b>Pattison Cup (final played at Portmahomack)</b><br /><br />First Round:<br />Cromarty vs Inver<br />Ross-shire Club vs Tain Thistle<br />Alness Athletic vs Invergordon Social Club<br />Balintore vs Dingwall Vertex<br /><br />Semi Finals:<br />Alness/Social Club vs Ross Club/Tain Thistle<br />Cromarty/Inver vs Balintore/Vertex<br /><br /><b>Coronation Cup (final played at Dingwall)</b><br /><br />First Round:<br />Dingwall Vertex vs Cromarty<br />Tain Thistle vs Inver<br />Alness Athletic vs Ross-shire Club<br />Balintore vs Invergordon Social Club<br /><br />Semi Finals:<br />Balintore/Social Club vs Tain Thistle/Inver<br />Alness/Ross Club vs Vertex/Cromarty<br /><br /><b>Seaboard Cup (final played at Balintore)</b><br /><br />First Round:<br />Ross-shire Club vs Cromarty<br />Invergordon Social Club vs Inver<br />Dingwall Vertex vs Balintore<br />Alness Athletic vs Tain Thistle<br /><br />Semi Finals:<br />Alness/Tain Thistle vs Vertex/Balintore<br />Social Club/Inver vs Ross Club/Cromarty<br /><br /><b>Cordiner Cup (final played at Tain)</b><br /><br />First Round:<br />Inver vs Dingwall Vertex<br />Cromarty vs Tain Thistle<br />Alness Athletic vs Balintore<br />Invergordon Social Club vs Ross-shire Club<br /><br />Semi Finals:<br />Social Club/Ross Club vs Cromarty/Tain Thistle<br />Inver/Vertex vs Alness/Balintore

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  • Embo fixture cancelled

    Owing to injuries sustained on Wednesday night and lack of availability, tonight's friendly with Embo football club has been cancelled.

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    Action with pre-season friendlies continued this past week as Tain met both Brora Wanderers and Dornoch City, losing 2-1 to the latter while putting several past the former on Sunday past to win 6-1. Goals from Darran Goller, Michael Brand, Andy Durrand and Mark Reid saw Thistle win the game, their first at Grant Park of the pre-season.<br /><br />Thistle will play Dingwall Vertex again next week, this time at home. The game will take place on Thursday, April 7th with a 6.30pm kick off. It is hoped that the game can be played on the lower Links park, which has been reposted and should be lined during the coming week, to be used for training during 2011.<br /><br />The committee wishes to thank Neil Munro of Tain Sports for his kind donation of a goalkeeping top and corner flags. Thank you Neil.<br /><br />Further to last week's revelation that the first meeting of Tain Thistle and Tain St Duthus was in 1897, it has emerged that an earlier meeting in 1885 took place prior to the development of association football rules, in what would have resembled something closer to rugby. Thistle, playing with 14 men against St Duthus' 11, lost 6-1 on the day.<br /><br />Ian Macleod of Tain Golf Club has kindly agreed to roll Grant Park pitch for the forthcoming season.<br /><br />The next poker fundraiser is expected to take place this Tuesday, April 5th with a 7.30pm start. Any interested parties should contact the club or Bryan Campbell at the St Duthus hotel.<br /><br />Team manager Robbie Ross and chairman Niall Harkiss will both attend next week's Ross-shire Welfare cup draw meeting on Wednesday evening.<br /><br />The novelty fundraiser auction of Darran Goller's perished football boots fetched £25.00 towards club funds for the upcoming season.<br /><br />Finally, on the injury front, Darran Goller is struggling with a hamstring strain for tonight's visit to Embo, Andy Murray could still be out with a groin concern and Andrew Sutherland continues to recover from an infected leg. More pleasingly however, Martyn Farquhar returned from a knee complaint midweek to play against Dornoch.

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  • David Matheson (1967-2014)

    <img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/davie-emco.jpg"><br /><br />We were deeply saddened this week to learn that David Matheson, affectionately known as "Davie Embo", had passed away at the age of 47. Davie was a well known player and character in recreational football circles throughout both Ross-shire and Sutherland, having worn the goalkeeper's jersey for a number of different clubs, and for Tain Thistle as recently as 2010.<br /><br />He will be fondly remembered. On behalf of the Tain Thistle players and committee, we wish to send our heart felt condolences to his family.

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  • Jags wrap up season with defeat to Alness

    A double defeat to Alness Athletic ended the Jags' season this past week, as they fell 5-1 in their final league match, ending any hopes of a 2nd place finish, before losing 6-0 in the Cordiner Cup Final at the Links. The finale was not representative of Thistle's recent form, however, as they had been on a four match win streak prior to their visit to Alness's Academy Park. Shaking off the disappointment of a 1-0 semi final defeat Fortrose Union, Tain went on to beat Ross-shire Club 3-0, Contin 2-1 and Social Club 4-0, having exacted revenge against Fortrose along the way too, with a 2-0 win. The constant in each win was the free-scoring Liam Rostock who netted seven goals in as many games in July, reaching a century overall for the Club.<br /><br />Jags' fans will argue that the side was greatly weakened by absences on the day of the final, as well as the departures of John Allan, Alan Duff and Michael Brand towards the end of the campaign. It is interesting to note that just six of the fourteen man squad who defeated Alness in last year's thrilling play-off were in the same size squad for the Cordiner Cup Final on Saturday past - however there is no doubt that Alness Athletic were deserved winners of both the league and cups they won this season. The league table after all, tells the story. Fortrose Union were the only other team to enjoy success under the Ross-shire Welfare banner, securing the Coronation Cup and finishing 2nd place in the league. On the whole, Tain's most competitive games this season have been against the Black Isle side.<br /><br />The Club concluded the season a week early off the field with their annual awards get-together with a meal at Tain Curry Club before the players and committee convened at sponsors The Railway Hotel for the presentations. Martin Smith, the youngest outfield player in the side, collected the Most Improved Player award, closely followed by the returning Brian Cameron, while Paul Cowie, in a landslide vote, was named Player of the Season. Chippie Mailley, for his looping shot over the Social Club keeper in Invergordon, won the Goal of the Season award. Though it was not awarded on the night, Liam Rostock is, this year, once again the winner of the Top Goalscorer Shield, with 14 goals.<br /><br />The Tain Thistle players and committee are not about to rest on their laurels though, as there are already plans afoot for a Christmas dinner dance at the Saint Duthus Hotel during the festive season and manager Darren Mackay has expressed an interest in playing some friendly matches during the winter in a bid to keep players fit and playing together.<br /><br />The committee wishes to thank Kirsty McFarlane, Alan Nimmons and The Railway Hotel for their continued sponsorship and hospitality throughout the season, not to mention their tireless efforts washing the kit after every game. We must extend our thanks to Isleburn Ltd for their kind sponsorship, as well as those who continue to subscribe to our Supporters Club. Thank you also to Tain Golf Club for their hospitality at the beginning of the season for our annual Texas Golf Scramble - we look forward to our third tournament in 2015.

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  • Mixed fortunes for the Jags in July

    The past week has been one of mixed fortunes for the Jags. Having avoided a near upset against Social Club in midweek to run out 6-2 winners, Thistle's hopes of reaching the Seaboard Cup final were dashed by a serious lack of fortune against Fortrose Union.<br /><br />On Wednesday last week, Tain visited Invergordon on league business and by the forty minute mark they found themselves with a very comfortable 3-0 lead thanks to a goal from Martin Smith and a brace from Liam Rostock. An Allan Campbell penalty for the home side reduced the score to 1-3 at half time.<br /><br />Tain struggled to find the same stride that had given them such a healthy lead at the start of the second half, and mid-way through Social scored again, this time through the pacey James McGroarty. Any chance of a scare was eliminated four minutes later though when Alan Duff slotted home. A spectacular left footed curler from Chippie Mailley made it 5-2 moments later and popping up in the last minute of the game was Duff again, nodding home with ease.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Allan, Davis (Durrand), Cameron, Duff, Brand, Farquhar, Cowie, Mailley, D Christie, Smith, Rostock (Gourlay)<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fortrose2014.jpg"><br /><br />On Saturday, against the backdrop of the bustling Tain Gala celebrations, Thistle welcomed Fortrose Union to the Links, recreating the tension of their Coronation Cup meeting three weeks prior. It was to be just as tight on this occasion as both sides produced a competitive game - as they have done every time they have met this season - but neither could find the net in the first half. Liam Rostock hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions and Johnny Allan at the other end for Tain made a couple of good saves.<br /><br />Despite enjoying the majority of the possession, Tain were hit with a sucker punch in the second half. The opener came for Fortrose midway through when Jordan Knight stabbed home from a counter attack. To make matters worse, Rostock again hit the bar having gone round Martin Smith in the Fortrose goal. It was certainly not looking like it would be Tain's day, and what happened in the 75th minute confirmed it, as Thistle's Martin Smith poked the ball through the legs of his namesake who was dwelling on the ball in the Fortrose goal. Bizarrely, and to the astonishment of both teams, the goal was disallowed! There were chances to equalise in the minutes that followed, but luck was clearly not on Thistle's side. As time ran away, Fortrose valiantly held on to their 1-0 lead to ultimately win the game and advance to the final.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Allan, Davis, Cameron, Brand, A Christie, Duff, Farquhar, Durrand (Gourlay), D Christie, Rostock, Smith<br /><br />Tain play at home again on Wednesday night, welcoming Ross-shire Club to the Links for the first time this season in Ross-shire Welfare league action.

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  • Seaboard Cup tie awarded to Tain

    Tain Thistle have advanced to the Seaboard Cup semi final.<br /><br />Their 1st Round tie against Ross-shire Club, originally scheduled for Saturday, June 28th had been moved to the evening of Monday, June 30th, however Ross-shire Club have forfeited the tie due to not being able to raise a team.

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  • Jags secure Graham Jardine Quaich

    Tain Thistle have won the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich for the first time, defeating Balintore by 3 goals to 1, in a double header that also saw them secure three points in the Ross-shire Welfare league.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/IMG_7877b.jpg"><br /><br />Manager Darren Mackay, whose last involvement in the Jardine Quaich match was as a player for Saint Duthus in 2002, had to deal with a number of absences following the Coronation Cup final. Still carrying an ankle knock, Darran Goller missed out, while Liam Rostock was also unavailable due to limits on North Caledonian players. Martin Smith and Niall McVicar were also missing.<br /><br />It looked like it was set to be a bad day at the office for the Jags when Terrence Brady, already a scourge of the Jags throughout this season, netted a first minute goal for Balintore, capitalising on an early defensive lapse. It took Thistle just ten minutes to level matters though as Daniel Christie took his time at the far post to control and slot the ball past Ross Powell to make it 1-1.<br /><br />Thistle enjoyed the better of the first half from then on, and on the half hour mark, Martyn Farquhar handed Thistle a justified lead, showing class to calmly chip the ball over Powell in the Balintore goal from 25 yards. There were calls of "offside" from the Seaboard touchline, however the goal stood, capping off a neat fight back and a positive forty-five minutes for Tain.<br /><br />Watching on from the sidelines, Jean and Jim, parents of former St Duthus and Balintore player Graham Jardine, issued a reminder of last year's second half comeback from Balintore - however, today it was not to be, as Tain set about ensuring a solid defensive display.<br /><br />Balintore showed signs that they were capable of finding an equaliser in the first ten minutes of the second period, however resolute play at the back from Alan Duff and Michael Brand kept the Balty forward line at bay. A series of corners and set pieces at the other end heralded no further goals for Tain until the 65th minute, when Paul Cowie - a stand out candidate for man of the match in Tain's midfield - headed the ball home to make it 3-1.<br /><br />Chris Mailley was unlucky not to extend the Jags lead as the minutes counted down and at full time, the score remained the same, handing Tain the victory. Post-match, Jim Jardine, accompanied by his grandson Robbie, presented the trophy to Thistle captain Daniel Christie. Both teams gathered for a photograph and applauded the winning team, concluding a derby match that had been contested in great spirits.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Davis, Cameron (Gourlay), Brand, Duff, A Christie, Farquhar, Mailley, Durrand, D Christie, Cowie<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />D Christie, Farquhar, Cowie

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  • Thistle lose in Coronation Cup Final

    Alness Athletic emerged as the better side in the Coronation Cup Final yesterday as 2013 winners Tain Thistle surrendered the trophy to the better side on the day, at Dingwall's Jubilee Park.<br /><br />Despite looking the livelier of the two sides during the opening twenty minutes, Tain were unable to capitalise and soon after at the other end, Alness were first to force a save from open play, rattling the crossbar shortly after. Thistle's forward chances then took a bad turn when Darran Goller was forced to withdraw with an ankle injury.<br /><br />The opener came from Gavin Legge as the centre half took advantage of a spill in the box to make it 1-0 to Alness, and not long after, the Jags were struck by misfortune as Brian Cameron turned the ball into his own net, giving Alness a somewhat flattering 2-0 lead at the interval.<br /><br />If the scoreline had been flattering in the first half, the second half certainly ended any debate as Alness Athletic were in control throughout. John Allan made a number of saves to retain some hope for Thistle, but the writing was on the wall as Alness rarely faltered. To make it 3-0 with ten minutes remaining, Mark Lamont slotted home from the penalty spot after Niall McVicar had committed a foul inside the box.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Davis, Duff, A Christie, Cowie (Gourlay), Farquhar, D Christie, Smith, Goller (McVicar), Rostock (Durrand)

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  • Dornoch City 0, Tain Thistle 4

    A mature and methodical performance from the Coronation Cup Final bound Jags was enough to humble Dornoch City at the Meadows tonight, with a dominant 4-0 win over the Sutherland side.<br /><br />Arron Christie returned to replace Michael Brand in the only change to the weekend's penalty shoot out winning starting eleven, while Ross Gourlay and Niall McVicar were recalled to the bench following the release of Joe Sutherland.<br /><br />The Jags got off to a brilliant start, dictating the pace early on with spells of possession allowing Darran Goller to threaten on the wing. Winning a free kick, it was Goller who got on the end of Arron Christie's looping ball into the box from the set piece, side footing the ball home at the far post with ease to make it 1-0.<br /><br />It looked as though it may be a long afternoon for the young and inexperienced Dornoch side as Thistle enjoyed the lion's share of the first half, however the persistence of former Tain man Ayah Rattanaphithak gave Graeme Davis plenty of food for thought at the back as Dornoch's only real threat going forward.<br /><br />Free kicks and corners were at a premium for Tain as Daniel Christie continued to show the same great delivery that he has all season; Alan Duff, Martin Smith and Darran Goller all unlucky not to score.<br /><br />The second half signalled the beginning of the end for the home side following Tain's second. It took until the 69th minute for the goal to come and it did thanks to a long range effort from Paul Cowie which flew into the far corner of the net, leaving the Dornoch goalkeeper helpless. At 2-0, the gulf in experience became obvious as a petulant Dornoch back line fell foul of the referee's favour, earning themselves several bookings and a red card, all for dissent!<br /><br />Thistle cantered during the final quarter hour and it was Darran Goller who netted the third, twelve minutes from time, finishing off a great move to slot home from an angle inside the box. In injury time, Martyn Farquhar netted a fourth for the Jags, getting a head to a speculative Daniel Christie cross to send the ball looping over the keeper and into the net.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron (Durrand 65), Davis, A Christie, Duff, Cowie (Brand 70), Farquhar, D Christie, Smith, Goller, Rostock (Gourlay 82)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />McVicar<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 6, 78, Cowie 69, Farquhar 90+1

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  • Thistle reach Coronation Cup Final

    Tain's defence of the Coronation Cup continued today as they secured a place in the final, squeezing past Fortrose Union in the narrowest of fashions with a penalty shoot out win after 120 minutes failed to separate the sides.<br /><br />Rhys Shewan had given Fortrose a shock first minute lead after Thistle had hit the post to narrowly miss out on an immediate goal. The home side grasped control of the opening stages of the game that followed and through the crossing ability of Daniel Christie, both Alan Duff and Darran Goller sent headed efforts wide and over. Martyn Farquhar was next to try, firing just over the bar catching a stray free kick first time. At the other end, both Rhys Shewan and Kieran Fitzpatrick were unlucky for Fortrose, testing the Jags defence with clever dribbling and pace, but unable to find a goal.<br /><br />Battling hard in what had become a very competitive game, the Jags finally scored an equaliser from a corner. Daniel Christie's cross found its way out to the edge of the eighteen yard box where Martin Smith was waiting to lash the ball home with authority to make it 1-1. The goal was a deserved reward for Smith who had held the ball up well in the game thus far.<br /><br />A flurry of corners followed for Thistle with Liam Rostock enjoying the best chance, before the half ended with a few nasty exchanges, forcing referee Billy Murray to speak to both team managers during the interval.<br /><br />The complexion of the second half changed considerably when Darran Goller found himself clean through on goal only to be taken down. The offending Fortrose player was then dismissed, leaving Fortrose to play the remainder of the game with ten men - an uphill task for the Black Isle side!<br /><br />Despite the man advantage, the score remained 1-1 in normal time, Fortrose having bolstered the defence in a successful attempt to stifle frequent Thistle attacks. The proverbial game of chess was now being played as Tain embarked on thirty minutes of extra time against a Union side with their backs firmly against the wall.<br /><br />Chances were plentiful. Martin Smith, Liam Rostock, Paul Cowie and Martyn Farquhar were all unlucky not to score as Fortrose expertly held their line and perhaps inevitably, the game went to penalties.<br /><br />Anyone who has followed Tain Thistle in recent years will know all too well that penalty shoot outs have not ended well, however today the script was rewritten. Both sides scored all five of their allotted spot kicks before sudden death kicked in and stepping up for Tain was Martyn Farquhar - not renowned for his penalties! Despite the pressure mounted upon him by the bellowing Fortrose touchline, the Tain stalwart lashed the ball high into the net to make it 6-5 to Tain and the pressure moved to the Fortrose man, who fired into the on rushing hands of Johnny Allan in the Tain goal. The penalty had been saved and Tain advanced to the cup final!<br /><br />The game was an exasperating one, but one that will be remembered for a while, as it possessed everything that a memorable game should have.<br /><br />Thistle now travel to Dingwall to defend the Coronation Cup against a side who will most certainly be favourites in Alness Athletic. The game is scheduled for 3pm next Saturday, June 21st.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Davis, Brand, Duff, Cowie, Farquhar, D Christie, Smith, Goller, Rostock (Cattanach 115)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Sutherland, Durrand<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Smith 29

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  • Thistle complete Social double header

    Tain Thistle made it two wins in five days over Invergordon Social Club tonight with a 4-2 league win to follow their 8-1 victory in the Coronation Cup 1st Round this past Saturday.<br /><br />The Saturday game saw Liam Rostock return to scoring form with four goals against the Invergordon side as well as a hat-trick for Alan Duff, who completed his treble with a penalty kick in the first half to see the Jags leading 4-1 at half time. A goal from Darran Goller took the tally to eight as Thistle won at a canter to advance to the semi-final of the Coronation Cup.<br /><br />Tonight, the same starting eleven took the field and it took them only ten minutes to open the scoring with some excellent team play. Taking the ball inside from Arron Christie, Liam Rostock played an incisive pass back to the left midfielder. Christie, with precision, played the ball into the box for Martin Smith to take a final touch and side foot the ball home.<br /><br />Thistle doubled their lead on thirty minutes when Brian Cameron's speculative effort into the box was turned into the net by Social's Number 3. <br /><br />A lapse at the back handed Social a life line as James McGroarty pulled a goal back just before the break, but Liam Rostock, heading the ball home from a free kick, restored the two goal advantage ten minutes after the restart. <br /><br />An injury to Niall McVicar saw the Thistle defence forced into some immediate changes, and the Invergordon men were quick to capitalise, forcing a save from Johnny Allan before scoring on the rebound. The reduced deficit was short lived though as Rostock scored once again, pouncing on a loose ball from a corner to make it 4-2, and 7 goals in 3 games.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, McVicar, Duff, Davis (Brand), A Christie, Cameron (Sutherland), Farquhar (Cowie), D Christie, Smith, Goller, Rostock<br /><br /><b>Sub not used:</b><br />Durrand<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Smith 10, Cameron 30, Rostock 55, 79

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  • Ross Club 2, Tain Thistle 2

    A second half fight back for the Jags saw them record another draw in the Ross-shire Welfare league tonight. Manager Darren Mackay made a number of changes for the game. Sitting out of the squad due to a limit on North Caledonian players was Arron Christie, while Darran Goller, Paul Cowie and Michael Brand also dropped to the bench. Brian Cameron, Martyn Farquhar, Joe Sutherland and Martin Smith were all called into the starting lineup. Niall McVicar returned to the side for the first time since April.<br /><br />The game proved to the proverbial game of two halves. Martin Macdonald and Liam Muir had given Ross Club a commanding lead in the first half, but following a number of second half changes, Martin Smith was able to pull a goal back for the Tain men. With twenty minutes remaining, a penalty award handed Thistle a lifeline, and Liam Rostock duly scored the spot kick to make it 2-2.<br /><br />The game ended a draw and leaves Thistle sitting a point behind the Dingwall club in the Ross-shire Welfare league table. Next week's games involve a double header against Invergordon Social Club, both ties to be played at the Links. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Allan, Durrand (Cowie), Duff, Cameron, Sutherland, Farquhar, D Christie (McVicar), Mailley, Smith, Maclennan (Goller) and Rostock<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Brand<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Smith 55, Rostock pen. 70<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Cowie

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  • Double prize at stake for Balintore visit

    <img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/jardine1.jpg">There will be two prizes up for grabs this Wednesday as Tain Thistle welcome Balintore to the Links. As well as 3 points in the Ross-shire Welfare league, the clubs will contest the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, last played for during the 2009/10 North Caledonian league between the sides.<br /><br />The Quaich is traditionally played for upon the first league meeting at Tain between the two, but with neither town entering a side in the Highland reserve, they have elected to introduce the prize to their Welfare football calendar. Graham's parents, Jean and Jim, will be on hand to present the Quaich to the victorious team. In the event that the league match ends as a draw, a special penalty shootout will be overseen by referee Billy Murray to decide the winner of the Quaich.

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  • Gaffer seeks improvement for Balintore showdown

    <img class="imgright" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/gary2013.jpg">Speaking after the disappointing cup loss to Fortrose, Tain Thistle manager Gary Ross is looking to his squad to improve ahead of their opening league match against local rivals Balintore.<br /><br /><i>"I feel that we've allowed one very poor referee's decision to become the main topic and it's the main topic because we were unable to put the game to bed, which, being honest, we should have done."<br /><br />"After the disappointing cup exit today, we welcome Balintore for our first home match of the season on Wednesday. This game gives us the opportunity to put the wrongs right, and record our first competitive victory of 2013. Hopefully we can all step up a gear and make it an enjoyable match for all."</i>

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  • Late Wester Ross goal haunts Juniors

    The U17s of Tain Juniors played their first home game on Friday night, finishing in a disappointing 3-3 draw with rival SWL side Wester Ross U17s. <br /><br />The Tain lads took the lead with a beautiful lob from Rory Vass placed over the keeper from 20 yards. Two clear chances to score followed as Tain pushed their Western visitors but were unable to convert them. As the first half came to a close, very much against the run of play, Wester Ross equalised.<br /><br />The away side eventually took the lead with a free header in the second half but within five minutes Tain were awarded a penalty. Scoring his second in as many games, Josh Rodgers neatly converted the spot kick. Tain took the lead once again as Dean Ross was played through on goal with a great pass from Micah Spence to calmly slot his effort past the Wester Ross keeper.<br /><br />At 3-2, it looked as though the Juniors would see the victory out, however with the last kick of the ball, Wester Ross were awarded a penalty. The visitors ably slotted past Dylan Chapman in the Tain goal to make it 3-3.<br /><br />Speaking after the game, coach Mark Stainke left his squad with a stark warning, quoted as saying <i>"Let's hope the boys can give a better performance away to Dingwall next week or they will get another roasting!"</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tain_juniors2.jpg">

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  • Controversial opening for Thistle in League Cup

    Tain Thistle's opening competitive match ended in controversial fashion as a refereeing error left a bitter taste in Jags mouths. New side Fortrose Union battled towards a 2-1 win on their home turf despite going 1-0 down in extra time.<br /><br />In a closely fought game, honours were even at 0-0 after ninety minutes - a rarity in Ross-shire Welfare football - the only breakthrough coming from Keith Dingwall as he headed home on 70 minutes, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul on Fortrose keeper Martin Smith. Thistle undoubtedly enjoyed the lion's share of possession and chances during the game, but failed to make it count against a determined and motivated Fortrose side making their Ross-shire Welfare debut.<br /><br />The unfortunate story of normal time was the unique performance of the "referee". Fortrose midfielder Jordan Black, having received a yellow card during the earlier stages of the second half was dismissed for a second bookable offence a quarter hour later, however the official elected to "allow" the home side to replace the player instead of reducing them to ten men. An exchange of words followed between the Tain dugout and the official however little order or agreement was mustered and the game took an ugly turn. Details of the incident and a report have been filed with the RSWFA.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fortrose2.jpg"><br /><br />In the first period of extra time, Keith Dingwall nodded home once again after five minutes, this time making it count to put Thistle 1-0 up. The lead was held for only five minutes though, as Union substitute Kenny McIver pounced on a rebound during a goalmouth scramble to equalise. Chances fell to many a Tain player throughout the rest of additional time, however Fortrose hit the Jags on the counter and Kieran Fitzpatrick deflected a rebound past Martin to score with three minutes remaining.<br /><br />Try as they might, Thistle were unable to make chances count in the dying moments and Fortrose went on to win the match by 2 goals to 1.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Davis, Durrand, A Christie, Dingwall, Ross (Oliver), Farquhar, D Christie, Sutherland (Morgan), Rostock (Wood), Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Dingwall<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Davis, Farquhar, Sutherland

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  • Tain Thistle 2 Golspie Stafford 1

    For the second time in ten days, Tain Thistle recorded a win over East Sutherland amateur league champions Golspie Stafford, in what will be the team's final preparation for the forthcoming Ross-shire Welfare league season.<br /><br />With Darran Goller and Vinnie Wood still absent (ankle injuries), gaffer Gary Ross had an otherwise full squad at his disposal for the evening, as the Jags debuted their new home kit - kindly sponsored by The Railway Hotel.<br /><br />It took Thistle just over ten minutes to take the lead, following a sustained period of pressure; midfielder <b>Chris Mailley</b> lashing a ball past the Stafford keeper from distance. The returning Jamie Macdonald was unlucky not to make it two shortly after a shot sent wide.<br /><br />At the other end, Stafford nearly equalised five minutes before the break when they struck the crossbar; Scott Innes for Tain taking a glancing blow to the head during the melee.<br /><br /><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/golspie_teamtalk.jpg"><br /><br />In the second half, a moment of brilliance from <b>Andy Durrand</b> made it 2-0 for the Jags, as the wing-back shot with finesse from the edge of the box to curl a shot over the top of the keeper into the net.<br /><br />Tain introduced five substitutes for the remainder of the second half. The next goal however came from Golspie, in the form of a strike from distance, placed into the top corner beyond Steven Martin to reduce the deficit.<br /><br />Despite the consolation, Golspie could not muster an equaliser, and in fact, Thistle were the less lucky of the two sides, as Jamie Macdonald saw a headed effort drift just wide beyond the stranded Golspie goalkeeper.<br /><br />The 2-1 win marks the Jags' fifth win in six pre-season games as they now face the competitive challenge of league newcomers Fortrose and Rosemarkie Union in the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup on Saturday.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />Martin, Davis, Durrand, Dingwall, Innes, A Christie, D Christie, Farquhar, Mailley, Macdonald, Rostock, Oliver, Sutherland, Ross, Smart, Morgan.

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  • U17s off to a winning start

    Tain Juniors' U17 side got off to a winning start in the SWL Ross-shire league last night away to Invergordon. The home side opened the scoring with a disputed offside goal after five minutes however Tain replied just before half time with <b>Jason Macdonald</b> earning a well deserved equaliser. <br /><br />Throughout the second half, Tain looked the stronger side with thanks to a fantastic work rate and then on eighty minutes, <b>Josh Rodgers</b> scored the winner with a beautiful shot from just inside the box. The 2-1 result capped off a great start to the season for the boys, who will welcome Wester Ross to the Links next Friday.<br /><br />Report by Mark Stainke.

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  • Tain Juniors begin training

    Under new head coach Mark Stainke, Tain Juniors' U17 side began training at the Links tonight, preparing for another season in the SWL Ross-shire League. The Tain boys will play their first league game on Friday in Invergordon before playing their first home game against Muir of Ord on April 26th.<br /><br />The U17's summer schedule is as follows:<br />19/4 - Invergordon (a), 26/4 - Muir of Ord (h), 3/5 - Dingwall (a), 10/5 - Muir of Ord (h), 17/5 - Alness Utd (a), 24/5 - Muir of Ord (a - John Maclean Cup 1st Round), 21/6 - Invergordon (h), 28/6 - Wester Ross (a), 5/7 - Dingwall (h), 12/7 - Muir of Ord (a), 19/7 - Alness Utd (h), 26/7 - Wester Ross (h - Jewson Shield 1st Round)

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  • Golspie Stafford 2 Tain Thistle 3

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/IMG_6731.jpg">The Jags ambled towards a victory at the home of East Sutherland champions Golspie Stafford this afternoon, with a 3-2 win. <br /><br />Missing several key players, Thistle were boosted by the addition of trialists Mike Mackay, Alec Beattie and Darren Custerson to the bench, while Vinnie Wood also returned to the side, having missed the the midweek trip to Invergordon through injury.<br /><br />The game took an unexpected turn prior to kick off as the appointed referee was unable to turn up and a representative of Golspie Stafford volunteered to take hold of the whistle. Despite a promising opening for Thistle, a lapse at the back cost Thistle dear as Stafford netted from their first attack, albeit with aid of a "handball", gone unnoticed by the stand-in official.<br /><br />Despite taking control of the first two thirds of the park, forwards Martyn Oliver and Liam Rostock were unable to find a breakthrough up front in the opening stages and on the half hour mark, Thistle were stunned again as Golspie took advantage of a break and scored. Frustration at the referee's positioning became prevalent as the Golspie forward was more than several yards offside at the time the ball was played.<br /><br />Nevertheless, Thistle's hold on possession soon turned to goals as <b>Liam Rostock</b> turned beyond the keeper following a persistent build up to reduce the scoreline to 2-1.<br /><br />Following the restart, Custerson and Beattie were introduced. Hilarity ensured as just after the hour mark, Thistle were awarded their first free kick of the game, to a rapturous and somewhat sarcastic applause. It was soon after when <b>Arron Christie</b> found the net with a speculative lob over the top of the Stafford custodian. <br /><br />Thistle's dominance finally saw them take the lead as centre half <b>Scottie Innes</b> nodded home from a corner. A series of chances followed in the remaining minutes, with Vinnie Wood shooting just wide and Rostock missing a chance to finish having gone clean through on the keeper. A long range effort from Martyn Oliver flew just wide in the final moments as Steven Martin enjoyed the quietest second half he'll have this summer.<br /><br />The Jags will feel aggrieved not to have won by more in the end, however with strikers Robbie Ross, Dean Morgan and Darran Goller to return from injury and John Maclellan weeks away from his comeback, goals are sure to be in abundance.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />Martin, Davis, Durrand, Dingwall, A Christie, Innes, Farquhar, Wood, D Christie, Rostock, Oliver, Custerson, Mackay, Beattie.

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  • New home kit revealed

    The new Tain Thistle home kit, made by Adidas, has been revealed, and is expected to be worn for the first time when the club play their first official game at the end of the month. <br /><br /><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/newstrip13.jpg">

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  • Clubhouse kitchen revamped

    With the reintroduction of the "Tea Hatch" this season, Tain Thistle's hard working committee have been carrying out some improvements and none more so than the work carried out by David Purvis, who, along with his team have reintroduced matchday snacks to the menu. David has spent the best part of the past week sprucing up the clubhouse kitchen in preparation for the new season. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/clubhouse.jpg">

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  • Invergordon Social Club 0 Tain Thistle 2

    The Jags travelled away for a friendly against Ross-shire Welfare opposition last night, returning from Invergordon with a satisfying 2-0 win. A closely fought game saw the sides divided by an excellent Martyn Farquhar strike and a first goal in Thistle colours for Dean Morgan.<br /><br />Under new management, the Paul Austin led Social Club had introduced a handful of players from Alness such as Craig Munro and Kraig Vass among others to cover for absences, while former Tain man Mark Reid also started up front for the home team. Messrs "Vinnie" Wood and "Chippie" Mailley were posted injured for Thistle, while Arron Christie and Farquhar returned to the side.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/social_web.jpg"><br /><br />Steven Martin was called into action in the early stages as a defensive lapse saw Reid played in one on one. The Thistle keeper however, produced a great save to keep the scoresheet blank, continuing the good form he has shown in pre-season.<br /><br />Farquhar broke the deadlock just after 25 minutes play with a lovely strike sent into the far corner of Stephen Campbell's net from fifteen yards. The Thistle midfielder saw a later effort fly wide of target before Liam Rostock was unlucky to shoot just wide of the post moments later.<br /><br />The Jags' back line of Durrand, Davis, Innes and Dingwall held up well to the threat of the Social's attacking personnel with Ashley Mills, Reid and Vass thwarted on several occasions. Up front, Robert Ross had worked hard as a lone striker against a persistent Invergordon defence before making way for the young Dean Morgan.<br /><br />As both sets of players tired in the second half there were chances at either end and moments after Vass had seen an effort held by Martin, it was Morgan attacking the Social goal whose target bound shot was deflected past Campbell to make it 2-0. <br /><br />The scoreline was a fair reflection of Thistle's confident defensive display and command of midfield, proving the match to be a satisfactory exercise for every part of the team. <br /><br />Social Club team from:<br />Campbell, J Austin, Bremner, McLauchlan, Sinclair, Munro, Gourlay, Mills, Stephens, Reid, Vass, Sangwin, Patullo, P Austin.<br /><br />Tain Thistle team from:<br />Martin, Davis, Durrand, Dingwall, Innes, Farquhar, A Christie, D Christie, Sutherland, Ross, Rostock, McGaw, Morgan, Oliver, Mackay.

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  • Chairman offers thanks to Bowling Club

    Last night, Brian MacAngus, the Chairman of Tain Thistle football club, accepted the generous donation of over £600 from the Tain Bowling Club, in front of over 100 people at a packed raffle event.<br /><br />Speaking today, MacAngus said: <i>"The club would like to thank Tain Bowling Club for the fantastic donation made last night to the football club. A huge show of support was made towards Tain Thistle F.C, from all who attended the bowling club's weekly bingo night, and the committee of the bowling club too. It was truly a fantastic gesture from the bowling club community. All at Tain Thistle F.C are very grateful for the immense support shown towards us. Thank you all."</i>

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  • Thistle visit new boys Fortrose in League Cup opener

    <img class="imgleft" border="0" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fortrose.jpg">Black Isle side Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union will host Tain Thistle in the first round of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup. <br /><br />Union, formerly of the now defunct Ross-shire Amateur FA, join the Invergordon based MSIS team as newcomers to the Ross-shire Welfare FA for the forthcoming campaign.<br /><br />The game is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th with a 3pm kick off and the 2012 cup winners Tain Thistle will be looking to spoil Union's debut at King George V Park. A win for the Jags will secure a place in the semi final at home to either Ross-shire Club or Alness Athletic.

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  • Inaugaral Purvis Cup goes to Embo

    <img class="imgright" border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2013_embo.jpg">Tain Thistle lost with a whimper this afternoon as a fit and firey Embo side bettered them at the Links, contesting a newly donated friendly prize in the form of the Purvis Challenge Trophy. <br /><br />A second half Scott Mackay goal was enough for the visitors as injuries for the Jags and a solid performance from the Embo goalkeeper saw Tain fail to impress.<br /><br />Central midfielders Chris Mailley and Vinnie Wood were both substituted in the first half, suffering from complaints of the calf and ankle respectively, replaced by the only subs available in strikers Dean Morgan and the returning Liam Rostock.<br /><br />Graham Davis offered Thistle's only threat in the first half as he twice tested the Embo custodian Steven Mure with close range efforts but found his shots saved. At the other end, Steven Martin went largely untested in a game that was was far from entertaining to watch.<br /><br />The second half continued in the same vein, however it was Embo through Scott Mackay who broke the deadlock, knocking a loose ball home after a defensive error had played the Embo forwards in. Despite producing a spectacular reflex save, Martin was ultimately beaten by the rebound. Embo had the ball in the net again not long after however the effort was disallowed following a foul on Martin.<br /><br />Rostock and Morgan were positive in their attempts to equalise, and Jamie Macdonald did well to take control of the midfield but a resilient performance from Mure ensured that their scoring efforts remained fruitless.<br /><br />Local man David Purvis donated a trophy for contention between the sides, designed to be played for every year, and with their 1-0 victory, the Sutherland side went home with the prize.<br /><br /><b>Team From:</b><br />Martin, Davis, Durrand, Dingwall, Innes, Macdonald, Mailley, Wood, Ross, D Christie, Sutherland, Morgan, Rostock.

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  • Jags join seven others for Ross-shire spoils

    The Ross-shire Welfare competitions for 2013 will be contested between eight teams following the withdrawal of Inver from the association this past Thursday.<br /><br />Joining Thistle are current champions Alness Athletic, League Cup holders Balintore, Pattisons' Cup holders Ross-shire Club, existing members Invergordon Social Club and Cromarty, along with new sides Fortrose Union and MSIS (based in Invergordon) who have also registered.<br /><br />It is anticipated that a new list of fixtures will be released in the next few days.

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  • Tain Thistle 3 Dornoch City 0

    <img class="imgleft" border="0" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainstduthus.co.uk/newtest/news/data/upimages/taindornoch.jpg">An organised performance saw the Jags record their first win in many years over their Sutherland rivals Dornoch City last night, winning 3-0 at the Links. Martyn Farquhar and Craig Sutherland had put Tain two goals ahead before the returning John Maclellan found the net to open his account for the season. <br /><br />Joining Maclellan on the bench was newcomer Stewart Shearer and former Jag Stephen McGaw as the only additions to the squad who defeated Contin on Sunday past. Meanwhile, Graeme Smart and Daniel Christie were among the absentees.<br /><br />The gaffer's 4-5-1 formation proved fruitful in the early going, with Sutherland unlucky to be caught offside on a number of occasions. At the other end, Thistle held firm against the early threat of the Sutherland men, seeing two free kick attempts fail to find the target. On twenty minutes, Farquhar eventually broke the deadlock for Tain, scoring his second in as many games.<br /><br />The defence of Cameron, Durrand, Dingwall and Davis held strong throughout a second half dominated by Thistle as Sutherland eventually found himself through on Dornoch's goal to finish cooly, making it 2-0.<br /><br />Introduced as a substitute in the second half, Maclellan offered a new threat up front and enjoyed a string of chances, eventually adding the Jags' third of evening with a top corner bound strike.<br /><br />The win continues the new manager's unbeaten run since he took the reigns in September last year, with 7 wins and 1 draw thus far in friendly competition. <br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />Martin, Cameron, Durrand, Dingwall, Davis, A Christie, Farquhar, Wood, Oliver, Maclellan, Morgan, McGaw, Sutherland, Ross, Mackay, Shearer

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  • Tain Thistle 3 Contin 1

    Sunday afternoon saw East Sutherland amateur league new boys Contin AFC visit the Links for Tain’s opening friendly of the season. Kick off was delayed by fifteen minutes due to the late arrival of the visitors, however this did not disrupt Thistle’s preparation as they started the brighter of the two sides.<br /><br />Looking confident, the home side kept position well and the majority of play was in the Contin half. Thistle were denied the opener after 12 minutes when referee Mike Stainke decreed Martyn Farquhar to have fallen foul of the offside trap prior to tucking the ball past the visiting keeper.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" border="0" align="right" alt="" src="news/data/upimages/tain_v_contin_02.jpg">Thistle, sporting a 3-5-2 formation, were making the most of the extra man in the middle of the park. The pressure paid off after twenty minutes, when a long ball from goalkeeper Steven Martin led to a corner kick and from the resulting set piece Daniel Christie found the head of centre back Robbie Ross, who expertly guided the ball into the net - despite the best efforts of Jordan Tremlett in the Contin goal.<br /><br />It was 2-0 only seven minutes later and this time Farquhar was not to be denied, after neat build up play involving Stuart Wood and Martyn Oliver the ball was worked to Farquhar at the edge of the area and he finished with aplomb, steering the ball into the roof of the net leaving Tremlett with no chance.<br /><br />Contin had Tremlett to thank on 30 minutes for keeping the score at 2-0 with a fantastic reaction save; the big stopper getting a hand to a ball destined for the postage stamp, tipping it onto the cross bar to deny Ross his second of the afternoon.<br /><br />Contin did have a chance to pull one back only a few minutes later however, as a mix up in the home defence allowed the visitors in behind, only for the attacker to roll the ball wide as the advancing Steven Martin narrowed the angle well.<br /><br />Shortly afterwards Brian Cameron was adjudged to have fouled the advancing player 20 yards from the Thistle goal. The free kick however, was wastefully curled wide of target.<br /><br />The home side made several changes at the break, bringing on Graeme Smart, Michael Mackay and Arron Christie and adjusting to a 4-4-2 formation. Contin, however, began to gain a foothold in the match and Thistle had their goalkeeper to thank only three minutes into the second half, making a block when faced one on one with the striker. <br /><br />The visitors’ pressure paid off in the 55th minute with a fine strike from Dean Morgan taken from the edge of the area, finding the roof of the net. Morgan should have levelled the match only 3 minutes later but lifted the ball over the bar from 8 yards out. <br /><br />Martin was again called into action when a mix up at the back allowed another one on one, but the Jags’ keeper was able to thwart the aspiring equalizer.<br /><br />Tain introduced two former youth goalkeepers to the game, as Darren Custerson and Alec Beattie came on at the hour mark playing up front and wide left respectively.<br /><br />The home team where able to get back into the game and took control of the midfield once more, this was to pay off with 20 minutes to go, Graham Davis scoring a fantastic diving header after reacting quicker than Tremlett in the Contin Goal. <br /><br />Thistle where able to see out the rest of the match with relative ease, there were no other chances of note and a 3-1 victory, albeit nervy is spells, was recorded by the home side. <br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />Martin, Davis, Dingwall, Ross, Durrand, Wood, Cameron, Farquhar, Sutherland, D Christie, Oliver, Custerson, Beatie, A Christie, Mackay, Smart<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Tain: Ross (20), Farquhar (27), Davis (70)<br />Contin: Morgan (55)<br /><br /><b>MOTM:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar

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  • End of season awards handed out

    The winners of this year's club awards were as follows:<br /><br />Player of the Year:<br />Darran Goller<br /><br />Young Player of the Year:<br />Ryan Johnston<br /><br />Most Improved Player:<br />Andy Durrand<br /><br />Goal of the Season:<br />Martyn Farquhar<br /><br />Top Goalscorer:<br />Darran Goller<br /><br /><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shield.jpg">

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  • Rostock named Player of the Month

    <img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/liam2.jpg"><br /><br />Returning striker Liam Rostock has been named Tain Thistle Player of the Month for July after scoring nine goals in five appearances.<br /><br />Rostock, who only returned to the club at the turn of the month after making an appearance in Tain's League Cup final win in May, banged in a hat-trick against league champions Invergordon Social Club this past Saturday after doing the same against Cromarty a week ago.

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  • Social Club cap off league win at Grant Park

    With only a casual eye on retaining 3rd place, Tain Thistle rounded off their league season with a home game against Invergordon Social Club, who last week secured their first Ross-shire Welfare league championship since 2005. An impressive scoring display in both halves saw the Invergordon men win comfortably, while the game provided a good platform to allow the Jags to field most of their squad.<br /><br />The Social Club squad has been improved in all areas since the return of many of their past achievers, mostly made up of natives of Invergordon with the exception of footballing nomad and multi-time medal winner Keith Dingwall - also a former Jag. <br /><br />Experienced heads prevailed this year as the Social, despite not always playing the best football, pushed their way through games with a winning mentality - one that was borne out of a pre-season target of recapturing the league title. The achievement is commendable and further admirable as it was achieved with players of the town, and a young manager in Rob McCormack.<br /><br />The success of the "Club" appears to have come at a time of lull however, as news begins to filter that Invergordon's North Caledonian side appears to have dropped out of the north's "Highland reserve". This has to be a disappointment for the town, who not long ago were also a casualty of the loss of the Highland Youth Initiative League for under 19s.<br /><br />In contrast, it has to be acknowledged that the participating clubs of the Ross-shire Welfare league across the Easter Ross area are fast becoming the most consistent representation of football in the surrounding area, providing a platform for younger and older players alike.<br /><br />Our own Tain Thistle, coming out of a season surrounded around the development of a number of Tain Juniors' U17 graduates, are not alone in fostering the development of the future Welfare regulars with Cromarty, Inver and Balintore also turning to younger players to push their clubs forward.<br /><br />With a quiet winter expected ahead, the anticipation for next year's Ross-shire Welfare season should certainly be high.

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  • James Rice testimonial announced

    The date for the James Rice testimonial game has been set for Saturday, August 20th with a 1.30pm kick off. A Tain Thistle XI will welcome a Police XI, as Ricee's former teammates collide.<br /><br />The match will be followed by generous hospitality at the Railway Hotel, Tain Thistle club awards and an auction of many items in aid of club and charity.

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  • Join the Tain Thistle Supporters Club

    The Tain Thistle Supporters Club has been relaunched, with all-new online benefits for club members. <br /><br />For as little as around eight pence a day, you can show your support for the Jags, while also benefiting from online features such as never before seen web galleries of matches over the past five years, electronic versions of classic match programmes and a monthly newsletter to your mailbox.<br /><br />Club members will also have the honour of being named as the sponsor of one of our man of the match awards for the current season!<br /><br />So, sign up now, by visiting <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php</a> and spread the word!

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  • Thistle knocked out of Pattison Cup

    A windy afternoon at the Recreation Grounds saw the Jags suffer their first defeat of the season yesterday, as they were KO'd in the final minutes of a gritty encounter by league leaders Invergordon Social Club.<br /><br />Daniel Christie was the only casualty following an eventful midweek thrashing of Balintore, with the midfielder dropping out of the squad on Saturday morning. The Pattison Cup semi-final was to be Thistle's ninth game in the space of just over four weeks, and signs of burnout were certainly evident as the Jags, who ripped Balintore apart only days prior, struggled to move out of first gear.<br /><br />Many of Invergordon Social Club's older players have returned to the side this season, and their experience is vastly evident; the defence limiting the freedom of Messrs Goller, Durrand and Burry during a stubborn first half. <br /><br />Martyn Farquhar however, who has had an eye for goal for most of the season, will surely be disappointed not to have tested Wilde, failing to pull the trigger on two occasions when he found himself through on goal.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/socialtain22.jpg"><br /><br />It was Thistle who had the first near miss of the game however with a Colin Burry corner, the winger rattling Wilde's crossbar after his cross looped in with the assistance of a strong wind.<br /><br />At the other end, chances were also few and far between and it took a free kick in the middle of the park to finally make the difference just minutes before half time. With the ball sent into a packed box, it was Chris Graham for the Social Club who found himself in enough space to stab the ball home for a 1-0 lead.<br /><br />The tide turned in Social's favour thereafter and the home side began to pressure Thistle for a second, but thanks to resolute defending from Arron Christie and Kyle Oliver, the flow of attacks was stemmed. The next goal in fact came for the Jags, largely against the run of play.<br /><br />Substitute John Maclellan, who replaced Brian Cameron with a quarter hour left on the clock, showed determination in beating his man on the right wing, before cutting inside the box to nick the ball between the legs of Wilde at his near post for a stunning equalizer. The goal makes it four goals in four games for the striker who is certainly attracting attention as a game changer.<br /><br />Celebrations were short lived however as former Jags' defender Keith Dingwall broke Thistle hearts with a headed goal, restoring Social's lead within minutes of the leveller.<br /><br />Any chances of a Thistle comeback were swiftly killed off in the dying stages when referee Billy Murray took exception to Andy Durrand's frustration following a controversial penalty denial, as he dismissed the mild mannered winger for using strong language. Bookings followed for Farquhar and Burry, during a heated exchange as the Jags protested Durrand's sending off.<br /><br />With the game's competitive element firmly in the gutter, it was down to Thistle stopper Steven Wemyss to prevent further goals for Social, pulling off a tremendous one-on-one save before stopping a long range effort at the end of time.<br /><br />The result hands the Jags their first defeat of the season after an unbeaten run unmatched by any previous Tain Thistle side. As we head into June, Thistle's players and coaching staff can look back on what was, on the whole, a very successful month in May.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Sutherland, Johnston (Graham), Oliver, A Christie, Cameron (Maclellan), Farquhar, Brand, Durrand, Burry, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Nimmons, Stainke<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Maclellan 78<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Farquhar, Burry<br /><br /><b>Red Cards:</b><br />Durrand<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Arron Christie<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=451">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=451</a><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.28%20vs.%20Social%20Club">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.28%20vs.%20Social%20Club</a><br /><br />In other semi final, Inver were handed yet another heavy defeat, this time at the hands of Balintore, who bounced back from a midweek embarrassment to beat their Seaboard rivals by 5 goals to nil.<br /><br />Invergordon Social Club and Balintore will now meet at Portmahomack in the Pattison Cup final, this Saturday, June 4th.

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  • One from the Past: Tain oust Invergordon in Pattison semi

    Below is an excerpt from the North Star in 1920, who report on a Pattison Cup semi final game played between Tain St Duthus and Invergordon on Saturday, February 21st, 1920. The teams were as follows:<br /><br /><b>Tain St Duthus</b><br />W Munro, W Macleod, T Macleod, R Earl, A Macleod, W B Dunnett, J G Holmes, D J H Mitchell, D Mackay, G Findlay, W Ross<br /><br />Scorers:<br />D Mackay 44, Macintyre o.g., D J H Mitchell<br /><br /><b>Invergordon</b><br />Lyon, Lennington, Macintyre, Woodley, Woods, Lamb, Black, Taylor, Spiers, Macvinish, Maclean<br /><br />Scorers:<br />W Munro o.g. 3<br /><br />Referee - Mr S Mair, Inverness<br /><br />On the day, Tain secured a 3-1 win and went on to beat Alness in the final. Here's hoping for a similar result this Saturday!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/oldexcerpt.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 7-3 Balintore

    Tain Thistle showed footballing superiority tonight, with the lion's share in a ten goal thriller at Grant Park. A first ever hat-trick from Andy Durrand was supported by goals from Daniel Christie, Kyle Oliver, Martyn Farquhar and John Maclellan as the Jags cruised to victory against rivals Balintore.<br /><br />Michael Brand returned to the side who secured a late victory at Dingwall on Saturday, with Andrew Sutherland dropping onto the bench. Messrs Joe Stainke and Kevin Graham also returned to the fold, named as substitutes for what would be Thistle's second home game of the season, having played the other six away.<br /><br />With the Grant Park pitch rolled and lined, looking in a much fitter condition than a fortnight prior, Thistle gave Balintore a quick reminder of the passing football that had won them the League Cup earlier in the month; Colin Burry and Daniel Christie both firing off-target.<br /><br />The quick feet of the Jags paid off on thirteen minutes as Christie finished a beautiful chain of passing, slotting past Henderson with ease, and there were only seventeen on the clock, when Kyle Oliver netted another headed effort from a Colin Burry corner to make it 2-0.<br /><br />Balintore began to crumble, and before long they were 3-0 down as Andy Durrand slammed an effort home following a failed clearance by Stainke.<br /><br />It looked as though Balintore may have pulled a goal back shortly after, as Wemyss was beaten at the other end, but the scorer had been adjudged to been in an offside position. On the counter, the pace of Durrand outran the Balintore defence and it was left to Henderson to stop the winger, felling him after being nutmegged. A penalty award followed without question but to the amazement of Thistle and the relief of Balintore, Henderson escaped with only a yellow card. With confidence, Durrand stepped up to take his reward, sending Henderson the wrong way to make it 4-0.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/kylesalmonoliver.jpg"><br /><br />At the other end, another penalty award followed for what appeared to be a very soft collision that saw Powell hit the ground on the edge of the box. Thistle's confident stopper was up to the challenge however. Killing off Balintore's hopes of a first half lifeline, Steven Wemyss saved Cowie's spot kick before sending the ball clear to the defence.<br /><br />The Jags rounded off a near perfect first half with a fifth goal a few minutes from the break, when Martyn Farquhar netted his sixth of the season from close range.<br /><br />The Balintore men benefited from a half time break and hit back with a goal moments after kick off, as Cowie found Bell at the far post for the young gull to push a close effort home.<br /><br />But only minutes after, Durrand completed his hat-trick to make it a very comfortable 6-1 for the home side, drilling a Goller cutback beyond Henderson for his seventh of the campaign.<br /><br />After a prolonged spell of inactivity due to a fallen net, Balintore capitalized on poor concentration to find the net following a corner, Macdonald the scorer, but again Thistle were undeterred. On 85 minutes, substitute John Maclellan made it 7-2, turning a shot into the net for his third goal in as many games.<br /><br />The final touch of the game fell to Balintore's Macdonald as the towering striker headed beyond Wemyss in the dying embers of the game to reduce the score to 7-3, and the game ended at just that.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Sutherland), Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, Brand (Stainke), Burry (Maclellan), Durrand, Goller, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Nimmons, Graham<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />D Christie 13, Oliver 17, Durrand 20, pen 35, 50, Farquhar 41, Maclellan 85<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Goller, A Christie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Andy Durrand<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=432">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=432</a><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.25%20vs.%20Balintore">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.25%20vs.%20Balintore</a><br /><br />Elsewhere in the league, Dingwall Vertex lifted themselves off the bottom of the league by beating Inver 3-2 at Portmahomack thanks to goals from Ally Smith, Joffy Bowen and Ryan Reid. Invergordon Social Club came back from 1-0 down to beat Cromarty at Victoria Park and the game between Ross-shire Club and Alness Athletic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.<br /><br />Next week's league fixtures for Wednesday, June 1st:<br /><br />Balintore v Inver<br />Tain Thistle v Ross-shire Club<br />Invergordon Social Club v Alness Athletic<br />Dingwall Vertex v Cromarty<br /><br />All with a 7.30pm kick off.

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  • Ross-shire Club 1-2 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle overcame a stubborn Ross-shire Club with two late goals to reach the semi final of the Pattison Cup, after being 1-0 down for the majority of the game. <br /><br />Michael Brand, Dave Nimmons, Robbie Ross, Kevin Graham, Joe Stainke and Michael Stein were all missing from the side on a typically wet day in Dingwall, where Tain were on top for most of the game, but failed to create real chances. <br /><br />They started brightly, passing the ball around well and threatening to take the lead, Daniel Christie coming close with a free-kick. However Tain’s best chance of opening the scoring came when the away side were awarded a penalty, after a foul on Darren Goller. However a great save from the Ross Club keeper denied Martyn Farquhar. <br /><br />Five minutes later, Tain paid the price, as a cross into the box was headed in by Cammy Bell, a goal which looked suspiciously offside. It stayed the same until half time and beyond, as after the break, Tain took control of the game, piling the pressure on the home defence, but to no avail, the closest chances falling to the relentless Ryan Johnston and another Daniel Christie free kick. <br /><br />The former was replaced by John Maclellan near the end of the game, as Brian Cameron moved into midfield to impose himself. Minutes from the end, a defensive mistake allowed Maclellan to score the equalizer. <br /><br />Moments later, a short corner came to Farquhar, who delivered a fantastic cross for Kyle Oliver to glance home with his head brilliantly. Tain's back line defended superbly to see out the result, and send Tain into the semi finals of another trophy, despite a less than impressive performance.<br /><br />Match report by John Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Maclellan), Sutherland, A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Burry, Farquhar, D Christie, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Mackintosh<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Maclellan 88, Oliver 90<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />D Christie, Goller<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Kyle Oliver<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=431">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=431</a><br /><br />In the other semi finals, Inver made easy work of Cromarty at Victoria Park, scoring two early goals to eventually win 3-0. Balintore emerged as Inver's opponents for the semi final in a week's time, following a more convincing 3-0 win at home to Dingwall Vertex. Meanwhile, Tain Thistle's semi final opponents were decided when Invergordon Social Club easily disposed of Alness Athletic at the defeated side's Academy Park.<br /><br />The semi finals will take place one week from today, with a 3pm kick off.

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  • Latest News Roundup 21/5

    We cannot begin a news roundup without once again giving praise to the team that held out with ten men to beat Balintore in the League Cup final last weekend. The result and the achievement goes down in history not ony as a cup win, but as one of the club's finest ever performances.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="Steven Martin" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/smartin1.jpg">With the cup win fresh in the mind, Thistle travel for their next cup game this afternoon, in the first round of the Pattison Cup against the in-form Ross-shire Club. The match should prove to be a very close affair.<br /><br />Fitness wise, Thistle's only injury doubt is Andrew Sutherland who has been suffering from a back complaint this week. Absentees Michael Brand, Kevin Graham and Robert Ross are all still vacationing for the weekend fixture at Dingwall.<br /><br />Steven Martin's stellar efforts in retrieving a Tain Thistle FC match ball from the Jubilee Park swamp this past Wednesday must be applauded, following Andrew Sutherland's merciless punt to send the article into the depths.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="Andy Murray" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/amurray1.jpg">On the pitch this past Wednesday, Tain Thistle notched their first league victory of the season against Dingwall Vertex, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from John Maclellan, Martyn Farquhar and Daniel Christie. <br /><br />Player Andrew Murray has been released by the club. Tain Thistle FC wish Mr Murray all the best in his future endeavours.<br /><br />The club's first matchday raffle was a resounding success against Alness Athletic a week ago last Wednesday, raising £62. The football card efforts of committee efforts this past week has also raised over £60. Well done to those involved.<br /><br />Finally, thanks must go to Iain Macleod of Tain Golf Club who took the time to roll both Tain football pitches this past week, in preparation for future games this summer. Thank you Iain.

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  • Dingwall Vertex 0-3 Tain Thistle

    With several first team players absent and the manager himself missing due to suspension, a much changed Tain Thistle side from the one that won the League Cup took to the field of Jubilee Park to play Dingwall Vertex last night. Goalkeeper Steven Wemyss returned to action for his second consecutive league appearance, while Daniel Christie also returned to the starting XI filling the void in midfield left by the holidaying Michael Brand. Also returning to action was Kyle Oliver at centre half, slotting in to replace the injured Andrew Sutherland who continues to recover from a back complaint.<br /><br />The much improved Vertex side who had drawn 0-0 with Thistle in pre-season appeared to have turned up in the early stages, competing well in an end-to-end period of action, but as expected it was the Jags who had the better of the attacking play, forcing a series of corner kicks.<br /><br />It was a corner which eventually resulted in the first goal as John Maclellan opened his account for the season, tucking a cross home from close range to make it 1-0.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/johnmacvert.jpg"><br /><br />The Dingwall side's spirit appeared to peter out only moments later as Vertex keeper Macrae failed to hold an aerial shot, dropping the ball behind his head for Martyn Farquhar to casually canter the ball into the net for his fifth goal in five games.<br /><br />Referee Mark Dalton awarded Thistle a penalty soon after, but taker Darran Goller shot at the keeper's right and the kick was saved.<br /><br />Ryan Johnston played well at left-back, again a goal threat. The young full back had scored the goal of the season in this fixture last year, but could only fire wide from distance this time around just before half time.<br /><br />The second half started with an abundance of slips and falls amidst heavy wind and rain, but the weather conditions could not prevent Daniel Christie from exhibiting a touch of class on 56 minutes, as he looped a free kick from five yards wide of the eighteen yard box into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0.<br /><br />Top scorer Darran Goller was unlucky not to score in the second half with a number of angled shots, and was even more unlucky not to win a penalty as the Vertex stopper appeared to obliterate the pacey forward during a one-on-one; referee Dalton waving play-on after having sent Thistle keeper Robbie Ross off for less the previous Saturday.<br /><br />Late on, it seemed as though the score would finish 3-1, as Ally Smith struck from a tight angle past Wemyss to apparently rattle a shot into the net off the far stachion, but again referee Dalton waved play-on. Full time followed shortly after, the 3-0 scoreline handing Thistle their first league win, and their first clean sheet of the season. The Jags will be pleased with the win, despite never really moving out of second gear.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron (D Nimmons), Johnston (Stainke), Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, D Christie, Burry (C Nimmons), Durrand, Goller, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Mackintosh<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Maclellan 30, Farquhar 33, D Christie 56<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Cameron 55<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Kyle Oliver<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=430">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=430</a><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.18%20vs.%20Vertex">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.18%20vs.%20Vertex</a><br /><br />Elsewhere in the league, the results again provided a few surprises, Ross-shire Club handing Balintore a 4-0 drubbing away from home. At Portmahomack, Inver threw away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 to the Social Club, while Alness Athletic made easy work of Cromarty, winning 3-1 at home.<br /><br />Next week's league fixtures:<br /><br />Ross-shire vs Alness Athletic <br />Tain Thistle vs Balintore<br />Cromarty vs Invergordon Social Club<br />Inver vs Dingwall Vertex<br /><br />All 7.30pm kick offs.<br /><br />In other news, Michael Brand has reported that he and Michael Stein are having a good time in Magaluf, despite Steino throwing up at the airport entrance then fainting on the plane.

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  • Happy Birthday Ian

    Many happy returns to committee member, physio, assistant manager and all round Tain Thistle legend Mr Ian Christie. Happy birthday Ian!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/ianchristie.jpg">

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  • Thistle hat-trick club reaches ten

    Martyn Farquhar capped off a tremendous start to May by collecting the League Cup as Thistle's captain, while also picking up the man of the match award. But last week, the midfielder also joined the exclusive list of hat-trick scorers in the Jags' history.<br /><br />Farquhar's goals against Cromarty in last week's semi final made him the tenth person to net 3 or more goals in one game for Tain Thistle during their fifteen year existence.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/hat-trickclub.jpg"><br /><br /><b>The Hat-trick Club</b><br />1. Garry Perks - 6<br />2. Liam Rostock - 4<br />3. Robert Ross - 3<br />4. Mike McKenna - 2<br />= Calum Macdonald - 2<br />= Mark Reid - 2<br />= Matthew Rooney - 2<br />= Darran Goller - 2<br />9. James Rice - 1<br />= Martyn Farquhar<br /><br />Despite playing in the Welfare league since 1997, the first Jags player to net a hat-trick was Robert Ross in 2000.<br /><br />Below is a complete list of all 25 hat-tricks scored by Jags players in competitive games.<br /><br />1. July 12, 2000 - Robert Ross (3) vs Invergordon Distillery (League Match)<br />2. July 19, 2000 - Mike McKenna (4) vs Wheel Inn (League Match)<br />3. May 2, 2001 - Mike McKenna (3) vs Tain United (League Match)<br />4. May 25, 2002 - Calum Macdonald (3) vs The Rigger (Pattison Cup Match)<br />5. July 13, 2002 - Robert Ross (5) vs Tain United (Seaboard Cup Match)<br />6. July 13, 2002 - Calum Macdonald (3) vs Tain United (Seaboard Cup Match)<br />7. May 5, 2004 - Garry Perks (3) vs Portmahomack (League Match)<br />8. July 14, 2004 - Mark Reid (3) vs 3G's (League Match)<br />9. August 4, 2005 - Mark Reid (3) vs Ross-shire Club (League Match)<br />10. July 5, 2006 - Matthew Rooney (3) vs Invergordon Distillery (League Match)<br />11. July 19, 2006 - Matthew Rooney (3) vs Inver (League Match)<br />12. August 4, 2006 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Ross-shire Club (League Match)<br />13. June 13, 2007 - Garry Perks (3) vs Maitlands Bar (League Match)<br />14. June 4, 2008 - Garry Perks (3) vs Black Rock Rovers (League Match)<br />15. July 28, 2008 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match)<br />16. Jun 17, 2009 - Robert Ross (3) vs Inver (League Match)<br />17. July 22, 2009 - James Rice (3) vs Cromarty (League Match)<br />18. July 22, 2009 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Cromarty (League Match)<br />19. June 9, 2010 - Garry Perks (3) vs Cromarty (League Match)<br />20. June 16, 2010 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match)<br />21. June 16, 2010 - Garry Perks (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match)<br />22. July 31, 2010 - Garry Perks (4) vs Invergordon Social Club (Coronation Cup Match)<br />23. July 31, 2010 - Darran Goller (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (Coronation Cup Match)<br />24. April 30, 2011 - Darran Goller (3) vs Inver (League Cup Match)<br />25. May 7, 2011 - Martyn Farquhar (3) vs Cromarty (League Cup Match)

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  • Cup final celebrations (in pictures)

    A selection of photographs from the post-match celebrations and presentations at the Commercial Hotel in Balintore.<br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal1.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal12.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal3.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal4.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal5.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal6.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal7.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal8.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal10.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal11.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal2.jpg"><br /><br /><img src="images/cupfinal/cupfinal9.jpg">

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  • Thistle beat the odds to win League Cup

    May 14th of 2011 goes down in history alongside only a handful of other dates as another memorable encounter that saw silverware make its way to Tain Thistle Football Club. A performance immersed in fight, determination and tremendous team spirit saw Thistle overcome several hurdles to take the lead three times against Balintore, despite losing their goalkeeper to a sending off, reducing them to ten men.<br /><br />Manager Robbie Ross, who himself had failed to make the League Cup final squad under manager Arron Christie last season, brought himself back into the goalkeeping position for Steven Wemyss, while Martyn Farquhar also returned to the side. Daniel Christie, unavailable for the final, was replaced by young striker John Maclellan, who started for the first time this season. Also returning to the squad was Liam Rostock, who having played only one pre-season game would make his first appearance of the season.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/avatar-burrycowie.jpg"><br /><br />A mixture of blustery winds and frequent showers earlier in the day suggested that the game may have to be approached with the weather as a factor. Indeed it did, as Thistle won the toss and chose to play with the wind behind them in the first half.<br /><br />Before long, the game had its first goal. Darran Goller, who has shown new levels of composure and determination this season gave everyone a reminder of why he is the club's top scorer on only 7 minutes when he thundered a shot past MacGruer for the opener. Much like they had done last season, Thistle took an early 1-0 lead.<br /><br />Thistle could very well have gone 2-0 up when Maclellan found himself bearing down on MacGruer, but the keeper was fast to the ball.<br /><br />But the game would soon take a turn that would reshape it for the rest of the 90 minutes. Despite claims for offside, Balintore's Andrew Ripley advanced towards the Thistle goal before being felled by Thistle keeper Robbie Ross. Ross, in the cruelest of fashions, was then dismissed and Balintore were awarded a penalty, which - needless to say - was converted with ease against Thistle's unorthodox right-back-come-stand-in stopper Brian Cameron.<br /><br />A goalkeeper being dismissed with no goalkeeping option on the bench is high on the list of nightmare scenarios for any cup final team, let alone playing with only ten men. But in this case, the sending off was only the first chapter in what would become one of the most remarkable tales in the club's football history.<br /><br />At 1-1, Thistle reshaped their defence and began to show that they had everything to play for, quickly reaffirming their dominance, with Michael Brand forcing a save from MacGruer. But the best was still to come, as captain-for-the-day in Daniel Christie's absence, Martyn Farquhar launched a curling shot over the head of MacGruer into the net in what will be a candidate for goal of the season to make it 2-1.<br /><br />With the score at 2-1, Tain showed no sign of letting up on a Balintore side who looked like they were the team with ten men. In fact, as half-time approached, Goller was unlucky not to make it 3-1 as he played himself into a 1 on 1 situation with MacGruer from a tight angle, but could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.<br /><br />Adopting a more attacking game in the second half, Balintore forced Thistle to defend early on, the Jags thwarting a series of cross balls, before successfully clearing Balintore's first corner on 55 minutes.<br /><br />The move that finally made the difference for Balintore after close to an hour of excellent defensive play from Thistle was a ball from Stainke that found the feet of the onrushing McCourt, allowing the towering forward to place the ball round Cameron to make it 2-2.<br /><br />The Thistle hearts did not sink however, and Ross moved quickly to introduce the fresh attacking legs of Liam Rostock in place of Maclellan. The switch gave Balintore no opportunity to capitalize on any momentum following their goal and before long the combined pace of Rostock and Goller was proving a test for the Baltie back line.<br /><br />On 70 minutes, a twisting run from Rostock allowed the striker to fire across MacGruer's goal; his shot flying just inches wide. But only a few minutes later, the quick feet of Goller pushed Thistle back into the lead. Taking a ball to the by line, the Jags top goalscorer squared a waiting ball for Rostock who was quick to tap the ball home in the six yard box. The goal was undoubtedly a just reward for Thistle, who had shown their dominance throughout the game.<br /><br />Balintore's desperation began to show as they attempted to score with a 50 yard lob direct from kick off, but the shot fell nowhere near the target. A furious quarter hour followed as Sutherland, Christie and Brand put on a display of ruthless defending against an all-out Balintore attack; Cameron also handling the ball well when called upon.<br /><br />Chasing a late equalizer, Balintore's McCourt worked hardest for his side despite some over-zealous forward play which saw him caught offside on a number of occasions, only increasing the frustration of the "Gulls".<br /><br />One final attack for Balintore saw a corner headed wide by Macdonald much to the relief of Cameron and his defence - then - after what seemed like an eternity for the Jags, referee Mark Dalton finally blew his whistle for full time, sending the Thistle support and players into uproarious celebrations.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Cameron, Johnston (Graham), Sutherland, A Christie, Farquhar, Brand, Durrand, Burry (Reid), Maclellan (Rostock), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Nimmons, C Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 7, Farquhar 41, Rostock 75<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Red cards:</b><br />Ross 18<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=449">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=449</a><br /><br />Opinions were shared around the ground after the game that a finer performance had never been seen from a Tain Thistle team, who overcame the odds in so many ways, showing determination and fight that will be remembered for many years.<br /><br />Back at the Commercial Hotel, thanks were given to cup sponsor Jimmy Oman of Highland Heatsave Ltd and the match officials before Balintore, captained by Paul Cowie, collected their Runners-up medals. The winning captain Martyn Farquhar was then presented with the trophy to a rousing reception from the victorious party of players and committee. Farquhar was also named the sponsor's man of the match.<br /><br />The result is historic for Tain Thistle on a number of levels. Having played in three other League Cup finals during their fifteen year history, this afternoon's win against Balintore hands them their first ever League Cup win. It was also a first for long time Thistle servant and founding player Colin Burry, who missed both 2007 and 2009, Thistle's other years capturing silverware.<br /><br />It was of course the first ever cup final contested between Balintore and Tain Thistle, two sides who thrive on personal pride and carry a local rivalry. If this game was anything to the neutral, it will have served as a tremendous advertisement for the level of football being played under the Ross-shire Welfare football association banner.

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  • TRA secure North of Scotland championship

    Tain Royal Academy clinched the North of Scotland League title on the 28th of April, with a workmanlike victory away to the holders Inverness Royal, in a 4-1 win. A rousing team talk followed by a stirring prayer from Mr Stainke in the dressing rooms prior to the match ensured focus and determination were felt by the players as they took to the pitch. However at first it seemed it would not be answered, as Tain struggled to settle into their passing game, the long grass and heat being factors in this. <br /><br />IRA (Inverness Royal Academy) missed a penalty 10 minutes in, as Ayah Rattanaphithak brought down the opposing striker in the box, however, the player’s spot kick was ballooned wide. This was a wake up call for Tain, and minutes later, a left footed Joe Stainke strike put Tain ahead, as he capitalized on a defensive misjudgement. <br /><br />Tain were to double their lead soon after, when John Maclellan was fouled inside the box, and then scored the penalty. It was getting comfortable for Tain with the midfield pairing of Ayah and Andrew Sutherland working excellently, with Donald Matheson and Ally Mackintosh on the wings. <br /><br />Despite this Tain lost a silly goal right on half time, when a ridiculous decision by the referee allowing a player 5 yards offside to run through and score. <br /><br />The score stayed at 2-1 till half time, but after the interval the game became a battle, with Alan Duff commanding his defenders Calum Macdonald, Ryan Johnston and Reece Stewart well. It was Johnston who made a world class tackle to prevent an almost certain goal for the IRA, an soon after, a deflected Ayah strike gave Tain some needed breathing space. <br /><br />Johnny Allan continued to keep the home side at bay with some great saves, and Tain were rewarded for their efforts when Nick Mein was fouled in the box, and Alan Duff stepped up calmly to put Tain 4-1 ahead. There were to be more chances for Tain, with Thomas Urbancyk coming close twice after coming on to replace Stainke. <br /><br />The game finished 4-1, to give TRA their first ever league title, and send Mr Stainke and his team into wild celebration. <br /><br /><I>Report contributed by John Maclellan</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/schoolteam.jpg">

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  • Thistle vs Balintore final is first ever

    The League Cup final meeting this Saturday will be the first ever cup final game played between Tain Thistle and Balintore. Incredibly, in the years since Balintore rejoined the Ross-shire Welfare league in 2000, the sides have never found themselves facing each other in a final. <br /><br />Incredible still, the sides have only met in a semi final twice. The first, in the 2004 Coronation Cup ended in a 3-2 win for Balintore despite taking the lead through the first of two goals from Calum Macdonald. The second, in 2008, when the score read 4-2 - Baltie's Gus Macdonald proving too much despite goals from Perks and Rostock.<br /><br />Neither side has set the world alight in their most recent league games. In what Dingwall Vertex may consider to be their greatest result to date, Balintore finished up 4-4 with the relative newcomers, while Thistle, at home to Alness Athletic ended their game 2-2, this past Wednesday.<br /><br />On the park, Darran Goller is enjoying a tremendous run of form for Tain Thistle, captured initially during the winter with Balintore's North Caledonian league side. The pacey forward has netted 6 times in 4 games so far this season. Winger Andy Durrand has also impressed, with 4 in 4. One thing that will certainly be tested on Saturday is the Thistle defence, who face the challenge of a free scoring Balintore attack; Ripley, Macgruer, Powell, McCourt and Macdonald all having found the net so far this season.<br /><br />The route to the final has proved arduous and attractive at different times for both teams. Balintore ambled past Ross-shire Club with the narrowest of 1-0 wins, while Thistle drubbed local rivals Inver 6-2 in the first round. The semi finals proved to be a different story for Balintore as they impressively eliminated Invergordon Social Club with a resounding 6-2 scoreline. At Cromarty in the other semi final, Thistle enjoyed the largest scoring margin of the season so far with a thumping 8-1 win.<br /><br />Though Thistle are the designated "home team" in Saturday's final, the seasiders will no doubt take encouragement from the fact they are playing on their familiar Balintore ground at the lower park in the village, giving them the "twelve man" on the day.<br /><br />Sponsored by Highland Heatsave Ltd, the final is scheduled to kick off at 3pm on Saturday.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-2 Alness Athletic

    Ryan Johnston returned from a bout of the flu to replace the work-committed Martyn Farquhar, while Steven Wemyss was handed his first start between the sticks, replacing the benched gaffer Robert Ross in an otherwise unchanged starting eleven for the Jags' first home game of the season.<br /><br />Only fifteen minutes prior to kick off, the Alness Athletic men had not arrived and it looked as though Thistle could be destined for a training session instead of a game, but the same problems that had haunted the Alness men in their first two games seemed to have been eradicated as they turned out in their numbers, with the strongest team they have fielded thus far.<br /><br />After a late kick off, the game took shape early on as Alness took an unexpected lead. Martin Douglas catapulted an effort from 30 yards to catch debuting goalkeeper Steven Wemyss off guard. The goal did not deter the Jags however, with Kevin Graham shooting narrowly wide at the other end.<br /><br />A final spell of pressure in the first half saw Michael Brand head over from the closest of ranges following a corner, and Goller fire a shot into the side netting. With Alness retaining their 1-0 lead at half time, it felt like only a matter of time before Tain were back in the game.<br /><br />The second half kicked off as the first had began however, with the Athletic stunning the Jags on the counter, winning a corner before sending the ball into the box for David Niven to score with the easiest of headers at the far post. Now 2-0 down, the Jags had it all to do.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/tainalness2011a.jpg"><br /><br />Having been introduced at half time, John Maclellan quickly found his step for Tain, linking up well with Goller and Christie up front to create a number of chances, the latter shooting wide before Goller eventually pulled a goal back, galloping the ball into the net following a stramash in the Alness goalmouth.<br /><br />Andrew Sutherland could very well have found the equaliser on 70 minutes as he launched himself at a looping Burry corner at the far post, but the centre half failed to reach the ball.<br /><br />Hard work and determination finally paid off with 85 minutes on the clock, as Goller found the net for his second, powering a header from deep inside the eighteen yard box past an unsuspecting Robertson. The goal was a just reward for the Jags, who had worked tirelessly throughout the game to earn at least a draw.<br /><br />Having lost their grasp on a somewhat fortuitous lead, Alness kicked into a new gear in the final stages and forced two saves from Thistle stopper Wemyss, who having prevented an attempt from Jamie Sinclair had to block the rebound also.<br /><br />But with victory in sight, Thistle rounded the game off with sustained pressure. Despite frequent time wasting from Athletic, prevolent throughout the second half, Thistle created a number of chances to snatch a winner; substitute Ross firing wide and Goller forcing a tremendous save from an in-form Robertson. The greatest effort however fell to Maclellan, who found himself one-on-one with Robertson in injury time, but the Alness stopper was up to the challenge, blocking a powerful strike.<br /><br />Alas, the score remained at 2-2 - a familiar result for Thistle so far during their league campaign, but the team must take some satisfaction as a side who remain unbeaten this season against tough opposition. All attention now turns to the League Cup final this Saturday against Balintore.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Maclellan), Sutherland, A Christie, Brand, Burry (Reid), Graham (Ross), Durrand, D Christie, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Stainke, D Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 58, 85<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Andrew Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=429">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=429</a><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.11%20vs.%20Alness">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.11%20vs.%20Alness</a><br /><br />Elsewhere in the league, at Dingwall, Vertex got off the mark with the most amazing of 4-4 draws with league champions Balintore thanks to goals from Reed, Mclean, Macdonald and Duff. Dingwall's other side Ross-shire Club however fell 2-1 to league leaders Invergordon Social Club while in the other game, Cromarty bounced back from cup defeat to beat Inver 4-2.<br /><br />Next week's league fixtures are:<br /><br />Inver v Invergordon Social Club<br />Alness Athletic v Cromarty<br />Balintore v Ross-shire Club<br />Dingwall Vertex v Tain Thistle<br /><br />All with a 7.30pm kick off.

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  • Weekly News Roundup 8/5

    We bring you a later than usual weekly news roundup, after a busier than usual week.<br /><br />Tain Thistle have reached the League Cup final for the second year in a row thanks to two excellent cup performances in the early rounds. Fourteen goals in two games saw the Jags run out 6-2 winners over neighbouring rivals Inver before thrashing Cromarty by 8 goals to 1 at their Victoria Park home in the semi final. Hat-tricks for Darran Goller and Martyn Farquhar along the way, as well as two braces for Andy Durrand has given Thistle supporters much to be excited about in the goalscoring front.<br /><br />The cup final will be played this Saturday, May 14th with a 3pm kick off Balintore's lower park, and is sponsored by Highland Heatsave.<br /><br />Either side of the cup ties, Thistle kicked off their league campaign with a good performance but a disappointing result against Inver at Portmahomack. Despite taking a 2-0 lead, the Jags eventually had to settle for a draw in what turned out to be a heated affair. The point leaves both Inver and Tain Thistle mid table, with Balintore, Social Club and Ross-shire Club all recording wins.<br /><br />Training will resume tomorrow after its cancellation last week, scheduled to take place at 7pm at the Links.<br /><br />Fundraising wise, the club wishes to thank DH Munro for their sponsorship this past week, and thanks also go to Balblair Distillery for their kind donation of a raffle prize. Their continued support is greatly appreciated.<br /><br />The next poker fundraiser is expected to take place on Tuesday, May 17th. As ever, interested parties should contact the club in advance to participate.<br /><br />The club are currently looking for volunteers to sell scratchcards during the current season. If anyone is interested in helping the club with fundraising, please contact a member of the current committee.<br /><br />And finally, on a lovely news note, congratulations go to Thistle striker Mark Reid and his other half Claire, who became parents today. Congratulations Mark and Claire!

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  • Thistle destroy Cromarty to reach final

    The last time Tain Thistle visited Victoria Park in Cromarty for a semi final, they walked away badly beaten, on the wrong side of a 9-1 drubbing. The result of this afternoon's League Cup semi final would prove to be almost a complete reversal.<br /><br />Manager Robbie Ross had only one late call-off to cope with, as flu stricken Ryan Johnston was forced to withdraw after two impressive displays against Inver. Arron Christie made his return to the side, with Farquhar returning to the midfield, while Kevin Graham dropped back to the left side of the defence.<br /><br />Showing the same confidence and determination in the early stages they showed a week prior, the Thistle boys wasted no time in asserting their authority with a spell of pressure on the Cromarty goal; Martyn Farquhar eventually connecting with the necessary touch to put the Jags 1-0 ahead.<br /><br />Scythed out of play in the 18 yard box, Darran Goller won Thistle a chance to extend their lead on 25 minutes, but penalty taker Daniel Christie could only fire at the Cromarty keeper from the spot, then striking the bar with the rebound.<br /><br />With the penalty miss, and a one-on-one effort for Christie also squandered, it seemed as though Cromarty may have cashed in their lifeline and just moments later they were unlucky not to score with a speculative free kick, palmed away by Ross as it made its way to the top corner.<br /><br />Thistle's second came ten minutes later however thanks to Andy Durrand, who showed coolness in slotting the ball home after a flurry of Thistle shots on goal.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/cromstain1.jpg"><br /><br />Unlucky not to have scored once or twice himself in the first half taking advantage of a sleepy Cromarty defence, Goller eventually proved to the creator for Thistle's third, taking the ball to the byline before squaring an effort for Farquhar to pirouette the ball over the line for 3-0.<br /><br />It took Thistle only seven minutes to extend their lead in the second half, with Michael Brand beating the ball beyond the Cromarty stopper for a fourth before Daniel Christie made amends for his penalty miss on 55 minutes. At 5-0, the tie looked all but wrapped up.<br /><br />Referee Mike Stainke showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot once again, this time on the hour mark, after Arron Christie was adjudged to have fouled Phil Macdonald during the Cromarty striker's attempt to bicycle kick a shot towards goal. Macdonald, making no mistake with the spot kick, placed the ball down the gullet of Ross's goal to bring the score back to 1-5.<br /><br />Any chance of a Cromarty fight back was killed off just six minutes later however when Farquhar headed home for Thistle's sixth and his first ever hat-trick for the club.<br /><br />A meandering Goller finally netted a goal of his own against a ragged Cromarty back line, knocking the ball past two defenders before battered a shot past the keeper to make it 7-1. The goal signalled the end of the Jags' top scorer's contribution, who was replaced by Craig Nimmons with twenty minutes left on the clock.<br /><br />As it was in the last cup round, it was up to Andy Durrand to round off the scoring with his second of the afternoon, beating the offside trap to run through and slot the ball home with ease.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Cameron, Graham (D Nimmons), Sutherland, A Christie, Brand, Farquhar, Burry (Reid), Durrand, D Christie, Goller (C Nimmons)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Farquhar 7, 39, 66, Durrand 35, 85, Brand 48, D Christie 51, Goller 70<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Goller<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=448">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=448</a><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.07%20vs.%20Cromarty">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/05.07%20vs.%20Cromarty</a><br /><br />Post-match, the Thistle team and committee were treated very well at the home side's sponsoring bar and restaurant, the Cromarty Arms, where pies and chips were the order of the day.<br /><br />In the other semi final, Balintore made short work of Invergordon Social Club at the eliminated side's Recreation Grounds. Goals from Ross Powell, Jamie Martin, Andy Ripley, Craig McCourt, Dave MacGruer and an unfortunate own goal for Social's Allan Campbell were enough to overcome a brace from Paul Austin for the home side.<br /><br />Thistle will now travel to Balintore this Saturday, May 14th for what will be their second consecutive League Cup final appearance. Losing out by 2 goals to 1 last year to rivals Inver, the Jags will be hoping for a different outcome this time against a Balintore side that will have a home advantage.

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  • Cameron sees improvement in Croms

    Saturday’s League Cup semi final will be only the eighth meeting between Tain Thistle and Cromarty -- but one Jag in particular is certainly no stranger to the Black Isle natives. Before Cromarty joined the ranks of the Ross-shire Welfare Football Association, Thistle’s Brian Cameron was party to their efforts in the Ross-shire Amateur league.<br /><br /><i>"I started out playing football with Cromarty, having gone to school in Fortrose. With the amateur side, I started playing in 2004 and finished in 2007. It was Colin Burry who asked me to come to Tain for the next season, and I did."</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/bcam.jpg">Slotting into a busy and young Thistle side that year, Cameron would become an ever-present, going on to play in every one of Thistle’s games during the 2008 season, only narrowly missing out on a league winners’ medal thanks to a last ditch title push from Black Rock Rovers. Only 20 years old, the midfielder’s tenacity and gritty determination won the praise of many Thistle supporters. <br /><br />Now as the 2011 season begins, Cameron reflects on the years past and the improvement made not only by himself but his former teammates at Victoria Park.<br /><br /><i>"The Cromarty boys are all older and more mature now than when I was there. When I was younger playing alongside them, we just wanted to play attacking football and forgot a lot about the defensive side of the game."</i><br /><br />Attacking indeed. Cromarty knocked no fewer than twenty-three goals past Thistle in league and cup competitions last year, asserting a goalscoring dominance over Tain unmatched by any other team during 2010. But Cameron sees the affair being a lot closer this time around.<br /><br /><i>"It’s going to be a hard game to call. I don’t think we should fear them, but they should certainly be respected. If we keep things tight at the back, we have a good chance of going through. We have got to focus on our own game and as long as we play to our potential we should be more than capable of getting a result."</i><br /><br />The semi final showdown between Cromarty and Thistle is scheduled for a 3pm kick off this Saturday at the Croms' Victoria Park.

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  • Inver 2-2 Tain Thistle

    Only four days separated the Jags' last visit to Portmahomack and their evening league meeting with rivals Inver. With Arron Christie missing due to work commitments, manager Robbie Ross dropped Martyn Farquhar to the back four slotting in Kevin Graham to fill the void in midfield, with the team otherwise unchanged. Inver introduced forwards Scott Smith and Martin Smith to their lineup, with Gordon Macinnes providing a more able pair of hands between the sticks for the home side this time around.<br /><br />The game started as it indeed proceeded to go on with a series of scrappy challenges and heated moments, referee Keith Middleton having to cope with a number of contentious decisions.<br /><br />With twenty minutes gone however, it seemed as though Thistle had made a breakthrough, as Darran Goller found the net with a header from only one yard - but referee Middleton bizarrely chalked the goal off for offside.<br /><br />The short size of the Portmahomack pitch always makes for an end-to-end affair and this evening proved to be no different with Inver almost scoring on the 25 minutes mark; goalkeeper Robbie Ross blocking a one-on-one effort from Scott Smith.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/newstest/data/upimages/invtain222.jpg"><br /><br />Undeterred by the earlier stroke of misfortune however, Thistle made no mistake with a later aerial effort, the imposing Kevin Graham first heading towards goal before poking the ball home for the opener just after half an hour.<br /><br />Graham remained in the thick of the action after his goal too, on the unfortunate receiving end of a vile attack from Inver's Stuart Wood, who sent a knee into head of a grounded Graham. Referee Keith Middleton, very softly, issued only a yellow to Wood, and a booking to Graham for his involvement in the incident, much to the amazement of Tain onlookers.<br /><br />In what would have perhaps been more reflective of their dominance, Thistle could have gone in 2-0 up at the break thanks to very clever running from Ryan Johnston on 40 minutes, but the full back struck just beyond Macinnes' far post.<br /><br />The second half saw the introduction of more meat to the challenge, with Inver chasing an equalizer. The threat of Smith and Robertson proved to be a test for Farquhar and Sutherland at the back, but it was Macinnes again who saw the most of the action, first watching as a Brand effort flew a tremendous distance just over the bar and moments later a Daniel Christie strike, that would have been easier to score, sail past his far post.<br /><br />It was Christie however who eventually found the net for the evening's second goal, rattling a shot in off the post to make it 2-0 for Thistle. The goal should have marked the beginning of a spell of ease for Tain, were it not for an instant strike-back by Inver, who sent a shot straight over Ross from the resultant kick off to make it 1-2; Scott Stirling making it 2 in 2 against Tain this past week.<br /><br />The close scoreline made for a nervy final quarter and it seemed Thistle's pressure would eventually pay off for a third thanks to Goller rattling Macinnes' hands and the crossbar with a thunderous effort to force a corner and an underpower strike from Graham that was easily held. But it wasn't to be. A late cross sent over the top of Tain defence was met with a glancing header by Scott Innes who left Ross with no chance to bring the scores level at 2-2.<br /><br />Inver's desperation to prevent Thistle from finding a late winner eventually led to the dismissal of Stuart Wood, who ruthlessly scythed Ryan Johnston out of play on the wing. A late headed effort for Martyn Farquhar which was sent over the bar was all she wrote for Thistle's opening league game and the scores ended at two a piece.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Cameron, Johnston, Sutherland, Farquhar, Brand, D Christie, Burry (Reid), Durrand (Maclellan), Goller, Graham<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Wemyss, D Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Graham 32, D Christie 72<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Graham<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=428">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=428</a><br /><br />Elsewhere, Balintore kicked their defence of the league title off with a 3-0 win against last year's runners-up Alness Athletic, thanks to goals from Ross Powell and James Metcalfe and an own goal from Gordy Maclean. Ross-shire Club secured three points at home to Cromarty with Cammy Bell and Kegan Stewart on target for the home side as they won 2-1. In the final game of the day, the much improved Invergordon Social Club ran away with spoils thanks to a 5-1 win over Dingwall Vertex, with Paul Austin, Stephen Campbell and Gordy Oman on the scoresheet.<br /><br />Next week's fixtures:<br /><br />Cromarty vs Inver<br />Inv Social Club vs Ross-shire Club<br />Tain Thistle vs Alness Athletic<br />Vertex vs Balintore

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  • Thistle to face Cromarty

    Tain Thistle will now travel to Cromarty in the semi final of the League Cup this Saturday, after the Victoria Park men crushed Alness Athletic by six goals to nil.<br /><br />In other results, Balintore snuck a 1-0 win at Dingwall over Ross-shire Club, while also at Dingwall, Invergordon Social Club went through on the right side of a high goal affair with Dingwall Vertex, winning 6-3.<br /><br />Thistle's win over Inver at the weekend presents two semi finals of Cromarty vs Tain Thistle and Invergordon Social Club vs Balintore. The winners of each match will meet the following weekend at Balintore Lower Park in the League Cup final.

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  • Results Roundup 28/11

    With Tain Thistle's game against Invergordon pushed back to December 5th, the only local North Caledonian league game of the day saw Balintore narrowly miss out on a draw with high fliers Dingwall Thistle, losing 2-1 at Seaboard Park. <br /><br />In other action Muir of Ord piled more defeat on Fort William's reserves, while Thurso notched a 6-1 win over Bonar Bridge at Sir Georges Park.

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  • Shengy hit with ban

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shengy.jpg">Tain Thistle learned today that defender David Mackay will serve an immediate one match ban following his dismissal against Muir of Ord last weekend. <br /><br />His suspension means that he will miss the club's December 5th trip to Invergordon, as Thistle look to extend the gap between themselves and the 9th placed club.

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  • Invergordon vs Thistle rescheduled

    Tain Thistle have been informed that due to a lack of available referees for this weekend's league game against Invergordon, their match has been postponed.<br /><br />The game will now take place on Saturday, December 5th.

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  • Thistle out of SWL Cup

    Tain Thistle were dropped out of the SWL Cup at the 2nd Round today, on the end of a 5-0 defeat to an impressive Muir of Ord Rovers.<br /><br />Inverness striker Bobby France joined Nairn natives Peter Belby and Sam Rodriguez in the Tain lineup for today's cup tie, with youngster Ayah Rattanaphithak also listed on the bench.<br /><br />With Daniel Christie and Martyn Farquhar both missing, Thistle welcomed back Michael Brand and Liam Rostock to the starting lineup, both coming back from an extended absence.<br /><br />As has often been the case this season, defensive miscommunication led to the opener, as Muir of Ord capitalised on Thistle's failure to clear the ball, going 1-0 up on <br /><br />Thistle's afternoon continued to look bleak when goalkeeper Ali Matheson came off the worst in a 50/50, leaving him grounded for several minutes with a suspected arm injury. The stopper was able to play on however, but had conceded a second within minutes, with Tain's defensive frailties showing again.<br /><br />Muir of Ord began the second half as they finished the first, netting once more with a lob over Matheson to go 3-0 up. 3-0 down, Tain began playing some better football with Russell Lawrie missing the side's best chance of consolation, one on one with the Muir keeper; Darran Goller also unable to capitalize with a rebound effort.<br /><br />A fourth followed on 68 minutes, before Muir rounded off their afternoon with a headed effort to make it 5-0.<br /><br />Ali Matheson kept the score at five, following an 89th minute penalty award for Muir of Ord, saving the set piece taker's effort; David Mackay dismissed for the infringement.<br /><br />The defeat drops Thistle out of the cup, while Muir of Ord advance to the semi final.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Sutherland, Durrand (Rodriguez), Murray (Belby), Mackay, Mailley, Goller (Rattanaphithak), Brand, Lawrie, France, Rostock<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Oliver<br /><br /><b>Sent Off:</b><br />Mackay 89<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Craig Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=270">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=270</a>

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  • Team news ahead of SWL tie

    Tain Thistle head into their first ever SWL Cup tie this weekend, welcoming Muir of Ord Rovers to Grant Park for the first time since September 2008.<br /><br />Thistle are expected to be without Martyn Farquhar and Daniel Christie, but the squad will be buoyed by the return of Michael Brand, who concluded his visit to Africa last week. A heavily bearded Andy Murray is also expected to make a return to action.<br /><br />Thistle are also expected to include the returning Liam Rostock, who ironically last played for Thistle in a North Caledonian FA game, last season against Muir of Ord, scoring Tain's only goal, before moving to Bonar Bridge.

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  • Thistle stars beard up for battle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/becks.jpg">The stars of Tain Thistle will tackle each other over the next four weeks in a Beard War. Players and committee will battle it out in a competition to grow the best beard at the club.<br /><br />Early odds from the bookies have Andy Murray as the clear favourite, with Daniel Christie following close behind. Michael Brand is a surprise entry at 10/1.<br /><br />Murray - 3/1<br />Christie - 5/1<br />Brand - 10/1<br />Dickie - 250/1<br />Goller - 1000/1

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  • Results Roundup 14/11

    With Fort William being forced to postpone yet another home fixture (at home to league leaders Thurso) and Halkirk deeming their pitch unplayable for their tie with Dingwall Thistle, only three games were played yesterday on the North Caledonian league card.<br /><br />As already reported, Tain Thistle were defeated 3-0 at home by a much improved Balintore side. The win takes Balintore up to 7th place, now only two points behind their rivals.<br /><br />At Pavilion Park, Muir of Ord continued to press towards the top spots in the table with a dominant 3-1 win over champions Golspie Sutherland. Tony Farquhar cancelled out an Alex Bone opener just after the half hour mark before Ewen Dance put the Muir men ahead in the second half. A second Farquhar goal made the result academic, ten minutes from time.<br /><br />The result is the latest in a string of disappointing results for Golspie, who remain in 5th place, ten points off the top, while Muir push into 3rd.<br /><br />Bonar Bridge turned a corner yesterday with an emphatic 4-2 win over Shaun Ross' Invergordon. New manager Kraig Vass introduced a few new faces to the Sutherland side, including hat-trick hero Robert McDonald who added his goals after Sean Henstridge had given Bonar the lead. Invergordon offered late replies through Alan Stone and Robbie Ross, but could not prevent their 7th defeat of the season.<br /><br />Fort William, now several games behind, remain in bottom place with no points, while Invergordon's run of bad luck continues leaving them in 9th with 1 point. Meanwhile, in the middle of the table, the competition is becoming fierce, with only three points distancing Tain Thistle, Balintore and Bonar Bridge.

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  • Tain Thistle 0-3 Balintore

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/baltygoal.jpg">Balintore retained the Graham Jardine Quaich this afternoon, while also securing 3 valuable points in the North Caledonian league against home side, Tain Thistle, at Grant Park.<br /><br />Andy Ripley provided the opener before the half hour mark, before Balintore captain Ross Powell made it 2-0 before half time. Ripley added another in the second half to make it 3-0, recording the final goal of the game.<br /><br />Manager John Oliver had to deal with late call offs once again, but was able to reintroduce Lee Morrison to the back four. Kyle Oliver moved back into the midfield, while Darren Oliver returned to the bench. Steven Martin, formerly of Bonar Bridge FC, was named as a substitute.<br /><br />The game began in cagey style with neither side able to stamp their authority in the opening quarter however Balintore came the closest to taking the lead with a thumping effort on 20 minutes; Ali Matheson palming the ball wide with a brilliant reflex save.<br /><br />It was Matheson however that provided Balintore with the opener when the stopper failed to clear a passback, leaving Seaboard striker Andrew Ripley with the easiest of finishes, passing the ball into the empty net to put Balintore 1-0 up.<br /><br />Within ten minutes, Balintore had scored again. Captain Ross Powell played a cross into the Thistle box that eventually sail over Matheson's head and arms into the net.<br /><br />Darran Goller had the best chance for Tain in the first half, put through one-on-one with Ross Henderson, but the keeper was faster to the ball.<br /><br />Thistle, feeling aggrieved to be 2-0 down after a fairly even first half, started the second half in promising style, testing Ross Henderson with a series of corners. However, it was Balintore who found the only goal of the half, going 3-0 up on 52 minutes. Ripley again, was the scorer, doing very well to out pace full back Martyn Farquhar and place the ball past Matheson.<br /><br />At 3-0 down, Thistle began to play some of their better football, substitutes Steven Martin and Darren Oliver introduced for Andy Durrand and Darran Goller. <br /><br />Russell Lawrie should have pulled a goal back after being played through by Martin. The striker rounded Henderson, but failed to tap the ball into the empty net, instead hitting the side netting.<br /><br />Martin, earlier the creator, should also have scored, having played himself into a clear position, but found his shot blocked.<br /><br />Committee member Alan Forsyth co-ordinated the presentation of the Quaich, which was awarded to Balintore captain Ross Powell at full time by Jim Jardine, father of Graham, to whom the trophy is a continued memorial to.<br /><br /><i>(Below: Ross Powell, with Jim Jardine)</i><br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/powell.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Sutherland, Farquhar, Mackay, Morrison, K Oliver, Mailley, Lawrie, Goller (D Oliver), Christie, Durrand (Martin)<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Mackay<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Chris Mailley<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=269">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=269</a>

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  • Thistle and Balintore to contest Graham Jardine Quaich

    This Saturday, Tain Thistle and Balintore will meet in the North Caledonian league but will also recontest the Graham Jardine Quaich, which was battled out for the first time last year between the sides at Grant Park.<br /><br />The Quaich, a memorium to former Tain and Balintore player Graham Jardine, was initially contested between Tain St Duthus and the Seaboard side until the Saints folded in 2005. Thistle reintoduced the trophy in 2008.<br /><br />Last season, Balintore proved to be the winners, with then-manager Alan Brindle's side winning by 5 goals to 2, over Robbie Ross's Thistle side.<br /><br />(Picture below: Last season's winning captain, John Skinner)<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/Graham-Jardine-quaich-1.jpg">

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  • Dingwall Thistle 6-0 Tain Thistle

    Tain were outclassed in Dingwall today, as the club's first ever North Caledonian league game on astroturf ended in a 6-0 defeat to the home town's Thistle. John Macleod again put the Tain Jags to the sword with four goals.<br /><br />Tain Thistle were again without Lee Morrison at the back as manager John Oliver renamed the young makeshift defence of Sutherland, Farquhar, Oliver and Mackay. <br /><br />In goal, Ali Matheson was up to the test of the Dingwall attack for most of the first half, but could do little to prevent a three goal flurry after the quarter hour mark; Macleod forcing three past the Tain stopper after defensive errors let the striker in on three occasions for a first half hat trick.<br /><br />Tain's lone forward Russell Lawrie found himself in an advanced position a couple of times in the first half but the organised defence of Dingwall were more than up to the task.<br /><br />Gary Urquhart nodded home a fourth before the break to make it 4-0 at half time.<br /><br />The messy away side shipped a further two goals within minutes of the restart and at 6-0, the Dingwall men took their foot off the pedal.<br /><br />Daniel Christie came closest to hitting back for Tain with a long range effort in the second half; Neil Mackay doing well to palm the shot away for a corner. <br /><br />The introduction of substitute Martin Smith brought a new attacking option for Tain, with the action on the artificial surface noticeably calmer than in the first half. Smith found himself inches away from a consolation on 80 minutes at Mackay's near post, but fired his effort inches wide.<br /><br />The game finished 6-0 to Dingwall, taking them to 2nd place in the league, four points clear of Halkirk, Golspie and Muir of Ord; the latter losing 1-0 to league leaders Thurso with a 90th minute Mark Nichol goal separating the sides.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Sutherland (Durrand), Farquhar, Oliver, Mackay, Austin, Mills, Mailley, Christie, Lawrie (Smith), Goller<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=268">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=268</a>

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  • Venue change for Dingwall/Tain match

    The match between Dingwall Thistle and Tain Thistle this Saturday has been moved from Jubilee Park to the Dingwall Academy all weather pitch, following police concerns over conflicts with the Ross County/Inverness CT SFL fixture.<br /><br />The game will still kick off at its orginal scheduled time of 12.30pm.

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  • Sponsor a player!!

    Player sponsorship places for the 2009/10 season are still up for grabs at £10 per player.<br /><br />Have your name or business listed with pride next to your player's name on their profile page, showing your support for Tain Thistle FC.<br /><br />To enquire about player sponsorship, contact the club using the <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/contactus.php">Contact Us</a> link.

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  • Rostock set for Thistle return?

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rostocky.jpg">2008/09 Young Player of the Year Liam Rostock could be set to make a return to former club Tain Thistle, after news broke that the winger had requested his release from Bonar Bridge FC.<br /><br />The winger officially requested his release from 7th placed Bonar this afternoon, following the resignation of management team Bill Russell, Billy Russell Jr and Jim Robertson from the Migdale Park side.<br /><br /><i>"I hoped to be available as much as possible this season, however work commitments have prevented me from getting involved in North Caledonian league games as much as I'd like."<br /><br />"It's a shame to see Bill go after all the hard work he has done at Bonar. He is the reason I won the award last year, I wish him all the best."<br /><br />"It would be great to be able to return occasionally and play with the Tain boys again. I think the team can really achieve a lot this year.</i><br /><br />There is also speculation over the future of goalkeeper Steven Martin who is thought to be training with Thistle this week.

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  • Tain Thistle injury update

    Andy Murray, who suffered a broken toe in the game against Halkirk a week ago is expected to be out for between 6-8 weeks before a return is possible. The toe break is the latest in a long line of injury for the defender, who has only just recovered from knee ligament damage.

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  • Lawrie enjoying life at Thistle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/russ.jpg">Having scored 18 times so far this season (a marked improvement from last season’s entire tally of 23), Thistle have a renewed eye for goal, thanks to a number of attack minded players being added to the squad. Top of the scoring charts is Inverness native Russell Lawrie, who joins the side as a relatively unknown quantity, following years as a prominent scorer in the Inverness & District Welfare leagues.<br /><br />The former Gellions & Portland Hotspurs forward has set new standards for Thistle in their North Caledonian league adventures, breaking the club's goal scoring record (previously set by last season’s top scorer Colin Burry). Though the club’s records are short lived for North Caledonian league football, the striker has shown himself to be prolific in the red and black since scoring in his first start against Golspie Sutherland last year.<br /><br />Lawrie, 23, was a late arrival under former boss Robbie Ross last season, brought to the club for their final games of the season as a trialist before returning to the club as a signed player for the current 2009/10 campaign.<br /><br /><i>“I knew the club coach Rob Nicolson from work and played football with him now and again. With the Inverness league shutting down for the winter I took the opportunity to come through and play. When the chairman asked me to come back to training this year I didn’t need persuaded � the chance to play at a higher level and pull the Thistle shirt on again was too good an offer to turn down.”</i><br /><br />Lawrie has been in rare form this season, finding the net six times in as many starts and doesn’t expect the performances to stop there.<br /><br /><i>“My personal goal is to play every week and to keep improving. John has been great to work with so far, allowing me to play my game and he provides me with structured criticism."<br /><br />"Being the top goalscorer is great but football is a team game and I wouldn’t be scoring the goals without my team mates. Ali, Lee and Ashley have strengthened the team and the fact we are on twelve points this season so far is a testament to the hard work the existing players have also put in to improve.”</i>

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  • Jags win in Dingwall to reach semi

    Goals from Paul Cowie, Liam Rostock and John Maclellan saw Tain Thistle beat Ross-shire Club to reach the Seaboard Cup semi final this afternoon.<br /><br />Avenging their earlier semi-final defeat to the Ross-shire in May, a Thistle side still missing Michael Brand, Martyn Farquhar and now Darran Goller turned up in small numbers to play the two time finalists.<br /><br />Despite only playing the first half, Paul Cowie scored the first for the visitors before Liam Rostock and John Maclellan added goals to make it 3. Craig Sutherland scored the home side's only goal, netting a penalty after gaffer Robbie Ross was adjudged to have handballed.<br /><br />The Jags will travel to Invergordon for the semi final to play the Social Club.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand, Johnston, Graham, Ross, Cowie (Ripley), Mailley, Matheson, Rostock, Maclellan, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Cowie, Rostock, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Chris Mailley

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  • Alness Athletic 2-1 Tain Thistle

    Three first half goals and a valiant second half effort from the Jags against league leaders Alness Athletic made for a storied and toughly contested game at Academy Park last night.<br /><br />Missing both centre halves from last week's win over Inver (Martyn Farquhar suspended and Michael Brand recovering from surgery), Thistle fielded an otherwise unchanged eleven with last minute addition Michael Stein added to the subs bench.<br /><br />The game's importance was clear to see as both sides started with an eye for goal, Goller shooting over at one end before Mark Lamont hit the side netting at the other - all in the opening two minutes.<br /><br />The end to end action continued, with John Allan called upon early with a double save, continuing the brilliance in goal that he has shown all season. At the other end, it was Tain who eventually found the opener. In a moment of brilliance, Chris Mailley flicked the ball to Darran Goller who turned and lobbed a shot from over 30 yards, foxing Daniel Cormack in the Alness goal as his powerful shot rattled the crossbar on its way into the net.<br /><br />It should have been 2-0 shortly after as a goalmouth scramble was eventually cleared by Cormack and the Alness defence following a series of corners, and again at the other end, Allan was equal to Alness.<br /><br />Missing their top goalscorer Shaun Robertson, an otherwise strong forward line was bolstered by David Niven, who eventually found Athletic's equalizer on 26 minutes, tapping home from a Lamont squared ball.<br /><br />At 1-1, the frenetic pace didn't change, however the grip was held stronger by Alness, buoyed by their goal. Unlucky with an earlier attempt, it was Chris Graham for the home side who eventually scored. John Allan, otherwise excellent in the first half, could do nothing to prevent Graham's thumping angled shot, ghosted past the Jags at pace to make it 2-1.<br /><br />The break followed within four minutes and so began a second half of Tain pressure. The back two of Robbie Ross and Kev Graham expertly stood up to early attacks from Alness, with Allan in goal again up to the test when required and Durrand and Johnston were both quick on the counter for Thistle. Under pressure, the Alness back line grew in numbers and successfully defended a series of well delivered corners from Daniel Christie.<br /><br />Liam Rostock looked the Jags' biggest threat, unlucky not to score with an effort that missed the target, continuing however to link up well with Johnston and substitute Donald Matheson - the former also shooting just wide.<br /><br />In the dying stages it looked as though Tain would surely snatch an equalizer as Maclellan found himself through on goal, but his shot flew agonisingly over.<br /><br />The win for Alness all but cements their position as champions-in-waiting, having already beaten closest rivals Balintore a week ago. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand, Johnston, Ross, Graham, Cowie (Matheson), Mailley, Rostock, Goller, Maclellan, Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Stein<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 16<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />John Allan

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  • Maclellan: Title isn't out of reach

    Wearing his colours on his sleeve, John Maclellan is an out and out Tain man.<br /><br />He is already in his third season with Tain Thistle since being thrown to the wolves at the age of 16 in a North Caledonian league match against Muir of Ord Rovers. The tall and imposing centre forward could have had a hat trick that night, were it not for the heroics of Robert Rose in the Muir goal, but that performance, coupled with a sparkling season with the Tain Juniors winning the Under 17 league championship and cup double, left a big impression.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/johnmac2012.jpg">Three years on and Maclellan emerges a new player, rust free, stronger and fresh from a winter playing in the Scottish Universities football leagues with maturity and the commitment of a player hungrier for success. <br /><br />It was only last year that he collected his first winners' medal following Tain's capture of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup, albeit at the start of an otherwise disappointing season for the Jags. Maclellan, however, four games in and with three goals under his belt, sees much more promise in his beloved Thistle this year.<br /><br /><i>"We're a better team than the last couple of seasons. Individually, we are among the best in the league; the team is full of good players. We should be aiming to win cups and should certainly be challenging for the league. It isn't quite out of our grasp yet, we just have to keep taking each game as it comes and doing all we can to narrow the gap."</i><br /><br />Thistle's next league game sees them travel to Academy Park to play league leaders Alness Athletic. Two years as the bridesmaid and not yet the bride, Alness will look upon victory next week as their first step towards title certainty, however a win for the Jags will close the gap to only three points, making it one of the biggest games of the league thus far.

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  • Tain Thistle 5-3 Inver

    The Jags recorded a further five goal win last night, beating local rivals Inver with goals from all round the team. <br /><br />Inver were stunned by an early goal for Thistle thanks to a well taken Liam Rostock free kick, beating Gordon Macinnes at his near post in the first minute. <br /><br />The score was to remain at 1-0 for most of the half, despite many chances for the home side. John Maclellan was first to force a save out of Macinnes, the elder keeper showing great agility to force the tight angled shot wide. Shooting wide following a corner shortly after, Maclellan was yet to open his account, and a shot over the bar on the half hour mark kept the score at only 1-0.<br /><br />Darran Goller, who had shot wide moments early, eventually extended the scoreline a minute before half time, giving Macinnes no chance with a powerful strike following some good forward play.<br /><br />With several minutes of first half stoppage time, Rostock looked like he would extend his own tally, but Macinnes saved a thumping effort at his near post to leave the first half score at 2-0. <br /><br />Inver faced some bad luck in the second half as their prolific centre half Andrew Sutherland fell awkwardly on his knee, before leaving the field in agony. Unable to weather the storm, the visitors soon found themselves 3-0 and then 4-0 down after an hour's play, through goals from Maclellan and Martyn Farquhar.<br /><br />The Jags introduced substitutes for the remaining twenty minutes of the game, and despite chances for Goller and Sutherland, it was Inver who were next to score. Hitting Thistle on the break, Martin Smith opened his account for the season carefully rounding Wemyss to score.<br /><br />Thistle's lapse continued as Smith found the net again shortly after, following a short foray of corners, but Wemyss, previously picking the ball out of the net, found himself credited with an assist shortly after, as his long kick was hit first time by Andy Ripley for Thistle's fifth of the evening.<br /><br />In what had been an otherwise well spirited game, a series of contentious offside calls against the home side in the final ten minutes led to frustration, and the Jags' Martyn Farquhar found himself dismissed for a second yellow for dissent; although it has been argued that of the 23 people on the park, the 22 players were perhaps the least guilty of dissension.<br /><br />Inver capitalized with a last minute goal following Farquhar's dismissal, Michael Newlands the scorer.<br /><br />The win for Thistle puts them within six points of Alness Athletic on the league table - a gap that can be reduced to only three points next week, as the Jags visit Academy Park to meet the league leaders. With 5 games to be played, its a tall task, but anything can happen.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Johnston, Graham, Brand, Farquhar, Durrand (Sutherland), Rostock, Munro (Cowie), Ross, Maclellan (Ripley), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Burry<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 1, Goller 45, Maclellan 65, Farquhar 68, Ripley 86<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Farquhar, Wemyss, Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Sent off:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar (90+2)<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-

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  • Social Club 2-5 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle bounced back tonight, from defeat at Cromarty with an emphatic 5-2 win away to league champions Invergordon Social Club. A hat-trick from man of the match Daniel Christie and a goal from Paul Cowie was enough to give Thistle a commanding lead before their third penalty award in three games saw Donald Matheson round the game off.<br /><br />Missing Andy Ripley, Ryan Johnston and Craig Nimmons, the Jags fielded an otherwise full strength side, with Colin Burry included for the first time this season. Player-manager Robbie Ross was also back in the side, following a relaxed gentleman's trip to Liverpool.<br /><br />As has been the case for most of the season, Thistle stuttered at the start of the game as Paul Sangwin's glancing header found the net to give the Social a lead after four minutes. The goal came after Darran Goller and Christie both failed to find the net for Tain during a frenetic opening spell.<br /><br />The opener was cancelled out in good time however with a similarly speculative cross, headed into an open net by Paul Cowie. <br /><br />The lead was extended when Daniel Christie capped off a brilliant move started by Darran Goller, playing in John Maclellan for to cut back for the striker to score.<br /><br />Tireless running and attacking play from Liam Rostock saw the winger presented with a number of chances, but the score at half time, remained 2-1 to Tain.<br /><br />The second half started as the first had with Social netting a goal, as Stuart Thomson's bobbled home from distance to make it 2-2.<br /><br />The leveller proved to be a short lived ray of hope for the Invergordon side however, as Christie again found the net.<br /><br />Christie looked like he was about to net his third on the seventy minute mark following clever play from Rostock, but he could only fire at the legs of the Social stopper.<br /><br />His hat-trick eventually came, marking his 30th goal for the Jags, neatly slotting past the goalkeeper to make it 4-2.<br /><br />The game took an ugly turn with twelve minutes to go as Sangwin was dismissed for violent conduct following an altercation with Kevin Graham.<br /><br />Finally, in what proved to be the third penalty in as many games that Gary McCarthy has awarded Tain Thistle, Donald Matheson converted to find the net for the first time this season, making it 5-2.<br /><br />The score remained at 5-2 with seven minutes remaining, Thistle recording their second away win of the league season.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand (Burry), Graham, Farquhar, Brand, Cowie (Ross), Munro, Goller (Matheson), Rostock, D Christie, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Wemyss<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Cowie 14, D Christie 29, 62, 73, Matheson pen 82<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Daniel Christie

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  • Thistle withdraw from Coronation Cup

    With disappointment, due to player absences at the Rockness festival and other factors, the club will have to forfeit today's cup game.

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  • Thistle facing Coronation Cup crisis

    The Jags will wait on the availability of stand-in players as the week continues, with almost all of the first team unavailable for their Coronation Cup 1st round tie with Balintore.<br /><br />While the club hopes to be able to field a team, forfeiting the tie has not been ruled out, with almost all of the current first team absent.

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  • Cromarty 3-2 Tain Thistle

    The long trip up to Cromarty ended in a 3-2 defeat after five first half goals and an outstanding goalkeeping display from Tain's Number 1.<br /><br />John Maclellan found the net after his shot was deflected past the Cromarty stopper after only nine minutes giving the Jags a dream start, but the goal was quickly cancelled out minutes later by Aaron Henderson after Allan had saved from Ruari Rogan.<br /><br />At 1-1, Thistle then found themselves on the backfoot, Phil Macdonald shooting wide after capitalising on a defensive slip up. Cromarty eventually found the net through Rogan to go 2-1 up.<br /><br />A Jags equalizer was soon to follow as the Cromarty goalkeeper wiped out Darran Goller in the box. A penalty was awarded but amazingly the keeper walked away without a caution. Liam Rostock converted to make it 2-2.<br /><br />Minutes before half time however, Rogan punished Thistle again, slotting past Allan despite the keeper's best efforts to parry an earlier shot.<br /><br />An outstanding game long performance was continued by 15 year old keeper Johnny Allan as he kept Thistle in with a shout of finding an equalizer in the second half. The goal however, never came, despite a shot from Kevin Graham which found its way over the bar and a crossbar rattler from Liam Rostock. Darran Goller was last to stab at goal with a shot just wide of the post into the side netting. Alas, the score remained 3-2 to the home side.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Durrand (Mackay 81), Johnston, Farquhar, Brand, Graham, Cowie, Rostock, Goller (Wemyss 81), Matheson (Nimmons 81), Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Maclellan 9, Rostock pen 36<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Wemyss 86<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Johnny Allan

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  • Invergordon 3 Tain Thistle 0

    Tain Thistle may have lifted themselves off the bottom of the table, but for the second weekend in a row the club's North Caledonian adventure ended in defeat.<br /><br />Robbie Ross named three trialists in a starting lineup which was changed drastically from the previous week's home game against Bunillidh. In came Arron Christie, Martin Mackay and James Rice.<br /><br />Thistle handled themselves very well in the first half, missing several opportunities to take the lead, most notably through debut man Arron Christie who, after a referee miscommunication, was clean through on the Invergordon goal. For the majority of the first half, defensive pair James Rice and in particular Dave MacGruer dealt with everything the home side could dish out.<br /><br />But it was the Recreation Park men who took the lead, just before the break. Thistle failed to deal with a corner, allowing Gavin Legge to put Invergordon<br />ahead. Tain heads down and the Jags' defence bedraggled, Alan Stone doubled the home side's lead within minutes, thumping home a rebounded effort following a poor clearance.<br /><br />The comfortable 2-0 lead for Invergordon made the second half a drab and ill- tempered affair, with frustration for the visitors gaining them three needless bookings. To add to the club's woes, James Rice left the field of play with an eye injury on the hour mark.<br /><br />Despite some clever wing play from Darran Goller and Daniel Christie, the chances never came and it was Allan Campbell, having scored a double earlier in the season for the Sutor Inn against Thistle, who netted in the 85th minute to increase the deficit to three.

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  • Club reeling after Grant Park vandalism shock

    It has been reported that Grant Park, the council-owned mutual home of Tain Juniors and Tain Thistle FC has been severely vandalized over the weekend.<br /><br />The discovery was made this morning, following the club's opening North Caledonian league fixture at the weekend.<br /><br />Issuing a statement on behalf of the club, Niall Harkiss had this to say:<br /><br />"We are absolutely disgusted by this blatant example of deliberate and mindless vandalism. The police have been notified and will be dealing with the issue. My thanks go to the Highland Council and Ian MacLeod of Tain Golf Club who have responded quickly, and will hopefully make the pitch playable for our next home game on the 6th."<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2008_pitch_damage.jpg">

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  • Accordion Raffle Winner

    The winner of our Summer raffle prize has been announced. Congratulations go to Mr S Donaldson of Tain, who is now the proud owner of a Stephanelli 48-Bass accordion.<br /><br />The accordion was kindly donated by Steve Clinkscale Music of Kelso.

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  • Season opener ends in defeat

    A glorious day out for North Caledonian debutants Tain Thistle ended in a 4-1 defeat at home to Bunillidh Thistle at Grant Park yesterday.<br /><br />Newly appointed captain Paul Cowie led the side out for the club's Winter season and first ever North Caledonian league game, but despite a confident start, the visitors eased their way into the box for an eighth minute opener. Before Tain could adjust the first goal, Bunillidh had doubled their lead, with Calum Mackay knocking home his side's second after 13 minutes.<br /><br />As has been the case throughout the pre- season, Tain took a good 15-20 to find their feet before they gained control of the game. Despite being 2-0 down, the team fought on, pulling back a goal just after half an<br />hour, courtesy of a well placed Colin Burry free kick.<br /><br />Thistle went in 2-1 down at half time and in the second half dictated most of the play as they searched for an equalizer. But a looping free kick, very much against the run of play, gave Bunillidh a third goal, which all but killed Thistle's hopes and confidence.<br /><br />Adding weight to their winning margin, Bunillidh rounded the afternoon off with a fourth, against a tired and disoriented defence, minutes from time.

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  • Committee exhibition match postponed

    The much anticipated Players vs Committee XI game due to take place on Wednesday 20th August has been placed on hold due to much needed training time for the players ahead of their crunch debut match against Bunillidh Thistle.<br />The match will take place at a later date in the year.

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  • David Wood crowned new Tain Thistle FIFA Champion

    David Wood was named the first ever Tain Thistle FIFA Gaming Champion on Saturday night, following an eight man elimination tournament, sponsored by the Games Room in Cadboll Place, Tain.<br /><br />Chairman Niall Harkiss lost to Wood in the semi final, after defeating club stopper Barry Nimmons 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-final.<br /><br />Wood, 19, won a meal for two at Anisha Indian Cuisine. The tournament is scheduled to be held again later in the year.

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  • Thistle dump the Blacksmiths

    Tain Thistle took care of the visiting Blacksmiths FC, from the Inverness & District Amateur league, with ease in a 3-1 win at Grant Park today, without moving out of second gear.<br /><br />In goal once again was Barry Nimmons, with a back four of Dave MacGruer, Scott Innes, Martyn Farquhar and Stuart Ross.<br /><br />The midfield was comprised of Michael Brand, Vinnie Wood, Arron Christie and Colin Burry with forwards Daniel Christie and Greig Mitchell on hand up front. In a last minute switch, Thistle winger Darran Goller was drafted to the Blacksmiths side to play a full 90 minutes.<br /><br />Blacksmiths stunned the North Caledonian side with an early goal through their pacey forward Charlie Fawnban, but it wasn't long before the Tain side pulled a goal back. A goalmouth scramble saw Greig Mitchell notch his second goal of the pre-season, leveling the scores at 1-1.<br /><br />Thistle went in at half time 2-1 ahead, thanks to a confident long range effort from midfield workhorse Michael Brand. The candidate for player of the year took advantage of a clever layoff from new signing, centre half Scottie Innes.<br /><br />In the lead, the Grant Park men struggled to make their domination count further, as several chances went begging. But in the latter stages of the game Arron Christie had a clear opportunity to add to his pre-season tally, but the ball made its way across the face of goal for substitute Dickie Durrand to make it 3-1.

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  • Thistle 4 Brora U19s 1

    Tain Thistle coasted to a 4-1 win at home to Brora Rangers U19s tonight, thanks to a professional performance for 90 minutes, putting the club's depth to test.<br /><br />Thistle were missing no fewer than five of the side that started in Evanton on Saturday, with only Scott Innes, Dave MacGruer, Arron Christie, Brian Cameron, Dickie Durrand and Craig Swanson remaining. Re- introduced to the team were keeper Barry Nimmons, full back Stuart Ross, Michael Brand, Kenny Ross and Vinnie Wood.<br /><br />Despite being caught on the hop by Brora's youngsters in the opening stages of the match (leading to a 1-0 goal deficit), Thistle controlled most of the game, with a solid defensive display. The Tain side equalized on the twenty minute mark with a well worked move. Arron Christie looped a left footed ball across the Brora box for an oncoming Stuart Ross to hammer the ball home.<br /><br />Thistle took the lead soon after when a mistake in the Brora defense allowed Christie to score the home side's second. With almost half an hour gone, Tain found the net for a third, with in-form Dickie Durrand scoring, with a postage stamp placed shot from the edge of the box.<br /><br />Thistle went into cruise control for the remainder of the match, with occasional chances to extend the lead going astray.<br /><br />Late in the second half, the greatest of chances came when referee Eric Robertson awarded Tain a penalty. Thistle full back Stuart Ross took up the position of penalty taker but on this occasion placed the ball a yard over the bar.<br /><br />Substitutes Darran Goller and Scott Morrison were given some time on the park toward the end, and it was the latter who rounded off the evening's scoring to make it 4-1.<br />Capitalizing on a loose ball following a Dave MacGruer effort, Morrison pounced on a rebound to open his scoring account for Tain Thistle.

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  • Players versus Committee match confirmed

    The much anticipated Players vs Committee XI game will take place on Wednesday 20th August, 7.30pm, Grant Park.<br /><br />The Committee XI will be made up of our dedicated committee, featuring such stars as Norman MacAngus, Brian Patullo, Niall Harkiss, Alan Forsyth, Ian Christie as well as aspiring hopefuls Robbie Ross, James Rice and Arron Christie.<br /><br />Referee for the night will be Mike Stankie.

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  • Tain Thistle FIFA'08/PRO EVO night arranged

    The first Tain Thistle FIFA’08 / Pro Evo competition night will run on the evening of August 16th, after the club's friendly against Blacksmiths FC. The event will be held at 7pm in The Games Room, Cadboll Place, Tain.<br /><br />The competition is open to Thistle players, committee and supporters as an "open invitation" but please use the CONTACT button in the top right of the screen to book your place.<br /><br />Competition entry is £5 a head, with prizes to be won.

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  • Tain Thistle awards night planned

    The annual Tain Thistle awards night will take place in the Railway Hotel, after the club's opening North Caley game against Bunillidh Thistle. Saturday 23rd August, from 6/7pm.<br /><br />The night will also involve a quiz, raffle (and possible karaoke!).

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  • Club welcomes new players

    The club today welcomed a host of new players to the club for their upcoming North Caledonian campaign, including:<br /><br />Scott Morrison<br />Ross Henderson<br />Jodie Campbell<br />Craig Swanson<br />Gordon Duff<br />Stewart Ross<br />Vinnie Wood<br />Kenny Ross<br />Daniel Cunningham<br /><br />The players offer a wealth of past experience and playing history, with previous clubs ranging from Ross County, to Forres Mechanics to Culloden Academy to the dizzy heights of Inver and Balintore.

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  • Black Rock 5 Tain Thistle 3

    The Welfare season ended in bitter fettle as Black Rock Rovers took yet another controversial victory in the Charity Shield.<br /><br />As the match was an exhibition, Thistle opted to field their North Caledonian squad for the tie, introducing new players Scott Innes, David MacGruer and Rob McCormack for the first time.<br /><br />Midweek goal scorer Greig Mitchell started up front alongside Ewen Thain again as the Jags dominated the first half. Taking an early lead through MacGruer, Thistle controlled the game and before long they were two ahead, thanks to a well taken Dickie Durrand drive.<br /><br />Black Rock managed to pull a goal back, but a bullet header from Colin Burry put Thistle 3-1 ahead on the hour mark.<br /><br />Rolling substitutions and rampant changes to the Black Rock side brought them back into the game, and before long they had pulled level. A late goal amidst tired defending and an injury to Thistle keeper Ross Henderson put Black Rock ahead and two minutes from time the Culcairn Park side notched a fifth.

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  • George expected to be out for 2-3 weeks

    Pre-season casualty Stevie George is expected to miss Thistle’s pre-season friendlies with Brora Rangers and Blacksmiths FC due to a bruised foot.<br /><br />The defender was absent for Thistle’s bounce game with Inverness City. George, 23, played 15 games during the summer Welfare season, scoring 2 goals in the process.

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  • Training update

    Manager John Oliver has confirmed that Tain Thistle training will continue to take place twice a week, on Monday and Thursday nights, from 7pm at Grant Park.<br /><br />In other news, defender Stevie George has been released from the club. Tain Thistle wish Stevie all the best in his future endeavours.

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  • Balintore 3-6 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/baltygame.jpg">Tain Thistle vaulted themselves into 6th place in the North Caledonian league today with a win at Seaboard Park, beating rivals Balintore by six goals to three in a non stop goalfest.<br /><br />Following last week’s defeat to Dingwall, manager John Oliver made wholesale (mostly enforced) changes. Oliver introduced trialist Lee Morrison at centre half, replacing the injured Gordon Duff while Ally Matheson was given the nod in goal. Robbie Ross and Chris Mailley switched roles, with the latter dropping to centre half. The line-up was completed with Russell Lawrie and Darran Goller replacing the absent Christie brothers up front.<br /><br />Thistle started the game well with the wind in the favour; Russell Lawrie drawing a save out of goalkeeper Ross Henderson and the forward line missing an early chance to take the lead following a fumble and stramash.<br /><br />Despite Thistle’s early blust-assisted pressure, it was Balintore who took the lead. A neat cross played into the Thistle eighteen yard box was met by an advancing Balty head, as Tain stopped Ally Matheson called for the ball but failed to deal. The ball nestled into the back of the net for a seventh minute opener.<br /><br />Even at 1-0 down, Thistle were undeterred and on 24 minutes David Mackay equalized for the visitors. Capitalizing on a clever through ball from Robbie Ross, full-back Mackay finished a nicely worked move, placing the ball at the far post, beyond Henderson. Thistle’s continuous first half pressure finally paid off just before half time when Robbie Ross blasted an effort past Henderson to make it 2-1, after some clever play from Martyn Farquhar.<br /><br />The second half started with Balintore aiming to take advantage of a strong wind, which was now blowing in their favour. Their brief period of pressure failed to result in a goal before Russell Lawrie played Darran Goller in for a third Tain goal just after the hour mark. The pacey forward pair surprised onlookers with a series of clever passes against the weather.<br /><br />Balintore were able to strike back almost instantly however, with a well struck free kick, only narrowly placed past Matheson from distance to pull the score line back to 2-3 - Steven Alexander the scorer.<br /><br />Thistle continued to press forward when the opportunities presented themselves and Paul Austin believed he had scored when he poked a ball under Henderson. Play appeared to stop as both sides concluded that the goal had been scored, but the designated assistant referee waved for play to continue, sparking an angry reaction from Thistle.<br /><br />The reprieve however, was only short lived though, as goalkeeper Henderson conceded a penalty with a quarter hour remaining. Robbie Ross stepped up to take the kick, but struck the ball down the middle into Henderson’s body � luckily for Ross, a speedy Ashley Mills was on hand to knock the ball home to make it 4-2.<br /><br />Thistle’s advantage was clear with ten minutes left and soon Balintore appeared to hit the self destruct button, with Henderson fumbling a ball into the path of Robbie Ross, who turned and knocked his second into an empty net to make it 5-2.<br /><br />A sixth inevitably followed with Russell Lawrie nipping clear of Henderson to side foot an effort home, but only after a defensive miscommunication saw Andy Ripley nod over Matheson for Balintore’s third consolation.<br /><br />The win, only Thistle’s second in North Caledonian league competition, pushes the club into 6th place. In other action, the game between Bonar Bridge and Invergordon, arranged to be played at Bonar was postponed due to a water logged pitch. Today’s results saw Golspie coming back from 2-0 down to beat Muir 3-2 while Thurso dumped Fort William 4-1. The only other fixture saw Dingwall Thistle maintain their 100% record with a 4-3 win over Halkirk Utd.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Mackay, Farquhar, Morrison, Mailley, Austin, Oliver, Mills, Lawrie, Ross (Oman 81), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />George, Durrand, Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Mackay 21, Ross 45, 78, Goller 53, Mills 61, Lawrie 72<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None.<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Christopher Mailley<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=260">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=260</a>

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  • Thistle team news ahead of Balintore clash

    Manager John Oliver is expected to make several changes to the side that lost 8-0 to Dingwall last Saturday, as Thistle visit Seaboard Park for the first Balintore/Tain tie of the new season.<br /><br />Arron and Daniel Christie are confirmed absences for the match, as is Gordon Duff, who was ruled out in midweek with a toe injury, while forward Darran Goller is expected to be back in action. Golspie native Stevie George is also expected to be recalled.

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  • Lots of new items for sale!

    <img class="imgleft" src="http://images6.cafepress.com/product/404588956v1_350x350_Back.jpg" align=left border=0>The Tain Thistle Club Shop has gone global with an abundance of new items for sale including Tain Thistle mouse mats, clocks, t-shirts, baby clothes, mugs, hats, teddy bears, golf shirts, pillows and lots more!<br /><br /><blink>The exclusive limited edition "FYI" 2009 League Champions t-shirt is a must have at only £15.50!</blink><br /><br />Visit <a href="http://www.cafepress.co.uk/tainthistlefc">http://www.cafepress.co.uk/tainthistlefc</a> now for our full range!

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  • Tain Thistle 0-8 Dingwall Thistle

    Tain Thistle were torn apart at Grant Park today by debutant team Dingwall Thistle, as the visitors ran out 8-0 winners.<br /><br />Dingwall's trialist forward John Macleod was the hero for away side, knocking five past Andrew Maitland in the rout.<br /><br />Tain manager John Oliver named a side missing Darran Goller through injury. Michael Brand was a late inclusion at right back in a 4-4-2 which saw forward Robbie Ross drop to centre half, paired with Gordon Duff, with Martyn Farquhar switching to left back. The midfield four of Kyle Oliver, Arron Christie, Paul Austin and Ashley Mills was named; Chris Mailley playing as a makeshift forward along with Daniel Christie.<br /><br />Despite a good start from Tain, Dingwall knocked a corner home in 10 minutes to take the lead, and within minutes had nestled a second past Maitland to make it 2-0. A third followed with a freak volley inside the eighteen yard box, and at the back, Robbie Ross was adjudged to have pulled a Dingwall forward back to concede a penalty. Dingwall's taker made no mistake with the finish to give them a 4-0 half time lead.<br /><br />Despite changes seeing David Mackay replacing Ross and trialist Russell Lawrie coming on for Mailley, Tain failed to make any impact in the second half, Ashley Mills coming closest to providing chances down the right. Indeed, Tain's only shot on target came from a long range effort, struck by Daniel Christie, which goalkeeper Neil Mackay palmed over the bar.<br /><br />Dingwall made easy work of the second half for a further four goals, to record Tain Thistle's worst defeat since joining the North Caledonian league a year ago.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Maitland, Brand, Farquhar, Ross (Mackay), Duff, Austin, Mills, Oliver, D Christie, Mailley (Lawrie), A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Durrand, Cameron<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Austin<br /><br />In other results, Balintore got off to a good start by beating Fort William 4-2, Invergordon were dumped 6-2 at Halkirk, Golspie recorded a 3-0 away win at Bonar Bridge and Thurso impressed with a 3-1 victory over Muir of Ord.

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  • Thistle programme returns tomorrow

    The official Tain Thistle matchday programme will be set for its newest issue tomorrow afternoon, as NCL returnees Dingwall Thistle visit Grant Park.<br /><br />The matchday programme, issued for every North Caledonian league game last season, will be issued again this season, during the winter, at a price of £2 each. This first issue of the new season promises some new features and surprises, including the new fixtures, an interesting article on Michael Brand, all the latest news from the Welfare season and our new "By-gone Games" feature.<br /><br />The club wishes to extend its thanks to Maggie Mercer of the Tain & Dornoch Picture Post for her excellent assistance in making the programme available for this weekend.

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  • Sponsorship acknowledgements

    The office bearers of Tain Thistle wish to acknowlede the kind contributions of Murdo Macleod, Ian Christie, the Railway Hotel and Munro Butchers for the football season ahead.<br /><br />As a former player of great success, Murdo Macleod has supported Tain Thistle since their inception and his generous contribution is greatly appreciated.<br /><br />Ian Christie, committee member and father of players Arron and Daniel, has kindly donated water bottles and training balls to the club for the new season. Thank you Ian.<br /><br />Munro Butchers, match sponsors for 08/09 have kindly offered to renew their sponsorship for the 09/10 season. Thank you to Munros for their continued support.<br /><br />The Railway Hotel and manager Alan Nimmons as ever have been fantastic throughout the summer season, providing post match hospitality and never moreso than this past Saturday night when a good night was had by all. Thank you to Kirsty Mcfarlane, Alan and the very hard working staff at the Railway, as we look forward to the winter.<br /><br />Here's hoping for a successful and enjoyable season.

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  • Thistle romp Hotspurs in final friendly

    Thistle's finalized their North Caledonian league preparations with a friendly 5-0 win over Inverness side Portland Hotspurs last night.<br /><br />John Oliver named a strong starting lineup, with Stephen Alexander coming in for Scott Innes at the back and Arron Christie moving to the left wing for the return of Christopher Mailley in midfield.<br /><br />The switch paid off instantly as Hotspurs failed to deal with the pace and technique of Christie. The left winger made no mistake with a free kick on the edge of the box, lashed past the Portland keeper for the opener on 5 minutes.<br /><br />Clever play from Ashley Mills down the right wing opened up a number of chances for striker Robbie Ross in the first half but none could find the net. It was Christie again however who was fouled in the area for Thistle's second goal; the resultant penalty was easily put away by centre half Stephen Alexander to make it 2-0.<br /><br />Goalkeeper Andrew Maitland was rarely troubled in a quiet first half from the Hotspurs, but handled and kicked well when required.<br /><br />The second half eventually saw Maitland replaced by substitute keeper Ally Matheson, with Brian Cameron also replacing Christopher Mailley.<br /><br />Thistle went 3-0 up with a spectacular long range shot from Daniel Christie, looped over the Portland keeper and into the top corner, stunning spectators and players alike.<br /><br />Ross was again unlucky on a number of occasions, most notably when Arron Christie found Ross at the far post, only for the forward to nod over the bar.<br /><br />Ross was replaced by pacey winger-come-striker Darran Goller, who had a point to prove. Within three minutes of his introduction after only narrowly missing one effort, Goller finished a Christie cross with ease to make it 4-0. To add to his super-sub appearance, Goller struck another past the Portland keeper on the stroke of full time, when he slid a ball into the Hotspurs' empty net.<br /><br />Thistle will now head into their game against a strong Dingwall side on Saturday with a win on their side. The game will be played this Saturday 22nd August, at Grant Park, with a 3pm kick off.

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  • Goller pleased to be at Thistle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goller3.jpg">Darran Goller, who has wowed Welfare spectators with his performances on the wing in the summer of 2009, picked up the coveted Most Improved Player of the Year award this weekend.<br /><br />The second generation player is a hot prospect for the future and at only 19 years of age, having played for both the Under 15s and Under 17s of the successful Tain Juniors club, the talented winger already has success on his side.<br /><br />Goller's first season at Thistle saw him win a runners-up medal in the Ross-shire Welfare league before going on to win a Cordiner Cup medal, the Charity Shield and Ross-shire Welfare League title with Thistle in 2009.<br /><br /><i>"I first signed for Tain Thistle last summer for the 2008 season, with my only senior experience having been at Balintore before. I spend most of my first season on the bench but it's been a different story this year."</i><br /><br /><i>"Before the season I was unsure about what I wanted to do, and had trials with Balintore again, and Cromarty but Arron persuded me to stay and I'm glad I did. I've been involved in almost all of our games and I've started every game I've been fit for."</i><br /><br />Thistle manager John Oliver has already snapped the winger up for another year, for the impending North Caledonian league season -- and Goller believes 2009/10 could be a much better campaign for the club.<br /><br /><i>"Last season the team changed all too often and we struggled to get the team playing well. I've seen a few new faces at training recently, but it's also pleasing to see a few of the other Tain boys together as they are good players, well all get on and enjoy playing together."</i><br /><br /><i>"I didn't know much about John until he came to the club, but even during the Welfare season he has been helping me a lot with my game, at training and on the field. I'm very much looking forward to playing for him during the winter."</i><br /><br />Goller is expected to play a part in Monday evening's friendly game against Portland Hotspurs, ahead of the season opener with Dingwall Thistle on Saturday 22nd August.

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  • Tain Thistle accept Ross-shire Welfare League shield

    Tain Thistle captain Daniel Christie last night accepted the Ross-shire Welfare League Trophy Shield on behalf of the club, as the Jags were crowned Ross-shire Welfare League Champions for the first time in their thirteen year history.<br /><br />The league was represented by Jimmy Patullo and John Macleod, who presented the both the League and Charity shields to Tain Thistle, while the Fair Play shield was narrowly awarded to Cromarty, who just beat Thistle to the award.<br /><br />Alness Athletic's James Cochrane was acknowledged as the league's top scorer while Steven Macallum of Ross-shire Club won Ross-shire Welfare Player of the Year.<br /><br />Later, as Thistle handed out their club awards, Player/manager centre-half Arron Christie picked up the Website Player of the Year, Committee Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year awards, while Darran Goller was named as the Most Improved Player of the Year.<br /><br />In addition to the player awards, the management team of Christie and Steven Martin were presented with two special Quiachs for their achievement of becoming the first management team to win a league trophy for Thistle.<br /><br />"I'd like to thank Jimmy Patullo and John Macleod for their excellent work behind the scenes throughout the season, making it a smooth and thoroughly enjoyable campaign. Without their time and hard work the league wouldn't be where it is today and we would not have the platform to achieve what we have. Thank you Jimmy and John."

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  • Tain Thistle 4-1 Ross-shire Club

    Tain Thistle rounded off an excellent season by defeating Ross-shire Club of Dingwall today, in the Ross-shire Welfare League Charity Shield. The score finished 4-1, with Kyle Oliver and Liam Rostock netting for the Jags, along with two own-goals.<br /><br />Thistle named a familiar starting XI, with only three substitutes available on the day. Kyle Oliver scored his first and only goal of the season when he struck a left foot shot past the Ross-shire goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after only seven minutes, and only four minutes later, Oliver's corner was turned in for an own goal to make it 2.<br /><br />Ross Club were caught on the hop again as Robbie Ross advanced on the keeper for a headed effort which cannoned the post. Ross's pressure finally paid off when his presence caused Ross-shire to knock yet another own goal home, to make it 3-0.<br /><br />Thistle made changes in the second half most notably with David Matheson replacing Steven Martin in goal, after Martin had misjudged a Craig Sutherland shot which slipped past his hands into the far corner of the net.<br /><br />At 3-1, the game took a calm turn in the second half. Gary Austin returned to make a substitute appearance, as did Paul Cowie, who is still recovering from a recurring knee injury and before long Martin was reintroduced as a makeshift striker! Martin very nearly scored within five minutes, turning the Ross defence before shooting over the bar.<br /><br />Despite Robbie Ross missing a couple of one on one opportunities with the keeper to put the game beyond Ross-shire, it was winger Liam Rostock who made it four with a stunning free kick from 20 yards, rounding his season off with ten goals.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin (Matheson), Farquhar, A Christie, Dingwall, Rice (Austin), Durrand, Oliver, D Christie, Rostock, Goller (Cowie), Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Oliver 7, Own Goal 11, 30, Rostock 81<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Kyle Oliver

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  • Tain Juniors win the SWL Ross-shire League

    The Tain Juniors Under 17s won the SWL Ross-shire League tonight in emphatic fashion with a stunning 5-2 win at Dingwall. Martin Smith led the march with three goals on the night as the Juniors emulated the success of Tain Thistle to bring a second league championship to the town in 2009.<br /><br />Having defeated Muir of Ord earlier in the week, Tain needed a win over league rivals Dingwall in what shaped up to be a hard task on paper.<br /><br />Martin Smith opened the scoring for the Juniors with a penalty early on, before a retaken free kick extended their lead to 2-0; Ali Mackintosh the scorer with a header from the set piece.<br /><br />Before long, a dominant Tain made it 3-0, this time John Maclellan getting on the score sheet, capitalizing on a brilliant ball from Ayah Rattanaphithak.<br /><br />Dingwall managed to pull a goal back before half time, but not long after the restart, Tain had extended their lead to 4-1, Martin Smith breaking forward for Andy Bell to finish calmly.<br /><br />Dingwall scored again to make it 4-2 but the game was all but over when their goalkeeper, after a string of great saves was dismissed for handling ball outside of his area.<br /><br />Smith rounded the scoring off at 5-2 to secure Tain Juniors first league win since 2005, making 2009 one of the most successful years in the history of Tain football.<br /><br />Rival manager David Masson had nothing but praise for the Tain side after watching them defeat Dingwall.<br /><br />"Well done to Tain, they have thoroughly deserved this. They were the better team."

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  • Friendly with Portland Hotspurs announced

    Tain Thistle will play their first pre-season friendly at Grant Park this Monday night against Inverness & District side Portland Hotspurs. The Hotspurs enjoyed a good summer season in the Inverness & District League Division Two, finishing 2nd and securing promotion to the league's top division.<br /><br />The game will be played at Grant Park with a 7.30pm kick off this Monday night, August 17th.

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  • Thistle overcome at Brora

    Tain Thistle visited Dugeon Park for a closed doors game with mixed consequences.<br /><br />Manager John Oliver introduced new trialist Andrew Maitland in goal for the Jags, with a back four of the returning Gordon Duff and Scott Innes, flanked by Martyn Farquhar and new signing David Mackay from Dornoch. Also returning was Paul Austin, who was paired with Arron Christie in the middle of the park with wingers Darran Goller and former Invergordon star Ashley Mills feeding in to strikers Robbie Ross and Daniel Christie.<br /><br />Indeed good work paid off in the opening quarter hour when Ross put Thistle ahead at 1-0, the forward turning inside the 6 yard box to drill the ball home. Thistle were caught on the hop before half time however as Brora found an equalizer, capitalizing on a defensive error.<br /><br />The second half saw many changes with Ally Matheson replacing Maitland in goal, Cromarty based Phil Macdonald replacing Ross up front and messrs Brian Cameron, Craig Sutherland and Christy Macdonald introduced late on. The changes from both sides turned the game and although Arron Christie produced a wonderful solo run and goal mid way into the second half a professional and confident Brora found the net on no fewer than seven occasions to make the final 8-2.

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  • New fixtures and cup draws announced

    Rescheduled fixtures issued by the North Caledonian league can now be accessed via the official website, by clicking the Fixt/Results button.<br /><br />Thistle's opening fixtures of the new season see the club playing host to new boys Dingwall Thistle, away to Balintore the following week then at home to Invergordon, before a visit to Bonar Bridge.<br /><br />Tain's opening cup tie will be in the North Caley Cup 1st Round, away to Thurso on September 19th.

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  • Tain Thistle unveil new home kit and sponsorship deal

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/hometop2.jpg">Tain Thistle tonight can exclusively reveal their new home kit for the 2009/10 North Caledonian League season -- generously sponsored by Aberdeen based kit supplier, 1st Touch Football.<br /><br />The attractive new strip, made by high quality Italian sportswear manufacturers <a href="http://www.errea.it">Errea</a> is sponsored by 1st Touch, run by former Ross County stalwart Kenny Gilbert and business partner Mark Smith.<br /><br />Club Chairman Niall Harkiss spoke to the official website on behalf of Thistle.<br /><br /><i>"I'd like to thank Kenny and Mark for their kind sponsorship for the forthcoming season and look forward to many a great victory in our glorious new kit."<br /><br />"1st Touch Football have been great guys to deal with in the build up to our new season and it makes me very happy to associate the Tain Thistle name with their company."</i><br /><br />Thistle expect to don the kit for the first time next Tuesday, in their pre-season outing at Dugeon Park, Brora.<br /><br />Thistle fans looking to buy a replica of the new top can do so via the Club Shop online, using Paypal at a cost of £39.99.

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  • Pre-season friendly announced

    <img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/nextgames/28.jpg" align=left>Tain Thistle's first friendly of the Winter campaign has been announced as they prepare to travel to Dugeon Park for a friendly against Highland League side Brora Rangers.<br /><br />The match is scheduled for an evening kick off, on Tuesday, August 11th.

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  • Thistle face fixture changes

    News of the withdrawal of Bunillidh Thistle from this season's North Caledonian FA competitions now means that Tain Thistle, along with all other competing clubs, will face rescheduling of fixtures for the forth coming league season.<br /><br />The news is also likely to result in an alteration to cup draws.

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  • Thistle out of final cup

    Tain Thistle yesterday lost 3-0 to a much improved Alness Athletic, who will now advance to the Coronation Cup final.

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  • Tain set to tee off with Golf Scramble

    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.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/golfers.jpg">Speaking to the official site, Steven said,<br /><br /><i>"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."<br /><br />"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."</i><br /><br />The golf will be followed up by a raffle with many fantastic prizes to be won, kindly donated by several local businesses and individuals.

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  • Jags' March calendar filling up

    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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.

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  • Training and friendly announced

    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.<br /><br /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/tainthistlefc">https://www.facebook.com/tainthistlefc</a><br /><br />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.

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  • Thistle AGM toasts good health and a new manager appointed

    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.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/committee_2014.jpg"><br /><br />(Above: The present Tain Thistle committee sans Arron Christie who was taking the photograph!)<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.

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  • AGM

    Tain Thistle annual general meeting will be held on 27th January at 6:30pm in the Railway Hotel.

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  • Search for new manager begins

    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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br />Applications for managing the team are welcome.

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  • Tain vs Golspie called off

    Tomorrow's league match between Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland has been postponed.<br /><br />Advice ahead of tomorrow's game regarding weather conditions and from the North Caledonian league suggested that an early call off be most suitable for all parties.

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  • Club Christmas Party a success

    The winners of last night's Best Dressed Individual at the Tain Thistle Christmas Party were announced as:<br /><br />1st. Graham Macrae<br />2nd. Paul Cowie<br />3rd. Martyn Farquhar<br /><br />A big thank you goes to Murdo Macleod for his kind donation of prizes, including meals for two and cash prizes.<br /><br />An honorary mention goes to Darran Goller, who despite not being able to stand at the end of the night, won a £20 bar tab for correctly answer the night's trivia question.

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  • Tain/Golspie game switched

    Next week's fixture between Golspie Sutherland and Tain Thistle, originally scheduled to be played in Golspie, will now be played in Tain, at Grant Park.

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  • 2010 fixtures announced

    The fixtures for the second half of the North Caledonian league season have been announced, with Tain Thistle set for a double trip to Caithness in January.<br /><br />Thistle will welcome Fort William's reserves to Grant Park for the second time this season on the 9th, before travelling to Halkirk a week later, and Thurso the following Saturday.<br /><br />To view the full remaining fixtures, click here: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matches.php">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matches.php</a>

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  • Frozen pitch postpones Bonar fixture

    Following a forecast review and an inspection today, tomorrow's match with Bonar Bridge has been postponed, due to heavy frost on the Grant Park surface.

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  • Tain Thistle 2009: A Year In Review

    As we approach the end of what has been a historic and busy year for everyone connected with Tain Thistle football club, we look at some of the ups and downs of the Jags, which included the end of their 2008/09 North Caledonian campaign, their turbulent Welfare pre-season, a successful Cordiner Cup campaign and league triumph, re-entry to the North Caledonian league and the great start they had as well as the recent months.<br /><br /><b>Jan 10th</b><br />Thistle got the year off to a wobbly start with an 8-2 defeat at Golspie. Eventual winners Golspie Sutherland. Striker Russell Lawrie got off the mark with his first goal for Tain; winger Darran Goller netting the other.<br /><br /><b>Jan 17th</b><br />With only three games remaining, Thistle were dropped 3-1 by Billy Russell’s Bonar Bridge at Migdale Park, having been involved in a nine goal thriller only a month prior. Centre half Scott Innes netted for Tain as a consolation with a Cristiano Ronaldo-esque dribble through the Bonar defence.<br /><br /><b>Jan 24th</b><br />The winter weather took its toll on Alness’ Dalmore Park, as Thistle penultimate fixture was called off.<br /><br /><b>Jan 27th</b><br />The return of the Christopher Grant Memorial Trophy was announced on the club’s official website, to be contested in March between Thistle and a XI of veteran players from St Duthus and the surrounding area.<br /><br /><b>Jan 31st</b><br />Thistle fell once again to Invergordon at Grant Park by 4 goals to 2, despite two determined goals from midfielder Gordy Oman. Scott Innes was dismissed early in the game, leaving Thistle at a decided disadvantage for the majority of the game.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/scottieoff.jpg"><br /><br />In other news, the Scottish Football Association issued a warning to the club for poor discipline.<br /><br /><b>Feb 19th</b><br />Plans to re-enter a team to the Ross-shire Welfare league were discussed at a meeting between committee and players. <br /><br /><b>Feb 26th</b><br />Owing to the lack of fixtures available to Tain as they wait for Alness to become available for their final league game, a makeshift Tain Thistle XI played amateur side Contin on Grant Park; the home side losing 5-1.<br /><br /><b>Mar 4th</b><br />The Tain Thistle committee was represented by ten members at the club’s AGM. Niall Harkiss was re-elected as Chairman, with Alan Forsyth re-assuming the position of Secretary and Treasurer. The committee also agreed that James Rice and Steven Martin should assume interim organisation of the Welfare team, pending confirmation of an official team manager. <br /><br /><b>Mar 14th</b><br />Tain Thistle official re-registered for the Ross-shire Welfare League at a meeting of all Welfare clubs, chaired by Jimmy Patullo.<br /><br /><b>Mar 19th </b><br />A team management meeting between chairman Niall Harkiss, interim coaches James Rice and Steven Martin and former manager Arron Christie was held, confirming Christie’s reappointment as manager of the Welfare team.<br /><br /><b>Mar 20th</b><br />Manager of the Tain St Duthus XI for the upcoming Christy Grant Trophy match, Jim Jardine, announced a squad of 19 featuring Tain football veterans such as Alan Duff and DJ McCarthy.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/beh.jpg"><b>Mar 21st</b><br />Following an excellent hospitality dinner at the St Duthus Hotel, spectators at the Christopher Grant Memorial Trophy match watched Tain Thistle defeat Jim Jardine’s St Duthus XI by 6 goals to 2. Kenny Johnstone and Gavin Macdonald netted for the veterans, while goals for Thistle came from Bob Swann, Paul Cowie, Daniel Christie and Calum Macdonald - the latter scoring a hat-trick in his first game for the club since 2007.<br /><br />Post match, St Duthus Hotel manager and son of Christy, Alan Grant presented Thistle captain Scott Innes with the trophy.<br /><br />Throughout the day, committee raised a substantial amount for the club, as well as raising £115 for Macmillan Nurses.<br /><br /><b>Apr 4th</b><br />Tain Thistle’s Welfare league preparations began well as they coasted to 6-0 win over Embo in Sutherland. Returning winger Liam Rostock netted a hat trick, while Ally Macdonald, Robbie Ross and Arron Christie also scored.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/kiki3.jpg"><b>Apr 7th</b><br />The draw for the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup saw Thistle pitted at home against local rivals Inver.<br /><br /><b>Apr 15th</b><br />Thistle’s Welfare preparations took a turn for the worse as Kraig Vass’s amateur Black Rock Rovers demolished an under strength Tain side, winning 5-0 at Grant Park.<br /><br /><b>Apr 19th</b><br />Unable to bounce back straight away, Thistle fell 3-2 to new side Alness Athletic in another pre-season friendly, after going 2-0 up. <br /><br />The same day, members of the Thistle committee began the first phase of a sponsored walk up Tain Hill.<br /><br /><b>Apr 22nd</b><br />April’s pre-season was rounded off in dire fashion as Invergordon’s Sutor Inn handed Thistle a third friendly defeat in a row; club secretary Alan Forsyth in goal unable to prevent the Sutor from netting twice to cancel out a Daniel Christie penalty.<br /><br /><b>Apr 24th</b><br />Injuries to goalkeeper Steve Martin, striker Calum Macdonald and winger Darran Goller raised concerns for manager Arron Christie ahead of the club’s first competitive game of the season.<br /><br /><b>Apr 25th</b><br />Goalkeeping errors and the absence of key players led to a 4-1 defeat for Thistle in their League Cup opener.<br /><br /><b>Apr 26th</b><br />It was announced on Moray Firth Radio that Tain Thistle would play the football team of the HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy on May 2nd.<br /><br /><b>Apr 30th</b><br />Tain Thistle’s opening league match finished goalless, against Inver.<br /><br /><img align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/chipmart.jpg"><br /><br /><b>May 1st</b><br />The Homecoming Cup was unveiled on the club’s official website, an attractive trophy to be played for between Thistle and the HMS Sutherland.<br /><br /><b>May 2nd</b><br />Tain Thistle soundly defeated the HMS Sutherland by 5 goals to 1 to win the Homecoming Cup.<br /><br /><b>May 6th</b><br />Buoyed from their Saturday Cup win, Thistle got back to winning ways this Wednesday with a resounding 3-0 win over the Sutor Inn, avenging their pre-season defeat to go 3rd in the Welfare league.<br /><br /><b>May 13th</b><br />Despite injuries to Mark Reid and Kiki Dingwall, Thistle continued their run of wins with a 2-1 win over Alness Athletic, coming back from 1-0 down with goals from Calum Macdonald and Andy Durrand.<br /><br /><b>May 20st</b><br />Goals from Daniel Christie, Darran Goller and Liam Rostock as well as a brace for right winger James Rice led to a demolition of local rivals Balintore; the final result ending at 5-1. The win put Thistle joint top of the Welfare table along with Invergordon Social Club, who had got off to a very good start.<br /><br /><b>May 23rd</b><br />Making amends for their earlier cup exit, Thistle battled a stubborn Sutor Inn side to a 2-1 win at Grant Park, advancing to the Pattison Cup semi final in the process.<br /><br /><b>May 26th</b><br />Rescheduled to avoid a clash with the Champions League final coverage, Thistle’s league tie with Dingwall’s Ross-shire Club ended in a 1-1 draw. Supersub Craig Nimmons provided the cross for Calum Macdonald to nod past the Ross Club keeper for an equalizer.<br /><br /><b>May 30th</b><br />Thistle’s hopes of repeating their 2007 Pattison Cup winning feat were dashed as they lost 3-2 on penalties to a dogged Invergordon Social Club side in the semi final.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/goller.jpg"><b>Jun 3rd</b><br />Thistle shrugged off semi final defeat with the 5-0 demolition of Cromarty. Darran Goller notched his first goal of the campaign, unveiling the infamous “Peeps is my hero” t-shirt.<br /><br /><b>Jun 10th</b><br />Tain’s dominance continued in the league as semi final opponents from the past week, Invergordon Social Club, crumbled at home against Thistle. The game finished 5-0 with Thistle going two points clear of Balintore at the top of the table.<br /><br /><b>Jun 13th</b><br />Thistle breezed into their second semi final of the season with yet another win over Balintore, this time 3-1 in the Cordiner Cup.<br /><br /><b>Jun 17th</b><br />The intimidating small pitch at Portmahomack proved no problem for Thistle as they brushed aside rivals Inver with a 4-0 win in the league; Robbie Ross netting a hat trick along the way.<br /><br /><b>Jun 19th</b><br />Tain Thistle re-registered for the North Caledonian Football league, now with the intent to play in both the league and cup campaigns.<br /><br /><b>Jun 20th</b><br />A repeat of the Pattison Cup tie that saw Thistle eliminated saw the Cordiner Cup semi final took place between Tain and Invergordon Social Club, this time with Thistle the victors. Deadlocked at 2-2, it was Robbie Ross who powered a header past Barry Nimmons to record a 90th minute win for Tain.<br /><br /><b>Jun 21st</b><br />John Oliver was announced as the new team manager for the North Caledonian League campaign.<br /><br /><b>Jun 25th</b><br />Despite being 3-0 up, Thistle laboured their way to a 3-2 win against the Sutor Inn in the league, with reserve keeper David Matheson making an appearance for their absent Steve Martin.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cordiner2.jpg"><b>Jun 28th</b><br />Tain Thistle defeated Inver in the final of the Cordiner Cup, by 3 goals to 1 in blistering heat. Thistle won the cup after extra time was required to separate the sides.<br /><br /><b>Jul 1st</b><br />The cup hangover combined with the absence of stalwart centre half Arron Christie saw Thistle lose in the league for the first time to a Jamie Macdonald inspired Alness Athletic, by 4 goals to 3.<br /><br /><b>Jul 4th</b><br />Missing eight key players on Gala day, Thistle were again defeated, this time by Inver in the 1st round of the Seaboard Cup. <br /><br /><b>Jul 9th</b><br />A combination of questionable refereeing decisions and poor luck cost Thistle dear in the league, as they fell 2-1 to Balintore; both of the seasiders’ goals coming from the penalty spot.<br /><br /><b>Jul 10th</b><br />Training for the North Caledonian league team was held for the first time.<br /><br /><b>Jul 16th</b><br />Thistle were robbed of a glorious 2-1 win over Ross-shire Club by Steve McCallum’s blistering 94th minute strike, which saw the Tain and Dingwall sides drawn level for the second time this season.<br /><br /><b>Jul 22nd</b><br />Thistle returned to winning ways in style with a sensational 9-0 win over Cromarty. Hat tricks from James Rice and Liam Rostock were complimented by a Robbie Ross header and two goals from substitute Craig Nimmons.<br /><br />In Alness, Terry Stirling’s Athletic side held Ross-shire Club to a draw meaning that a win for Thistle in their final game against the Social Club would guarantee them the league title.<br /><br /><b>Jul 23rd</b><br />Tain Thistle were awarded a bye in the Coronation Cup, putting them into their third semi final of the season, following the withdrawal of the Sutor Inn.<br /><br /><b>Jul 29th</b><br />It was announced that Tain Thistle would re-feature in Sports Interactive’s Football Manager game, for its 2010 release.<br /><br /><b>Jul 30th</b><br />Tain Thistle made history in the Ross-shire Welfare league by winning their first ever League Championship, beating Invergordon Social Club by 5 goals to 1 to lift the shield.<br /><br /><b>Aug 2nd</b><br />Thistle lose out by 3 goals to nil to an inspired Alness Athletic in the Coronation Cup semi final.<br /><br /><b>Aug 3rd</b><br />Thistle unveiled their new kit sponsorship deal for the 2009/10 season, with Mark Smith and Kenny Gilbert of 1st Touch Football named as the club’s new kit sponsors. <br /><br /><b>Aug 11th</b><br />A pre-season outing at Dugeon Park saw Highland League side Brora Rangers destroy Tain Thistle by 8 goals to 2.<br /><br /><b>Aug 16th</b><br />Welfare affairs were concluded as Thistle won the Charity Shield with a 4-1 win over Ross-shire Club of Dingwall. Daniel Christie accepted the League and Charity Shield on the club’s behalf at a presentation, post-match. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/shieldwinners.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Aug 18th</b><br />Thistle romped Inverness side Portland Hotspurs by 5 goals to nil in a pre-season friendly to end preparations for the North Caledonian league campaign.<br /><br /><b>Aug 18th</b><br />The secretary of the club acknowledged donations from Murdo Macleod, Ian Christie, the Railway Hotel and John M Munro butchers.<br /><br /><b>Aug 22nd</b><br />Tain Thistle were torn apart by a very impressive Dingwall Thistle in their first North Caledonian league match, losing 8-0.<br /><br /><b>Aug 28th</b><br />The new range of Tain Thistle merchandise, courtesy of Cafe Press was launched on the club’s website.<br /><br /><b>Aug 29th</b><br />Thistle bounced back from defeat to overcome an unusually poor Balintore side, winning by 6 goals to 3. Goals from Darran Goller, Russell Lawrie, Robbie Ross, Ashley Mills and David Mackay sealed the victory for Tain.<br /><br /><b>Aug 30th</b><br />Stevie George, defender, was released from the club.<br /><br /><b>Sep 5th</b><br />Thistle leaped to the top half of the North Caledonian league table with an impressive 3-0 win over Ross-shire rivals Invergordon. Goller, Lawrie and Chris Mailley got on the scoresheet while new stopper Ali Matheson kept only the second clean sheet in the club’s winter history.<br /><br /><b>Sep 12th</b><br />Thistle made it three wins in a row with a 2-1 win over Bonar Bridge thanks to a late Kyle Oliver winner.<br /><br /><b>Sep 13th</b><br />The new look website was launched with new poll options, updated player profiles and fixture lists.<br /><br />In other news, midfielder Michael Brand left for Africa to work with charity organisation, WWISA.<br /><br /><b>Sep 17th</b><br />Club captain Arron Christie turned down an offer from Golspie Sutherland to stay with Tain Thistle.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/alimath2.jpg"><b>Sep 19th</b><br />Thistle crashed out of their first ever North Caledonian Cup match, after being 2-0 up against league favourites Thurso. Robbie Ross touched the ball for the last time as a Tain Thistle player by scoring the winner for Thurso, lobbing his own goalkeeper in the 90th minute, handing the Caithness men a 3-2 win.<br /><br /><b>Sep 24th</b><br />Owing to poor discipline in the 2008/09 campaign, Tain Thistle were hit with a fine of £250 by the Scottish Football Association.<br /><br /><b>Oct 2nd</b><br />The Tain Football Post was issued for the first time in the month of October.<br /><br /><b>Oct 3rd</b><br />The proposed match between Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland was called off, due to blustering wind and rain.<br /><br /><b>Oct 11th</b><br />With the kick off time brought forward, Tain Thistle recorded a nervy result over Fort William’s reserves, with a 3-2 win. Despite the victory, Gordy Oman was dismissed for a second bookable offence.<br /><br /><b>Oct 17th</b><br />Sitting high in the North Caledonian league table, Tain Thistle missed a glorious chance to go top after losing 2-1 to Halkirk United at Grant Park. 2-0 down at half time, Thistle’s only offered answer was a Lee Morrison goal in the second half.<br /><br /><b>Oct 24th</b><br />Playing the other half of Caithness, Thistle were demolished by new league leaders Thurso in a match that bared no resemblance to their earlier cup meeting. Losing 7-0 on the day, Thistle were beaten for only the third time in 7 games.<br /><br /><b>Oct 31st</b><br />An away trip for Thistle continued their misery as Muir of Ord flexed their muscles to win 6-1. Thistle were 1-1 at the 60 minute mark before a series of late attacks saw the Pavilion Park side race to victory.<br /><br /><b>Nov 2nd</b><br />Billy Russell’s departure from Bonar Bridge sparked rumour that former Tain men Liam Rostock and Steve Martin could be on their way back to the club.<br /><br /><b>Nov 7th</b><br />With a change of venue the main talking point, Thistle struggled to gain any momentum on a zippy Astroturf pitch at Dingwall, losing 6-0 to an organised Dingwall Thistle.<br /><br /><b>Nov 14th</b><br />Any chance Thistle has to get back onto winning ways disappeared after a combination of errors led to a 3-0 win for rivals Balintore. The game was also used to contest the Graham Jardine Quaich, which was awarded to Balintore by Jim Jardine after the match.<br /><br /><b>Nov 21st</b><br />The SWL Cup proved no more fruitful than the North Caley Cup earlier in the season, with Thistle again making a first stage exit. A 5-0 drubbing at the hands of a strong Muir of Ord side knocked Thistle out.<br /><br /><b>Dec 5th</b><br />A Tain Thistle in disarray fell to their sixth consecutive defeat in the league, this time at the Recreations Grounds, defeated by 4 goals to 1 at the hands of Invergordon. Thistle took the lead early on but could not maintain any order to prevent Invergordon’s resolution. <br /><br /><b>Dec 6th</b><br />Paul Austin and Ashley Mills were released from the club.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/ncl0910.jpg">

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  • Fort/Thistle to be played at Tain

    At a meeting between league officials and club committee represenatives, decisions were made with regard to Fort William FC.<br /><br />League secretary Rod Houston has advised the following:<br /><br /><i>"It is now clear that Claggan Park will not be playable for some time. That, along with the backlog of Highland League fixtures, means that there is virtually no likelihood of Claggan Park being available for North Caledonian fixtures this season. <br /><br />After a discussion on the matter, the meeting unanimously agreed to arrangements that enable Fort William FC to complete its fixtures for the season. The meeting accepted the principle that all Fort William fixtures can be played on the home pitch of the opposition club on that day, the host club meeting match officials costs and Fort William FC meeting its own travel costs."</i>

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  • Invergordon 4-1 Tain Thistle.

    Tain Thistle were soundly beaten by 4 goals to 1 at Invergordon today, as the Recreation Park men recorded their first win of the season.<br /><br />Russell Lawrie opened the scoring for Thistle after four minutes, before Invergordon fought back to go 3-1 ahead at the break. Invergordon added a fourth in the second half as the game finished miserably for Tain, who recorded their sixth consecutive loss in the league.

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  • Thistle lose out to Social on penalties

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/danny.jpg">The cruelty of penalties ended Thistle's hopes of an appearance in the Pattison Cup final next week, as Invergordon Social Club rode their luck to advance at a sunny Grant Park. <br /><br />The game finished 1-1 after ninety minutes, and extra time heralded no further goals. In the end, the shootout settled the issue, with Social's Kenny Ross scoring the decisive kick.<br /><br />Manager Arron Christie made changes to the side which struggled against Ross Club midweek, Michael Brand dropped in favour of Paul Cowie, while Liam Rostock came in to replace Calum Macdonald. Kyle Oliver was also reintroduced.<br /><br />The Tain men got off to a promising start when Darran Goller found his header saved by Barry Nimmons, but a fifteen minute spell of pressure from a young and pacey Social side saw them take the lead on 23 minutes, when Kenny Ross headed a cross past Martin from 2 yards. <br /><br />The goal followed a series of ISC attacks and was well deserved, Social having seen two efforts palmed wide by Martin, another hit the woodwork, and Martin saving again, this time a penalty from Ross. Thistle fought back into the game gradually, but were the weaker team of a high tempo first half.<br /><br />Thistle re-emerged for the second half a different side, dominating most of the play. Wingers Rostock and Goller both tested Nimmons but the Social keeper was up to the challenge, and Reid, later replaced by Durrand, missed a chance in front of goal, that should have been easier to score!<br /><br />As Thistle pushed for the equalizer, shoddy discipline from the Social Club saw them pick up bookings left right and centre, and soon, a straight red followed for Rob Mitchell after an assault on the felled Arron Christie. <br /><br />A rattled Social struggled to cope with the late pressure, and soon Tain found the net. Keith Dingwall was the man on hand to get the final touch on a goalmouth stramash that even goalkeeper Stevie Martin was up to join.<br /><br />Playing with the man advantage, Thistle had the better of extra time, but failed to find the elusive winner, having seen efforts from Goller, Rostock and Daniel Christie saved by Nimmons.<br /><br />The inevitable was the penalty shoot-out, and ten spot kicks later, Social Club had secured a place in the Pattison Cup final, by 3 kicks to 2. It was Thistle own ineptness from the spot which was their undoing, Steve Martin having done tremendously well to save two of Social's efforts. Thistle's Arron Christie and Oliver found the net while Farquhar hit the bar, Daniel Christie placed wide and Rostock's kick was saved by Nimmons.<br /><br />In the other semi, Ross-shire Club dumped League Cup winners Alness Athletic, 3-0. In league action, Inver held Balintore at bay to record a 3-2 win.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Rice (McGaw), Farquhar, Dingwall, A Christie, Oliver, D Christie, Goller, Rostock, Cowie (Macdonald), Reid (Durrand)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Austin, Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Scorer:</b><br />Keith Dingwall 90<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />A Christie, Farquhar, Martin, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Steven Martin

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  • Tain Juniors (U17s) 2-1 Dingwall (U17s)

    Tain Juniors notched a massive 2-1 win over league rivals Dingwall at Grant Park last night, with goals from Martin Smith and Ayah Rattanaphithak.<br /><br />Team:<br />Allan, Johnston, Sutherland, Gordon, Matheson, Bell, Smith, Stewart, Mein (McKenna), Maclellan

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  • Invergordon (U15s) 1-6 Tain Juniors (U15s)

    Tain Juniors continued the trend of beating Invergordon's youth sides with a thundering 6-1 win away from home this past Tuesday; Stewart Greenless scoring all six of the visitor's goals.<br /><br />Tain started slowly, allowing Invergordon to take the lead, but it wasn't long before Greenlees knocked home his first of the night. A second quickly followed, before he hit the hat trick with the pick of the bunch -- a first time volley, making it 3-1 at half time.<br /><br />Coach Wilfie Campbell made substitutions at half time, injecting some new legs into a game they were dominating. The pressure continued as the fourth was scored, Greenlees again fnding the net.<br /><br />Centre half Ben McIvor was unlucky not to join Greenlees on the scoresheet, as he hit the woodwork twice in the final moments, but it was Keiran Allison up front who enabled Greenlees to score his final two of his night.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Allison, Maclean, MacIvor, Smith, Joy, Cunningham, Smart, Kidd, Greenlees, Durrand<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />Murray, Melville, Macleod<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Stewart Greenlees x 6

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  • Cup semi fever hits Tain

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/brandorob.jpg">As the days close in on this weekend's Pattison Cup semi tie between Tain Thistle and Invergordon Social Club, both sides will fancy their chances of reaching the 2009 season's second cup final.<br /><br />Tain Thistle, the 2007 winners, will be hopeful of a repeat of the last time the sides met at Grant Park last July, when the Jags demolished the Social Club, by 5 goals to 1. Liam Rostock (who has re-signed for the 2009 campaign) notched a superb hat trick against a flat footed Social side, with Thistle favourites Paul Cowie and Martyn Farquhar also getting on the scoresheet.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=17" target=blank>When last they met</a><br /><br />Social Club bear few changes from the side which struggled to cope with the pace and attacking force of a Tain side challenging for the Ross-shire Welfare league, while the Recreation Park men sat misersably at the bottom of the table. Social regulars Barry Nimmons, Rob McCormack and Kenny Ross have all turned out again for the Invergordon side this season.<br /><br />But experienced midfielder Rob Nicolson believes his side have matured, and their recent form is the result of persistence and consistency in the side.<br /><br /><i>"We are playing well as a team, and Dave MacGruer has been amazing on the left wing. To have three players on 6 goals each is a credit to the work we've put in."</i><br /><br />The Social played host, albeit by default, to Invergordon rivals the Sutor Inn tonight, in their belated 5th league fixture. Running out 6-2 winners, they proved again that they are having no trouble finding the back of the net, taking their league goals tally to nineteen. Unfortunately for Thistle however, the win takes Social to the top of the table, two points ahead of the Tain side going into the weekend's game. A confident Nicolson does not believe the closeness of the Social's league fixture to the weekend will play any factor.<br /><br /><i>"We are a young team with good fitness. Our conditioning played a big factor in the end of tonight's game. Tain will be next!"</i><br /><br />Leg inuries to Thistle men Andy Murray and Paul Cowie will almost certainly rule both out of the match, but the Jags can expect to see the return of blistering forward Liam Rostock, who missed the club's first round tie, and midweek league clash with Ross-shire Club.<br /><br />This weekend's cup tie is perfectly poised, with both sides unbeaten in their past six games. There can only be one winner however, and even if the eventuality of extra time and penalties is required, the winners will travel to Portmahomack on Saturday, June 6th to meet either Alness Athletic or Ross-shire Club in the final.

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  • Murray optimistic about doctor's view

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/murray2009.jpg">Tomorrow, Tain Thistle’s Andy Murray travels to Raigmore Hospital to hear the prognosis on his knee injury; news that could see the tenacious utility man ruled out for the season or more hopefully set on a road to recovery that would see his season get back on track.<br /><br />Andy Murray is no stranger to football and its quandaries, as he entertains this latest setback seventeen years after Wattie Stewart first sent him to the now defunct Inverness Thistle as an aspiring youth. Reflecting on a storied career amidst his latest setback, Murray recalls how he got his start.<br /><br /><i>“I played through all of the youth teams at Invergordon before I left for Inverness Thistle when I was 17. Invergordon didn’t have an Under 18 side at the time, so Wattie sent me down there and I got my first taste of 2nd XI football.”<br /><br />“I was there for a year before Willie Macrae took me to Fearn, and I was there for three seasons. I haven’t won many medals in my time, but I won my first at Fearn, in a cup final.”</i><br /><br />Despite starting life as a right winger, Murray settled as a central midfielder before moving back to his home side of Invergordon, and later Bonar Bridge and Golspie Sutherland. <br /><br />Murray made a brief return to Invergordon in 2007 before completing a surprise move to Tain during their first North Caledonian campaign, in a move he intends to be the final of his career.<br /><br /><i>“Scott Morrison was involved with Tain at the time, and he asked me to come along to training, and soon after Robbie (Ross) secured my release from Invergordon.” <br /><br />“I would gladly see out my playing days at Tain Thistle. I love it here. We play as a team and there’s never any arguing within the squad. We battle for each other and are full of encouragement. This is a big factor in how well we’re playing at the moment.”</i><br /><br />Now playing as a full back for Thistle in the Welfare league, Murray impressed manager Arron Christie in pre-season and won a starting place, culminating in a man of the match performance against former side, the Sutor Inn in May. During the league match, Murray assisted Mark Reid for the opener and more satisfyingly got on the scoresheet himself to secure the win.<br /><br />Unfortunately, Murray’s next game resulted in the defender being carried off after only 5 minutes with his eventual knee injury, initially suspected to be a damaged cruciate ligament. But the veteran is optimistic about his future.<br /><br /><i>“I’m hoping that it’s just a bad twist, or at worst a partial rupture to my medial ligament. I did that before when I was in my early twenties. My instincts are that it isn’t anymore serious than that.”<br /><br />“This latest injury has been the most annoying of my career. I’m the fittest I’ve been for about ten years and I’m playing with a bit of confidence. The timing is awful.”<br /><br />“I have a visit to the Physio on Wednesday to determine the problem, but I’m fairly confident that I’ll be back playing in about 2-4 weeks.”</i><br /><br />Thistle supporters will be hoping Mr Murray is right.

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  • Ross Club 1-1 Tain Thistle

    Thistle claimed a point at Jubilee Park tonight, from a bruising battle with mid table Ross-shire Club, having been 1-0 down at half time.<br /><br />Forced into an earlier substitution, manager Arron Christie introduced Andy Durrand within three minutes of the kick off, with Paul Cowie leaving the field with a suspected hamstring injury. Liam Rostock was again missing from the lineup along with Kyle Oliver, whereas Michael Brand was reintroduced.<br /><br />Thistle made a decent start to the game, with the to-be-injured Cowie testing David Mitchell in the opening minute of the game with a shot on target, and Darran Goller soon followed with a shot across the face of goal, which drifted wide. Substitute Andy Durrand could well have scored for Tain as the game tempo increased several minutes later when he found himself clean though, but could only loop his shot into the arms of Mitchell.<br /><br />At the other end, Ross Club enjoyed frequent counter attacks, playing clever football down the wings before their best chance of the first half fell to Stephen McCallum for an open goal which cannoned off the upright.<br /><br />Ross Club's pressure finally paid off during an end to end battle when Steven Martin was left helpless to prevent Donald Stewart from adding the final touch to a shambolic defensive lapse from Thistle.<br /><br />Tensions rose as the game took an ugly turn with Thistle's Martyn Farquhar and Arron Christie involved in a bitter exchange with Ross Club's Marti Godwin; the home side's player seeing yellow for his part in the spat.<br /><br />Thistle emerged a more energetic side in the second half, dictating most of the play through Daniel Christie and pacey winger Darran Goller. Goller's pace won Thistle an early second half free kick in fact, as he found himself brought to the ground on the edge of the 18 yard box. Arron Christie's well taken free kick however, was held by Mitchell.<br /><br />Centre half Kiki Dingwall was replaced by Craig Nimmons with close to a quarter hour reamining, and the substitution proved a masterstroke. Supersub Nimmons won possession within seconds, linking with Goller on the wing to send a deft cross into the box for Calum Macdonald to blast a header through the outstretched hands of Mitchell for the equalizer.<br /><br />Thistle pushed for another during the final 15 minutes but failed to find the elusive winner. <br /><br />The draw moves Thistle to the top of the Ross-shire Welfare league, at least until Thursday, when Invergordon Social Club play town rivals Sutor Inn. A win for Social Club would push them two points clear of Thistle, ahead of their Pattison Cup semi final meeting.<br /><br />In other action, Alness thumped Cromarty 4-1 to open up the bottom of the table.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Farquhar, Rice, Dingwall (Nimmons), A Christie, Brand, D Christie, Goller, Macdonald, Reid, Cowie (Durrand)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Austin, Swann, McGaw<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Calum Macdonald 73<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Rice, Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Darran Goller<br /><br /><b>Match Details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/match.php?id=190">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=190</a>

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  • Thistle advance to Pattison Cup semi

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/kiki.jpg">Tain Thistle fought hard for a victory over a stubborn Sutor Inn side this afternoon, to advance to the semi finals of the Pattison Cup.<br /><br />The manager was missing only Liam Rostock from the side that demolished Balintore midweek, with Andy Durrand coming in on the left to replace him. Added to the bench were the returning pair of Michael Brand and Mark Reid.<br /><br />Thistle got off to a great start when Arron Christie found the net on seven minutes. Referee Bob Urquhart had awarded Tain a free kick outside the box for obstruction on winger Darran Goller, and Christie made no mistake with a picture perfect free kick which sailed past Craig Mackay. Goller could very well have put Tain 2-0 ahead only moments later but failed to capitalize on a loose ball to Mackay's left.<br /><br />Undeterred, the Sutor continued to hit Thistle on the counter, with some clever wing play from Ashley Mills. After a couple of chances, Sutor found the net to level at 1-1; centre half Alastair Connell heading home a cross.<br /><br />At the other end, Paul Cowie was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet come half time, having seen two of his headed efforts drift just over the bar, while winger Goller's thumping effort toward goal could only canon off the head of goalkeeper Mackay and fly wide.<br /><br />Chasing the winner, Tain started brightly second half with Mark Reid soon replacing Paul Cowie up front. Reid's injection of pace resulted in a couple of excellent chances, the striker unlucky to score himself. Indeed, Thistle could have gone 2-1 ahead on the hour mark when Mackay's lunge at Michael Brand resulted in a penalty, but the eager Martyn Farquhar's spot kick was palmed away by the goalkeeper.<br /><br />Reid's attacking played finally paid off with a stroke of luck, when his strike at goal was deflected and turned in by the outstretched foot of Calum Macdonald, giving Tain a 2-1 lead with a quarter hour remaining.<br /><br />Despite late pressure, Thistle organised themselves well; the experienced defence of Dingwall and Christie holding strong against a number of late Sutor attacks, to finish 2-1 winners on the day.<br /><br />Thistle will now play host to Invergordon's other Welfare side in the Social Club (3-1 winners over Inver), next Saturday 30th May at Grant Park. In other action, Ross-shire Club trouned Balintore by 6 goals to nil and Alness took care of Cromarty, to set the other semi clash, between Ross Club and Alness.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Rice, Farquhar, Dingwall, A Christie, Oliver, D Christie, Durrand (Brand), Goller, Macdonald, Cowie (Reid)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Nimmons, Austin, McGaw<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Arron Christie 7, Calum Macdonald 75<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Keith Dingwall<br /><br /><b>Match Stats:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/match.php?id=188">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=188</a>

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  • Ross Club fixture rescheduled for Tuesday

    Next week's Ross-shire Club vs Tain Thistle league fixture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 26th with a 7.30pm kick off.

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  • Tain Thistle 5-1 Balintore

    A sprightly Tain Thistle demolished an abysmal Balintore side tonight to go joint top of the Ross-shire Welfare league table, with a 5-1 win at home.<br /><br />Michael Brand was the unlucky seventh North Caledonian pick as Arron Christie named a strong starting eleven for the top of the table clash. Kiki Dingwall returned to the back four as well as Liam Rostock, who started on the left wing.<br /><br />Thistle got off to a perfect start after only 3 minutes, when Daniel Christie dribbled the ball from midfield to finish expertly from 15 yards to make it 1-0. Thistle could hardly believe their luck only two minutes later when they went 2-0 ahead; Liam Rostock placing a shot past Balti keeper David Crombie with ease.<br /><br />Balintore continued to struggle with the incessant pace of Thistle, and soon were 3-0 down, as James Rice connected with an Arron Christie cross on 7 minutes.<br /><br />The Seaboard men were dealt a further blow on 15 minutes, when Stuart Ross was forced to leave the field of play with an injury. To make matters worse, Rice was soon on target again, this time on 19 minutes to make it 4-0, with a cross-cum-shot, which dazzled Crombie. Rice could very well have had a hat trick only moments later, when his quick turn and volley was struck goalward, but Crombie was up to the challenge with a point blank reaction save.<br /><br />Thistle's scoring rout reached a head on the half hour mark when Darran Goller hammered home to make it an astounding 5-0; the disheveled Balintore defence helpless once again to cope with the pace and trickery of Thistle's clever wingers.<br /><br />Forwards Calum Macdonald and Paul Cowie were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half, the latter seeing his point blank header tipped over the post, and Macdonald, clean through on a number of occasions, hitting straight at Crombie.<br /><br />The half time team talk seemed to spark a smidgen of life into Balintore, as they re-emerged with a brief attacking flair. Having won a free kick, Martin Mackay was on hand to pull a goal back for the visitors via the set piece, as his effort took a deflection to go past Thistle keeper Steven Martin.<br /><br />Martin was rarely troubled for the remainder of the game, as Tain continued their attacks looking for a sixth. Despite numerous chances for Liam Rostock and substitute Andy Durrand, a sixth never came and the game finished 5-1.<br /><br />The win puts Tain joint top of the Ross-shire Welfare league, with rivals Social Club recording a 5-0 win over Cromarty. In other results, Inver beat lowly Alness 1-0 and the Sutor Inn got off the mark with a 2-1 win over Ross Club.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Farquhar (Austin), Rice, Dingwall, A Christie, Oliver, D Christie, Goller (Durrand), Rostock, Macdonald (McGaw), Cowie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Nimmons, Swann<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />D Christie 3, Rostock 5, Rice 7, 19, Goller 28<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />D Christie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Daniel Christie

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  • Moylan Urquhart Quaich match this Saturday

    On Saturday, Grant Park will play host to two games of football, as Tain Thistle's Pattison Cup tie with the Sutor Inn at 3pm will be preceded by the <b>Moylan Urquhart Memorial Quaich</b> match, which will kick off at 11.30am.<br /><br />The memorial tie, played in memory of Moylan Urquhart and to raise money for Takayasu’s Arteritis research, was this year organized by Graeme Ross and will be played for the fourth consecutive year. Played between two XIs of younger and older players from Moylan's generation, Keith Glazier and James Affrin will captain the sides for the afternoon.<br /><br />Presentation of the Quaich will take place after the game, at the Railway Hotel.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/moylan.jpg">

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  • Tain Juniors (U17) 2-2 Alness (U17)

    Tain Juniors' Under 17s surrendered a 2-0 lead at a wind swept Grant Park tonight, as Alness fought back for a share of the spoils in a tightly fought SWL Ross-shire League game.<br /><br />Martin Smith got the home side off to a good start on 20 minutes, adding the finishing touch a move just inside the box, and 15 minutes later, Reece Stewart volleyed home from outside the box to make it 2-0.<br /><br />But the home side's lead was short lived as a wind assisted Alness pulled two goals back in the second half, courtesy of Jordan Greig and Stephen McGaw.<br /><br />The game finished 2-2.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Johnston, Shearer, Matheson, Sutherland, Rattanaphithak, Gordon, Stewart, Mein (Mackintosh), Smith, Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Robertson, McKenna, Phillips<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Martin Smith 20, Reece Stewart 35

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  • Macdonald upbeat after successful return

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/calum.jpg">A delighted Calum Macdonald got his first team comeback for Tain Thistle off to a great start against Alness Athletic last Wednesday, marking the occasion with a goal to help the club to a 2-1 win.<br /><br />And the 31 year old striker is hopeful that there will be more to follow, to add to his storied history with the club.<br /><br />Calum got his start in football in his hometown of Crieff, Perthshire, where he played football at all youth levels throughout school. He got his first break at senior level with Crieff Amateur at the age of sixteen, before moving to Comrie Rovers three years later, where he settled as a striker, having previously played on the left wing.<br /><br /><i>“I played centre midfield, sweeper and even left back at youth level. I loved playing as a striker though, it’s always been my favourite position.”</i><br /><br />Following a spell in Glasgow, Calum moved North to Tain in 2002, when he began attending training for the now defunct Tain St Duthus, then run by Malky Macdonald. Playing a handful of games as a sub throughout the winter, he found more regular action with the town’s summer club, Tain Thistle. Under Gordon Burry, Calum notched 7 goals in his first campaign, with a club who, at the time, were propping up the Ross-shire Welfare league. Indeed, Calum made history, by scoring a hat trick in his debut, against the Rigger on May 25th, 2002.<br /><br /><i>“I didn’t get much playing time in the winter with St Duthus so I went to Tain Thistle in the summer. I remember going along to training with Stuart Ross, while I was working with him in Alness, and the rest is history.“</i><br /><br />Calum continued to set standards in 2004, when he scored an impressive 17 goals under new manager Bill Russell before breaking the season goal scoring record for the club, by netting 20 times in 2005. The following winter, seasoned second XI campaigners Balintore signed Calum for what would become their first league-winning season in fifteen years. However, despite playing in four Welfare cup finals, Calum is yet to win a medal with Tain Thistle.<br /><br />The striker’s recurrent knee problems hampered his consistency in 2006, before he eventually left Tain to work in Norway, despite a brief return in 2007. <br /><br /><i>“I stopped playing because I was having problems with my knee, and the job came up in Norway. It’s a lot better now as I got it repaired last year, after cortisone injections and physio. I have a degenerative condition of some kind in the joint.”</i><br /><br />Now back living in his native Comrie, Calum aims to be available as much as possible for Thistle this summer, having re-signed with the club for their 2009 campaign. Getting off to a fantastic start in pre-season with a hat trick against St Duthus in March, and a first of the season in his first start against Alness last Wednesday, Calum is sure more goals will follow.<br /><br /><i>“When I heard that Robbie Ross was a goal or two ahead of me in the all-time Thistle scoring records, the first thing I thought was “God, I do need to keep playing then!”</i>

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  • Thistle and Balintore headed for monster clash

    Fierce at best, the rivalry between Tain and Balintore will reach fever pitch this coming Wednesday when the sides battle at Grant Park for the top spot in the Ross-shire Welfare league. <br /><br />Tain Thistle may have only been formed in 1996, but a long standing tradition of Welfare battles exists between Tain and Balintore sides. 63 years have passed since Tain St Duthus and Seaside Rovers rejoined the Ross-shire League after the end of the Second World War, when, at the first time of asking, Balintore defeated Tain 2-0 to win the Ross-shire league title in December 1946.<br /><br />The competitive nature of the clubs was none more reinforced than in a friendly meeting that took place in 1968.<br /><br />The date was April 9th, with Rovers (Balintore) playing hosts to St Duthus. The Tain side took the lead on twenty minutes, playing against the wind, when Archie Forsyth nodded home. Before long, Alan Dundas had made it 2-0 from the penalty spot and Tain were on easy street. But a swift comeback from the Rovers saw them finish 4-2 when a corner was neatly finished by Day and the equalizer was added by Browning. Ronnie Hart was the hero for the villagers as he netted a brace to take the win.<br /><br />Spectators attending the coming evening's entertainment on the 20th will be hopeful of a well contested game, however the Thistle camp will simply be looking for the three points they need to take them to the top of the table, ahead of their visit to Dingwall. The Seaboarders however, will be keen to maintain their position as leaders; the result of win or indeed even a draw possibly being enough to see the job through.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Alness Athletic

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/brando.jpg">Tain Thistle produced a gritty fightback to overcome a feisty Alness Athletic side in tonight's Ross-shire Welfare League match.<br /><br />Missing last week's forward line of Mark Reid and Liam Rostock and defender Kiki Dingwall sidelined with a shoulder injury, manager Arron Christie reintroduced a number of players for the game. James Rice returned, while Paul Cowie and Calum Macdonald took to the field for the first time. Also returning on the wing was Darran Goller.<br /><br />Tain got off to a decent start, dominating most of the play in a tight first half, but an early knee injury to form man Andy Murray upset the momentum; substitute Kyle Oliver replacing Murray.<br /><br />Referee Keith Middleton was on hand to stamp his authority on the game, issuing the first yellow card on 3 minutes, to Kraig Vass for dissent. Persistent verbal abuse from Alness saw two further players added to Middleton's book before the end of the first half.<br /><br />The best chance of the first half fell for Alness however, to Jordan Greig, who saw his effort sail just over the bar. Despite some persistance from Alness down the wing, defenders Arron Christie and makeshift centre half Michael Brand were well on hand to deal with cross balls.<br /><br />Both teams emerged for the second half looking for the opener and it was Alness who found the net first, Davie Ogilvie connecting with a cross ball over the advancing Stevie Martin.<br /><br />Daniel Christie attempted to hit straight back with a half way line effort, but the shot was swallowed by Andrew Maitland, in what would be counted as Thistle's first shot on target of the game.<br /><br />The tide quickly turned however, as play was concentrated down the right hand side, with Darran Goller and Martyn Farquhar linking up well to create chances. Thistle's equaliser came from a Goller cross only 15 minutes later in fact, as Calum Macdonald was on hand at the far post to knock the ball home for his first of the season.<br /><br />1-1 may have seemed like the most likely result as further stoppages and arguments saw the game turning ugly, however a goalkeeping error from Maitland was enough for Andy Durrand to pop up and score the winner for Tain, with ten minutes left on the clock.<br /><br />The 2-1 win leaves Thistle in 3rd place, still equal points with Invergordon Social Club and two behind Balintore, who each scored wins tonight against Inver and Ross Club, respectively. In other action, Cromarty recorded a thumping 7-2 home win over the Sutor Inn.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Murray (Oliver 12), Farquhar, A Christie, Brand, Cowie, D Christie, Rice, Durrand, Macdonald, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Matheson, Swann, Nimmons, Austin<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Calum Macdonald 68, Andy Durrand 79<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Michael Brand<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b> <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=187">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=187</a>

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  • Alness U15s 0-2 Tain Juniors U15s

    Tain Juniors Under 15's set the pace for the possibility of another Tain football hat trick, this week against Alness.<br /><br />Tain dominated from the off, having switched MacLean to the middle of defence, with saw goalkeeper John Allan rarely troubled. Coach Wilfie Campbell was getting anxious as constant Tain pressure resulted in no breakthrough, Greenless, Cunningham and Smart all coming close.<br /><br />The opening goal came just on half time however, when a fine interchange between Cooper and Greenlees saw the latter produce a fine finish to make it 1-0.<br /><br />The half time team talk encouraged the 15s to stick to their instructions. Tain's persistence finally paid off with a second goal on the hour mark when Calum Cooper was on the end of a fantastic interchange of play.<br /><br />Some late pressure from Alness forced the visitors to close up shop, which was done expertly, leaving coaches Campbell and Robert Farquhar happy with a 2-0 result.<br /><br />"We're absolutely delighted. This is by far the best performance of the season yet. We were certainly both smiling at full time!"

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  • Thistle in striker crisis for Alness visit

    Tain Thistle face uncertainty up front, going into their first ever competitive meeting with Terry Stirling's newly formed Alness Athletic.<br /><br />Pre-season hopes of a return for Calum Macdonald went up in smoke as the prominent scorer returned to his hometown of Comrie. News quickly followed of record goalscorer Garry Perks' decision to stay in the US and a recent ankle injury to Robbie Ross, who scored Thistle's first goal of the season against Inver, has ruled the striker out for several weeks.<br /><br />Mark Reid was able to come in to cover Ross last week but is unavailable as of today (Friday). With so many absenses, the goal scoring duties lie firmly on the shoulders of Liam Rostock, who is yet to find the net in a competitive game for Thistle this season.

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  • Sutor Inn 0-3 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/murray2.jpg">Tain Thistle made easy work of the Sutor Inn in Invergordon tonight, as they climbed to third place in the Ross-shire Welfare League. Arron Christie made only two changes to the side who finished 0-0 with Inver last Wednesday, with Gary Austin replacing James Rice on the wing and Mark Reid replacing the injured Robbie Ross. <br /><br />Tain started well from the offset in dreary conditions, testing Sutor goalkeeper Mackay on a number of occasions through the quick forward work of Mark Reid and Liam Rostock; Thistle coming closest to opening the scoring when Mark Reid saw his effort drift just wide of the post.<br /><br />Reid finally opened the scoring on 35 minutes after sustained pressure when full back turned winger Andy Murray squared the ball into the forward's path for a well taken goal.<br /><br />Goalkeeper Stevie Martin was tested only once in the game, in the first half when Chris Cooper's point blank effort was palmed away by Tain's in-form stopper. The score finished 1-0 at half time.<br /><br />A shoulder injury saw Craig Nimmons replace Keith Dingwall at half time, following a solid defensive display from the Tain back four of Farquhar, Christie, Dingwall and Murray/Austin. The change heralded further opportunity with Nimmons linking up well with Reid and Rostock to create further chances. Rostock was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the second half after a series of excellent forward runs.<br /><br />Reid added to his tally on the 52nd minute when his cross was deflected into the net to make it 2-0, much to the disappointment of the disjointed Sutor side.<br /><br />Thistle wrapped up the points in style when a well worked move between Rostock and Reid led to Andy Murray slotting the ball home from 15 yards to make it 3-0.<br /><br />The win pushes Thistle up to 3rd place, level on points with Inver, Social Club and Ross Club, who all gained points on the night. Balintore, who defeated Alness 3-1, go top by two points ahead of their game against Ross Club.<br /><br />Next week, Thistle play host to Alness Athletic who are yet to win any points this season.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Murray, Farquhar, A Christie, Dingwall (Nimmons 46), D Christie, Brand, Austin (Swann 80), Durrand, Reid, Rostock<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Reid 35, 57, Murray 77<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Andy Murray<br /><br />Detailed match report: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=186">Click here</a>

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  • Tain Juniors U15s 3-0 Invergordon U15s

    Memories of last week's defeat to Dingwall were shaken off with a comfortable win at home to Invergordon tonight, for Tain Juniors' Under 15s. With a near complete squad to select from, coaching partnership Wilfie Campbell and Robert Farquhar were able to field a strong side against an under-par Invergordon.<br /><br />Stewart Greenlees caused havoc for the Invergordon defence early on, and on 15 minutes got his reward; his neatly taken lob looping over the head of the Invergordon stopper into the net to make it 1-0. <br /><br />As the game progressed, the Tain defence (bolstered by the addition of Michael Maclean) never looked troubled and the 15s had their chances to increase the scoring -- Greenlees again using his pace to create chances for himself and those around him. However, despite their dominance, only a goal separated the sides at the break.<br /><br />Strong words at half time from coach Wilfie Campbell encouraged the Juniors to start the second period strongly and some nice play led to Greenlees netting his second. Substitutes Murray, Macleod and Melville were introduced midway through the second half, before Tain's domination was rounded off with a well worked Keiran Cunningham goal to make it a comfortable 3-0.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Maclean, Smith, MacIvor, Allison, Durrand, Smart, Cunningham, Joy, Kidd, Greenlees<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />Murray, Macleod, Melville

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  • Perks heartbroken as Thistle return collapses

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/garry_perks.jpg">Tain Thistle learned this week that all-time record goal scorer Garry Perks will not be returning to the club for their summer campaign, after the forward’s proposed plan for a May return from the United States was sidelined. <br /><br />Perks last played for Tain Thistle in July of 2008, as the side crashed to a 2-1 defeat away to rivals and eventual league winners Black Rock Rovers, before leaving for Iowa in the United States to sign a soccer scholarship with college side Marshalltown Tigers. Despite finishing the club’s top scorer last year, he was unable to end his season on a high.<br /><br />“I remember feeling extremely nervous for that game. We had two chances in the first half to take the lead. I didn’t play great and although we were never a one man team, my contribution didn’t help matters.”<br /><br />Perks’ first season with the Tigers saw him playing alongside and against young aspiring US internationals, skillful Brazilians and athletic Argentineans � a far cry from his beloved Ross-shire Welfare league, in which Inver’s recent signing of Balintore native Ross Powell was considered a foreign import!<br /><br />The Tigers' campaign was a mixture of success and disappointment; his club were ranked number 2 in the whole of the US, having won their regional division as well as a Texas based tournament, but disaster struck when an administrative error saw the Tigers banned from the league when it emerged that their filing department had incorrectly registered foreign nationals. But for Garry, the good outweighs the bad.<br /><br />“My move to the US was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve matured greatly, as a player and person”.<br /><br />“Of course, I miss the banter. Playing with my best friends at a club so close to my heart, as Tain Thistle is, will always be something I’ll miss”.<br /><br />Up until recently, it was expected that Garry Perks would sign up with the Jags once again, for the 2009 Welfare campaign under the team of coaches Arron Christie and close friend Steven Martin, but a recent turn of events and uncertainty over employment has forced the Cannock native to remain in the US.<br /><br />“I have found a job here in the US, and a place to stay. Its heart wrenching that I wont have the opportunity to come home and play with the boys, but I know they appreciate what I have to do.”<br /><br />Perks leaves some big shoes to fill at Tain, in a team which has lost both Colin Burry and Brian Cameron � two other mainstays of the 2008 campaign. But Garry doesn’t think Thistle will have to worry about goals, or a lack of creative flair. A proponent of the theory that if you have plenty of self belief, and that anything can be achieved, the forward hopes that despite his absence Tain Thistle can take their chances, and push for the Welfare league title in 2009.<br /><br />“With a little more confidence in his technical ability, Liam Rostock will get the goals. He’s the fastest player I have played with, it’s up to him to take the chances when they come.”<br /><br />“There’s years in me yet. I’m only 22 and I will play for Tain again. Watch out Summer 2010, I’m coming to get ya!”

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  • Thistle win Homecoming Cup

    Tain Thistle captain Paul Cowie held the Homecoming Cup on behalf of his team as the Jags ran out 5-1 winners against the visiting HMS Sutherland FC. HMS Sutherland representative and player Jamie Ross also presented a plaque to the Thistle captain, in rememberance of the recent passing of a member of their crew.<br /><br />The Naval men looked sharp and fit from the outset but struggled early on to deal with the pace of Thistle's forward line; strikers Daniel Christie and Mark Reid both missing clear cut chances in front of goal within the opening minutes. The Sutherland keeper finally picked the ball out of the net for the opener on the 8th minute however when a pacey Liam Rostock cut inside to curl the ball into the far corner.<br /><br />Thistle's lead was shortlived however as Sutherland found an equaliser on the quarter hour mark; Tain keeper Stevie Martin unable to prevent the opposition effort drifiting to the side of him.<br /><br />If Thistle were armed with a banjo, they would have struggled to connect with the rear of any bovine animal in the first half, as Christie, Rostock and Mark Reid all squandered excellent chances to reinstate their lead. Even when awarded a penalty for a poor challenge on the edge of the box, Thistle failed to score; Darran Goller rattling the crossbar with a powerful yet inaccurate penalty. Thistle's pressure finally paid off ten minutes before the break however, when Daniel Christie did well to bundle a shot past the Sutherland keeper from a tight angle, making it 2-1 at half time.<br /><br />The second half saw a number of changes, with goalkeeper Martin being replaced by David Crombie, and Bob Swann and Andy Durrand on for Paul Cowie and Darran Goller. The changes heralded an immediate impact, with Swann playing in Mark Reid for Thistle's third. <br /><br />Nobody could have seen the fourth coming as player manager Arron Christie stunned the crowd with a beautiful solo effort, driving the ball 40 yards through the midfield before launching a looping 35 yard shot past the Sutherland substitute keeper to make it 4-1. The goal will take some beating throughout the summer season!<br /><br />It was game set and match with 10 minutes to go when referee Brian Patullo awarded a second penalty to Tain; Liam Rostock being mauled down by the Sutherland keeper. Daniel Christie made no mistake with the penalty, sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 5-1 on the day.<br /><br />Railway Hotel manager Alan Nimmons was on hand to present the Homecoming Cup to the victors, as well as the Ship's Plaque.<br /><br /><b>Lineup:</b><br />Martin (Crombie), Austin, Murray, A Christie, Dingwall, Cowie (Durrand), Goller (Swann), D Christie, Oliver, Rostock, Reid<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 8, D Christie 35, pen 80, Reid 48, A Christie 61<br /><br /> <img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cowiecup.jpg">

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  • Tain Juniors trounce Invergordon

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/juniors.jpg">The Under 17 side of Tain Juniors soared to the top of the SWL Ross-shire Youth League table tonight after dismantling a poor Invergordon side at the Recreation Grounds, Invergordon.<br /><br />Tain hit Invergordon from the outset, forwards John Maclellan and Martin Smith linking up expertly to open the scoring within five minutes, when the latter found the net. Smith netted a further three times in the first half, taking his opening period tally to four, thanks to clever forward play again from MacLennan and pacey winger Ayah Rattanaphithak.<br /><br />The score finished 5-0 at half time, thanks to the addition of a brilliant strike from Reece Stewart. After the restart, Alasdair Mackintosh and Nicholas Mein temporarily replaced form players Andy Bell and four goal hero Smith, before Ryan Johnston popped up with the goal of the night; a 25 yard screamer into the top corner to make it 6-0.<br /><br />Smith was reintroduced late, and found time to notch a fifth to make it 7-0 five minutes from time, as Tain cruised in style to a confident away win -- their second victory in two games since the start of the 2009 Ross-shire Youth League campaign.<br /><br />Team coach Gavin MacDonald could not hide his delight following the side's excellent display.<br /><br />"Tain have always had a good reputation, one we've built over the past couple of years, of playing flowing, quick moving football and I was pleased to see that tonight. Best of all we kept a clean sheet, and to score seven goals on top of that is just fantastic."<br /><br /><b>Lineup:</b><br />John Allan, Stewart Shearer, Donald Matheson, Ryan Johnston, Andrew Sutherland, Reece Stewart, Andy Bell, Chris Gordon, Martin Smith, Ayah Rattanaphithak, John Maclellan<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />David Robertson (GK), Paddy McKenna, Nicholas Mein, Alasdair Mackintosh<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Smith (5, 15, 20, 30, 75), Stewart (36), Johnston (60)<br /><br />Match report: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/youth/matchdetails.php?id=134">Invergordon 0-7 Tain Thistle</a>

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  • Homecoming Cup unveiled

    <img border="0" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/homecomingcup.jpg">Tain Thistle's contribution to the Homecoming Scotland campaign was unveiled today in the form of the new Homecoming Cup. The cup, to be contested this year between Tain Thistle and a team of Naval men from the HMS Sutherland, will mark Tain football's contribution to Scotland's first ever Homecoming year.<br /><br />Homecoming Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative managed by EventScotland in partnership with VisitScotland, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. From Burns night to St Andrew’s Day, a country wide programme of exciting and inspirational events and activities will celebrate some of Scotland’s great contributions to the world: Burns himself, Whisky, Golf, Great Minds and Innovations, and our rich culture and heritage.<br /><br />For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.homecomingscotland.com">http://www.homecomingscotland.com</a><br /><br />Tain Thistle will play the HMS Sutherland tomorrow, Saturday 2nd May at Grant Park, with a 1pm kick off.<br /><br /> <img border="0" align="none" alt="" width=20% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/hs09-supporting-rgb.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 0-0 Inver

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/danielinver.jpg">Tain Thistle and Inver locked horns on the opening night of the Ross-shire Welfare league campaign, drawing a blank at both ends in an enjoyable match tonight.<br /><br />Thistle felt much more at home with first choice keeper Stevie Martin back in goal. A more familiar looking 4-4-2 saw Arron Christie and Keith Dingwall flanked by Martyn Farquhar and Andy Murray, with a central midfield of Daniel Christie and Michael Brand, wings occupied by Andy Durrand and James Rice, with a front two of power and pace, respectively named as Robbie Ross and Liam Rostock.<br /><br />Tain dominated from the outset, testing Inver keeper Henderson on the 5th minute when Daniel Christie's looping free kick found the head of winger Rice for a point blank effort. Henderson was up to the challenge, and again held well when Liam Rostock turned his marker to hit a confident strike on target.<br /><br />Thistle had numerous chances to take the lead and will have been disappointed to go in at the break without having scored; goalkeeper Stevie Martin having the quietest of first halves. Andy Durrand had the most clear cut chance of the first period, having been clean through on Henderson but his hesitance to shoot saw him dispossessed by David Calderwood.<br /><br />Unfortunately for Tain, momentum was lost when forward man Robbie Ross was forced to leave the field almost immediately after the restart when an ankle injury suffered in the first half worsened. Ross was replaced by debutant Mark Reid. Reid did well on his inclusion to open up play with an injection of pace, linking well with Rostock and attacking midfielder Daniel Christie on a number of occasions.<br /><br />Tain felt their heart in their mouth in the latter stages however as Inver hit the woodwork on the 80th minute; Martin only able to watch as the effort cannoned off the crossbar down onto the clearing foot of Keith Dingwall.<br /><br />Despite their dominance throughout, Tain could not find the elusive opener and the score remained at 0-0 until referee Gary McCarthy's full time whistle.<br /><br />The result leaves both Tain and Inver in the middle of the table after day one, with the other three results on tonight's card recording winners. Invergordon Social Club enjoyed a home win against Alness Athletic, Balintore eased past the Sutor and Ross-shire Club beat new boys Cromarty 2-1 in the Black Isle.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Martin, Murray, Farquhar (Austin 85), A Christie, Dingwall, Brand, D Christie, Durrand, Rice (Oliver 75), Rostock, Ross (Reid 50)<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Daniel Christie

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  • Under 15s fall to Dingwall

    Tain Juniors' Under 15 side fell 3-1 in their opening SWL Ross-shire League Game.<br /><br />A promising start from Tain Juniors encouraged Under 15s coach Robert Farquhar as the young boys went head to head with the league favourites. Front man Stuart Greenlees troubled Dingwall early on, as the home side struggled to deal with his pace.<br /><br />Dingwall settled into the game mid way through the first half and before long, found the net; scoring on the half mark to make it 1-0. Were it not for the woodwork, Tain may have equalized going into the break � Greenlees watching an effort hit off the post and another effort cleared off the line.<br /><br />The Juniors started well in the second half when Graeme Smart split the Dingwall defence apart for Greenlees to get his just reward with a brilliantly taken goal.<br /><br />At 1-1, the Juniors enjoyed a spell of possession and may have even taken the lead, but two late goals secured the win for the home side.<br /><br />The Under 15s now travel to Invergordon on Tuesday 5th May.

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  • Second phase of sponsored walk scheduled

    The second phase of the Tain Thistle Sponsored Walk (the players' phase) has been scheduled for Sunday, May 10th, with a start time of 12pm.

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  • HMS Sutherland challenge Thistle in Homecoming Cup

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/navy.jpg">This Saturday 2nd May, Tain Thistle will welcome naval vessel the HMS Sutherland for a friendly competition which will reward the winners with the first ever Homecoming Cup.<br /><br />HMS Sutherland is a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy. She is the thirteenth ship in the Duke class of frigates and is the third ship to bear the name, more than 200 years since the name was last used.<br /><br />A big thank you to Tain Sports who have kindly offered to sponsor the match ball for the game.<br /><br />The match will be played at Thistle's Grant Park home with a 1pm kick off.

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  • Thistle crash out of League Cup

    Tain Thistle crashed out of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup, falling at the first hurdle in their tie against local rivals Inver today.<br /><br />Significant absences made the difference with Thistle again forced into changes due to injury. Most notably, David Kinnear returned to the side for the first time in several years, becoming the fifth keeper to play for the club in as many games! Coming into the side also was Kyle Oliver, replacing the otherwise engaged Paul Cowie in midfield.<br /><br />Thistle seemed to be off to a good start, winning most of the possession in the first half, Arron Christie testing Inver keeper Ross Henderson with a free kick on 10 minutes. Referee Keith Middleton set the pace with an early yellow for Scott Innes in Inver colours for dissent.<br /><br />Despite early pressure from Tain, it was a well worked Inver corner which resulted in the first goal -- Tain resident Christy MacDonald powering a header past Kinnear to put Inver 1-0 ahead. Thistle barely had time to recover as pacey Greig Mitchell punished the Tain defence for a miscommunication, and curled his shot round Kinnear to make it 2-0.<br /><br />A switch in attacking approach released Daniel Christie down the wing to invigorate the Thistle threat and the change paid off ten minutes later when Robbie Ross was found by Christie for a point blank finish, sending the teams to the touchline at half time with a score of 2-1.<br /><br />In an incident you would only expect to see in EA Sports' FIFA 09, Lewis Ross of Inver instantly nullified the Thistle half time team talk with an audacious shot from the half way line, direct from Mitchell's kick off. The effort looped onto the reaching fingers of Kinnear, only to fall behind the keeper and into the net, increasing Inver's lead to 3-1!<br /><br />Thistle struggled to find the target throughout the second half, with their most notable chances coming from Andy Murray and Ross. Inver found time to add to their tally in the second half however, when substitute Russell Ferguson outran the Thistle defence to finish, in a solo effort which summed up Inver's comfortable lead.<br /><br />The defeat sends Thistle out of the League Cup, but serves as a dress rehearsal for Wednesday's league match against Inver, again at Grant Park. The report card will simply read: "Must do better".<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Kinnear, Murray (Durrand 63), Farquhar, A Christie, Rice, Dingwall, D Christie, Brand, Oliver (Austin 86), Ross, Rostock (Nimmons 80)<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Ross 35<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Martyn Farquhar<br /><br />Detailed match stats: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/match.php?id=182">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=182</a><br /><br />Match gallery: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/gallery/?level=album&id=28">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/gallery</a>

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  • Tain Juniors Under 17s get off to good start

    On what proved to be a fine Spring evening for Tain Juniors, the club’s Under 17 outfit made easy work of a hardy Dornoch side.<br /><br />Pressure on the Dornoch goal was apparent from the outset, with the Juniors hitting the crossbar not once, but twice in the opening stages. However, against the run of play in the first half, Stewart Burnett gave the visitors a surprise lead when the Tain defence failed to deal with a long throw. <br /><br />The deficit was short lived however as referee Brian Patullo soon awarded a penalty to the home side for a foul on Martin Smith. The same player, with conviction, hammered the ball home from the spot on the half hour mark to bring the scores level.<br /><br />Tain were commanding from then on, and it was starlet Ayah Ratpanaphitak who made the difference on 38 minutes, finishing a clever run down the wing with a sublime chip over the advancing Dornoch keeper; the Juniors going in at the break with a more than deserved 2-1 lead.<br /><br />Within five minutes of the restart, Tain scored again -- this time through forward John MacLennan, but the score line was quickly drawn back to 3-2 through Dornoch’s Jordan Morrison. With ten minutes remaining it was midfielder Andy Bell who found the net to make it a final score of 4-2, ending any hopes of a comeback from the Sutherland side.<br /><br />Despite Morrison’s goal, John Allan had a quieter spell between the sticks second half than he did in the first, his counterpart on the bench David Robertson, the only substitute not to see action during the evening.<br /><br />The win gives Tain Juniors a good start to their SWL Ross-shire Youth League campaign, with coach Ronnie Allinson particularly pleased with the result.<br /><br />“It’s not often we get off to a good start, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to get off the ground with a win.”<br /><br /><b>Lineup:</b><br />John Allan, Stewart Shearer, Donald Matheson, Ryan Johnston, Andrew Sutherland, Rhys Stewart, Andy Bell, Alisdair Macintosh, Martin Smith, Ayah Ratpanaphithak, John MacLennan<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />David Robertson (GK), Paddy McKenna, Nicholas Main, Connor Philips<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Smith (pen 30), Ratpanaphitak (38), MacLennan (43), Bell (70)

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  • Thistle missing key players for Inver double header

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cowie1.jpg">News of Stevie Martin's injury on Wednesday night on duty for Bonar Bridge has added to manager Arron Christie's woes for this week's double header against Inver, as Thistle go into the crunch League Cup 1st Round tie this Saturday with two injured goalkeepers; reserve keeper Steve Bannatyne still recovering from a cracked rib suffered against Embo.<br /><br />Thistle are also expected to be without forwards Calum Macdonald and Darran Goller, the latter suffering a shoulder injury in Wednesday's friendly against the Sutor Inn.

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  • Tain Thistle 1-2 Sutor Inn

    A closely fought encounter at Grant Park ended in a 2-1 win for visitors The Sutor Inn, from Invergordon, over a Tain Thistle side who were missing a number of key players.<br /><br />The otherwise engaged Stevie Martin was replaced in goal by Alan Forsyth, between the posts for the first time since his second half appearance in the Christy Grant Memorial Trophy match. Manager Arron Christie introduced a new look back three, playing himself as a sweeper alongside Keith Dingwall and Martyn Farquhar, who replaced the missing James Rice. Thistle started with a young midfield five of Daniel Christie, Paul Cowie, Michael Brand, Andy Murray and Andy Durrand. The forward two of Robbie Ross and Darran Goller, stepping in for the absent Liam Rostock, completed the lineup.<br /><br />Despite a lively start to the match for the home side, it was the Invergordon men who had the earliest chance of the first half when Thistle keeper Forsyth charged down a Stevie Campbell effort. The Thistle back line were less lucky only minutes later however when a looping cross found a Sutor head to make it 1-0 in a simple move; Sutor manager Chris Cooper the scorer.<br /><br />With only minutes for Thistle to recover, the Sutor made it 2-0, goalkeeper-come-forward Stevie Campbell capitalizing on a poorly dealt-with through ball. To make matters worse, the second goal was instantly followed by the early substitution of makeshift forward Darran Goller, who was replaced by Gary Austin after 15 minutes.<br /><br />Daniel Christie joined Ross up front and soon Thistle settled into the game, pulling a goal back after referee Keith Middleton awarded the Jags a penalty. Christie's conversion bundled underneath monstrous keeper Andrew Maitland to make it 1-2.<br /><br />Thistle could have gone in at the break level when they were awarded a second penalty, but Maitland had the measure of Christie the second time, for the set piece. The second half saw no goals, but did see the introduction of substitutes Craig Nimmons, Michael Stein and Bob Swann in midfield.<br /><br />Despite boasting no further scoring, the second half was privvy to a spectacular save at either end of the park; Alan Forsyth first palming a Chris Cooper volley past the post, before Andrew Maitland defied the laws of gravity to reach a Paul Cowie strike destined for the top corner.<br /><br />Thistle line-up:<br />Forsyth, Farquhar, A Christie, Dingwall, Murray (Swann), Cowie (Stein), Brand, D Christie, Durrand, Goller (Nimmons), Ross<br /><br />In other news, absentees Steve Martin and Liam Rostock played for Bonar Bridge against North Caledonian champions Golspie Sutherland. While the latter netted Bonar's second in three, the former, Martin, unfortunately suffered an ankle injury which could see him miss Saturday's crunch League Cup opener against Inver at Grant Park.

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  • Final pre-season friendly arranged

    To complete Tain's pre-season preparations, Invergordon's Sutor Inn side will visit Grant Park on Wednesday 22nd April, for a 7pm friendly kick off.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-3 Alness Athletic

    Goals from Darran Goller and James Rice were not enough to prevent another pre-season defeat at Grant Park for Welfare hopefuls Tain Thistle.<br /><br />Goller and Rice gave Thistle a half hour lead but opportunist goals from Kraig Vass and Terry Stirling saw the visitors go in 3-2 ahead at the break. No goals followed, despite Alness keeper David Crombie having to leave the field injured, to be replaced by frontman Andrew Maitland.<br /><br />The Thistle lineup was Martin, Farquhar, Murray, Rice, Dingwall, Cowie, Durrand, A Christie, Goller, D Christie, Ross<br /><br />Subs: Austin, Swann, Nimmons

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  • Welfare fixtures announced

    The fixtures for league and cup for this season's Ross-shire Welfare football league have been announced, with Tain Thistle opening with the visit of Inver, followed by a trip to Invergordon to play the Sutor Inn.<br /><br />For a detailed list of fixtures, click the Fixtures link on the left hand side of the page, or click here: <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matches.php">Fixtures</a><br /><br /><b>In other news, the proposed friendly between Tain Thistle and Alness Athletic planned for Wednesday 22nd April has been CANCELLED.</b>

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  • Thistle soundly beaten by Rocks

    An ailing Tain Thistle side were soundly beaten by a strong amateur Black Rock side this Tuesday evening, by 5 goals to nil. <br /><br />Black Rock Rovers, now playing in the Ross-shire Amateur league, have boosted their squad with a number of experienced North Caledonian league players, as well as amateurs from Highland League strugglers, Brora Rangers, proving more than a match for the summer welfare side of Tain.<br /><br />Thistle's assistant manager and goalkeeper Steven Martin was still recovering from an ankle ligament injury before the game, and was therefore replaced by David Crombie in goal. Former Rocks man Keith Dingwall made his debut at the back alongside cold-stricken stalwart James Rice, with youngsters Andy Durrand and Martyn Farquhar manning the flanks. A last minute four of Daniel Christie, Bob Swann, Liam Rostock and Darran Goller made the midfield, before Michael Brand's early inclusion, replacing Swann, with a front line of Calum Macdonald and Robbie Ross completing a 4-4-2.<br /><br />Wearing all white, Thistle had the first chance of the game when Ross was clean through on Grant Robertson, but saw his long range effort sail into the keeper's hands. At the break however, Rocks went in 2-0 up, with a goalmouth scramble and an unfortunate deflection off Thistle right back Andy Durrand giving the visitors goals.<br /><br />Kraig Vass's side did enough to thwart a turn in possession in the second half, with substitutes Paul Cowie, Lewis Montgomery and Craig Nimmons getting involved, before adding a further three in the final ten minutes of the game, Tain's weakness on the wings being exploited to the full.<br /><br />The defeat shows a marked improvement in Black Rock Rovers, but highlights a number of concerns for Thistle manager Arron Christie, with only ten days to go before the club's League Cup 1st Round tie with Inver, at Grant Park.

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  • Pre-Season friendly arranged

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/martyn.jpg">Tain Thistle will play their second friendly of the pre-season against 2008 rivals Black Rock Rovers, who will visit Tain's Grant Park for the first time since a league meeting last summer, which saw a 10 man Thistle run out 3-0 winners on the night.<br /><br />The game will be played at 7pm, on the evening of Tuesday April 14th.<br /><br />Black Rock, who won last year's Ross-shire Welfare league are currently competing in the Ross-shire Amateur league.

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  • Thistle drawn against Inver in League Cup

    Tain Thistle will play their first game of the Welfare season on Saturday, 25th April. The club were handed a home drawn this weekend against local rivals Inver, in the 1st Round of the Ross-shire Welfare League Cup.<br /><br />Thistle saw themselves handed four home draws out of five, in their First Round cup matches for 2009.

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  • Thistle coast to 6-0 friendly win over Embo

    Tain Thistle players could have been guilty of thinking they were on holiday upon their visit to caravan paradise, Embo, as they cantered toward a very comfortable 6-0 win against Sutherland amateur contenders, Embo FC.<br /><br />A swirly wind and wet conditions did not deter a buoyant and ferocious Thistle welfare side from exerting their authority on the game early on, as guest left back Ali Macdonald added the final touch in a glancing header to a neatly initiated Arron Christie free kick in the 5th minute. Indeed, Christie could have found himself on the scoresheet soon after, but his successful set piece strike was disallowed due to a Thistle player advancing in an offside position. Before long, returning Thistle forward Liam Rostock scored to make it 2-0, hammering home his first of the afternoon with a shot, high into the net from inside the area. <br /><br />The first half was dampened only by an injury to midfielder Paul Cowie. Cowie was replaced by Andy Murray, who offered an impressive substitute performance.<br /><br />Finishing 2-0 at the break, Thistle reappeared showing no mercy; Rostock again on the scoresheet to make it 3-0 just minutes after the second half began. Rostock completed his hat-trick soon after, capitalizing on a ball crossed in from the left hand side, beating compadre Dickie Durrand to an easy finish.<br /><br />Noted goalscorer Robbie Ross, pleased to have been classified by the Ross-shire Welfare league as a North Caledonian exemption earlier in the day, found the net in style to make it 5-0. Beating the offside trap, Ross advanced on the Embo goal, hitting a low shot into the keeper, before hammering his rebounded effort into the roof of the net.<br /><br />Steve Bannatyne, making his Welfare debut for the club after a series of appearances during the winter season, did well to prevent Kevin Lewis from scoring a consolation for the home side, winning two one-on-ones with the striker in the second half. Bannatyne's afternoon was cut short however as a rib injury saw him leave the field in the latter stages. He was replaced in goal by player-manager Arron Christie.<br /><br />Tain's goal scoring was complete with minutes remaining when Rostock again looked sure to score from only 10 yards, but his powerful strike found it's way in courtesy of a Darran Goller boot, to give the latter a place on the scoresheet.<br /><br />Post match, assistant manager Steven Martin noted that he was pleased the team's performance.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Stevie Bannatyne, Dickie Durrand, Ali MacDonald, Martyn Farquhar, Arron Christie, Paul Cowie, Michael Brand, Darren Goller, Liam Rostock, Robbie Ross, Calum Macdonald<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />Lewis Montgomery, Michael Stein, Bob Swann, Andy Murray

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  • Club accept Ross resignation

    <img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/robertrossresigns.jpg">Tain Thistle this week reluctantly accepted the resignation of Robert Ross from his role as team manager. Robert had initially committed to a two year period as manager when he took on the role in January of this year, however due to a number of reasons and commitments in 2016, he has taken the decision to step down, having tendered his resignation to the club committee on Saturday.<br /><br />Robert led the club to two cup final victories as well as the Ross-shire Welfare league championship during the 2015 season, finishing with a 100% record at the Links and just one defeat away from home during the league campaign.<br /><br />The committee of Tain Thistle FC wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to Robert for all the work he has done this year, and welcomes his decision to remain a committee member with the club and assist the club in their search for a new manager.

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  • Tain Thistle Lotto launched

    In association with Lotto FC, powered by the Lotto network, Tain Thistle FC have launched their first online lottery, with life changing prize amounts up for grabs.<br /><br />To buy tickets for the Wednesday and Saturday draws, click below.<br /><br /><script src="https://www.lottofc.co.uk/tainthistlefc/iFrameBanners/websiteBanners_mpu.js"></script>

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  • Tain and Balintore contest Jardine Memorial Quaich

    In a keenly contested friendly match this past Saturday, a Balintore XI beat a Tain XI by 7 goals to 3 for the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich. Both teams were represented by a number of past and present players, most notably players who would have played with Graham during the late 1980s and early 1990s.<br /><br />Tain got the game underway with Graham's nephews, Robbie and Louis starting up front for the home side, kicking the game off before making way for Bob Swann and Sean Scott. Balintore chalked up a 3-0 half time lead before going on to secure a further four goals in the second period. Tain scored three times, through Kenny Johnstone, Dean Ross and Darran Goller.<br /><br />The Tain team was represented by Gordy Macinnes, John Allan, Hugh Taylor, James Rice, Bob Swann, Cammy Mackintosh, Shaun Mckenzie, Arnie Ross, Sean Scott, Dean Ross, Ali Mackenzie, Kenny Johnstone, Tony Farquhar, Ray Goller, Darran Goller, Daniel Christie, Marc Munro and Ryan Johnston. <br /><br />Post-match, the trophy was presented to John Skinner by Jim Jardine and his grandsons Louis and Robbie.<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/baltyquaich2015.jpg">

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  • Free week produces little movement in league

    Tain Thistle may have been out of action this weekend due to Golspie Sutherland's involvement in the Scottish Cup, but the four other league fixtures to be played this weekend went ahead and resulted in very little movement at the top of the table.<br /><br />In Dingwall, new boys Thistle failed to take advantage of a table climbing opportunity by drawing 2-2 with challengers Thurso, while in Halkirk only a last minute Mark Reynolds goal for Muir of Ord prevented the same score; Muir narrowly beating Halkirk 3-2 up in Caithness. In two bottom half clashes, Invergordon recorded their first point in a 1-1 draw with visitors Balintore, while Bonar Bridge got off the mark with a 2-1 win down at Fort William. The results see Thurso moved to the top of the table, while Tain Thistle remain unmoved in 4th.<br /><br />Finally, in Scottish Cup action, Golspie were eliminated by Nairn County, their two goals no match for Nairn's five.

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  • Thistle hit with fine

    Tain Thistle have been issued a fine by the Scottish Football Association for a poor disciplinary record during their last 2008/09 North Caledonian league season.<br /><br />The action follows an accumulated 132 points in 18 games across the season with 37 cautions and 3 red cards, averaging 7.33 points per game, making Thistle the second worst disciplined club in the league -- just ahead of the now absent Alness United.

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  • Tain Thistle supporters trust launch

    Set to begin in October, Thistle supporters wishing to join the Tain Thistle Supporters Trust can do so by contacting the club through the website for information on how to join.<br /><br />Members of the supporters trust can look forward to an exclusive printed monthly newsletter sent direct to their door, an annual free gift, members access to the club photo gallery (from November) and guaranteed invitation to club dinners and events.

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  • Golspie to visit Tain on October 3rd

    Following Tain Thistle's exit from the Lindsays of Golspie North Caledonian Cup today, fixtures secretary Rod Houston has arranged for the following fixture, Tain Thistle vs Golspie Sutherland, to be played on October 3rd - the same day as the semi finals.<br /><br />The Tain/Golspie fixture was originally scheduled to be played on September 26th, but due to Golspie's involvement in the Homecoming Scottish Cup, the tie had been postponed.<br /><br />The game will now go ahead on October 3rd with a 3pm kick off at Thistle's Grant Park.

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  • Thurso 3-2 Tain Thistle

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/thursogame.jpg">Tain Thistle suffered heartbreak in their first ever North Caledonian Cup match today as they fell 3-2 to a resilient and hard working Thurso at Sir Georges this afternoon, after being 2-0 up at the half way mark.<br /><br />Depleted following a number of call offs and players being unavailable, manager John Oliver named a starting eleven which saw Andy Durrand make his first start, while Kyle Oliver, Daniel Christie and Robbie Ross were all recalled to the first team after playing from the bench against Bonar Bridge. Darran Goller dropped to the bench following wisdom tooth treatment.<br /><br />A brilliant goalkeeping display from young Ali Matheson in the first half saw Thistle hold off a strong Thurso attack, before a combination of events before the break saw Thistle take a half time lead.<br /><br />The delayed goal followed moments of opportunity for both sides, with Arron Christie hitting a free kick just over the bar, while Matheson between the sticks performed heroics to thwart a number of chances for the home side.<br /><br />A mistimed challenge from Arron Christie saw the Jags concede a penalty just before the break but Thurso’s Mark Nichol failed to find the target with the spot kick, placing his shot wide of the post, and the events that followed saw Thistle go 1-0 up on the stroke of half time. The goal kick that followed led to some clever exchanges between Paul Austin and Daniel Christie, before Daniel’s brother Arron fed a looping cross into the path of Ashley Mills, who drilled the ball beyond Michael Gray for the opener.<br /><br />Chris Mailley extended Tain’s lead almost instantly after the restart, with a carefully placed free kick outside the box to stun Sir Georges Park. The goal gave Thistle a deserved 2-0 lead but a resilient Thurso fought back after the hour mark to pull a goal back.<br /><br />Despite a number of chances either end, it was Thurso who scored the fourth goal of the afternoon, making it 2-2 in the final ten minutes of the game, after a stramash in the six yard box saw Matheson beaten.<br /><br />Thistle battled hard to retake the lead but a goal in the most heart breaking of circumstances ended the tie on 90 minutes, when defender Robbie Ross netted in his goal, lobbing the ball beyond Matheson to give Thurso a last minute cup victory. <br /><br />Despite the defeat, Thistle can holds their heads high, in particular goalkeeper Ali Matheson, whose outstanding goalkeeping performance saw him draw praise, deservedly, from his team mates and the travelling Thistle support.<br /><br />Thurso will now travel to neighbouring Halkirk, after their Caithness counterparts took care of Bonar Bridge, by 4 goals to 1, at Recreation Park. The other cup results saw Dingwall record a comfortable 3-0 win over Golspie, while Invergordon were trounced by Muir of Ord.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Durrand, Oliver, Morrison, Ross, Austin, Mailley, Mills, D Christie, Lawrie, A Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Goller<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Mills 45, Mailley 47<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Morrison 79<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Ali Matheson<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=263">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=263</a>

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  • Matheson: "We can get a result"

    Conon Bridge native Ali Matheson signed with Tain Thistle with every expectation of sharing the goalkeeping spot, but the Jags' young custodian has landed a first team place thanks to a handful of confident displays in the opening stages of the season.<br /><br />A second generation keeper, the son of his father of the same name, Ali honed his skills as a product of the Clachnacuddin youth system, while also playing for neighbouring Maryburgh. Now 19, Ali has not been short of influences in his young career.<br /><br /><i>"My Dad has obviously had a big influence on my game, having played as a keeper for years with Conon and Maryburgh, but I also learnt a lot from my time at Clach, working with John Beaton and Gary Davidson."</i><br /><br />Thistle manager John Oliver is the latest mentor of Ali's career, the gaffer making him his first new signing of the season back in late July, adding to a budding young squad which already features a number of former Brora youth starlets.<br /><br />Having missed the season opener, Ali experienced a baptism of fire as he was thrown into the scrappiest of derby matches between Balintore and Thistle at Seaboard Park, to make his competitive debut for the club. It was the week after however when the former Clachnacuddin youth player began to raise the eyebrows of team mates and supporters alike with a confident and safe clean sheet against Invergordon.<br /><br /><i>"Beating Invergordon was a big occasion for the club, taking six points from our first three games but personally it was very pleasing to manage a clean sheet, especially against our league rivals."</i><br /><br />This Saturday, Ali plays his fourth game for the club becoming the first goalkeeper to play for Thistle in a cup tie. But the young stopper is not afraid of the task ahead in Thurso.<br /><br /><i>"It's always going to be a hard game, going all the way up there, but from the evidence of the last few weeks there is no reason why we can't get a result and move into the semi."<br /><br />"The manager has had a big impact on the club, and the results have shown that.</i>

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  • Christie clarifies future

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/christie.jpg">Left winger Arron Christie today put any rumours of a move to Golspie Sutherland to bed by promising to see the season out with his hometown club, Tain Thistle.<br /><br />Christie, who was appointed captain of the 4th placed side in August, clarified his future following discussions with Thistle manager John Oliver.<br /><br /><i>"Golspie offered me a very good deal to go but my heart is with Tain and that's where I will stay for the rest of the season."<br /><br />"Seeing where we are in the league with nine points from four games shows how good we can be and I want to continue to be a part of that."</i><br /><br />Christie has only recently returned from a trip to Bulgaria, having played only once against Dingwall Thistle on the opening day before stepping off the plane to take the field against Bonar Bridge last Saturday. Christie was subsequently subbed and has missed training this week due to illness.<br /><br /><i>"A combination of the travel and having the flu this week has held me back and I've been feeling out of sorts, but I hope to be back to fitness soon and hope to be involved for our cup game this Saturday."</i>

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  • Cup debut beckons for Thistle

    Tain Thistle continue to add to the history books this weekend, as they march into their first ever North Caledonian Cup match, in the most taxing of fashions. The Jags travel North to far away Caithness for their 2nd Round tie against equally high flying Thurso, with both teams having won their last three games in the league.<br /><br />Thistle will not be without their share of concerns however, with defenders Martyn Farquhar, David Mackay and Gordon Duff all out missing from the side who have continued to impress. Centre half Lee Morrison remains the only regular from the Thistle back four, while Andy Durrand and Craig Sutherland may be expected to make their first starts.

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  • Brand heads for Africa

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/brandafrica.jpg">Michael Brand is used to putting the tackles in against opposition in the Welfare and North Caledonian leagues, but this winter, the talented midfielder will be tackling climates and cultures thousands of miles away.<br /><br />Thistle's hard working centre mid is set to leave Scotland for Kurland Village (near Plettenberg Bay) in South Africa this week to work with charitable organization, WWISA (Willing Workers in South Africa) to teach sports to children and adults within the community.<br /><br />Michael grabbed a chance to speak to TainThistle.co.uk before his departure and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the village, even if it does take him away from beloved Thistle.<br /><br /><i>"The village is in extreme poverty, which means I will get involved in other projects like building houses and improving the facilities within the community. It's going to be an interesting time and I've no doubt I'll find out more when I get there."<br /><br />"I did the Inverness Half-Marathon in March and raised £850 to help me get across to South Africa and I'll be taking a number of footballs, pumps, strips and other items that have been donated by people in Tain and the surrounding area."<br /><br />"Also, paper, pens and stationery for their schools; these can be bought with money that has been donated from the Tain area, family and friends of mine - Tain Royal Academy in particular has raised £218 which I will take across with me."<br /><br />"The support I've had from family and friends to raise money, items and awareness has been brilliant - all in all, I've raised over £1000 worth of money and items to help the community in Kurland."<br /><br />"I've always wanted to help people that are less fortunate than ourselves."<br /><br />"My friend Ross Macleod recommended me to the experience and I am really looking forward to it."</i><br /><br />Michael encourages everyone to visit <a href="http://www.wwisa.co.za">http://www.wwisa.co.za</a> to have a look at the great work the organization carries out and to view footage on Youtube about Kurland Village to help others understand about their plight.

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  • Bonar Bridge 1-2 Tain Thistle

    Thistle continued their impressive start to the North Caledonian league campaign this afternoon with a 2-1 win at Migdale Playing Fields, beating Bonar Bridge to move up to fourth place in the table.<br /><br />Manager John Oliver welcomed back Arron Christie to the fold, who took the place on the left wing of Chris Mailley, who confidently stepped in for the absent Gordon Duff at centre half. Martyn Farquhar also came back in, replacing Michael Brand, who had made his way to Africa.<br /><br />The game started well for Thistle who found themselves unlucky not to have taken the the lead; Gordy Oman and Russell Lawrie both being denied by Bonar stopper Stevie Martin and better judgment on a number of occasions.<br /><br />The goal finally came on the half hour mark when Russell Lawrie knocked the ball home from close range after a flurry of corners awarded to Thistle. The goal makes Lawrie Thistle's top scorer for the season with three in four appearances.<br /><br />Thistle kept the pressure on in a more close second half with Ashley Mills and Arron Christie both impressing on the wings. Darran Goller could very well have made it 2-0 on the 70 minute mark when clever play from substitute Daniel Christie saw a ball cut back and Goller hitting a left foot shot just wide.<br /><br />Bonar Bridge found the net on 75 when Sean Henstridge found a way past the resilient Thistle defence to confidently place past Ally Matheson. At 1-1, a rejuvenated Bonar were now chasing a win.<br /><br />Thistle kept their concentration however and eventually their continued pressure on a tired Bonar defence won numerous corners, one of which again found Lawrie, who headed into Martin for Oliver to pounce on the rebound, with seven minutes remaining.<br /><br />Thistle finished the game as the winners, making it three in a row against a side who were the better of them twice last season and will feel it was deserved.<br /><br />In other result, Golspie Sutherland took care of Fort William by 5 goals to 2 in an early kick off while Thurso beat Invergordon and Halkirk destroyed Balintore. Muir of Ord entertained Dingwall in derby fashion in the only other game of the day and stunned the league by securing a 1-0 win. <br /><br />The win leaves Thistle with 9 points from 12 in the handsomest of starts, sitting a very comfortable fourth in the North Caledonian league table.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Mackay, Farquhar, Morrison, Mailley, Oman (Oliver 80), Austin, Goller (Ross 80), Mills, Lawrie, A Christie (D Christie 66)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Durrand, Sutherland<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Lawrie 30, Oliver 83<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Farquhar 78<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Paul Austin<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=262">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=262</a>

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  • Official website updated

    The club's official website, located at <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk</a> has been given a slight revamp and update for the new season.<br /><br />Added are the complete competitive results from Thistle's first 13 years of Welfare football, detailing every record and result against all clubs faced. A number of updates will follow in the coming weeks.<br /><br />The Tain Thistle website hit a record 17,444 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unique_visitor" target=blank>unique visits</a> for August 2009, meaning that the site is being visited (on average) about 560 times a day! The record surpassed an earlier achievement in the year, having gradually climbed to a previous record of 13,676 in May, which brings the tally for the year close to an unbelievable 111,000 hits!

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  • Bonar vs Tain set to go ahead

    Despite Bonar Bridge's last two fixtures being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, the Sutherland side have confirmed that unless the weather turns, their match against Tain Thistle will go ahead as planned at Migdale Park tomorrow, with a 3pm kick off.<br /><br />8th placed Bonar, who played in the qualifying round of the North of Scotland Cup this season, losing out to Brora Rangers have played only one fixture so far this season, losing 3-0 to champions Golspie Sutherland on the opening day of the league campaign.

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  • Tain Thistle 3-0 Invergordon

    <img class="imgright" align="right" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cornerflag.jpg">Thistle recorded their second win of the North Caledonian campaign today with a solid and careful 3-0 victory over county rivals Invergordon at Grant Park. The game, rescheduled for 1pm to avoid conflict with the Scotland international game, saw goals from Darran Goller and Russell Lawrie as well as Chris Mailley, who notched his first for the club.<br /><br />Manager John Oliver had to deal with absentees Martyn Farquhar, Robbie Ross and Daniel Christie, while left winger Arron Christie remained on leave. Gordie Oman was handed a first team place, with Michael Brand and Gordon Duff both recalled at the back. Mailley took his spot in a more favoured midfield position, on the left, while Kyle Oliver dropped to the bench.<br /><br />The forward pairing of Lawrie and Goller had been clever against Balintore this week and as quickly as eight minutes in it had taken effect once again, with Goller finishing well to put Thistle 1-0 up, placing the ball just under the body of Angus Hutchison. Goller had scored twice against Hutchison only two weeks prior, against the keeper's Portland Hotspurs side.<br /><br />The back two of Duff and Morrison held very well to deal with the counter attacking play of Invergordon, but could do nothing but watch as the Recreation Park men cannoned a shot of the bar, and forced Thistle's Ally Matheson to tip another past the post.<br /><br />Despite some pressure, Thistle had chances to extend their lead, Lawrie shooting wide and into Hutchison on three occasions.<br /><br />Lawrie finally found the net in the second half however, when he connected with a Mailley cross just after the hour mark, placing a header into the top corner of Hutchison's net.<br /><br />At 2-0, Invergordon lost their competitive edge and before long, Christopher Mailley dribbled past a committed Hutchison to make it 3-0 with the calmest of finishes.<br /><br />In goal, Ally Matheson had a solid afternoon, keeping Thistle's first clean sheet in the North Caledonian league since November 2008 when Barry Nimmons kept it at zero against Thurso.<br /><br />The result pushes Thistle into fifth place, joint on six points with Dingwall, Golspie, Halkirk and Thurso. In the bottom half, Bonar remain on zero having played only one game due to their water logged pitch, and in other action Balintore were dropped out of the NCFA Cup, losing 7-2 to Muir of Ord in the qualifying round at Seaboard Park. Halkirk beat Golspie 2-0 in the other league game today while Dingwall and Fort William had no fixtures.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Matheson, Mackay, Brand, Duff, Morrison, Austin, Oman, Mailley, Mills, Goller (Sutherland 80), Lawrie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Oliver, Durrand<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 8, Lawrie 62, Mailley 78<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Mills 75<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br /><br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=261">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/tpl/matchdetails.php?id=261</a>

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  • Weekend team news

    Tain Thistle are expected to be without Robbie Ross, Arron Christie and Martyn Farquhar for their early kick off tomorrow against visitors Invergordon. Michael Brand, however is expected to be fit for the game with Gordon Duff also expected to return to action.

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  • Programme issue news

    Due to time constaints, the club will not be issuing a match programme for the weekend's league game against Invergordon. Production of the match programme will resume for Thistle's next home game on October 10th versus Fort William.

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  • Kick off time for Saturday confirmed

    The kick off time for this weekend's league match against Invergordon has been confirmed as 1pm.

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  • Friendly match ends in defeat

    A makeshift Tain Thistle XI played a friendly match against Contin FC on Sunday at 2pm, as the amateur side began their Summer preparations. The match ended in a 5-1 win for the visitors, against a largely unrecognizable Tain Thistle XI.

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  • Welfare league news

    As the North Caledonian League season comes to a close for Tain Thistle, early discussion of the club's Ross-shire Welfare League team begins.<br /><br />The summer league is expected to have eight teams this year, with Dingwall and Alness introducing additional teams, to join six existing sides.<br /><br />Last year's winners Black Rock Rovers will not compete, following their acceptance into the Amateur league. Inver, originally thought to be playing out of Portmahomack, look likely to play their season out of Inver again. Meanwhile, Thistle, Balintore, Sutor Inn and Invergordon Social Club all plan to enter teams again for the 2009 campaign.

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  • Tain Thistle vs Tain St Duthus XI date confirmed

    A new date of Saturday, March 21st has been confirmed as the new date for the much anticipated Tain Thistle vs Tain St Duthus XI match.

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  • Alness Utd vs Tain Thistle date confirmed

    The date for Thistle's final league game of the season has been confirmed as Saturday, March 7th, with a 2pm kick off.

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  • Happy Birthday Rob

    <img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/rob.jpg"> Everyone at the Tain Thistle FC would like to wish head coach Mr Rob Nicolson a happy 21st birthday.

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  • Scott Innes given one match ban

    Tain Thistle defender Scott Innes has been handed an immediate one match ban by the SFA disciplinary committee following his dismissal against Invergordon last Saturday.<br /><br />Thistle captain Innes was adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball inside the area, preventing a goal scoring opportunity.<br /><br />The decision brings an end to Innes's season and means he will miss the club's final game against Alness Utd.

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  • April friendlies arranged

    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.<br /><br />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.

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  • Muir United 1, Tain Thistle 3

    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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />R Ross, G Davis, A Durrand, M Brand, J Sutherland, G Smart, P Cowie, L Rostock, C Mailley, A Christie, D Ross, D Goller

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  • Golf scramble raises over �1,000

    <img class="imgright" border="0" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/golf2014.jpg">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.<br /><br />Congratulations to Frank Sutherland's team who won the second annual Tain Thistle Shield with a score of 55.7.<br /><br />The standings at the end of play were as follows:<br /><br />1st. Frank Sutherland<br />2nd. Alan Sangster<br />3rd. David Macleod

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  • Rovers overcome the Jags

    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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b> R Ross, Davis, Durrand, Brand, Macdonald, Sutherland, Cowie, Mackenzie, Pelka, A Christie, Smith, Goller, Rostock, D Ross, McCourt

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  • Tain Thistle 1 Maryburgh 1

    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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Team from:</b><br />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

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  • 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.<br /><br />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.

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  • 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_golspie.jpg">

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  • 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.

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  • 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.<br /><br />Delighted gaffer Daniel Cormack was pleased with the result.<br /><blockquote>"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!"</blockquote>

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  • 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.<br /><br />The kit will be worn for the first time in the Merrythought Cup first round against Eastern Rose on April 30th.<br /><br /><img width=75% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/isleburn-kit.jpg">

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  • 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.

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  • Daniel Christie banned again

    Thistle winger Daniel Christie, having accumulated 18 disciplinary points, will now miss Tain's visit to Muir of Ord on the 8th November.<br /><br />Christie, 17, was booked for dissent against Thurso during the club's visit to Caithness last weekend.

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  • Thurso 4-1 Tain Thistle

    As has too often been the case, Tain Thistle found themselves fighting to claw back a heavy deficit in the opening quarter hour of their 200 mile round trip to Thurso. Despite many chances, and domination of a second half of play, the Jags slumped to a 4-1 defeat.<br /><br />With the huge advantage of a blustering wind blowing in their favour, Thurso took a 6th minute lead, courtesy of a simple Michael Petrie header. Before Thistle could regain their composure, the momentum of the wind single handedly carried a Lee MacDougal drive past Barry Nimmons on the 11th minute, to put the St Georges Park men 2-0 ahead.<br /><br />Thurso went 3-0 up just after the quarter hour mark, with Andrew Cummings heading home a corner. The goal was contested by the Thistle bench, as Thurso winger Martin Sinclair sat in an offside position when the set piece was taken, but the protests were waved off by referee Bob Gunn.<br /><br />Just as it seemed things couldn’t get worse, in-form Thistle defender Gordon Duff was forced to leave the field of play with a suspected hamstring strain, leaving manager Robbie Ross with a formation shuffling nightmare. Late call offs and work commitments had forced the Jags manager to make no fewer than three key changes to the side that defeated Alness United, with hometown boys Michael Brand, Martyn Farquhar and Paul Cowie coming in to the side.<br /><br />Thistle assumed a reasonable shape for the remainder of the first half, managing to cope with the wind-assisted attacks of Thurso when required. Despite some increased pressure applied by the visitors, their luck just would not turn, with top scorer Colin Burry coming off with only half an hour played, complaining of nausea.<br /><br />A drastically rearranged Thistle side emerged for the second half with goals in mind. Now with the wind on their side, Tain pushed forward, with midfielder Chris Mailley switching with Michael Brand up front. Thurso keeper Asa Sinclair dealt with a number of Thistle efforts; most notably a Scott Innes long range effort which cannoned off the chest of Sinclair, only to fall into defender Grant Steven’s path for a clearance.<br /><br />Approaching the hour mark, Thurso broke against the sustained pressure of the away side to go two-on-one. In textbook fashion, Martin Sinclair finished a well worked counter attack to put the home side 4-0 ahead. Dejected, Thistle’s fervor turned to frustration as Christie brothers, Arron and Daniel, both saw yellow for dissent.<br /><br />Christie the Elder produced a moment of hope for Tain as they struggled for a consolation, when his mazey run ended with a shot deflected off of Sinclair’s right hand post. The consolation finally came in the 85th minute however, when Michael Brand’s long range curling effort was blown into the top corner, in the classiest of the afternoon’s five goals.<br /><br />Defeat at Thurso leaves Thistle at the bottom of the table, despite a chance to leap above local rivals Bonar Bridge, who along with Alness vs Halkirk, had their visit to Helmsdale postponed due to adverse weather. Defeat for Invergordon at home to Muir of Ord leaves Thistle within 4 points of Invergordon and Alness, while the Jags now sit 6 points behind Thurso.

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  • Golspie fixture changes

    The fixture between Tain Thistle and Golspie Sutherland, originally scheduled for January 24th, has been pulled forward to take place on November 1st, at Grant Park with a 2pm kick off.<br /><br />The return fixture, to be played in Golspie, will now take place on January 24th.

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  • Tain Thistle 4-3 Alness United

    Tain Thistle battled their way to their first points and more importantly, their first victory of the 2008/09 North Caledonian league campaign, with a 4-3 home win over Tommy Regan’s young Alness United side.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" align="left" alt="Fiddle played the lone striker role against Alness" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/fiddle.jpg">Jags’ boss Robbie Ross made two changes to the previous week’s side, with towering debut man Scottie Innes coming in for Andy Durrand, and Daniel Christie, returning from suspension, to replace Darran Goller.<br /><br />Thistle began the game with the same fervor and determination that had seen them take a 2nd minute lead in Helmsdale the week prior. Right-winger for the day, Colin Burry, came closest to opening the scoring in the first few minutes of the game, as his looping shot hit the top corner of Grant Robertson’s right-hand post and fell past.<br /><br />But it was a seemingly all-to-typical lapse in the home side’s concentration which led to the opening goal, with Alness’s Jamie MacDonald slotting home a fallen cross within the 6 yard box.<br /><br />Undeterred, Thistle continued their push for a goal, coming closest with an Arron Christie free kick on the half hour mark. The trio of Gordie Oman, Paul Austin and Chris Mailley bossed the midfield as they had done against Bunillidh, but it was Colin Burry who cemented his contribution with the equalizer. Cutting in from the right, the stalwart launched a 30-yard screamer past Robertson to make it 1-1 just over five minutes from half time.<br /><br />The second half started slowly, with Thistle having lost some of their first half momentum, and again, a geared up Alness found the net, with David Manson reaching a through-ball to place his shot past Barry Nimmons.<br /><br />2-1 down, Thistle continued to battle, reacting as they had in the first half by pushing forward; the combined attacking efforts of Daniel Christie and Scott Morrison putting the Alness defence under pressure with regularity, winning numerous corners.<br /><br />Indeed, it was after a corner when Tain equalized once more, as the ball fell to a host of feet for a goalmouth scramble. Debut man Scottie Innes pounced on the loose ball to coast it along the goal line off the far post, bringing the scores level at 2-2 just before the hour mark.<br /><br />Rattled, the Alness defence began to struggle to contain the attacking force of the home side, as they pushed with a renewed venom and desire to take the lead. Already with a goal under his belt, centre half Scottie Innes looked to score again, as his bullet long range effort cannoned off an unsuspecting Steven MacLean for a corner.<br /><br />But Alness’s frustration was soon to be their undoing as the away side’s keeper ploughed through Tain’s Gordie Oman to concede a penalty, picking up a booking in the process. Calm and composed, winger Daniel Christie placed the ball to Robertson’s left to put Thistle 3-2 up, sending the club’s supporters into a frenzy.<br /><br />Alness could do little to break Tain’s momentum, as they watched pacey substitute Darran Goller add further misery to their afternoon, pulling the United defence wide and exposed. Taking advantage of the freedom of space once again, it was man of the match Colin Burry who cemented the win with another tremendous goal. In a near carbon copy of his unsuccessful first half effort, Burry looped a shot round Robertson from distance, to this time dip the ball past the tired keeper into the far top corner, to make it 4-2.<br /><br />A nervous remaining half hour provided few goal scoring opportunities but plenty of drama, as both Thistle’s Paul Austin and United’s Johnny Bremner picked up bookings. The drama culminated in an 85th penalty awarded to Alness, following a Gordon Duff tackle which the home side believed to have been a yard outside the box. Calmly, Alness midfielder Craig Munro scored the penalty to give Tain a nervous five minute finale.<br /><br />Despite a couple of chances for the visitors, the strong and committed Tain Thistle dealt with the pressure of the final minutes to take the victory and their first three points of the season.<br /><br />In other action this weekend, Thurso defeated Invergordon by four goals to nil, Golspie Sutherland issued Bunillidh with yet another heavy defeat and Balintore overcame the high flying Halkirk United by a single goal.

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  • Alness game kick off time changed

    The match scheduled for 3pm, October 11th against Alness United at Grant Park, has been moved to 1pm, to allow for the Scotland vs Norway match.<br /><br />In other news, defender Stevie George has been released.

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  • Bunillidh Thistle 3-2 Tain Thistle

    In the only league game of the day (due to the Port Services Cup 1st Round), it took a 90th minute goal to beat a rejuvenated Tain Thistle. In their best performance of the season so far, Tain were 2-1 up with 25 minutes remaining, but two errors led to the Helmsdale side stealing a win, giving the Jags their 5th consecutive defeat.<br /><br />With the first half wind on their side, Tain took the lead after only 2 minutes, through a low driven free kick by Arron Christie, giving the left back his first goal of the season. 1-0 up, Tain kept the pressure on, but a controversial penalty allowed Bunillidh back into the game just before the quarter hour.<br /><br />The decision did not affect Thistle's intent however, and following a series of attacks the visitors were able to take the lead again, this time with a header, scored by centre half Gordon Duff, putting Tain 2-1 ahead.<br /><br />Starting the second half in the lead, Tain kept the pressure on, using the runs of Colin Burry and Darran Goller when possible. Just after the hour mark, disaster struck. A miscommunication at the back led to an opportunistic effort from the home side, which saw the ball loop over the head of goalkeeper Barry Nimmons to make it 2-2.<br /><br />With everything to play for, Tain fought the game to the end only for disaster to strike in the final minute of the game. A killer through ball carried by the Helmsdale wind gave Bunillidh's Ron MacDonald a chance that he couldn't miss, and he casually slotted the ball home with ease, to give the home side a 3-2 win.<br /><br />The unfortunate defeat leaves Tain at the bottom of the table, still in search of their first points of the campaign.

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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.<div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div>

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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.<div>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.<div><br /></div><img width="95%" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/peterhead_2016.jpg"><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div> </div>

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  • Thistle look ahead to Peterhead clash

    <div>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).</div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/peterhead_united.jpg" width="90%"></div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>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.</b></div><div><br /></div><div>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:</div><div><br /></div><div> - Rothes 'A' vs Alness United</div><div> - FC Fochabers vs Contin</div><div><br /></div><div>Balintore were due to play Golf Inn FC of Montrose, however the Angus side have scratched.</div>

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  • Tain Thistle 2 Alness United 0

    <div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_05_25_lammy.jpg" width="90%"></div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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. </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div>

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  • Tain fight back to claim extra time victory

    <div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><br /></div><div><img src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_05_21_contin.jpg" width="95%"></div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.  </div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div>

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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".<br><br>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.<br><br><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_05_18_fortrose_!.jpg"><br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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. <br><br>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.

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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.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/13240159_1121198507953835_647146430951205007_n.jpg">

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  • Cormack lauds Jags confidence

    <img class="imgright" width=350 src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/cormack-merry.jpg">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.<br><blockquote>"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."</blockquote>But for Cormack, the hard work only begins now, and he is under no illusion that things will come easy this season.<br><br><blockquote>"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."</blockquote>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.

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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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" width=400 src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/merry_cup_1.jpg">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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br />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. <br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/merry_cup_2.jpg"><br /><br />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!<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/merry_cup_3.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Allan, Duff, Macgruer, A Christie, Murray, Mailley, Mackintosh (M Farquhar 52), Hudson, Lamont, D Christie, Goller (Rostock 67). Subs not used: Durrand, Mackay<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/merry_cup_4.jpg">

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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. <br /><br /><img class="imgright" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_06_rose_game.jpg">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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2016_05_rose_cup.jpg"><br /><br />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.

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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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/image.jpeg"><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.

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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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/20160430duffers.jpg"><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Ross, Duff (Goller 69), A Christie, Day (Farquhar 54), Murray, Mailley, Mackintosh, Hudson, D Christie, Rostock (Durrand 59), Macgruer<br /><br /><b>Cautions:</b><br />Day 32

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  • Alness Athletic 4-1 Tain Thistle

    Tain Thistle lost out on three points and a place in the semi final of the Seaboard Cup as they fell 4-1 away to Alness Athletic, with only a Daniel Christie goal in reply.<br /><br />Match report to follow.

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  • Thistle and Inver draw a blank

    A multitude of absences owing to illness, injuries and holiday commitments meant that the Jags went into their second league game against Inver with a depleted lineup - so much so that manager Robbie Ross was forced to name himself in the defence, alongside an otherwise regular back line.<br /><br />Inver, at reasonably full strength, looked decidedly resolute in the first period, thanks in part to sweeper and Thistle turncoat Andknee Murray but it was Thistle's Stainke who had the game's first shot on goal, preying on a loose ball from eight yards out before sending his shot over the fence onto the railway line. <br /><br />In what proved to be a quiet first half at both ends, neither goalkeeper had a save to make. The sprightly forward pairing of Martin Smith and Russell Ferguson was kept relatively quiet by Ross and Sutherland, as were Goller and Maclellan by the three man defence of Inver.<br /><br />The gear was stepped up in the second, however. An early scare for Inver saw stopper Macangus fresh-air an aerial catch before the ball cannoned off the post behind him, saving the custodian's blushes. The best chance of the game followed soon after as Kevin Graham headed just wide following the first of many corners.<br /><br />Decisive decision making from referee Eric Robertson at the other end saw Stephen Wemyss handed a reprieve on the hour mark as he collided with Martin Smith on the edge of the box, before being booked by the Inverness based whistler. Disputes for a penalty were waved away as Inver had taken play forward from an advantage played.<br /><br />At the other end, Johnston's ever keen and persistent eye for goal saw him test Inver keeper Macangus, after watching his first attempt blocked by the Inver defence. A series of successive corners saw Inver under a prolonged period of pressure towards the end following the introduction of Colin Burry, but a solitary shot from Darran Goller was the only notable strike goalward as time petered out.<br /><br />With mere seconds left on the clock however, a sleeping Thistle defence left an onrushing Graeme Davis one-on-one with Wemyss, but the Inver man fired with shot wide, much to the relief of the Jags' back line.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Ross, Sutherland, Graham, Stainke (Matheson), Durrand, Goller, Maclellan (Burry), D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Wood<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Wemyss, Burry<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Robbie Ross<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=437">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=437</a>

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  • Thistle knocked out of semi

    Tain crashed out in the semi final of successive cups on Saturday, as Balintore scored two goals without reply. <br /><br />Kevin Graham continued his stint in the centre of defence alongside Kyle Oliver, flanked by Brian Cameron on the right and Ryan Johnston on the left, who has made a big difference following his return from holiday. <br /><br />Tain started reasonably well, without any clear cut chances. However Tain suffered a major setback, as Michael Brand had to be substituted following a nasty clash of heads with Gus MacDonald of Balintore. The midfielder had to be replaced by Andrew Sutherland, with Graham moving into midfield. Around half an hour in, Balty took the lead after a corner from Tain led to Gavin Mckenzie charging upfield to allow Andrew Bell to finish past Wymess in goal. <br /><br />They doubled their lead before half-time, when Andrew Sutherland was harshly adjudged to have fouled the tricky Craig McCourt in the box, and David Macgruer stepped up to score. <br /><br />After the interval, Tain pushed for a goal and had the majority of possession. With half an hour left, Liam Rostock and John Maclellan were introduced to the fray as Tain searched for a lifeline, but it was not to be. The closest they came was a thunderous left footed drive from Johnston, which Henderson did well to tip over the crossbar, leaving Tain disappointed at losing out on another cup final.<br /><br />Report by John Maclellan.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Graham (Maclellan), Oliver, Farquhar, Brand (Sutherland), Durrand, Burry (Rostock), D Christie, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />C Nimmons, Stainke<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Sutherland

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  • Social Club 3-0 Tain Thistle

    The competitive chance of winning the Ross-shire Welfare league title was taken out of Thistle's hands tonight as Invergordon Social Club recorded an impressive 3-0 win against a demotivated Jags side.<br /><br />Kyle Oliver returned the side that narrowly beat Inver on Monday night, while Brian Cameron was absent. <br /><br />Despite a decent start for Thistle in the early stages, it did not take long for a dominant Social midfield to take hold of the game.<br /><br />Social striker Chris Graham was unlucky on two occasions during the first half, the Thistle defence appearing to live a charmed life after a series of defensive failings. Forward Mark Lamont eventually made his mark on the game with the first of Social's goals, after careful positioning in front of goal to place the ball behind Wemyss on eighteen minutes.<br /><br />Referee Malcolm Macleod was brought into the spotlight shortly after when he awarded a highly dubious penalty to the Invergordon side. After sliding in tandem with an Invergordon forward for a ball going by, Ryan Johnston was adjudged to have fouled the player. Paul Austin, the league's top scorer, made no mistake with the spot kick, knocking the ball home despite Wemyss diving in the correct direction.<br /><br />A late strike from Daniel Christie tested Social keeper Scott Wilde, forcing a save with a long range effort, but the effort was the single highlight of a futile first half performance from the Tain boys.<br /><br />The experience and determination of the Social Club shone through in the second half once more as they secured a third goal, capitalising on repeated pressure on a disjointed Thistle defence. Austin, scoring his second of the night, knocked a ball home after some clever attacking play.<br /><br />Social were unlucky not to extend their lead as Stephen Campbell, Graham and Austin were foiled by the goalkeeping of Wemyss and faulty crosshairs. <br /><br />With substitutes Joe Stainke and John Maclellan introduced toward the end, it seemed as though Thistle may register a consolation but inspiration was at a lowest ebb as shots from Goller, Farquhar and Maclellan all flew wide of target.<br /><br />The defeat leaves Thistle seven points behind the Invergordon side.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Sutherland (Maclellan), Johnston, Graham, Oliver, Farquhar, Brand (C Nimmons), Durrand, Burry (Stainke), Goller, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Ross, D Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Johnston<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=436">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=436</a>

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  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Inver

    With defenders Arron Christie and Kyle Oliver both missing for the Monday night visit of rivals Inver, a makeshift back two of Andrew Sutherland and Kevin Graham was named, with Ryan Johnston also returning from holiday at left back. Daniel Christie also returned to the fold, with John Maclellan dropping to the bench.<br /><br />The Jags could very well have taken the lead in the opening minute thanks to an urgent attack from kick off, forcing Inver defender Niall McVicar to head the ball clear, only to watch his effort cannon off his own crossbar avoiding a disastrous start for the visitors. <br /><br />But it was Inver who found it easier to test their opposition keeper in the initial stages, as Martin Smith was played in behind the Thistle back line on two occasions, first shooting wide before lobbing an effort over the bar. <br /><br />It was Thistle who finally broke the deadlock however, with a long range strike from Michael Brand, sent flying home to leave Inver stopper Ross Macangus standing just before the half hour mark.<br /><br />At the other end, Scott Smith should have equalised for the away side after a defensive error, but the imposing forward could only issue a weak strike wide of the post.<br /><br />It was Martin Smith who finally found the net for Inver just before the break, with a headed goal from a corner, leaving things all-square at half time.<br /><br />The second half quickly favoured Thistle, and before long Macangus was forced into action under pressure from Darran Goller and Martyn Farquhar, before saving a Dickie Durrand effort. But it was right-back Brian Cameron who made the difference. Picking his spot, Cameron launched a left foot drive which battered its way through the grasp of Macangus to restore Thistle's lead on 55 minutes.<br /><br />Daniel Christie will consider himself unlucky not to have made it 3-1 when he was played through on Macangus' goal, but time was not on his side as he failed to strike towards goal. Another effort for Cameron followed shortly after, zipping past the post.<br /><br />A late push from Inver for an equaliser in the hope of extra time made for a busy end to the game. A superb late save from Stephen Wemyss prevented a Russell Ferguson shot from reaching the back of the net, before Macangus did the same to catch a looped effort from Ryan Johnston that looked destined to sail over the Inver keeper.<br /><br />But there was to be no extra time, and the score remained 2-1.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Graham, Sutherland, Farquhar, Burry (Maclellan), Durrand (D Nimmons), Goller, D Christie (Stainke)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Brand 28, Cameron 55<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Burry, D Christie<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />-<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=435">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=435</a><br /><br />The result sets up a rematch of the sides who contested the League Cup final last month, this time in the Coronation Cup semi final, as Balintore host Tain Thistle. Balintore, who battled their way to a 2-1 extra time victory over Invergordon Social Club on Saturday, will certainly be looking for revenge after losing out on both meetings with Thistle so far this season. <br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-inv2.jpg">

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  • Coronation Cup 1st round results

    The results of the Coronation Cup ended as follows, while Tain Thistle prepare to play Inver in the final game of the round this Monday night.<br /><br />Dingwall Vertex 3-5 Cromarty<br />Balintore 2-1 Social Club (aet)<br /><br />In the other game, Alness Athletic failed to raise a team and Ross-shire Club were therefore handed a bye into the semi finals.

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  • Cromarty 2-2 Tain Thistle

    A last-gasp Kevin Graham strike salvaged a 2-2 draw away to Cromarty, on a night where Thistle never really got going. <br /><br />Joe Stainke was handed his first start for the club, with Daniel Christie, Ryan Johnston and Colin Burry all missing from the side. <br /><br />It was the worst of starts for Tain, as in the first minute, a 35 yard free-kick taken by Tom Nicholson curled into the bottom corner of Steven Wemyss’ goal, to give the home side an immediate one-nil lead. <br /><br />A series of corners and free-kicks were all that Tain threatened with following this early setback, with Stainke coming close on a few occasions and causing all sorts of problems to the Crom’s defence. However, the game trickled out till half time, leaving Tain with some thinking to do. <br /><br />After the interval, Tain pressed for a while, looking for an equalizer, but ten minutes into the second half, Cromarty doubled their lead, Paddy Hardcastle calmly finishing past Wemyss. <br /><br />Tain continued their onslaught on the home defence, with few clear cut chances. This was the case until Darran Goller took advantage of a knock down, with a brilliant finish from a tight angle with the outside of his boot that clipped the bar on it’s way in. <br /><br />Tain then sprung into life, piling pressure on the Home side’s back four. They were running out of time, until Kevin Graham was first to react 8 yards out from a scramble from a corner, and lashed home with his weaker right foot. Tain pressed for the winner but it wasn’t to be, and although they rescued a point, it must surely be seen as two dropped.<br /><br />Report by John Maclellan.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Sutherland (Graham), A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Brand, Stainke (Ross), Farquhar, Maclellan, Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Nimmons, C Nimmons<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 80, Graham 88<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=434">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=434</a><br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Arron Christie

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  • Latest News Roundup 4/6

    A week of disappointment and satisfaction saw Tain Thistle first crash out of the Pattison Cup, losing 2-1 to Invergordon Social Club before beating Ross-shire Club in midweek by 3 goals to nil. This weekend will be Thistle's first off-weekend of the season so far, having played on both Wednesdays and Saturdays since the start of the season in April.<br /><br />The Tain Thistle Supporters' Club has been launched online and has had a favourable response so far. Options of signing up for a mere £2.50 per month enables club members to view exclusive club and match galleries online, dating back to 2007. In addition, members also have the option to download PDF versions of previous match programmes. Many more features are expected for club members as time goes on!<br /><br />To find out more about the supporters' club, please click <a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php">here</a> for details.<br /><br />Andy Durrand was presented with the first Player of the Month award of the season on Wednesday night after a solid start in May, having helped the Jags towards their first ever League Cup trophy while also scoring a hat-trick against Balintore.<br /><br />Matchday raffles continue to be a resounding success at home fixtures this season, with the funds raised sitting at £110 so far after three games. Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, and specific praise should go to Anthony Mackenzie, who put in a stellar shift to raise a large proportion of the funds at the Balintore game last week.<br /><br />The Pattison Cup final was played at Portmahomack today, contested between form side Invergordon Social Club and Balintore. It was Balintore who took the victory however, making amends for a bad start to the season with a 4-1 win over Invergordon Social Club to secure the second cup in the Ross-shire Welfare calendar.<br /><br />Finally, we wish many happy returns to Thistle player Joe Stainke, who turned 18 this past week. Happy birthday Joe!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/avatar-joe.jpg">

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  • Dickie nets Player of the Month award

    Andrew "Dickie" Durrand has been named as Thistle's Player of the Month for May, as voted for by club players and committee.<br /><br />The pacey winger has enjoyed a very successful month in May, netting goals against Inver and Cromarty during the Jags' cup run before collecting a cup winners medal against Balintore. Dickie capped off a brilliant spell of form with a hat trick against Balintore last week, picking up the man of the match award along the way.<br /><br />Well done Dickie!<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/potm-may11.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle 3-0 Ross-shire Club

    Centre half Arron Christie braved a hamstring concern to take the field alongside a back four that saw Brian Cameron reintroduced at right-back, while John Maclellan was rewarded for some fine play in recent games with a first team start. Coming back into the side for the suspended Andrew Durrand was Kevin Graham.<br /><br />A ropey start for Thistle saw them on the back foot in the opening stages as quick one-twos between the Ross-shire Club forwards won the visitors a series of corners. <br /><br />From the resultant corners, protests from the visitors were soon directed towards referee Gary McCarthy following a goal line dispute. The Dingwall men believed they had scored after a cross sent into the Thistle box appeared to have been nodded over the line. Photo evidence suggests the Dingwall side may have had a case. What do you think?<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/matchpic2.jpg"><br /><br />But quick counter-attacking play soon caught Ross Club off guard as top scorer Darran Goller finished a move into the eighteen yard box with a simple tap in to make it 1-0, leaving the visitors feeling very aggrieved.<br /><br />The Jags soon settled into the game, and the gritty midfield play of Brand and Graham saw Thistle begin to win the physical battle. As has been the case for most of the season, a steady Tain back four left Ross-shire with little opportunity to hit back with an equalizer during the first half, with goalkeeper Wemyss up to any test that was forthcoming on target.<br /><br />The pace of Goller was once again the undoing of a slow Ross back line on 39 minutes, as the striker pounced on a through ball to lash a shot past Mitchell with authority to make it 2-0.<br /><br />Partnering Goller up front, Maclellan showed tremendous individual skill for the Jags' final attempt before half time, forcing Mitchell to tip a powerful strike over the bar after dribbling past the Ross Club defence. <br /><br />The game took on a grubbier than necessary feel as the second half commenced, with referee Gary McCarthy having more than his fair share of discussions with players on both sides.<br /><br />The persistent play of Goller however, chasing a hat-trick, saw Thistle continue to dominate in attack, setting up Messrs Maclellan and Burry on a number of occasions, despite Ross Club stopper Mitchell regularly standing up to the task.<br /><br />Tearing forward from the left-back position, Ryan Johnston had designs on joining Goller on the scoresheet, and went for the spectacular with a long range drive, but his shot flew just inches wide of the post.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/matchpic.jpg"><br /><br />It was midfielder Martyn Farquhar though, who has been involved in a lot of the scoring this season, who finally killed off Ross Club's hopes. Not to be denied in his latest match, he found the net for the Jags' third with a confident finish after a neat lobbed pass from Burry.<br /><br />With the game now firmly in Thistle's control, it looked like 4-0 was on the cards, as Maclellan found himself clear of the Ross-shire defence on 75 minutes - but although the striker was successful in leaving Mitchell standing, his placed shot veered just a fraction wide of the upright.<br /><br />Farquhar had the last of the chances for Tain as they enjoyed a late spell of attacking play, but the midfielder could not finish to the same standard as before, opting to lob the ball wide of Mitchell's far post.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, Brand, Graham (D Nimmons), Burry (Stainke), Goller, Maclellan (C Nimmons)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Sutherland, Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 10, 39, Farquhar 74<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />None<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Ryan Johnston<br /><br /><b>Match details:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=433">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=433</A><br /><br /><b>Match gallery:</b><br /><a href="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/06.01%20vs.%20Ross%20Club">http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/06.01%20vs.%20Ross%20Club</A><br /><br />In the evening's other matches, Invergordon Social Club maintained their 100% record in the league with a 1-0 win over neighbours Alness Athletic, while in another local derby, Balintore and Inver drew 2-2. In the only other game, Cromarty made easy work of Dingwall Vertex with a 3-0 win at Dingwall.

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  • Thistle handed SFA discipline warning

    Tain Thistle have today been notified of SFA concerns over their discipline for the 2008/09, since joining the North Caledonian league.<br /><br />At a meeting on January 27th, the SFA's Disciplinary Committee considered the Disciplinary Analysis for the period August to December 2008 for all North Caledonian league clubs, based on first team league and cup matches.<br /><br />The committee decided that a warning be issued to the Tain Thistle in regard to their disciplinary record. This warning is issued on the basis that the club’s “average points incurred per match” figure is appreciably above the average for your League. <br /><br />If an improvement is not evident when the committee comes to review the full season’s analysis, then a sanction could be imposed.

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  • Tain Thistle 2-4 Invergordon

    The much anticipated encounter between Tain Thistle and Invergordon ended in a 4-2 win for the visitors, following two penalties, a dismissal and a series of gristly moments.<br /><br />Thistle manager Robbie Ross made a few changes to the side which lost 3-1 to Bonar Bridge a fortnight ago, as Gordie Oman returned to the side to replace Paul Austin, and the injured Daniel Christie was replaced by Darran Goller. Also returning was Paul Cowie, who slotted in at right back for the benched Dickie Durrand.<br /><br />A below-par Arron Christie enjoyed his best spell of form in the opening minutes, only narrowly hitting the top of the net with a looping effort which had the Invergordon keeper flummoxed. It was Gordie Oman who was first to capitalize on early Tain pressure however as he found himself barged to the ground for a penalty award. A unique combination of efforts between Christie and Oman, saw the former spot the ball, step back, then step aside as Oman trundled the ball into the bottom left corner beyond Stevie Campbell to make it 1-0 for Tain.<br /><br />Thistle maintained their lead for a good quarter hour until Invergordon found themselves clean through on Gordon Duff's goal. Duff did well to get a hand to the visitors' initial effort but the advancing Stevie Murray made sure of a goal with a deflected charge which saw the ball whizz into the corner of the net, levelling the scores at 1-1.<br /><br />Before long, Thistle found themselves chasing a game they had controlled earlier, as Alan Stone found the net with ease, after Scott Innes failed to clear as the final man.<br /><br />Tain's earlier motivation and drive turned to misjudgement and over-zealousness, as within five minutes of each other, Paul Cowie and Gordie Oman were shown yellow cards for dissent and a needless tackle.<br /><br />The game took an ugly turn on forty minutes, when Thistle captain Scottie Innes was shown the red card for a handball in the 6 yard box. An aerial scuffle had seen Innes tumble the ground, only for an Invergordon effort to career off the big man's hand. Referee Graham Elder was ruthless in his punishment, issuing the red for "deliberate hand ball" and awarding Invergordon a penalty kick. Former Thistle target Chris Cooper made no mistake from the spot, and now at 3-1, Thistle faced a stern second half challenge with only ten men.<br /><br />The teams emerged for the second half in a makeshift 4-3-2 formation, with man of the match Chris Mailley and Gordie Oman still commanding the midfield. Mailley enjoyed a couple of opportunities in a more attacking role; the best of his efforts powered into the chest of a confident Campbell.<br /><br />Indeed, Thistle had the better of a messy second half and when they finally clawed a goal back in the latter stages, it was again the running Gordie Oman who took the best of a 50/50 challenge with Steve Campbell, seeing his contribution to the clattering stramash deflect past the Invergordon keeper for Tain's second of the afternoon. <br /><br />At 3-2, the game should have been poised for a nervy final ten minutes, but a needless defensive error saw Chris Cooper ease the ball past Gordon Duff to make the score academic, and wrap up three satisfying points for Invergordon.<br /><br />The date of Thistle's final league fixture against Alness Utd is still to be arranged, but likely dates include February 14th and March 7th, the latter forcing a change to the date of the forthcoming Thistle vs St Duthus XI exhibition match.

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  • Tain Thistle vs Tain St Duthus XI to play for Christy Grant Trophy

    The much anticipated match between North Caledonian new boys Tain Thistle and a former second XI, Tain St Duthus old boys select will now take place on Saturday, March 7th, with a 2pm kick off. The teams will contest the Christy Grant Trophy.<br /><br />Jim Jardine, who awarded the Graham Jardine quaich to Balintore earlier this season will manage the St Duthus XI, which already boasts "a wealth of players".<br /><br />In the event that scores are level at full time, a penalty shoot out will take place to seperate the sides.

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  • Alness vs Tain postponed

    Today's game between Alness United and Tain Thistle has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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  • Fixture changes

    Originally scheduled for February 14th, Tain Thistle's final game of the season will now take place on January 31st, against Invergordon, at Grant Park, with a 1.30pm kick off.<br /><br />Food, drinks, match programme and scarves will be on sale as usual.

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  • Bonar Bridge 3-1 Tain Thistle

    A lackluster Tain Thistle side fell to an organised Bonar Bridge at Migdale Playing Fields this afternoon, thanks to an early Billy Ferries goal and a brace from John Dorrian. A late goal from captain Scottie Innes reduced the deficit but brought an end to the afternoon's scoring to record a comfortable 3-1 for the home side.<br /><br /><img class="imgright" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/images/raz.jpg" align=right>Player-manager Robbie Ross listed himself as part of a front three which also featured the forward pair of Daniel Christie and Scott Morrison, with Gordon Duff returning to the side as the Tain side's new goal keeper. <br /><br />Thistle's Arron Christie could have opened in the opening minute with an excellent chance, but the effort was dealt with by Bonar keeper Steve Martin, who turned the effort wide. Only minutes later however, Bonar Bridge took the lead through <b>Billy Ferries</b>, whose looping shot could only deflect past the outreached hand of Duff as the ball bundled over the line.<br /><br />With the low sun blinding the Thistle attack, Bonar maintained pressure for the remainder of the first half, almost resting on the 1-0 lead, before <b>John Dorrian</b> made it 2-0 with a simple finish.<br /><br />The half time whistle heralded a change, as Andy Murray replaced Martyn Farquhar in the Thistle defence noted by manager Robbie Ross as a disciplinary decision.<br /><br />Playing downhill, Thistle offered little of any kind of improvement as Bonar continued to find easy routes towards goal through the Tain back line. Gordon Duff earned his stripes in the second half however, pulling off two spectacular saves from Sean Henstridge and Billy Ferries, before eventually succumbing to a three pronged attack which saw <b>John Dorrian</b> bag his second to make it 3-0.<br /><br />With the foot now off the pedal, Bonar allowed Thistle a slight reprieve when Bruce Mackay needlessly lashed out at the grounded Andy Murray following a scuffle, and saw red for his actions. <br /><br />Russell Lawrie and Paul Austin were introduced late-on as a tumble to Chris Mailley and a hamstring concern for Daniel Christie brought their afternoons to an end. The changes brought about Thistle's best chance of the second half as Lawrie found himself clean through on Stevie Martin, only to place his shot wide of the far post.<br /><br />Dickie Durrand continued the late pressure on Martin's goal with an effort the Bonar keeper had to tip round the post, but it was captain marvel <b>Scottie Innes</b> who finally pulled a goal back for the visitors. In what seemed all-too-easy, the imposing Innes dribbled through an unaware Bonar defence to walk the ball into the net for an easy finish, to add a touch of respectability to the scoreline.<br /><br />Tain Thistle's penultimate match of the season is also their final away game, at Alness's Dalmore Park, next week with a 1.30pm kick off.

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  • Golspie Sutherland 8-2 Tain Thistle

    In a very windy and miserable Golspie, Tain Thistle were soundly trounced by the much fitter and experienced league leaders Golspie Sutherland.

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  • Raffle winners announced

    The winners of the Xmas raffle have been announced, with prizes of a Nintendo DS, Glenmorangie Whisky, £20 voucher and much more now drawn.<br /><br /><b>Winner of a bottle of Glenmorangie Whisky:</b><br />eTicket Number D08098 (Mr A Forsyth, Tain)<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Nintendo DS:</b><br />eTicket Number D08023 (Mr Andrew McCulloch, Dumbarton)<br /><br /><b>Winner of the framed signed photograph of a player:</b><br />eTicker Number D08015 (Mrs Karen Waddell, Tain)<br /><br /><b>Winner of the autographed Sun cartoon:</b><br />eTicket Number D08003 (Mr Bob Cormack, Tain)<br /><br /><b>Winner of the £20 voucher:</b><br />eTicket Number D08031 (Ms June Whittet, Culbokie)<br /><br />Congratulations to the lucky winners!<br /><br />Those successful can collect their prizes from Home & Music, Tain.

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  • Happy New Year from Tain Thistle FC

    Everyone at TainThistle.co.uk, the club and committee wish you a Happy New Year. All the best in 2009.

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  • 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.<br /><br />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).

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  • 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><form action="https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr" method="post" target="_top"><input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick"><input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="R66A4EPB4V3QC"><table><tr><td><input type="hidden" name="on0" value="Membership Options">Membership Options</td></tr><tr><td style="border:0px;"><select name="os0"><option value="Monthly">Monthly : £2.50 GBP - monthly</option><option value="Annual">Annual : £25.00 GBP - yearly</option></select> </td></tr></table><input type="hidden" name="currency_code" value="GBP"><input style="border:0px;" type="image" src="https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_GB/i/btn/btn_subscribe_SM.gif" border="0" name="submit" alt="PayPal � The safer, easier way to pay online."></form><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/2008leaguewinners.jpg">

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  • 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.

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  • 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.<br /><br />A collection for charity will also be held at the game in memory of former players David Matheson and Mark Austin.

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  • 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.<br /><br />Please visit their website at:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.ferrieskitchens.co.uk">www.ferrieskitchens.co.uk</a>

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  • 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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/323982_10151107721051873_1939832472_o.jpg" width=520>

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  • 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.<br /><br />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 (<a href="mailto:steven@tainthistle.co.uk">steven@tainthistle.co.uk</a>).<br /><br />Please get in touch with the golf club, or Steven, to book your place!<br /><br />The golf will be followed by a raffle with many fantastic prizes to be won, kindly donated by several local businesses and individuals.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/golfclubhouse.jpg">

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  • 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.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/isleburn.png">

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  • Invergordon SC 1 Tain Thistle 3

    In the most relaxed of fashions, Thistle bounced back from a first half deficit to record a 3-1 victory in Invergordon last night. With gaffer Robert Ross taking a well deserved holiday before Saturday's Cordiner Cup Final, Arron Christie and Scott Drylie took the managerial reigns for the club's final league game of the season. Mark Lamont (holiday), Neil MacDonald (suspended) and Daniel Christie (illness) were all missing from the starting eleven, as Cammy Mackintosh, John Maclellan and Chippie Mailley stepped back in. <br /><br />Dave Macgruer was first to offer a chance on goal in the second minute when his curling free kick rattled Philip Brannen's cross bar. But it was Invergordon who were first to take the lead two minutes later. A simple cross into the box was headed past Allan by the leaping Steven Christopher, formerly of Eastern Rose, and the Social men were 1-0 up.<br /><br />Buoyed by their early lead, Social continued on the attack and were unlucky not to extend their lead after ten minutes when Gavin Maclachlan capitalised on a defensive slip to force a save from Johnny Allan. Lewis Macleod then produced the miss of the season as he burst past Johnny Allan only to tap the ball wide of the empty net. A miserable first half for Thistle was capped off with a dissent booking for Craig Munro as they went to the touchline at half time to regroup.<br /><br />Thistle emerged a different side in the second half and after just seven minutes they equalised. In what was his 150th game for the club, Liam Rostock completed some clever passing with a curling drive from just inside the eighteen yard box over the top of Brannen and into the net. Two minutes later, Thistle had the lead and it was thanks to another injury comeback man in Mikey Dunnett. The ball fell to the defender fully thirty yards out from goal and without hesitation he rifled the ball with authority through a gathering of players to beat Brannen.<br /><br />John Maclellan was unlucky not to increase Thistle's tally on a couple of occasions, shooting just over after cutting inside and moments later forcing Brannen into a one-on-one save. Liam Rostock also got in on the action looking for a second, forcing the Social stopper into action again. Rostock's second eventually arrived with five minutes remaining as he calmly lifted the ball over the top of Brannen into the far corner to wrap up the points for his side.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Dunnett, A Christie, Murray, Munro, Mackintosh, Mailley, Macgruer (Scott 76), M Farquhar (D Ross 76), Maclellan, Rostock<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 52, 85, Dunnett 54<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Munro 42

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  • Thistle reach Cordiner Cup final

    A superb second half performance from the Jags saw off Alness United at the Links on Friday night, as they booked their place in next Saturday's Cordiner Cup Final in Inver. <br /><br />It looked as though Tain may continue to run riot the way they have in recent games, when, after just eight minutes, Neil MacDonald shot Thistle into the lead with a 30 yard drive that flew past Jodie Campbell into the net. Just moments later, Arron Christie had been unlucky not to score with a right foot volley at the far post after a sweeping cross from Neil MacDonald.<br /><br />Liam Rostock should have scored on the quarter hour mark after yet another great ball from MacDonald, but the makeshift wing back's first touch could only send the ball trickling wide.<br /><br />A series of contentious decisions left the Tain men riled, despite their lead, and before long the game became disjointed with neither side able to gain a foothold. Dave Murray was first to see yellow, collecting a booking midway through the first half. A headed chance for Evan Murray flew just over Johnny Allan's crossbar in Alness's best chance to equalize.<br /><br />A second half regroup saw Thistle come out a different side, and within five minutes they had doubled their lead. Fouled just inside the box after cutting along the byline, Mark Lamont converted the spot kick awarded by referee Mike Stainke to make it 2-0. Three minutes later it was 3-0 and Lamont scored again, this time at the second time of asking after battling to send the ball into the Alness net following a rebound from a Liam Rostock shot.<br /><br />Despite all of Thistle's work to put the game to bed, it seemed amidst all the heat in the game that a red card was inevitable and for a challenge from behind, Thistle's scorer Neil MacDonald was dismissed.<br /><br />The Jags continued undeterred and just five minutes later it was 4-0. Collecting a ball just inside the eighteen yard box, Arron Christie spun a right foot shot towards the far post and the midfielder's shot curled beyond the reach of Campbell.<br /><br />Just under fifteen minutes later, substitute John Maclellan was next to score, as he completed a superb move, converting a Lamont cross by heading home at the far post for his fifth goal of the season. Capping off a man of the match performance, Lamont secured his hat-trick seven minutes later with a tremendous solo effort, retaining the ball under pressure from several Alness defenders before guiding the ball into the box and beating Campbell in style. The goal sealed Lamont's fifth hat-trick of the season and his 27th goal in just 14 games for Thistle.<br /><br />Three minutes later, Lamont was provider again, this time working well to cut back for Cammy Mackintosh to net from close range, bundling the ball past Campbell.<br /><br />The victory sends Thistle into the final of the Inver Inn Cordiner Cup - a trophy which the Tain side have won just once before in 2009. In the other semi final, played today, Dingwall recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory over Fortrose Union, setting up an Inver final between Tain and Dingwall. The game will be played next Saturday, August 1st with a 3pm kick off.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, M Farquhar, Dunnett, Murray (Smith 77), MacDonald, Munro (Mackintosh 61), A Christie, Macgruer, Rostock (Maclellan 64), D Christie, Lamont<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />T Farquhar, D Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />MacDonald 8, Lamont pen 50, 53, 81, Maclellan 74, Mackintosh 84<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Murray<br /><br /><b>Sent Off:</b><br />MacDonald

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  • Tain Thistle 4 Dingwall 0

    Having secured the Ross-shire Welfare league championship last week with a 3-0 win in Alness, the Jags welcomed Dingwall to the Links for the very first time last night, in what turned out to be a game played in friendly spirits, with Tain running out 4-0 winners.<br /><br />Robert Ross made a number of changes to his side with Friday's Cordiner Cup semi final tie in mind. Michael Dunnett returned to action for the first time since his ankle injury in the League Cup Final in May, slotting into the back three in place of Dave Murray, who dropped to the bench. Neil MacDonald was reinstated in the middle of the back line while Arron Christie reassumed the role in between the midfield and attack, and in place of the USA bound Alan Duff, Cammy Mackintosh returned to the midfield. Liam Rostock also returned to the starting eleven, in place of Daniel Christie.<br /><br />Liam Rostock made it a scoring return after eleven minutes when he turned the ball into the net with his first touch following some excellent persistence from Mark Lamont, who battled past several defenders before sending a low cross into the path of Thistle's all-time scorer.<br /><br />Lamont himself got on the score sheet just four minutes later with a similar goal. Neil MacDonald sent a looping cross into the way of the onrushing Arron Christie who broke down the left side to rifle the ball into the six yard box for Lamont to direct it home. A second for Lamont arrived after 26 minutes, the prolific forward foxing Ali Smith in the Dingwall goal with a standing header which flew over his head and into the net at the back post. <br /><br />Dingwall replaced Smith with Reece Reid at half time, and the stand in keeper Craig Morrison did well to keep Thistle at bay during the second half, blocking shots from John Maclellan on two occasions and thwarting Dave MacGruer who directed a curling effort towards the top corner. Mark Lamont was denied his third hat-trick in as many games on a couple of occasions, most notably rocking the cross bar with a cross come shot on the hour mark.<br /><br />Celebrating his 33rd birthday, Chippie Mailley added the fourth and final goal of the evening when he collected a ball over the top of the defence before twisting and turning the goalkeeper a handful of times and calmly slotting the ball into the net with his less familiar right foot.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, M Farquhar, MacDonald, Dunnett, Munro, Mackintosh (T Farquhar), A Christie, Mailley, Macgruer (D Ross), Lamont, Rostock (Maclellan)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Murray, R Ross<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Rostock 11, Lamont 15, 26, Mailley 73<br /><br /><b>Cautions:</B><br />MacDonald

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  • Balintore forfeit Cordiner Cup tie

    Balintore have forfeited their Cordiner Cup first round tie with Tain Thistle, which was scheduled to be played this afternoon, Saturday, July 18th. Tain Thistle will automatically advance to the semi final, awaiting the result of Alness United v Contin to determine their opposition.<br /><br />The Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, which would have been awarded to the winners of today's game, will now be contested in a friendly match in September.

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  • Remembering Graham Jardine

    Ahead of tomorrow's Cordiner Cup first round tie, to be played between Tain Thistle and Balintore for the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, Tain club secretary Niall Harkiss looks at Graham's footballing days, speaking to a number of his former team mates, family and friends. Link: <a href="https://kandnpub.wordpress.com/2015/07/15/remembering-graham-jardine/" target=blank>K & N Publishing - Remembering Graham Jardine</a><br /><br /><img width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/grahamjardine2015.jpg">

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  • Tain Thistle clinch league title in Alness

    For the second time in three years last night, Tain Thistle were crowned Ross-shire Welfare League champions on Alness turf. A commanding 3-0 victory saw the season long league leaders secure enough points in the Ross-shire Welfare League to ensure that they can no longer be caught, confirming their place as Champions.<br /><br />Dave Murray, Daniel Cormack and Liam Rostock were the only absences from the past weekend's cup winning squad, as Ian Ross, Martin Smith and Neil MacDonald were added. Cammy Mackintosh dropped to the bench with a hamstring concern, ending a run of eighteen consecutive starts for the Jags.<br /><br /><img class="imgleft" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/nellieheader2015.jpg">Results against this young Alness United team have been mixed this season. Thistle set out to make no mistakes this time around, though, as they carried their Seaboard Cup final form into this fixture, testing Ali Shanks early on with a couple of chances. The best came after 22 minutes when Mark Lamont dribbled past two defenders before squaring to John Maclellan who forced Shanks to turn the ball wide.<br /><br />The opening goal arrived after 23 minutes and it was thanks to the persistence of Dave Macgruer who battled to retain the ball before setting up Mark Lamont for a shot on goal. His first effort didn't hit the net, but the rebound came straight back off him and beat Shanks for something of a fortunate lead. Any doubt over Thistle's authority was quickly quelled when Lamont scored a second. Rising above Shanks to reach a long ball along with Maclellan, he headed over the outstretched hands of the Alness 'keeper to make it 2-0.<br /><br />Frustration set in amongst the Alness ranks soon after and Chris Graham was booked for dissent. Alness weren't without chances at the other end, however, forcing a series of corners, but failed to hit the target during a half which ultimately belonged to Tain.<br /><br />The second half turned firmly in the favour of Tain Thistle when Daniel Lowe was shown a straight red for a kick on Nellie MacDonald. Adding to United's plight, referee Barry Stuart awarded the Jags a penalty just after the hour mark, after John Maclellan was fouled in the area. Making no mistake, Mark Lamont rifled the ball high into the net from the spot kick. His goal was his 22nd this season for Thistle - a staggering goal tally in only twelve appearances - and it was a new record for a Tain Thistle player, beating the previous records of Calum Macdonald and Liam Rostock, who had both scored 21 goals in one season.<br /><br />The 3-0 win was more than the Jags needed on a night that they knew could crown them Ross-shire Welfare League champions for the third time in their eighteen year history. With 11 wins and just 1 loss, Robert Ross, along with his coaching team Scott Drylie, Arron Christie and Ian Christie can take great pride in a league campaign which has been fought as though each game was a cup final. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Farquhar, A Christie, MacDonald, Munro, Mailley, Duff, Macgruer (Scott), Lamont (I Ross), D Christie, Maclellan (Smith)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Ross, Mackintosh<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Lamont 23, 28, pen 62<br /><br /><b>Booked:</b><br />Munro

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  • Jags win Seaboard Cup

    Tain Thistle lifted their first silverware of 2015 yesterday with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Balintore, on the Seaboard side's home turf. A hat-trick for Mark Lamont, two for Dave MacGruer and a goal of the season candidate from Daniel Christie secured the win, while James Metcalfe offered a late reply for Balintore. <br /><br />From the team who defeated Balintore in midweek, Neil MacDonald dropped out of the starting eleven, making way for Dave Murray, as Robert Ross returned to the more familiar 4-5-1 formation. Balintore recalled first team regulars Steven Friel, Will Ross, Ryan Ross and Adam Macdonald, who had been rested for the league game four days ago.<br /><br />Any early nerves were quickly quashed thanks to a Mark Lamont goal after just eight minutes. The prolific striker got on the end of a looping cross to head the ball into the far corner, past Steven Friel, to score his 17th goal of the season in just 11 games. Just three minutes later, Lamont made it 2-0 as Thistle threatened to run rampant, this time slotting the ball home from a one on one position. <br /><br />The Jags dominated throughout the first half, looking determined and confident on the ball, showing much greater experience than their younger opponents. Balintore were not without chances in the first half though, testing John Allan on a couple of occasions, most notable from a corner when the Tain 'keeper was forced to tip a Stephen Mcgaw header over the bar from close range.<br /><br />Any likelihood that Balintore may sneak a first half goal was put to bed when Daniel Christie netted just before half time. Turning with the ball on the left wing, the testimonial year forward struck the ball from 30 yards and watched as his effort flew beyond Friel and into the far top corner. An outstanding goal fitting of any cup final.<br /><br />Daniel Christie's goal appeared to knock the stuffing out of the Seaboard side as Thistle quickly took control once again. Ten minutes into the second half, a quickfire double put Tain 5-0 up. Dave Macgruer was first to strike, slotting home from 12 yards before "Lammy" completed his hat-trick, lobbing Friel from a Macgruer flick, to all but kill the game.<br /><br />Macgruer added a sixth eight minutes later, and several substitutions followed as Tain saw out the remainder of the game. Substitute James Metcalfe notched a consolation goal for Balintore with six minutes left on the clock, but the game had been won a good while before that and with no further goals, the game finished 6-1 to Thistle.<br /><br />Post-match, the Jags gathered as the only team on the park to accept the trophy from one of the joint sponsors, Jimmy Oman of Highland Heatsave, who presented the cup to team captain Daniel Christie. At the Commercial Hotel, the players collected their winners medals as the club celebrated winning the Seaboard Cup for the second time in four years.<br /><br /><img border="0" width=95% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainseaboard2015.jpg"><br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Farquhar, A Christie, Murray, Munro, Mackintosh, Mailley, Duff (Rostock 65), Macgruer (D Ross 85), Lamont (Maclellan 71), D Christie<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Cormack, Scott<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Lamont 8, 11, 57, D Christie 45, Macgruer 56, 64

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