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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