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
Team Pld GD Pts Tain Thistle 10 30 27 Golspie Stafford 10 15 19 Helmsdale Utd 10 2 14 Brora Wandrs 10 -3 13 Lochinver 10 -18 11 Melvich 10 -26 3