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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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