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    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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