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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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