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  • Tain Juniors Under 17s get off to good start

    On what proved to be a fine Spring evening for Tain Juniors, the club’s Under 17 outfit made easy work of a hardy Dornoch side.<br /><br />Pressure on the Dornoch goal was apparent from the outset, with the Juniors hitting the crossbar not once, but twice in the opening stages. However, against the run of play in the first half, Stewart Burnett gave the visitors a surprise lead when the Tain defence failed to deal with a long throw. <br /><br />The deficit was short lived however as referee Brian Patullo soon awarded a penalty to the home side for a foul on Martin Smith. The same player, with conviction, hammered the ball home from the spot on the half hour mark to bring the scores level.<br /><br />Tain were commanding from then on, and it was starlet Ayah Ratpanaphitak who made the difference on 38 minutes, finishing a clever run down the wing with a sublime chip over the advancing Dornoch keeper; the Juniors going in at the break with a more than deserved 2-1 lead.<br /><br />Within five minutes of the restart, Tain scored again -- this time through forward John MacLennan, but the score line was quickly drawn back to 3-2 through Dornoch’s Jordan Morrison. With ten minutes remaining it was midfielder Andy Bell who found the net to make it a final score of 4-2, ending any hopes of a comeback from the Sutherland side.<br /><br />Despite Morrison’s goal, John Allan had a quieter spell between the sticks second half than he did in the first, his counterpart on the bench David Robertson, the only substitute not to see action during the evening.<br /><br />The win gives Tain Juniors a good start to their SWL Ross-shire Youth League campaign, with coach Ronnie Allinson particularly pleased with the result.<br /><br />“It’s not often we get off to a good start, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to get off the ground with a win.”<br /><br /><b>Lineup:</b><br />John Allan, Stewart Shearer, Donald Matheson, Ryan Johnston, Andrew Sutherland, Rhys Stewart, Andy Bell, Alisdair Macintosh, Martin Smith, Ayah Ratpanaphithak, John MacLennan<br /><br /><b>Subs:</b><br />David Robertson (GK), Paddy McKenna, Nicholas Main, Connor Philips<br /><br /><b>Scorers:</b><br />Smith (pen 30), Ratpanaphitak (38), MacLennan (43), Bell (70)

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