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  • Jags out of Coronation Cup

    In today's Coronation Cup ties, Tain Thistle crashed out at the semi final stage once again thanks to defeat at the hands of Alness United, losing to a last minute goal at the Links.<br /><br />Missing a number of key players including Dave MacGruer, John Allan and Craig Munro, Thistle handed a first eleven debut to Sean Scott, while messrs Brian Cameron and Daniel Cormack were recalled to the starting lineup. John Maclellan replaced Tony Farquhar on the bench, and Liam Rostock, returning for the first time since suffering injury in the League Cup final, was also called into reserve.<br /><br />Neither side gained an early foothold in the game, despite chances for both sides. Thistle had a goal disallowed when Mark Lamont set up Daniel Christie, but the net bound effort was chalked off for offside. At the other end, Alness failed to capitalise on a spilled free kick. Mark Lamont shot over from distance for Tain in the only other significant Jags' chance in the first half, before Alness eventually took the lead, through Chris Graham, after 41 minutes.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/alness2015semifinal.jpg"><br /><br />It took Tain until the hour mark to equalise and the goal came from a Neil MacDonald free kick. The Alness men were quick in going after a retaliatory goal, and were unsuccessful when they too had a goal disallowed for offside. With 15 minutes left on the clock, Tain believed they should have had a penalty kick, but referee Mike Stainke waved play on. A late chance for Liam Rostock was saved by Andrew Maitland and in the dying minutes, Michael Mckenzie scored the winner for the visitors, sending them through to the final, and Thistle out of the cup.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Cormack, Cameron, A Christie, Murray, Mackintosh, M Farquhar, Duff (Smith), MacDonald (Maclellan), Lamont, D Christie, Scott (Rostock)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />D Ross, R Ross<br /><br /><b>Goal:</b><br />MacDonald 64<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Mackintosh, MacDonald, Cameron, Duff, Lamont

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