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  • Tain Thistle 10 Eastern Rose 0

    The Jags strolled to victory with the score in double figures to give new team the Eastern Rose a debut to forget in the Ross-shire Welfare league. A four minute hat-trick for Gus Mcdonald all but put the game to bed after just a quarter of an hour, before the tall forward added a fourth on the half hour mark. Dave MacGruer got in on the goals before half time and after the break, then Mcdonald scored a fifth to equal the goals in a game record held by manager Robert Ross. MacGruer completed a hat-trick later with a stunning strike after an hour's play and with the goal of the game, Craig Munro scored with a sublime chip over Albert Wadzinski. Daniel Christie rounded off the scoring to take the total to an even ten with a cool finish fourteen minutes from time.<br /><br />The win takes Tain Thistle to the top of the Maclean Electrical league after Week 1, despite an impressive 5-1 win for Invergordon at home to Fortrose. <br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Cormack, MacGruer, A Christie, Dunnett, (Mackintosh 51) C Munro, Mailley (M Munro 66) MacDonald, Greenlees, Murray, D Christie, Mcdonald (Rostock 51)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b> Smith, Farquhar<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b> Mcdonald 11, 13, 14, 31, 47, MacGruer 32, 49, 61, C Munro 70, D Christie 76

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  • Who were The Eastern Rose?

    <img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/45.jpg"><br /><br />Visit the link below for a historical look at Wednesday night's opponents Eastern Rose FC, in a blog written by club secretary, Niall Harkiss.<br /><br /><a href="https://kandnpub.wordpress.com">Who Were The Eastern Rose?</a>

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  • Tain Thistle 4 Contin 2

    A combination of first game nerves and less than favourable wind direction saw Tain Thistle get off to a stuttery start in the Union Tavern League Cup this weekend, battling to a 4-2 win over Contin to advance to the semi final.<br /><br />The manager had to cope with a number of absences for his first competitive game in charge, as the team played in their new red and white away strips for the first time.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/contin2015a.jpg"><br /><br />Michael Dunnett was first to fire a shot towards goal in the fourth minute with a cross come shot which appeared to rattle in off the top corner, but the ball collided between the upright and the crossbar and came back into play, leaving the touchline wondering if the ball had crossed the line. It was Contin who took the lead though, just four minutes later, as hesitance in the Jags defence allowed <b>Ryan Dow</b> to easily tap the ball home after it had been squared across the face of Daniel Cormack's goal.<br /><br />A goal down, Thistle took their time to get into any sort of stride and with twenty minutes gone, they could have been 2-0 down. As referee Michael Stainke was pacing out the yards between a free kick taker and the Jags' wall, the Contin men took their kick prematurely and found the net. The goal of course was disallowed - a let off for Thistle.<br /><br />Neither side were able to extend their lead throughout the remainder of the first half as the wind continued to play a factor. With five minutes of the first half remaining, Dunnett had perhaps the best chance as he again rattled the woodwork when his looping shot from the right wing landed on the crossbar.<br /><br />The second half started in better fashion for Tain, with the wind on their side, and they took just three minutes to equalise, <b>Neil MacDonald</b> rattling a thunderous shot over the top of Sean Beaton down the middle of the goal. With a goal under their belt, the Jags were playing with a renewed confidence and within six minutes they had taken the lead through <b>Liam Rostock</b> who expertly sent the ball home through an area of bodies.<br /><br />Messrs Neil MacDonald and Cameron Mackintosh both threatened to extend the lead as Contin struggled to contain, but it was left to <b>Liam Rostock</b> to extend the lead again, with a first time shot to better Beaton. At 3-1, Tain looked to have the win sewn up. A twist of fate handed Contin a lifeline when referee Michael Stainke (who later admitted a mistake in the award) adjudged that Keith Dingwall had fouled Cammy Houston inside the box, and <b>Fraser Heath</b> for Contin scored from the penalty spot.<br /><br />The threat of extra time was now looming as Contin threatened to equalise, and as legs began to tire and cramp set in, the Jags survived a couple of shaky moments. In the end, the win was wrapped up thanks to an excellent finish from <b>Martin Smith</b>, who, with one minute remaining, curled his effort to the back post past Beaton to make it 4-2 and the Tain Thistle touchline breathed a collective sigh of relief.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b> Cormack, A Christie, McGaw (Dingwall 65), MacGruer, MacDonald, Munro, Mackintosh, Rostock, Dunnett (Greenlees 82), D Christie, Mcdonald (Smith 76)<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b> Goller<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b> MacDonald 48, Rostock 54, 71, Smith 89<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b> None

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  • Jags hold pre-season dinner dance

    <img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/dinnerdance2015.jpg"><br /><br />Tain Thistle held their pre-season dinner dance at the Saint Duthus Hotel on the evening of Friday April 17th this past weekend, raising over £450 towards club funds. The club wishes to thank those who attended the meal, bought raffle tickets and contributed to the auction of several items.<br /><br />We also wish to extend many thanks to the following donors of raffle prizes and auction items:<br /><i>Glenmorangie Distillery, Balblair Distillery, Tesco, Carnegie Lodge Hotel, Royal Hotel, Saint Duthus Hotel, Railway Hotel, Niall Harkiss, ANTA Pottery, Tain Pottery, Kirsty McFarlane, Kenny MacDonald, KM Fitness and Dundee United Football Club.</i>

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  • Thistle put nine past newcomers

    New Ross-shire Welfare side Eastern Rose were handed a nine goal welcome to the Links at the hands of their Easter Ross neighbours Tain Thistle this evening. A six goal blitz in the first half left the Bombers reeling before further bombardment in the second half heralded a further three goals.<br /><br />Manager Robert Ross had just a couple of absences to deal with as he named a strong 19 man squad for the game, with the aim of ensuring every player at least 45 minutes on the park. Martyn Farquhar, Michael Dunnett, Ben Brown, Stephen McGaw, Andy Durrand were among those on the missing/injured list while Kiki Dingwall and John Maclellan were recalled to the side for their first pre-season game this year.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" width="95%" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainvroseapril1315.jpg"><br /><br />Thistle stuttered in the early stages and failed to get into any kind of stride, the performance levels of last Friday seemingly a distant memory. A quick fire double from Darran Goller in the 11th and 12th minute with two similarly well taken goals, gave Tain a 2-0 lead, despite the Jags not having moved out of first gear. Goller was forced to withdraw following an ankle knock a minute later, and was duly replaced by Liam Rostock. It was Rostock who was next to score, slotting home with ease following an excellent and powerful solo run, before he added a second on 23 minutes, lobbing Sam Law in the Rose goal from over 30 yards out. <br /><br />Another first half injury saw Dave Murray withdraw in the early stages to be replaced by Kiki Dingwall. It looked as though Rostock may notch a hat-trick when he struck goal ward but his effort cannoned off the woodwork and took a deflection off the head of the waiting Gus Mcdonald and the towering forward man notched the goal for himself. With ten minutes left, Mcdonald made it 6-0 with a tap in from close range. Eastern Rose's only notable effort in the first half came from Steven Christopher, when the Bombers' target man launched a powerful long range effort towards goal. Daniel Cormack was up to the effort though, saving well, despite the ball spilling in front of him for a brief moment.<br /><br />A further seven changes were made to the side at half time, including the goalkeeper, and it took Tain just two minutes to notch their seventh - Martin Smith thumping the ball home during a goalmouth scrap from three yards out. After 54 minutes, the quick feet of Sean Scott deceived Ryan Newlands in the eighteen yard box and referee Bill Murray awarded a penalty to the homesters. Scott made no mistake with the spot kick and made it 8-0 for Tain. The final goal of the game came three minutes later when John Maclellan combined with Sean Scott to score easily at the far post, finishing off an excellent move.<br /><br />The Jags could have added further goals in the final 25 minutes of the game, were it not for the goalkeeping of Sam Law and some less than desirable finishing - Maclellan, Smith and Mackintosh all coming agonisingly close to finding the net. In the Thistle goal, young goalkeeper Ian Ross had very little to do during the second half, only once called into action when David Purvis Jr shot into his arms from distance. Time was called prematurely after just 85 minutes and the score ended 9-0 to Tain. <br /><br /><b>Squad:</b><br />Cormack, I Ross, MacGruer, Murray, Dingwall, A Christie, Duff, T Farquhar, Mailley, M Munro, C Munro, Mackintosh, Greenlees, N MacDonald, Smith, Goller, Rostock, G Mcdonald, Scott, Maclellan

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