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  • Invergordon U19s 0 Tain Thistle 1

    Tain Thistle tonight got their pre-season proper off to a proper start with a 1-0 friendly win over Invergordon's Under 19 squad.<br /><br />Thistle started with new signing Barry Nimmons in goal and a new look defence of Colin Burry, Gordon Duff, Craig Swanson and Stewart Ross. The midfield was made up of the brothers Christie, Daniel and Arron, as well as Welfare regulars Brian Cameron and Michael Brand. New signings Greig Mitchell and Ewan Thain started up front.<br /><br />Thistle signings Kenny Ross and David MacGruer played for the Invergordon youth side.<br /><br />After a laboured forty minutes which saw Brian Cameron fail to capitalize on an early chance and Arron Christie dip the ball over the bar, the new look Thistle side took the lead through Greig Mitchell, who dribbled the ball past Invergordon 'keeper Stephen Campbell with ease.<br /><br />The second half saw 'keeper Ross Henderson introduced, as well as Welfare players Ryan Cowie and Darran Goller. New signings Scott Morrison and Daniel Cunningham made a late entry to the game but despite chances, Thistle could not extend their lead.

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  • Close title clash goes Rocks way

    Thistle's march toward the Welfare title took a tumble against Black Rock in Evanton. The Jags lost 2-0 at Culcairn Park, putting Rocks firmly in control of their own destiny.<br /><br />Front man Andrew Maitland broke the deadlock in thirty minutes, latching onto a ball which sailed over Stevie George. Putting the home side ahead, Maitland lashed the ball home from a tight angle to make it 1-0.<br /><br />Despite the 1-0 lead, play was evenly shared, with Thistle controlling play down the left flank, allowing Liam Rostock to break free on a number of occasions. Thistle's greatest chance came after twenty minutes, when Jason Hill found space to take a shot, only for it to cannon off the post.<br /><br /><img width=90% src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/8Q5Y5502.jpg"><br /><br />Robbie Ross was solid between the sticks, thwarting several Rocks scoring opportunities during the ninety minutes, but could do nothing about the home side's second goal, put clean through, again from the long ball. At 2-0 the game became heated with James Rice and Paul Cowie picking up yellow cards.<br /><br />The defeat in Evanton means that the title race is now in Black Rock's control. <br /><br />Thistle must take three points from the visit of Invergordon Social Club next Monday, and hope that Inver, Balintore or Ross-shire Club can take at least three points from Black Rock to keep their title hopes alive.

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  • North Caledonian league training begins

    Tain Thistle management team Robbie Ross and Rob Nicholson kicked off pre season training for the North Caledonian league campaign last Monday night.<br /><br />Management have been pleased with the turnout so far, but encourage players locally and from afar to show their interest by turning up for training, Monday nights, 7pm. Anyone interested in taking part in the coming campaign should contact the manager on 07870 500 985.

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  • Thistle chances of cup glory gone

    A lucky Inver side won 5-4 on penalties to end the last of Tain Thistle's 2008 cup hopes, after a six goal Coronation Cup thriller.<br /><br />Manager Arron Christie rested team regulars Colin Burry, Stevie George and Robbie Ross, with a keen eye on Wednesday's league decider in Evanton.<br /><br />Inver went 1-0 ahead within seconds of the kick off, before Thistle equalized in the 5th minute, courtesy of a Liam Rostock rebound. The home side fell 2-1 behind when Garry Perks' left foot drive eased past stand-in Inver keeper David Matheson. Inver were able to pull a goal back before the interval, making it 2-2.<br /><br />Despite Thistle's dominance (shots from Dickie Durrand, Liam Rostock and Craig McCourt all sailing over the bar), Inver took a late lead through Mattie Rooney and it looked as though the villagers were through to the Semi -- but a 92nd minute Garry Perks free kick levelled the scores at 3-3.<br /><br />30 minutes of extra time so no change to the scores, and penalties followed. The teams were all square at 4-4, when centre half Paul Cowie sailed his shot over the bar, allowing Inver to score their fifth and advance to the semi final.<br /><br />Monday’s defeat marks the end of a string of 1st Round defeats for Thistle this season, despite a good performance in the league.

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  • Pre Season Friendly and fixtures announced

    Tain Thistle have arranged their first pre- season friendly of the Winter campaign.<br /><br />Blacksmiths FC, of the Inverness and District League, will visit Grant Park on 16th August, for a 3pm kick off.<br /><br />Also, it has been confirmed that Thistle will begin their North Caledonian campaign on the 23rd August welcoming Bunillidh Thistle to Grant Park, followed by an away trip to Invergordon on the 30th and a home match with Halkirk on the 6th September.<br /><br />A full fixture list is available via the official website, by clicking the SEASON tab and choosing 2008/09 from the menu labelled "Change:"

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