Tain Thistle overcame a stubborn Ross-shire Club with two late goals to reach the semi final of the Pattison Cup, after being 1-0 down for the majority of the game.
Michael Brand, Dave Nimmons, Robbie Ross, Kevin Graham, Joe Stainke and Michael Stein were all missing from the side on a typically wet day in Dingwall, where Tain were on top for most of the game, but failed to create real chances.
They started brightly, passing the ball around well and threatening to take the lead, Daniel Christie coming close with a free-kick. However Tain’s best chance of opening the scoring came when the away side were awarded a penalty, after a foul on Darren Goller. However a great save from the Ross Club keeper denied Martyn Farquhar.
Five minutes later, Tain paid the price, as a cross into the box was headed in by Cammy Bell, a goal which looked suspiciously offside. It stayed the same until half time and beyond, as after the break, Tain took control of the game, piling the pressure on the home defence, but to no avail, the closest chances falling to the relentless Ryan Johnston and another Daniel Christie free kick.
The former was replaced by John Maclellan near the end of the game, as Brian Cameron moved into midfield to impose himself. Minutes from the end, a defensive mistake allowed Maclellan to score the equalizer.
Moments later, a short corner came to Farquhar, who delivered a fantastic cross for Kyle Oliver to glance home with his head brilliantly. Tain's back line defended superbly to see out the result, and send Tain into the semi finals of another trophy, despite a less than impressive performance.
Match report by John Maclellan
Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Maclellan), Sutherland, A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Burry, Farquhar, D Christie, Goller
Subs not used:
C Nimmons, Mackintosh
Maclellan 88, Oliver 90
D Christie, Goller
Man of the Match:
In the other semi finals, Inver made easy work of Cromarty at Victoria Park, scoring two early goals to eventually win 3-0. Balintore emerged as Inver's opponents for the semi final in a week's time, following a more convincing 3-0 win at home to Dingwall Vertex. Meanwhile, Tain Thistle's semi final opponents were decided when Invergordon Social Club easily disposed of Alness Athletic at the defeated side's Academy Park.
The semi finals will take place one week from today, with a 3pm kick off.