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  • Tain Thistle 2-2 Alness Athletic

    The Jags fought back twice to earn a draw against League Cup finalists Alness Athletic tonight.<br /><br />Messrs Paul Cowie and Kevin Graham were missing from last Saturday's squad, while Darran Goller returned to action. <br /><br />Thistle, undefeated in home games against Alness Athletic since the Easter Ross side's 2009 admission to the league, were facing their toughest test yet as Athletic are believed to be this year's favourites. The Alness men did not let down and the match kicked off with a high tempo.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/tainalness2.jpg"><br /><br />The first chance of the match fell to Liam Rostock, but Jordan Tremlett, the Alness stopper, held the forward's shot.<br /><br />Darran Goller should have scored after ten minutes following clever work from Rostock to play the striker beyond Alness stopper Tremlett, but Goller, taking a touch too many, played himself wide. <br /><br />It took until the 20 minute mark before John Allan was tested in the Jags goal, as Shaun Robertson saw his effort saved with a cat-like reaction stop, as his shot was steered away from the top corner.<br /><br />Referee Robert MacMillan waved off disputes for offside as Robertson was not to be foiled on his second time of asking, breaking free before dribbling round Allan to score. <br /><br />A fired up Tain Thistle took to the field for the second half and with a groin concern for Andy Ripley, Donald Matheson was introduced to the fray.<br /><br />Thistle pushed for an equalizer and thought they had done enough when an effort bound for the net was cleared off the line. Moments later, it was Rostock again the striker, shooting from a tight angle only to see his effort come back off the post.<br /><br /><img border="0" align="none" alt="" src="http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/news/data/upimages/gollervsalness.jpg"><br /><br />The fruits of Thistle's labour were finally enjoyed on 72 minutes, when Darran Goller capitalized on a defensive error to tap home from a couple of yards. An ugly goal, but hugely deserved in a second half of continued pressure.<br /><br />It seemed as though the Jags may go on and find a winner but Goller passed up another chance on 75 minutes, much like his first half effort, unable to find his feet to knock the ball home from the edge of the 6 yard box.<br /><br />With fifteen minutes left, the Jags' pressure dwindled in a five minute spell of frustration as Alness took control. Substitute Liam Muir, in what appeared to be a clear offside position, eventually struck a ball past Allan at his far post. Referee MacMillan pointed to the half way line and Athletic were back in front. Stunned, the Jags were now chasing a game they were close to winning. <br /><br />Rostock appeared to have scuppered Thistle's last throw of the dice with mere minutes left to play as he found himself clean through on goal only to fire a shot into the bosom of Tremlett. <br /><br />Instead, the glory was saved for gaffer Robbie Ross, who had replaced Marc Munro minutes earlier. Getting on the end of a well placed cross from Donald Matheson, the prolific striker nodded home to make it 2-2 with all of 30 seconds left to play.<br /><br /><b>Team:</b><br />Allan, Cameron, Farquhar, A Christie, Munro (Ross 80), Brand, Durrand, Rostock, D Christie, Ripley (Matheson 52), Goller<br /><br /><b>Subs not used:</b><br />Sutherland, Gordon<br /><br /><b>Bookings:</b><br />Munro 31<br /><br /><b>Goals:</b><br />Goller 72, Ross 90<br /><br /><b>Man of the Match:</b><br />Arron Christie

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