In the most miserable of conditions, the Jags drew a blank at the Links this evening against a Dornoch City side that will no doubt continue to impress as the season progresses. Martyn Farquhar and Arron Christie stepped back into the side for Thistle's opening league game of the season, while Daniel Cormack took the #1 shirt between the sticks.
The Sutherland men got off to a lively start with clever passing and incisive runs from former Jags Ayah Rattanaphithak and Donald Matheson, giving the Thistle back-line food for thought. Despite their possession, they failed to really test Daniel Cormack in the Tain goal.
At the other end, Thistle rattled the woodwork when Martin Smith attempted to deflect a shot home but the ball cannoned back into play.
Action swayed back and forth for the remainder of the first half, with Dornoch always looking like a threat on the counter against the continuously pressing Jags. Edging further forward as the half reached a close, Thistle enjoyed a string of corners and free kicks, Rattanaphithak for Dornoch being booked amongst the infringements. For all the set pieces though, the Jags couldn't find the net, Martin Smith having the best chance with a powerful shot sent down the gullet of Dornoch 'keeper David Mitchell.
The second half was quite a mixed bag, for both sides. Daniel Christie forced a save from long range shortly after kick off before Cormack was forced to tip the ball over from a looping Scott Murray free kick to keep the scores blank. Matheson for Dornoch rattled the woodwork shortly after before sending a free kick into the arms of a well positioned Cormack.
Credit must be given to Dornoch City in what was their first Ross-shire Welfare league game as they held their position well against a Tain Thistle side frantically trying to put the ball into the back of the net during the closing ten minutes. Chances for Daniel Christie and Liam Rostock were saved, and Chippie Mailley shot wide before Darran Goller appeared to be felled in the penalty area - to no award. Alas, it was not to be and 0-0 was the final, and perhaps fair, result.
Cormack, Cameron (Durrand), Davis, Brand, Farquhar, A Christie, Mailley, Cowie, Goller, Smith (Rostock), D Christie