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  • Alness Athletic 4-1 Tain Thistle

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011


    Tain Thistle lost out on three points and a place in the semi final of the Seaboard Cup as they fell 4-1 away to Alness Athletic, with only a Daniel Christie goal in reply.
  • Thistle and Inver draw a blank

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011


    A multitude of absences owing to illness, injuries and holiday commitments meant that the Jags went into their second league game against Inver with a depleted lineup - so much so that manager Robbie Ross was forced to name himself in the defence, alongside an otherwise regular back line.

    Inver, at reasonably full strength, looked decidedly resolute in the first period, thanks in part to sweeper and Thistle turncoat Andknee Murray but it was Thistle's Stainke who had the game's first shot on goal, preying on a loose ball from eight yards out before sending his shot over the fence onto the railway line.

    In what proved to be a quiet first half at both ends, neither goalkeeper had a save to make. The sprightly forward pairing of Martin Smith and Russell Ferguson was kept relatively quiet by Ross and Sutherland, as were Goller and Maclellan by the three man defence of Inver.

    The gear was stepped up in the second, however. An early scare for Inver saw stopper Macangus fresh-air an aerial catch before the ball cannoned off the post behind him, saving the custodian's blushes. The best chance of the game followed soon after as Kevin Graham headed just wide following the first of many corners.

    Decisive decision making from referee Eric Robertson at the other end saw Stephen Wemyss handed a reprieve on the hour mark as he collided with Martin Smith on the edge of the box, before being booked by the Inverness based whistler. Disputes for a penalty were waved away as Inver had taken play forward from an advantage played.

    At the other end, Johnston's ever keen and persistent eye for goal saw him test Inver keeper Macangus, after watching his first attempt blocked by the Inver defence. A series of successive corners saw Inver under a prolonged period of pressure towards the end following the introduction of Colin Burry, but a solitary shot from Darran Goller was the only notable strike goalward as time petered out.

    With mere seconds left on the clock however, a sleeping Thistle defence left an onrushing Graeme Davis one-on-one with Wemyss, but the Inver man fired with shot wide, much to the relief of the Jags' back line.



    Team:

    Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Ross, Sutherland, Graham, Stainke (Matheson), Durrand, Goller, Maclellan (Burry), D Christie



    Subs not used:

    Wood



    Bookings:

    Wemyss, Burry



    Man of the Match:

    Robbie Ross



    Match details:

    http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=437
  • Thistle knocked out of semi

    Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011


    Tain crashed out in the semi final of successive cups on Saturday, as Balintore scored two goals without reply. Kevin Graham continued his stint in the centre of defence alongside Kyle Oliver, flanked by Brian Cameron on the right and Ryan Johnston on the left, who has made a big difference following his return from holiday. Tain started reasonably well, without any clear cut chances. However Tain suffered a major setback, as Michael Brand had to be substituted following a nasty clash of heads with Gus MacDonald of Balintore. The midfielder had to be replaced by Andrew Sutherland, with Graham moving into midfield. Around half an hour in, Balty took the lead after a corner from Tain led to Gavin Mckenzie charging upfield to allow Andrew Bell to finish past Wymess in goal. They doubled their lead before half-time, when Andrew Sutherland was harshly adjudged to have fouled the tricky Craig McCourt in the box, and David Macgruer stepped up to score. After the interval, Tain pushed for a goal and had the majority of possession. With half an hour left, Liam Rostock and John Maclellan were introduced to the fray as Tain searched for a lifeline, but it was not to be. The closest they came was a thunderous left footed drive from Johnston, which Henderson did well to tip over the crossbar, leaving Tain disappointed at losing out on another cup final. Report by John Maclellan. Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Graham (Maclellan), Oliver, Farquhar, Brand (Sutherland), Durrand, Burry (Rostock), D Christie, Goller Subs not used: C Nimmons, Stainke Bookings: Sutherland
  • Social Club 3-0 Tain Thistle

    Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011


    The competitive chance of winning the Ross-shire Welfare league title was taken out of Thistle's hands tonight as Invergordon Social Club recorded an impressive 3-0 win against a demotivated Jags side. Kyle Oliver returned the side that narrowly beat Inver on Monday night, while Brian Cameron was absent. Despite a decent start for Thistle in the early stages, it did not take long for a dominant Social midfield to take hold of the game. Social striker Chris Graham was unlucky on two occasions during the first half, the Thistle defence appearing to live a charmed life after a series of defensive failings. Forward Mark Lamont eventually made his mark on the game with the first of Social's goals, after careful positioning in front of goal to place the ball behind Wemyss on eighteen minutes. Referee Malcolm Macleod was brought into the spotlight shortly after when he awarded a highly dubious penalty to the Invergordon side. After sliding in tandem with an Invergordon forward for a ball going by, Ryan Johnston was adjudged to have fouled the player. Paul Austin, the league's top scorer, made no mistake with the spot kick, knocking the ball home despite Wemyss diving in the correct direction. A late strike from Daniel Christie tested Social keeper Scott Wilde, forcing a save with a long range effort, but the effort was the single highlight of a futile first half performance from the Tain boys. The experience and determination of the Social Club shone through in the second half once more as they secured a third goal, capitalising on repeated pressure on a disjointed Thistle defence. Austin, scoring his second of the night, knocked a ball home after some clever attacking play. Social were unlucky not to extend their lead as Stephen Campbell, Graham and Austin were foiled by the goalkeeping of Wemyss and faulty crosshairs. With substitutes Joe Stainke and John Maclellan introduced toward the end, it seemed as though Thistle may register a consolation but inspiration was at a lowest ebb as shots from Goller, Farquhar and Maclellan all flew wide of target. The defeat leaves Thistle seven points behind the Invergordon side. Team: Wemyss, Sutherland (Maclellan), Johnston, Graham, Oliver, Farquhar, Brand (C Nimmons), Durrand, Burry (Stainke), Goller, D Christie Subs not used: Ross, D Nimmons Bookings: Johnston
  • Tain Thistle 2-1 Inver

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011


    With defenders Arron Christie and Kyle Oliver both missing for the Monday night visit of rivals Inver, a makeshift back two of Andrew Sutherland and Kevin Graham was named, with Ryan Johnston also returning from holiday at left back. Daniel Christie also returned to the fold, with John Maclellan dropping to the bench. The Jags could very well have taken the lead in the opening minute thanks to an urgent attack from kick off, forcing Inver defender Niall McVicar to head the ball clear, only to watch his effort cannon off his own crossbar avoiding a disastrous start for the visitors. But it was Inver who found it easier to test their opposition keeper in the initial stages, as Martin Smith was played in behind the Thistle back line on two occasions, first shooting wide before lobbing an effort over the bar. It was Thistle who finally broke the deadlock however, with a long range strike from Michael Brand, sent flying home to leave Inver stopper Ross Macangus standing just before the half hour mark. At the other end, Scott Smith should have equalised for the away side after a defensive error, but the imposing forward could only issue a weak strike wide of the post. It was Martin Smith who finally found the net for Inver just before the break, with a headed goal from a corner, leaving things all-square at half time. The second half quickly favoured Thistle, and before long Macangus was forced into action under pressure from Darran Goller and Martyn Farquhar, before saving a Dickie Durrand effort. But it was right-back Brian Cameron who made the difference. Picking his spot, Cameron launched a left foot drive which battered its way through the grasp of Macangus to restore Thistle's lead on 55 minutes. Daniel Christie will consider himself unlucky not to have made it 3-1 when he was played through on Macangus' goal, but time was not on his side as he failed to strike towards goal. Another effort for Cameron followed shortly after, zipping past the post. A late push from Inver for an equaliser in the hope of extra time made for a busy end to the game. A superb late save from Stephen Wemyss prevented a Russell Ferguson shot from reaching the back of the net, before Macangus did the same to catch a looped effort from Ryan Johnston that looked destined to sail over the Inver keeper. But there was to be no extra time, and the score remained 2-1. Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Graham, Sutherland, Farquhar, Burry (Maclellan), Durrand (D Nimmons), Goller, D Christie (Stainke) Subs not used: Ross Goals: Brand 28, Cameron 55 Bookings: Burry, D Christie The result sets up a rematch of the sides who contested the League Cup final last month, this time in the Coronation Cup semi final, as Balintore host Tain Thistle. Balintore, who battled their way to a 2-1 extra time victory over Invergordon Social Club on Saturday, will certainly be looking for revenge after losing out on both meetings with Thistle so far this season.
  • Coronation Cup first round results

    Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2011


    The results of the Coronation Cup ended as follows, while Tain Thistle prepare to play Inver in the final game of the round this Monday night. Dingwall Vertex 3-5 Cromarty Balintore 2-1 Social Club (aet) In the other game, Alness Athletic failed to raise a team and Ross-shire Club were therefore handed a bye into the semi finals.
  • Cromarty 2-2 Tain Thistle

    Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011


    A last-gasp Kevin Graham strike salvaged a 2-2 draw away to Cromarty, on a night where Thistle never really got going. Joe Stainke was handed his first start for the club, with Daniel Christie, Ryan Johnston and Colin Burry all missing from the side. It was the worst of starts for Tain, as in the first minute, a 35 yard free-kick taken by Tom Nicholson curled into the bottom corner of Steven Wemyss’ goal, to give the home side an immediate one-nil lead. A series of corners and free-kicks were all that Tain threatened with following this early setback, with Stainke coming close on a few occasions and causing all sorts of problems to the Crom’s defence. However, the game trickled out till half time, leaving Tain with some thinking to do. After the interval, Tain pressed for a while, looking for an equalizer, but ten minutes into the second half, Cromarty doubled their lead, Paddy Hardcastle calmly finishing past Wemyss. Tain continued their onslaught on the home defence, with few clear cut chances. This was the case until Darran Goller took advantage of a knock down, with a brilliant finish from a tight angle with the outside of his boot that clipped the bar on it’s way in. Tain then sprung into life, piling pressure on the Home side’s back four. They were running out of time, until Kevin Graham was first to react 8 yards out from a scramble from a corner, and lashed home with his weaker right foot. Tain pressed for the winner but it wasn’t to be, and although they rescued a point, it must surely be seen as two dropped. Report by John Maclellan. Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Sutherland (Graham), A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Brand, Stainke (Ross), Farquhar, Maclellan, Goller Subs not used: D Nimmons, C Nimmons Goals: Goller 80, Graham 88 Bookings: None Man of the Match: Arron Christie
  • Latest News Roundup 4/6

    Posted on Saturday, June 4, 2011


    A week of disappointment and satisfaction saw Tain Thistle first crash out of the Pattison Cup, losing 2-1 to Invergordon Social Club before beating Ross-shire Club in midweek by 3 goals to nil. This weekend will be Thistle's first off-weekend of the season so far, having played on both Wednesdays and Saturdays since the start of the season in April. The Tain Thistle Supporters' Club has been launched online and has had a favourable response so far. Options of signing up for a mere £2.50 per month enables club members to view exclusive club and match galleries online, dating back to 2007. In addition, members also have the option to download PDF versions of previous match programmes. Many more features are expected for club members as time goes on! To find out more about the supporters' club, please click here for details. Andy Durrand was presented with the first Player of the Month award of the season on Wednesday night after a solid start in May, having helped the Jags towards their first ever League Cup trophy while also scoring a hat-trick against Balintore. Matchday raffles continue to be a resounding success at home fixtures this season, with the funds raised sitting at £110 so far after three games. Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket, and specific praise should go to Anthony Mackenzie, who put in a stellar shift to raise a large proportion of the funds at the Balintore game last week. The Pattison Cup final was played at Portmahomack today, contested between form side Invergordon Social Club and Balintore. It was Balintore who took the victory however, making amends for a bad start to the season with a 4-1 win over Invergordon Social Club to secure the second cup in the Ross-shire Welfare calendar. Finally, we wish many happy returns to Thistle player Joe Stainke, who turned 18 this past week. Happy birthday Joe!
  • Tain Thistle 3-0 Ross-shire Club

    Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011


    Centre half Arron Christie braved a hamstring concern to take the field alongside a back four that saw Brian Cameron reintroduced at right-back, while John Maclellan was rewarded for some fine play in recent games with a first team start. Coming back into the side for the suspended Andrew Durrand was Kevin Graham. A ropey start for Thistle saw them on the back foot in the opening stages as quick one-twos between the Ross-shire Club forwards won the visitors a series of corners. From the resultant corners, protests from the visitors were soon directed towards referee Gary McCarthy following a goal line dispute. The Dingwall men believed they had scored after a cross sent into the Thistle box appeared to have been nodded over the line. Photo evidence suggests the Dingwall side may have had a case. What do you think? But quick counter-attacking play soon caught Ross Club off guard as top scorer Darran Goller finished a move into the eighteen yard box with a simple tap in to make it 1-0, leaving the visitors feeling very aggrieved. The Jags soon settled into the game, and the gritty midfield play of Brand and Graham saw Thistle begin to win the physical battle. As has been the case for most of the season, a steady Tain back four left Ross-shire with little opportunity to hit back with an equalizer during the first half, with goalkeeper Wemyss up to any test that was forthcoming on target. The pace of Goller was once again the undoing of a slow Ross back line on 39 minutes, as the striker pounced on a through ball to lash a shot past Mitchell with authority to make it 2-0. Partnering Goller up front, Maclellan showed tremendous individual skill for the Jags' final attempt before half time, forcing Mitchell to tip a powerful strike over the bar after dribbling past the Ross Club defence. The game took on a grubbier than necessary feel as the second half commenced, with referee Gary McCarthy having more than his fair share of discussions with players on both sides. The persistent play of Goller however, chasing a hat-trick, saw Thistle continue to dominate in attack, setting up Messrs Maclellan and Burry on a number of occasions, despite Ross Club stopper Mitchell regularly standing up to the task. Tearing forward from the left-back position, Ryan Johnston had designs on joining Goller on the scoresheet, and went for the spectacular with a long range drive, but his shot flew just inches wide of the post. It was midfielder Martyn Farquhar though, who has been involved in a lot of the scoring this season, who finally killed off Ross Club's hopes. Not to be denied in his latest match, he found the net for the Jags' third with a confident finish after a neat lobbed pass from Burry. With the game now firmly in Thistle's control, it looked like 4-0 was on the cards, as Maclellan found himself clear of the Ross-shire defence on 75 minutes - but although the striker was successful in leaving Mitchell standing, his placed shot veered just a fraction wide of the upright. Farquhar had the last of the chances for Tain as they enjoyed a late spell of attacking play, but the midfielder could not finish to the same standard as before, opting to lob the ball wide of Mitchell's far post. Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston, Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, Brand, Graham (D Nimmons), Burry (Stainke), Goller, Maclellan (C Nimmons) Subs not used: Sutherland, Ross Goals: Goller 10, 39, Farquhar 74 Bookings: None Man of the Match: Ryan Johnston Match details: http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/matchdetails.php?id=433 Match gallery: http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/media.php?dir=2011/06.01%20vs.%20Ross%20Club In the evening's other matches, Invergordon Social Club maintained their 100% record in the league with a 1-0 win over neighbours Alness Athletic, while in another local derby, Balintore and Inver drew 2-2. In the only other game, Cromarty made easy work of Dingwall Vertex with a 3-0 win at Dingwall.
  • Dickie nets Player of the Month award

    Posted on Wednesday, June 1, 2011


    Andrew "Dickie" Durrand has been named as Thistle's Player of the Month for May, as voted for by club players and committee. The pacey winger has enjoyed a very successful month in May, netting goals against Inver and Cromarty during the Jags' cup run before collecting a cup winners medal against Balintore. Dickie capped off a brilliant spell of form with a hat trick against Balintore last week, picking up the man of the match award along the way. Well done Dickie!
  • Join the Tain Thistle Supporters Club

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011


    The Tain Thistle Supporters Club has been relaunched, with all-new online benefits for club members. For as little as around eight pence a day, you can show your support for the Jags, while also benefiting from online features such as never before seen web galleries of matches over the past five years, electronic versions of classic match programmes and a monthly newsletter to your mailbox. Club members will also have the honour of being named as the sponsor of one of our man of the match awards for the current season! So, sign up now, by visiting http://www.tainthistle.co.uk/sc.php and spread the word!
  • Thistle knocked out of Pattison Cup

    Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011


    A windy afternoon at the Recreation Grounds saw the Jags suffer their first defeat of the season yesterday, as they were KO'd in the final minutes of a gritty encounter by league leaders Invergordon Social Club. Daniel Christie was the only casualty following an eventful midweek thrashing of Balintore, with the midfielder dropping out of the squad on Saturday morning. The Pattison Cup semi-final was to be Thistle's ninth game in the space of just over four weeks, and signs of burnout were certainly evident as the Jags, who ripped Balintore apart only days prior, struggled to move out of first gear. Many of Invergordon Social Club's older players have returned to the side this season, and their experience is vastly evident; the defence limiting the freedom of Messrs Goller, Durrand and Burry during a stubborn first half. Martyn Farquhar however, who has had an eye for goal for most of the season, will surely be disappointed not to have tested Wilde, failing to pull the trigger on two occasions when he found himself through on goal. It was Thistle who had the first near miss of the game however with a Colin Burry corner, the winger rattling Wilde's crossbar after his cross looped in with the assistance of a strong wind. At the other end, chances were also few and far between and it took a free kick in the middle of the park to finally make the difference just minutes before half time. With the ball sent into a packed box, it was Chris Graham for the Social Club who found himself in enough space to stab the ball home for a 1-0 lead. The tide turned in Social's favour thereafter and the home side began to pressure Thistle for a second, but thanks to resolute defending from Arron Christie and Kyle Oliver, the flow of attacks was stemmed. The next goal in fact came for the Jags, largely against the run of play. Substitute John Maclellan, who replaced Brian Cameron with a quarter hour left on the clock, showed determination in beating his man on the right wing, before cutting inside the box to nick the ball between the legs of Wilde at his near post for a stunning equalizer. The goal makes it four goals in four games for the striker who is certainly attracting attention as a game changer. Celebrations were short lived however as former Jags' defender Keith Dingwall broke Thistle hearts with a headed goal, restoring Social's lead within minutes of the leveller. Any chances of a Thistle comeback were swiftly killed off in the dying stages when referee Billy Murray took exception to Andy Durrand's frustration following a controversial penalty denial, as he dismissed the mild mannered winger for using strong language. Bookings followed for Farquhar and Burry, during a heated exchange as the Jags protested Durrand's sending off. With the game's competitive element firmly in the gutter, it was down to Thistle stopper Steven Wemyss to prevent further goals for Social, pulling off a tremendous one-on-one save before stopping a long range effort at the end of time. The result hands the Jags their first defeat of the season after an unbeaten run unmatched by any previous Tain Thistle side. As we head into June, Thistle's players and coaching staff can look back on what was, on the whole, a very successful month in May. Team: Wemyss, Sutherland, Johnston (Graham), Oliver, A Christie, Cameron (Maclellan), Farquhar, Brand, Durrand, Burry, Goller Subs not used: D Nimmons, Stainke Goals: Maclellan 78 Bookings: Farquhar, Burry Red Cards: Durrand Man of the Match: Arron Christie In the other semi final, Inver were handed yet another heavy defeat, this time at the hands of Balintore, who bounced back from a midweek embarrassment to beat their Seaboard rivals by 5 goals to nil. Invergordon Social Club and Balintore will now meet at Portmahomack in the Pattison Cup final, this Saturday, June 4th.
  • One from the Past: Tain oust Invergordon in Pattison semi

    Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011


    Below is an excerpt from the North Star in 1920, who report on a Pattison Cup semi final game played between Tain St Duthus and Invergordon on Saturday, February 21st, 1920. The teams were as follows: Tain St Duthus W Munro, W Macleod, T Macleod, R Earl, A Macleod, W B Dunnett, J G Holmes, D J H Mitchell, D Mackay, G Findlay, W Ross Scorers: D Mackay 44, Macintyre o.g., D J H Mitchell Invergordon Lyon, Lennington, Macintyre, Woodley, Woods, Lamb, Black, Taylor, Spiers, Macvinish, Maclean Scorers: W Munro o.g. 3 Referee - Mr S Mair, Inverness On the day, Tain secured a 3-1 win and went on to beat Alness in the final. Here's hoping for a similar result this Saturday!
  • Tain Thistle 7-3 Balintore

    Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2011


    Tain Thistle showed footballing superiority tonight, with the lion's share in a ten goal thriller at Grant Park. A first ever hat-trick from Andy Durrand was supported by goals from Daniel Christie, Kyle Oliver, Martyn Farquhar and John Maclellan as the Jags cruised to victory against rivals Balintore. Michael Brand returned to the side who secured a late victory at Dingwall on Saturday, with Andrew Sutherland dropping onto the bench. Messrs Joe Stainke and Kevin Graham also returned to the fold, named as substitutes for what would be Thistle's second home game of the season, having played the other six away. With the Grant Park pitch rolled and lined, looking in a much fitter condition than a fortnight prior, Thistle gave Balintore a quick reminder of the passing football that had won them the League Cup earlier in the month; Colin Burry and Daniel Christie both firing off-target. The quick feet of the Jags paid off on thirteen minutes as Christie finished a beautiful chain of passing, slotting past Henderson with ease, and there were only seventeen on the clock, when Kyle Oliver netted another headed effort from a Colin Burry corner to make it 2-0. Balintore began to crumble, and before long they were 3-0 down as Andy Durrand slammed an effort home following a failed clearance by Stainke. It looked as though Balintore may have pulled a goal back shortly after, as Wemyss was beaten at the other end, but the scorer had been adjudged to been in an offside position. On the counter, the pace of Durrand outran the Balintore defence and it was left to Henderson to stop the winger, felling him after being nutmegged. A penalty award followed without question but to the amazement of Thistle and the relief of Balintore, Henderson escaped with only a yellow card. With confidence, Durrand stepped up to take his reward, sending Henderson the wrong way to make it 4-0. At the other end, another penalty award followed for what appeared to be a very soft collision that saw Powell hit the ground on the edge of the box. Thistle's confident stopper was up to the challenge however. Killing off Balintore's hopes of a first half lifeline, Steven Wemyss saved Cowie's spot kick before sending the ball clear to the defence. The Jags rounded off a near perfect first half with a fifth goal a few minutes from the break, when Martyn Farquhar netted his sixth of the season from close range. The Balintore men benefited from a half time break and hit back with a goal moments after kick off, as Cowie found Bell at the far post for the young gull to push a close effort home. But only minutes after, Durrand completed his hat-trick to make it a very comfortable 6-1 for the home side, drilling a Goller cutback beyond Henderson for his seventh of the campaign. After a prolonged spell of inactivity due to a fallen net, Balintore capitalized on poor concentration to find the net following a corner, Macdonald the scorer, but again Thistle were undeterred. On 85 minutes, substitute John Maclellan made it 7-2, turning a shot into the net for his third goal in as many games. The final touch of the game fell to Balintore's Macdonald as the towering striker headed beyond Wemyss in the dying embers of the game to reduce the score to 7-3, and the game ended at just that. Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Sutherland), Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, Brand (Stainke), Burry (Maclellan), Durrand, Goller, D Christie Subs not used: D Nimmons, Graham Goals: D Christie 13, Oliver 17, Durrand 20, pen 35, 50, Farquhar 41, Maclellan 85 Booked: Goller, A Christie Man of the Match: Andy Durrand Elsewhere in the league, Dingwall Vertex lifted themselves off the bottom of the league by beating Inver 3-2 at Portmahomack thanks to goals from Ally Smith, Joffy Bowen and Ryan Reid. Invergordon Social Club came back from 1-0 down to beat Cromarty at Victoria Park and the game between Ross-shire Club and Alness Athletic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Next week's league fixtures for Wednesday, June 1st: Balintore v Inver Tain Thistle v Ross-shire Club Invergordon Social Club v Alness Athletic Dingwall Vertex v Cromarty All with a 7.30pm kick off.
  • Ross-shire Club 1-2 Tain Thistle

    Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011


    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 Team: Wemyss, Cameron, Johnston (Maclellan), Sutherland, A Christie, Oliver, Durrand, Burry, Farquhar, D Christie, Goller Subs not used: C Nimmons, Mackintosh Goals: Maclellan 88, Oliver 90 Booked: D Christie, Goller Man of the Match: Kyle Oliver 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.
  • Latest News Roundup 21/5

    Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011


    We cannot begin a news roundup without once again giving praise to the team that held out with ten men to beat Balintore in the League Cup final last weekend. The result and the achievement goes down in history not ony as a cup win, but as one of the club's finest ever performances. With the cup win fresh in the mind, Thistle travel for their next cup game this afternoon, in the first round of the Pattison Cup against the in-form Ross-shire Club. The match should prove to be a very close affair. Fitness wise, Thistle's only injury doubt is Andrew Sutherland who has been suffering from a back complaint this week. Absentees Michael Brand, Kevin Graham and Robert Ross are all still vacationing for the weekend fixture at Dingwall. Steven Martin's stellar efforts in retrieving a Tain Thistle FC match ball from the Jubilee Park swamp this past Wednesday must be applauded, following Andrew Sutherland's merciless punt to send the article into the depths. Andy MurrayOn the pitch this past Wednesday, Tain Thistle notched their first league victory of the season against Dingwall Vertex, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from John Maclellan, Martyn Farquhar and Daniel Christie. Player Andrew Murray has been released by the club. Tain Thistle FC wish Mr Murray all the best in his future endeavours. The club's first matchday raffle was a resounding success against Alness Athletic a week ago last Wednesday, raising £62. The football card efforts of committee efforts this past week has also raised over £60. Well done to those involved. Finally, thanks must go to Iain Macleod of Tain Golf Club who took the time to roll both Tain football pitches this past week, in preparation for future games this summer. Thank you Iain.
  • Dingwall Vertex 0-3 Tain Thistle

    Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011


    With several first team players absent and the manager himself missing due to suspension, a much changed Tain Thistle side from the one that won the League Cup took to the field of Jubilee Park to play Dingwall Vertex last night. Goalkeeper Steven Wemyss returned to action for his second consecutive league appearance, while Daniel Christie also returned to the starting XI filling the void in midfield left by the holidaying Michael Brand. Also returning to action was Kyle Oliver at centre half, slotting in to replace the injured Andrew Sutherland who continues to recover from a back complaint. The much improved Vertex side who had drawn 0-0 with Thistle in pre-season appeared to have turned up in the early stages, competing well in an end-to-end period of action, but as expected it was the Jags who had the better of the attacking play, forcing a series of corner kicks. It was a corner which eventually resulted in the first goal as John Maclellan opened his account for the season, tucking a cross home from close range to make it 1-0. The Dingwall side's spirit appeared to peter out only moments later as Vertex keeper Macrae failed to hold an aerial shot, dropping the ball behind his head for Martyn Farquhar to casually canter the ball into the net for his fifth goal in five games. Referee Mark Dalton awarded Thistle a penalty soon after, but taker Darran Goller shot at the keeper's right and the kick was saved. Ryan Johnston played well at left-back, again a goal threat. The young full back had scored the goal of the season in this fixture last year, but could only fire wide from distance this time around just before half time. The second half started with an abundance of slips and falls amidst heavy wind and rain, but the weather conditions could not prevent Daniel Christie from exhibiting a touch of class on 56 minutes, as he looped a free kick from five yards wide of the eighteen yard box into the far corner of the net to make it 3-0. Top scorer Darran Goller was unlucky not to score in the second half with a number of angled shots, and was even more unlucky not to win a penalty as the Vertex stopper appeared to obliterate the pacey forward during a one-on-one; referee Dalton waving play-on after having sent Thistle keeper Robbie Ross off for less the previous Saturday. Late on, it seemed as though the score would finish 3-1, as Ally Smith struck from a tight angle past Wemyss to apparently rattle a shot into the net off the far stachion, but again referee Dalton waved play-on. Full time followed shortly after, the 3-0 scoreline handing Thistle their first league win, and their first clean sheet of the season. The Jags will be pleased with the win, despite never really moving out of second gear. Team: Wemyss, Cameron (D Nimmons), Johnston (Stainke), Oliver, A Christie, Farquhar, D Christie, Burry (C Nimmons), Durrand, Goller, Maclellan Subs not used: Mackintosh Goals: Maclellan 30, Farquhar 33, D Christie 56 Booked: Cameron 55 Man of the Match: Kyle Oliver Elsewhere in the league, the results again provided a few surprises, Ross-shire Club handing Balintore a 4-0 drubbing away from home. At Portmahomack, Inver threw away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 to the Social Club, while Alness Athletic made easy work of Cromarty, winning 3-1 at home. Next week's league fixtures: Ross-shire vs Alness Athletic Tain Thistle vs Balintore Cromarty vs Invergordon Social Club Inver vs Dingwall Vertex All 7.30pm kick offs. In other news, Michael Brand has reported that he and Michael Stein are having a good time in Magaluf, despite Steino throwing up at the airport entrance then fainting on the plane.
  • Happy Birthday Ian

    Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011


    Many happy returns to committee member, physio, assistant manager and all round Tain Thistle legend Mr Ian Christie. Happy birthday Ian!
  • Thistle hat-trick club reaches ten

    Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011


    Martyn Farquhar capped off a tremendous start to May by collecting the League Cup as Thistle's captain, while also picking up the man of the match award. But last week, the midfielder also joined the exclusive list of hat-trick scorers in the Jags' history. Farquhar's goals against Cromarty in last week's semi final made him the tenth person to net 3 or more goals in one game for Tain Thistle during their fifteen year existence. The Hat-trick Club 1. Garry Perks - 6 2. Liam Rostock - 4 3. Robert Ross - 3 4. Mike McKenna - 2 = Calum Macdonald - 2 = Mark Reid - 2 = Matthew Rooney - 2 = Darran Goller - 2 9. James Rice - 1 = Martyn Farquhar Despite playing in the Welfare league since 1997, the first Jags player to net a hat-trick was Robert Ross in 2000. Below is a complete list of all 25 hat-tricks scored by Jags players in competitive games. 1. July 12, 2000 - Robert Ross (3) vs Invergordon Distillery (League Match) 2. July 19, 2000 - Mike McKenna (4) vs Wheel Inn (League Match) 3. May 2, 2001 - Mike McKenna (3) vs Tain United (League Match) 4. May 25, 2002 - Calum Macdonald (3) vs The Rigger (Pattison Cup Match) 5. July 13, 2002 - Robert Ross (5) vs Tain United (Seaboard Cup Match) 6. July 13, 2002 - Calum Macdonald (3) vs Tain United (Seaboard Cup Match) 7. May 5, 2004 - Garry Perks (3) vs Portmahomack (League Match) 8. July 14, 2004 - Mark Reid (3) vs 3G's (League Match) 9. August 4, 2005 - Mark Reid (3) vs Ross-shire Club (League Match) 10. July 5, 2006 - Matthew Rooney (3) vs Invergordon Distillery (League Match) 11. July 19, 2006 - Matthew Rooney (3) vs Inver (League Match) 12. August 4, 2006 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Ross-shire Club (League Match) 13. June 13, 2007 - Garry Perks (3) vs Maitlands Bar (League Match) 14. June 4, 2008 - Garry Perks (3) vs Black Rock Rovers (League Match) 15. July 28, 2008 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match) 16. Jun 17, 2009 - Robert Ross (3) vs Inver (League Match) 17. July 22, 2009 - James Rice (3) vs Cromarty (League Match) 18. July 22, 2009 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Cromarty (League Match) 19. June 9, 2010 - Garry Perks (3) vs Cromarty (League Match) 20. June 16, 2010 - Liam Rostock (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match) 21. June 16, 2010 - Garry Perks (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (League Match) 22. July 31, 2010 - Garry Perks (4) vs Invergordon Social Club (Coronation Cup Match) 23. July 31, 2010 - Darran Goller (3) vs Invergordon Social Club (Coronation Cup Match) 24. April 30, 2011 - Darran Goller (3) vs Inver (League Cup Match) 25. May 7, 2011 - Martyn Farquhar (3) vs Cromarty (League Cup Match)