• Archived News & Updates (2017)

  • Pattison Cup returns to Tain

    Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    The Jags made history with a fourth cup win on Saturday, to take their haul to five trophies in what has been their most successful season in their 21 year history.

    Manager Tony Farquhar named a sixteen man squad for the cup final against close rivals Alness United, who fielded an experienced eleven which included a handful of former Thistle players.

    Following a close twenty minutes, the game was kicked into life when former Jag Dave Murray was dismissed for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Within ten minutes, Liam Rostock connected with a superb Chippie Mailley through ball to make it 1-0. The goals then began to flood in and two quick strikes from Darran Goller and a penalty from Liam Rostock made it 4-0 by the hour mark.

    Goller double his contribution with two goals late on, as he hit a milestone by notching his 100th and 101th for the club. A late looping effort from Alan Duff made it 7-0 as the Jags ran out clear winners.

    Post-match, the trophy was awarded to captain Daniel Christie at the Railway Hotel, who also collected a bottle of Glenmorangie malt whisky in recognition of reaching 200 appearances for the club.

  • Quaich winners Tain are league champions for third year in a row

    Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    Tain Thistle have been crowned Ross-shire Welfare League champions for the third year running after a 5-2 win over neighbours Balintore at the Links tonight.

    The victory also secured the Graham Jardine Memorial Quaich, which is contested annually in Tain between Thistle and Balintore in their league fixture.

    Nerves were put to bed after half an hour when Roy Smillie battered a knock on into the net at the far post. Shortly after, top scorer Darran Goller netted his 28th of the season to make it 2-0.

    Balintore reduced the deficit soon after the restart, but an own goal at the other end from a Liam Rostock corner immediately restored Thistle's advantage.

    It was 4-1 thanks to a neat Gordy Mackay finish, before Balintore once again reduced the leeway.

    A penalty award saw Thistle wrap up the points and the win five minutes from time, which Gordy Mackay cooly slotted away.

    The win sends Tain Thistle five points clear of Alness United in an unsurmountable position with all 10 games played. 

    TeamJ Allan, A Durrand, A Duff, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, D Christie, G Mackay, L Rostock (G Noble), R Smillie (A Mackintosh), D Goller, B Cameron

  • Jags win third consecutive Seaboard Cup

    Posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017

    Tony Farquhar's resurgent Jags continued their fantastic run this season by winning the Seaboard Cup for the third year in a row yesterday thanks to a 4-2 win over Invergordon Social Club at Balintore.

    Liam Rostock opened the scoring on twenty minutes to take his season tally to eight before the Tain men went 2-0 up thanks to an own goal.

    It looked as though it may be plain sailing for Thistle, but a David Chivas goal reduced the scoreline to 2-1 at half time.

    Cammy Bell eventually levelled the scores after a period of Social pressure ten minutes after the restart and it looked as though the match could go either way.

    But midway through the second half, substitute Graham Noble grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and powered Thistle back into the lead with a stunning strike from 25 yards, collecting the ball and rifling a right foot shot beyond the keeper.

    Thistle firmly in control, an own goal five minutes from time secured the victory.

    Post match, the trophy was presented to the winners by Gordy Lowe, Balintore.

    Team - J Allan, A Durrand, D Mackay, A Duff, C Mailley, P Cowie (G Noble), C Mackintosh, G Mackay, L Rostock, R Smillie (A Mackintosh), A MacDonald. Unused sub - T Farquhar

  • Holders Tain successfully defend Coronation Cup

    Posted on Monday, July 3, 2017

    Tain Thistle won the Coronation Cup on Saturday for the second time in their history, thanks to a 3-0 win over Fortrose Union at Jubilee Park in Dingwall.

    They first secured the Dingwall trophy in 2013 under manager Gary Ross, when a single Chippie Mailley strike from distance helped them to a 1-0 win in Maryburgh, also against Fortrose. This time around, Chippie Mailley was also the man of the match - but the score was much more decisive.

    Liam Rostock opened the scoring from close range from a Chippie Mailley corner after just thirteen minutes to calm the nerves and it ended 1-0 at half time.

    Ten minutes into the second period, Adam MacDonald doubled the scoreline with a shot in off the post before the league's top marksman Darran Goller wrapped up the win with a goal from six yards after steady pressure from the Thistle front line.

    The victory secured Thistle's second cup of the season making it 2 out of 3 for new gaffer Tony Farquhar, who has done a fine job of leading the Jags during 2017, and hopefully many more years to come.

  • Three in a row for Tain with Cordiner Cup win

    Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    A goal in extra time was required to record a 2-1 win against Alness United in the Cordiner Cup Final this past Saturday, as Tain Thistle retained the trophy to make it three in a row.

    An early sending off put Alness at a disadvantage after Kraig Vass was given his marching orders. But it took until just after the half time break for the deadlock to be broken, and it came via a penalty. The fouled striker, Mark Lamont, made no mistake with his spot kick to give Alness a 1-0 lead.

    Gordy Mackay levelled the scores on 82 minutes, sending the game into extra time. It was all Tain from there, and with 12 minutes of the game left, the league's top scorer Darran Goller netted for Thistle to make it 2-1.

    Team - J Allan, A Duff, D Mackay, A Durrand, P Cowie (A Mackintosh), C Mailley, C Mackintosh, G Mackay, R Smillie (T Farquhar), D Goller, G Noble

  • Jags through to Cordiner Cup Final

    Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    The Jags cantered into the Cordiner Cup final with a 7-0 win over Eastern Rose last night, in the rearranged semi final meeting between the teams at Tain. 

    Stellar goalkeeping from Ian Ross kept Thistle at bay for the first twenty minutes before Cammy Mackintosh rifled a shot in off the far post to give his side the lead. Gordy Mackay made it 2-0 soon after after a botched clearance, and Chippie Mailley shot from distance to make it three.

    The rest of the goals arrived late in the second half, from Daniel Christie and all three substitutes - Dave MacIver, Ali Mackintosh and Roy Smillie.

    Thistle now play Alness United in the final on Saturday June 17th in Inver.

    TeamJ Allan, P Cowie (D MacIver), D Mackay, A Durrand, M Farquhar, C Mailley, C Mackintosh (A Mackintosh), L Rostock, D Christie, G Mackay (R Smillie), G Noble
  • Weekly roundup (2/6)

    Posted on Friday, June 2, 2017

    The Jags made hard work of a win over Fortrose Union in midweek, after twice enjoying a two goal lead before having to settle for a 3-2 win.

    Cammy Mackintosh gave Thistle the lead in the first half with a sweet strike and Darran Goller made it two with an hour gone.

    Daniel MacIver reduced the deficit with a goal for Fortrose before substitute Ally Mackintosh popped up to score his second of the season.

    A freak goal from Gregor Paterson gave Fortrose a late hope of taking something from the game, but Thistle closed the game out with ease.

    Team - J Allan, D Mackay, A Durrand, A Duff, M Farquhar (R Smillie), D Christie, C Mackintosh, C Mailley, A MacDonald, G Mackay (A Mackintosh), D Goller. Sub not used - T Farquhar
  • Weekly roundup (28/5)

    Posted on Sunday, May 28, 2017

    Thistle got back to winning ways with back to back victories this past week.

    They secured a 3-2 win over Invergordon Social Club in midweek thanks to goals from Alan Duff (2) and Cameron Mackintosh to make it six points from nine so far in the league campaign.

    Duff's winner came just after Social Club thought they had nicked a 90th minute leveller to snatch a point.

    Team: J Allan, D Mackay, M Farquhar, A Duff, G Noble (A Mackintosh), B Cameron, C Mackintosh, D Goller, D Christie, G Mackay, C Mailley. Sub not used - R Ross

    On Saturday, the Jags required a penalty shoot out to beat a persistent Balintore Welfare side, who held Thistle to a 3-3 draw after extra time.

    A penalty shoot-out followed and only three were required as the Jags cruised to a 3-1 win thanks to stellar goalkeeping from John Allan.

    Team: J Allan, D Christie, D Mackay, A Duff, P Cowie (R Smillie (A McGregor)), C Mackintosh, A Mackintosh, A Durrand, G Noble (L Kemmett), D MacIver, G Mackay
  • Weekly roundup (19/5)

    Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017

    Thistle's league challenge took a turn for the worse during the week with a 3-1 defeat away to Alness United on Wednesday. Mark Lamont levelled the scores at 1-1 before United secured a two goal deficit and all three points.

    TeamS Innes, B Cameron, A Duff, D Mackay, C Mackintosh, D Murray, C Mailley, G Mackay (D MacIver), D Goller, M Lamont, D Christie
  • Weekly roundup (12/5)

    Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017

    The Jags kicked off their defence of the Ross-shire Welfare League title with a 7-1 win over Eastern Rose on Wednesday night, sending them to the top of the league table on goal difference.

    Hat-tricks for both Darran Goller and Mark Lamont were complimented by a goal from Ali Mackintosh, who netted his first for the club.

    Post match, the Jags were presented with the Tain Silver Cup, which they win for the third consecutive year.

    TeamR Ross, D Mackay, D Murray, A Duff, G Mackay (T Farquhar), C Mackintosh, C Mailley, A Mackintosh, D Goller, M Lamont, L Rostock

    Thistle had to come to terms with defeat last Saturday, however, as a makeshift Jags eleven lost 6-2 to Fortrose & Rosemarkie Union, on the Black Isle's side turf.

    Without a recognised goalkeeper, Thistle succumbed to a 4-1 deficit at half time, and played the majority of the game with ten men due to a first half injury to debutant Robbie Murray, who has fractured his wrist.

    Dave MacIver and Gordy Mackay were the scorers for Tain.

    TeamB Cameron, R Murray, G Noble, D Mackay, T Farquhar, D Christie, A Mackintosh, C Nimmons, D Goller, G Mackay, D MacIver
  • Fixtures for 2017 announced

    Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017

    The fixtures for the 2017 season have been released. Tain Thistle will begin their season with a trip to Fortrose as they aim to defend the Merrythought Cup.

    Then they will travel to Portmahomack to play Eastern Rose F.C. as they look to kick off their defence of the Ross-shire Welfare league title. 
  • Jags hold fifth annual Texas Scramble

    Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017

    The fifth annual Texas Scramble at Tain Golf Club, held each year in aid of funds for Tain Thistle Football Club, was hailed as a success by chairperson Dale Finlayson on Sunday, as 24 teams battled for the main prize.

    On behalf of the club, we wish to thank everyone who competed on the day and bought raffle tickets for the post-scramble draw, and of course to Tain Golf Club, Stuart Morrison and the staff at Old Tom's Bar and Restaurant. A total of £1,083 was raised. 

    The winning team on the day was the foursome of Dean O'Brien, Paul Morgan, Craig Moffat and Ian Moffat (pictured below).