Tain Thistle end the season on cloud nine
TAIN Thistle ended another successful North West Sutherland League season with a clinical 9-3 victory against Lochinver at Culag Park.
The Division One champions were never in any danger against a depleted Lochinver side as they raced into a 5-1 lead by the break.
Darran Goller opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Liam Rostock added a second three minutes later.
Lochinver pulled one back through Callum Matheson but Goller scored again and further strikes from Robbie Murray and Liam Rostock put Thistle out of sight by the interval.
Duncan Matheson scored for the home side early in the second half but Finn As-Chainey scored twice either side of a David MacKay goal to make it.
Rostock added goal number nine from the penalty spot before Andrew Errington netted a consolation for the home side a couple of minutes.
Thistle manager Tony Farquhar said it was the perfect way to end the season.
“We got off to a good start which settled the nerves.
“It was good to finish the season with a win.”
He added: “A lot of the players have served the club well over the past 10 years, they have have been really committed.
“There is a lot of quality in the team.
“The way the lads apply themselves has been really good for me as a manager. We will just try to push on again next year.”
The defeat condemned Lochinver to a division one/two play-off against Invergordon Social Club at Lairg on Saturday.
Social Club manager Robert Mitchell is hoping his side can make the step up to the top flight by winning the play-off.
“It’s a big game for us, the reward is there if we win it.
“The boys have been very good over the season.
“After the prospect of not having any football at one stage to being in this position is very pleasing.
“I don’t know too much about Lochinver but if we can get theboys playing from the start of the game I think we will be alright.”
Social Club will be without Ryan Hamilton while Gregor MacKay is a major doubt with injury.