[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pirates headed north on League business to Elgin only three weeks after a highly controversial Scottish Cup tie which had seen the outcome subject to an appeal by the Paisley side.
On this occasion, they wasted no time and were ahead in under three minutes as Stuart Miller opened the scoring after lead up play from Wilson and Orr. The same line contributed to a doubling of this lead with just over six minutes on the clock, Orr this time getting the goal with assists from Wilson and Quinn to give the visitors a handy cushion early on in the game.
As in the last match, Pirates were outplaying the home side but in spite of outshooting the home side by two to one they had to wait until the 14th minute for the 3rd goal to arrive, defender Colin McMIllan scoring his first goal of the season with assistance from Michael Chubb, the latter back after suspension after taking an early bath following his ejection during his last visit to Elgin. The visitors weren’t finished, however, and Miller scored his second, and his team’s fourth, unassisted with just under three minutes of the period remaining to give the scoreline a realistic look at the first interval, the visitors holding a commanding 4-0 advantage.
In the second period, Pirates continued to push forward, but with the home side also trying to come into the game a little more, both netminders were called into action on a number of occasions and were equal to the shots coming their way. Pirates also had the inconvenience of being called on minor penalties on a number of occasions, but these breaks in momentum failed to halt their push for another goal, and with teenage netminder Graeme Meechan equal to the task, at the other end they got a 5th goal seconds before the end of the session as this time Cowan fed McCamley and the forward wasted no time in bulging the net for an insurance marker.
In the final session, Pirates again had to play off a number of minor penalties, but with the outcome of the game already decided, they contented themselves with a five goal win, and, at the same time, give netminder Meechan his first senior shut out.
Coach Ian Turley will be pleased by the fact that his re-vamped forward lines have now scored 14 times in their last two games after a spell when they were misfiring badly and, in fact, they should have had more in this match, recording a total of 69 shots on target. He will be equally happy that his defensive formations also worked well in this game, giving the side confidence in advance of their final game of the year, at home against North Ayrshire Wild, this coming Sunday at the Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm).