Paisley Pirates go into this Sunday’s home match against Moray Tornadoes buoyed by their weekend 4-1 Scottish Cup win in Kirkcaldy, which takes them into the semifinal of that competition, where they will face the winners of the Aberdeen/Kilmarnock tie, again, away from home.
“It was a terrific performance by the boys who had the game won well before the final whistle,” said coach Ian Turley. “We outplayed the Kestrels in their own rink, something that not many teams have done, and worked really hard for the win, and the fact that we were back to our normal training sessions helped as well, as I felt we were a lot sharper than we’d been for several weeks. We’re certainly doing this the hard way as we now face our third away tie in a row at either Aberdeen or Kilmarnock-it’s not home and away at the semi final stage, it’s the luck of the draw, and the Scottish Cup hasn’t been a lucky tournament for us in recent years, that’s for sure!”
Turning his attention to this weekend’s match against Moray, the coach went on, “Other people will maybe consider that playing the Tornadoes will be an easy two points, but none of us will be thinking along those lines. They’re a much better side than they used to be, indeed, virtually every side has improved this year, and they’ve beaten a few good teams, so to underestimate them would be a mistake which we’re not planning to make. I want a repeat of the performance we put in against the Kestrels last weekend, anything less and we could be in trouble!”
“We’ve a couple of home games coming up before Christmas now, starting with the Tornadoes, and it will be good to get back onto home ice after a four week break, in front of our own supporters. We’ve got a few voluntary organisations coming along to watch us as their Christmas treat, and we can probably just about fit another few in at our special rates, if they get in touch with us quickly, at paisleypirates.org, but they’ll need to get a move on! We’ll be hoping to put on a show as usual for everyone, with a few goals, lots of excitement, and a wee bit of the Christmas spirit about the place, so, no different from always, it’s guaranteed to be a good night following Renfrewshire’s very own ice hockey team, the Paisley Pirates!”
Face off on Sunday is at 6.00pm.