PAISLEY PIRATES 14 KILMARNOCK STORM 1
Pirates recorded their biggest win of the season against a plucky Kimarnock side who, in spite of being heavily outgunned for most of the game, kept going until the final whistle.
The visitors got a taste of what was to come as, in the space of four minutes, Fraser Campbell had scored a straight hat trick by the eighth minute to put his side three ahead, and with Chris Wilson netting a short handed effort soon after, the writing was very definitely on the wall for the Ayrshire side. Johnston got a fifth for the hosts with eleven minutes on the clock, and the flow of play was very definitely towards Bealing in the away goal, Campbell netting his fourth of the night with just over two minutes remaining in the period to send the teams in with Pirates already out of sight at 6-0.
There was a shock, however, for the home side at the start of the second period as with Storm playing off a penalty, the visitors got on the score sheet through a speculative shot by Chubb which deceived everyone to finish behind Meechan and put them on the scoreboard. This goal appeared to do little to shake Pirates out of their lethargy, however, and Storm briefly had more of the play, before Riddell restored the six goal differential just before the halfway point, and an eighth goal by Campbell, his fifth of the night, emphasised the hosts’ overall superiority by the second break, with the score standing at 8-1.
The second interval appeared to give coach Ian Turley the chance to have a word with his side, and when they came out for the final session normal service was resumed, as Miller fired an unsaveable bullet past Bealing within 90 seconds to take the score to nine. Wilson clocked up the double figure marker five minutes later, and Crawford got on the score board within a few minutes, before Campbell netted his double hat trick goal after fifty three minutes to bring up the round dozen. Pirates weren’t finished, though, and Thorp netted within seconds to bring up unlucky thirteen for the Storm, Orr rounding off the scoring with under two minutes left to take the count to 14-1. The action wasn’t finished, however, as with only ten seconds remaining Pirates’ youngster Dillon Robertson picked up a Game Misconduct, and within seconds Robert Henderson followed him into the dressing room for an alleged Check to the Head.
Pirates will take confidence from racking up a big win at home, but now face the potentially hazardous trip to Ardrossan on Saturday to play the in-form North Ayrshire Wild