Pirates eventually wore down a spirited Solway side who for a long time threatened to cause
a major surprise as the home side failed to click until the latter stages of the match.
The home side were shocked in the third minute as the visitors went in front through Adams,
and while Felix Huber brought parity to proceedings with an equaliser after eight minutes,
the Stingrays were in front again four minutes later as Horne beat Donaghy to put the visitors
ahead for a second time, a lead which they held to the end of a dire first session for the
It was a different home side which came out for the middle period and they were level within
minutes as Henderson fired a beauty past Carmichael to tie the scores, Pirates were at
times camped in the Solway end but Carmichael was stopping everything coming his way
until the 36 th minute when Dobson gave Pirates the lead for the first time, and they header
for the dressing rooms at the end of 40 minutes holding a narrow 3-2 advantage.
Pirates took control from the beginning of the final session, although it took them until the
47 th minute to increase their lead through Karol Divok. The same player scored again within
a minute and the goals continued to flow, Martyn Guy netting a double before Tom Johnston
finished the scoring with just over a minute to go.
This win gave Pirates an unbeaten record in the Stuart Robertson Trophy (West Section),
but they lose out to North Ayr Wild for the qualifying spot in the final by dint of having an
inferior goal difference.
Pirates now have a double header weekend in prospect, travelling to Kilmarnock this
Saturday for their first league match before taking on Dundee Tigers at Braehead Arena on
Sunday, both matches facing off at 5.00pm.