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Pirates recorded another big win as they eventually overcame North Ayr with ease after a few uncomfortable moments early on.

They were on the board in just over a minute as Bain was first to reach a rebound to flick the puck behind Beveridge, to give his side the lead. In spite of having the bulk of the pressure, however, Pirates were level in the 9th minute as the visitors pounced on a loose puck in their own zone to break away at speed and net through Davidson to give a scoreline which did not reflect the run of play. However, the home side continued to dominate in a somewhat scrappy affair and in the 16th minute as a bullet from Walker at the blue line flew beyond Beveridge into the top corner, restoring a lead which they never lost. Their superiority was reinforced within 30 seconds as Crute made it 3-1 going to the break, a lead which was perhaps more fitting with the run of the puck in the first stanza.


Crute continued where he had left off with a simple tap in on the resumption of play, and with the puck tending to head in the direction of the North Ayr goal, Henderson took his team’s tally to five four minutes later. Pirates were then obliged to play off several minor penalties which disrupted their momentum a little, but a quickfire double from Bain, netting his second, and Dobson within a minute at the latter end of the period was enough to take the game to 7-1, and even a late counter on the powerplay by Coubrough seconds before the end of the session was merely a consolation for the visitors.


With the destiny of the points already decided, Pirates continued to press in the final session, with Donaghy replacing Meechan in the home goal and Crute duly completed a treble in the 43rd minute. In spite of numerous chances Pirates were unable to cash in on their play until well into the latter stages when, ironically in the midst of playing off a double minor, they contrived to score THREE shorthanded goals in under two minutes as Thorp’s marker, and a double from Dobson, completing his hat trick in the process, took the final tally to eleven.


Pirates continue to rack up the goals, and the league points, and now look forward to the first of two trips in a week to Tayside as they take on the Tigers next Sunday.

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Paisley Pirates Wekend Preview

Paisley Pirates’ Head Coach Ian Turley declared “business as usual” following his team’s 11-1 win over Moray Typhoons, the two points from which resulted in his side leap frogging Aberdeen Lynx and move up to third place in the Scottish National League

“We scored another win, and that helps build up momentum, but at this time it’s critical that we keep our sensible hats on and continue doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I know some people are looking at the league table and saying “well, if they do this, and we do that, then this could happen,” but I can honestly say that is not the focus of attention for Adam Walker and myself, nor has it been, since the season commenced in September.”


“We said away back then that this year would be about performances, and that’s exactly how it’s been in training and games. With good performances you will normally get the rewards you deserve, play badly and you don’t. Conversely, we got away with two below par performances a few weeks ago against this Sunday’s opponents, North Ayrshire Wild, and that’s not to take away from the good display they put on, we just didn’t play to our standards.”


He continued, “Wild will be looking at their own performance in the second leg of that tie and thinking “we could cause an upset here” if the same conditions prevail, so it’s up to us to go out and prove we can play very well and put on a show for our supporters. We had a group in from a local Paisley cubs section in Paisley for the Moray game and they certainly made a lot of noise, and we’re still taking group bookings via paisleypirates@gmail.com if local leaders want to give their youth groups a good night out for not a lot of money. We’ve got quite a few games still to play at home this year so there’s still time if you want to get in touch with us and come along to support their local team, and see some of the very best local talent available on Sunday nights.”


Sunday’s match faces off at the usual time of 6.00pm

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Pirates took a while to find their form and finally build up a substantial lead to take with them to Auchenharvie Leisure Centre next Saturday for the second leg of their Scottish Cup Quarter final.

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In the first session the home side were finding it difficult to link their play as passes went astray and the normal fluency displayed in earlier home games was clearly missing. Indeed, their only goal of the period came through one of the rare times when their link up play came together, as Dobson rounded off a movement with team mates McGlaughlin and Sarginson to open the scoring.


Pirates continued to misplace passes in the middle session and were unable to convert a substantial period of 5 on 3 from the 27th minute into goals, but at the halfway point the tension was eased as Bain tipped in a shot from Hamilton to double the lead. It was Pirates’ turn to defend a 2 player disadvantage shortly thereafter and they did so with some fine saves from Meechan, outstanding defence coupled with no little luck, and an upright which saved the day with Meechan beaten They did, however, get another powerplay opportunity with three minutes of the session remaining and this time Dobson was on hand to poke home his second, and his side’s third, to give the scoreline a slightly more respectable look on the second buzzer.


The home side came out with a vengeance in the final session and within two minutes had added a fourth as Crute took a rebound to fire into an empty net. In spite of having most of the play, however, it wasn’t until the middle of the session that Bain netted number five, with McLaughlin then firing past an unsighted McGonigle within 30 seconds for the sixth goal. Pirates sensed blood now and got a shorthanded seventh as Thorp was first to a rebound to push home, and with under five minutes to go Dobson rounded off the scoring with a hat trick goal against his former side to make it 8-0 on the night, a scoreline that looked unlikely after the first, and maybe even the second, interval.


The two teams meet again in the second leg next Saturday, with Pirates looking to ease themselves into the Cup semifinal for the third successive season.

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Paisley Pirates head for the Ayrshire coast this Saturday

Paisley Pirates head for the Ayrshire coast this Saturday as they look to progress to the semi final of the Scottish Cup for a third successive season. They take with them an 8 goal advantage after a big win over North Ayrshire Wild last Sunday at Braehead Arena, but coach Ian Turley is taking nothing for granted.

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He said, “We’ve gone into every game with the same level of preparation and in that respect nothing will change for this weekend. It’s a very dangerous path to go down when you take your opponents for granted and it’s not something we’ve done at any time during my tenure here, so it will be the same for this game.”


“We really didn’t play to the standards set and expectations required to play for the club on Sunday night and we simply cannot afford to take them lightly for the return leg. It’s too easy to write off teams when you have a sizeable lead and then find yourself several goals behind, they’re then flying with all the momentum and you’re on the back foot, so as far as we’re concerned we start at 0-0 on Saturday and perform to a higher standard than we did on Sunday.”


“We’ll be taking a good travelling support for the game at Auchenharvie Leisure Centre and we won’t just turn up with the intention of going through the motions as we couldn’t possibly let them down like that. I know a lot of supporters battled through the weather on Sunday just to make sure they got to the game, with some leaving hours before the scheduled start, as buses and taxis went off the road, and we simply can’t let down support like that with an under par performance. Some of the supporters came to watch us on Sunday without knowing if or when they were going to get home and I fully intend that we repay that loyalty and support with a good display on the ice.”


“We will be looking for the players to put in the kind of performance which has been a feature of our play this season. We’ve been working on various aspects of our play in training and I think that attention to detail has been reflected in our general level of play on the ice.”


Face off on Sunday is at 6.30pm.

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Paisley Pirates fans rose to the occasion over the festive period as they donated a number of bags of new woollen articles such as hats and scarves to help make Christmas a little bit easier for a number of folk, and bring a little bit of cheer to what might otherwise have been a fairly bleak few weeks for them.


Marie Cadenhead, chairwoman of the Supporters Club, explained, “We were in conversation with Susan Niven from the Paisley Citadel just before Christmas, and what we did was put out an appeal to supporters to donate new woollen items to our collection which would take place during our match against Dundee Comets, our last match before the big day, on 17 December.”


“As usual, Pirates fans responded in numbers, to the extent that we were able to fill a number of bags with various winter woollens, which Susan, with our assistance, collected on the night, and these, in turn were distributed by the Salvation Army’s Glasgow pastors for distribution to needy individuals and families in the area over the festive period. It says a lot for our supporters that they were able to respond so quickly, and in such numbers, to the most worthy of good causes, and I know the Salvation Army is very grateful for the generosity shown by the supporters. Considering we didn’t really give them an awful lot of time, the response was pretty amazing and it just goes to show how people will happily donate to worthwhile causes when they’re asked.”

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Paisley Pirates received a welcome boost at the end of the old year as netminder Graeme
Meechan was called up by the Elite League side Edinburgh Capitals to provide cover for
them when they took on the Belfast Giants on the last Friday of 2017.

“It’s not uncommon for an Elite League side to look for cover if one of their regular
netminders picks up a knock, or takes ill, or, in fact is going to miss out on a match for any
reason at all,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “In this instance, as we always are, we were
delighted to help out a fellow Scottish club and the Caps were extremely grateful to both
ourselves and Graeme for getting them out a tight spot. We’ve already done the same favour
for the Braehead Clan this year when we allowed them to borrow John Russell, another of
our netminders, when they were shorthanded.”

He continued, “It’s great experience for our boys to get this kind of exposure at the top level
of the sport, whether or not they actually get to ice, and it’s another boost for all of the
players at the club to see team mates getting the call. We may be a younger side this year,
but our guys all have ambition to play at the highest level possible and a wee boost like this
does them absolutely no harm at all. I can’t actually imagine any such request for a Pirates’
player being turned away, as we’re all about developing the natural talent that these guys
have so a chance for them to see first hand what it’s about at a higher level is one that we’d
always want them to take.”

“Graeme has only been with the squad for a couple of seasons and his progress has been
remarkable, coming from a position where he was a raw teenager and understudy, to being
an established netminder and recognised as one of the best in the league. We’re very lucky
to have two goalies of the quality of Graeme and John at the club, not to mention young
Callum Donaghy, and the fact that that the Elite League teams have also noticed the talent
we have in that position only illustrates that fact.”

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Paisley Pirates supporters are well used to seeing youngsters circle the ice before each home game, but prior to their match against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, one extraordinary skater brought special smiles to their faces, and set the tone for what turned out to be one of the best matches seen at Braehead Arena this season, as the Pirates and Comets fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Honours even in a hard fought 3-3 draw between Paisley Pirates and dundee Comets, in what was indeed a Christmas SNL cracker
on ,17 December , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Pirates secretary Jackie Turley explained, “We don’t have our own junior teams because of the unavailability of suitable ice time for the kids, but we have an arrangement with Lanarkshire Lightning, the nearest junior ice hockey club, whereby they send along two of their players from their various squads to act as mascots for us, and lead the Pirates onto the ice before doing a lap of the ice. The crowd loves to see the kids, it puts a smile on their faces, and it gives a big thrill to the kids who get the chance to skate in front of several hundred spectators, usually including very proud parents and other relatives. Our ace photographer Al Goold also captures them on camera so all in all it’s quite a memorable night for the kids, and the supporters love it.”


“In the halcyon days at the Lagoon, there were about 150 kids from a very young age, up to maybe 19, playing for the various under age teams in Paisley, and while that’s not possible at the present time, we want to be able to form partnerships with other clubs which help encourage youngsters to take up the sport, and we know from experience that there are a number of kindred spirits in this respect within Lanarkshire Lightning.”


She went on, “At the Dundee match, we had 4 year old Eilidh McGuire out with one of the Pirates’ flags and leading the team out and she really took a trick with the larger than usual crowd we had in. She was hardly the height of nonsense, and when she skated her wee legs were going like pistons as she went round the Arena, but boy, the crowd took to her big time and she got a huge cheer when she came off the ice with her team mate Rory Somerville.”


“Lanarkshire Lightning have amongst their coaching staff current and former Pirates in the persons of Warren Crawford, Colin McMillan and Robert Henderson, and we’re absolutely delighted to have an arrangement with the club that allows us to encourage supporters to take an interest in junior ice hockey, while giving youngsters the comparative thrill of skating in front of probably the biggest crowd they will get the chance of skating in front of at their tender age.. We might not get the same thrill out of it as the kids obviously do, but we’re certainly pleased to give the kids a thrill that they maybe won’t get for a few years to come.”


“Maybe someday a match between the Lightning and Paisley Pirates juniors will become a reality, but in the meantime we’ll be more than happy to keep working with the Lightning to give these young kids an experience they’ll remember for a long time.”

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Pirates served up the proverbial Christmas cracker with a highly entertaining match against their Tayside rivals which saw the goals, and honours, shared after an encounter which could have gone either way right up until the final hooter.

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The home side got off to a wonderful start and were two goals up after only three minutes, as Walker fired past Michie to open the scoring, then only twenty seconds later set up team mate Dobson to double the advantage. The smooth skating visitors began to find their feet and got back into the game only three minutes later as arch nemesis John Dolan pulled his side to within a goal with a snap shot. In spite of the remainder of the period being goalless, both keepers were called into action on numerous occasions, Pirates coming closest to regaining their two goal lead near the end of the session when a Henderson shot rebounded off a post, but they nevertheless went into the first interval with a 2-1 advantage.


Both teams continued to go for the jugular in the second session and as the penalty count mounted either side had periods on the ascendancy when they were at a numerical advantage. Pirates thought they would enjoy five minutes of superior numbers when Comets’ Phillips was thrown out for spearing after 26 minutes, but they immediately incurred referee  Allsopp‘s wrath several times over and were actually shorthanded for almost the full five minutes. It was something of a surprise that there was only one goal scored in the period, when Dundee’s import Beca rounded off a smart move to tie the scores at 2-2, and while Pirates did strike a post for a second time, they were unable to find a way past Michie, thus setting the game up nicely for a nailbiting final 20 minutes.


The final session was similar to the preceding two sessions with both teams going for the go ahead goal, and it came after 45 minutes when player/coach Adam Walker scored his second goal of the night on the powerplay to put the home side ahead again. Their lead only lasted three minutes, however, as with Comets now having a numerical advantage McNicol smashed an unsaveable blue liner past Russell to tie the scores again. Pirates responded immediately and Walker was denied his hat trick by the width of the post within seconds, but with both netmnders pulling out all the stops in the last ten minutes the score remained at 3-3 until the end of play..


Pirates will be well pleased with the way their young side stood up to a vastly more experienced Comets team and showed they could compete with the best in the Scottish National League. They now travel to Kirkcaldy this coming Saturday for another difficult contest, before returning to Braehead on SATURDAY January 6 to cross swords with Aberdeen Lynx, face off being at the slightly earlier time of 5.00pm.

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Paisley Pirates’ head coach Ian Turley reflected on another successful weekend before looking forward to the prospect of perhaps their toughest home match of the season on Sunday, when they take on the in-form Dundee Comets (face off 6.00pm).

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“We put together another hard working display against the Thunder, and we got the rewards which the hard work has produced so far this year,” he commented. “Sure, most folk were expecting us to win comfortably, and we did, but Adam and I like to think that with that expectation is one which says that the Paisley Pirates are and will continue to be a hard working side, and we both believe that when you work hard you will get the benefit of that effort in the form of good results.”


“Once again, the goals are coming from all areas of the team, and not just one or two players, so that makes us a difficult proposition for most teams as marking one or two identified “danger men” is not going to work, as we’ve got plenty of other guys able to chip in for the team effort.”


He went on, “I know that we’ve had a lot of big home wins this year, and that can be less than invigorating if you’re a home supporter wanting to see your team win, but not necessarily by the kind of scores we’ve been chalking up so far. Well, I think I can promise fans that our next game, against Dundee Comets this Sunday, will be the veritable Christmas Cracker. Our encounters against them have always been amongst the most entertaining fixtures of the season, and I would certainly be saying to supporters that if they pick and choose their home games, this is one that they don’t dare miss! The Comets are one of the form teams this season, like they usually are, and they’ll be fancying turning us over in our home rink.”


“I’ll simply remind everyone that the Comets stopped us from picking up the treble last year, as while we won the SNL, they beat us in the final of both the Scottish Cup and the playoffs, when they were coached by no less than Adam Walker.”


“We’re advising supporters to give themselves more time than usual to get to the Arena, as apart from the fact we’re expecting a big crowd, it’s also the penultimate Sunday before Christmas, so parking may be a little more of an adventure than usual.”

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Paisley Pirates may be in opposition to the Dundee Comets in a Scottish National League
match this Sunday at Braehead Arena (face off 6.00pm), but off the ice their Supporters Club
are teaming up with the Salvation Army to bring some festive cheer to members of the local
community over the holiday period.

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Club Chairwoman Marie Cadenhead explained, “Christmas is a very happy time for so many
people, but there are those who are less well off and for them the time of year is just another
challenge for them to overcome.

We’ve been in touch with the Salvation Army and we’re
asking supporters attending our game on Sunday night to bring with them new or unused
items of woollen clothing, like gloves, hats, scarves, etc which we can pass on to a
representative of the Salvation Army who will be there at the match.”

“As we’ve seen already this winter, it can be a very cold time of the year and we’re looking
for any unused items of woollen clothing which will be a boon for anyone unable to get these
for themselves. A new hat, scarf or pair of gloves might not seem a lot for a person if they
already have them, but if you don’t have them, and the cold weather is causing you
problems, it can make all the difference in the world. We’re happy to take items of any size,
we just ask that they’re not worn or second hand.”.

She went on, “Our fans have supported previous festive appeals in the past, so there’s no
reason to suggest they won’t give as generously as they have done before.

Our club, the Paisley Pirates, receives so much support from the local community every year, so we’re
delighted to be able to reciprocate in return, and we know our supporters will take this
opportunity to say a small “thank you” for that backing.”