paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates go into their Scottish National League match at North Ayr this Saturday (face off 6.30) boosted by their season’s best 14-1 win over Kilmarnock Storm, but with their coach in very cautious mood about their forthcoming trip to the seaside in Ardrossan.

“Yes, it’s a totally different proposition we’re facing this weekend, with all due respect to the boys at Kilmarnock,” commented coach Ian Turley.” North Ayr are probably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, they’ve been a totally different side since some of their more established players returned to them earlier in the season, and I reckon they will fancy their chances of beating us. Our home record remains at 100% after we took care of business against the Storm, but away from home we’ve struggled a bit and that’s a concern.”

“I think that the Wild start favourites for this game, and that’s not doing our players any disservice, it’s just that the hosts are playing very well at the moment, and just like we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone at the Braehead Arena just now, equally, they’ll be rating their chances of turning us over at the Auchenharvie Leisure Centre on Saturday night.”

“The league is very open this year and with Dundee Tigers turning over Edinburgh Capitals in Edinburgh on Sunday the title race is wide open with maybe five or six teams, the Wild and ourselves included, looking to be top of the pile at the end of it all. The North Ayrshire blokes have a couple of guys in their side who used to wear a Pirates’ top and, equally, we’ve got a few players who used to ice for the Wild, so there’s always a wee bit extra spice in the matches against each other. I know the North Ayr boys always enjoy a win against us, and we’ll be no less keen to win at the weekend, but we need to find the kind of form away from Braehead that has been missing so far this season.”

“It makes for an interesting and, I hope, very entertaining game at the weekend, and I’m hoping that our very vociferous fans will make the relatively short journey to Auchenharvie to cheer us on, in games like these, every single bit of support might be enough to tip the balance, so the more fans in the red, white and black we can hear cheering us on Saturday, the better I’ll like it!”


paisley pirates

paisley pirates

Paisley Pirates return to action after the festive break on Sunday (10 January) with a home league match against Kilmarnock Storm (face off 6.00pm).

“It will be good to get back into action after a couple of weeks off,” said coach Ian Turley. “Our last match was the 2-1 win against Dundee Comets just before Christmas, and while it was fine to get the feet up for a wee while and enjoy the festivities, it’s always nice to get back on the ice. We’ve got a busy spell of matches coming up, every one of them important, starting with the match against the Storm.”

“They’ve struggled a bit this season and lost a whole lot of players early on, but sometimes adversity brings a team closer together so we’ll not be preparing for this match any differently from any other fixture. Their coach, Myles Watson, is well known to Pirates’ fans as he skippered the last Paisley side to win the Scottish Cup in 2005, and he’s brought along a whole bunch of youngsters who are getting regular ice time, which will speed up their development no end. They’re going to break their duck against someone this season, so we’ll just have to be very sure that it’s not against us!”

“We’ve got difficult looking matches too for the rest of the month, as we have an away trip to face a vastly improved North Ayr side the following week before hosting Edinburgh Capitals, then at the end of the month we go to Elgin to face Moray Typhoons, a rink where we’ve sometimes struggled, so no match is a gimme, and in the time honoured tradition, using a well known cliché, we’ll be taking one game at a time. It’s a well used phrase, but it’s no less best practice as the only way to approach matches, so we’ll be looking to take care of business against the boys from Killie before we look ahead to the next match.”

paisley pirates

Paisley pirates

[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).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]