PIRATES HEAD NORTH
Paisley Pirates take to the road again this weekend as they make the long trip to Elgin where they will face the Moray Typhoons on league business, after a weekend which saw them overcoming North Ayrshire Wild 3-2 in Ardrossan to qualify 11-2 on aggregate for the Scottish Cup semi finals, the third year in succession that the club has made it to that stage in the competition.
Head Coach Ian Turley was in reflective mood after an eventful weekend which saw Pirates recover from a two goal deficit at the halfway point, to come back strongly and take the game by the odd goal in five. “I thought we had the bulk of the play and could have won by a lot more in the final analysis. Sometimes that can happen in games, you’re doing all you can do but you’re not getting the break of the puck, calls are maybe not going your way, and the opposition catches you with their odd foray into your zone. I was pretty confident that things would turn our way eventually and so it proved.”
“What was pleasing on Saturday was that we went two goals down and were able to bounce back. Sometimes it can be difficult to get motivated for such games knowing we had an 8-0 lead prior to the first puck drop. In a way we really just went through the motions and did what was needed to get through to the next round.”
“We’ll need a solid hard working performance coupled with our good team ethic, as the trip to Elgin on Saturday is potentially one of the most hazardous we’ll face in any season. They play on a rink which is very much smaller than our pad at Braehead Arena, and they play a type of hockey which suits them very well on that surface. We’ve found it difficult up there in recent years, and controversy has followed the fixture more than once. We have to apply ourselves for the full 60 minutes, and keep our concentration level at its peak, both individually and collectively, if we are to be successful.”