TURLEY VOWS: “WE’LL BE READY!”
Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley has promised his team will be ready for the Scottish Cup Final on 22 April, after suffering the anguish of a narrow one goal defeat in the playoff final last Sunday to Dundee Comets, against whom they will line up again for the final piece of silverware this season, Pirates being the current holders of the trophy after beating Edinburgh Capitals in last year’s final.
“I’d like to congratulate Adam Walker, his coaching staff and players on their win, I think both teams put on a terrific show in the playoff final and it shows that SNL ice hockey can be both of a high standard and entertaining,” Turley said. “Of course, I’m very disappointed with the result, the whole club is down a bit, and I’d be lying if I said that our players aren’t hurting. I have a group of very passionate individuals who have the utmost respect for what the Pirates are about and who are willing to do exactly as I ask, so it’s up to me to pick them up now.”
“That was only our second loss of the season and on both occasions it’s been by the odd goal, which shows that we’ve always competed in every game we’ve played. One defeat against a very good outfit doesn’t suddenly mean we’ve gone back the way, and I’ll be reminding the boys that a year ago at this time we were hurting badly after losing to Aberdeen, also the eventual winners, in the playoffs, and then we picked ourselves up and went out to give possibly our best performance of the season against the Capitals. I also remember the sheer joy of the players, and the delight of the supporters, when we won, and as these opportunities don’t necessarily come along every year it’s important to grab them when they do.”
He went on, “I’ve got a fantastic squad of players who’ve already won the league this season, and I’m backing them to up their game again when we go in against the Comets on the 22nd. We’ve come a long way with this squad, it’s already been a good year for us by winning the league, so our target now is to make it an exceptional one by retaining the Scottish Cup against a team who will now be regarded as the favourites, seeing as they won, in the playoffs. This is our last shot at glory for this season, and I’ve every confidence that this squad will collectively grab it with both hands!”
Face off for the Scottish Cup Final at Kirkcaldy Ice Rink is at 5.30pm.