PAISLEY Pirates were outclassed at the weekend as they fell to a 7-1 defeat to defending champions Dundee Comets.

In a match in which the hosts started in some style but failed to maintain it for over the course of the 60 minutes, the Pirates were well beaten by an in-form Comets side.

The Renfrewshire side opened brightly and took a deserved lead after five minutes when Karol Divok linked up well with Martin Guy and Dean Hamilton to finish well.

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Pirates did have further chances to extend their lead but they were unable to put any away and found themselves pegged back after Robbie Hill wrong-footed the keeper.

Comets were now well in it and troubling the home side every time they ventured forward and they went in front with seconds of the first period remaining thanks to a bullet effort from distance.

Pirates continued to push for a leveller in the second period but they were struggling to break down a good Comets side who added to their lead moments later.

The writing was on the wall for the Pirates when the visitors went in at the end of the middle period 5-1 up.

The Dundee side remained the more dangerous in the final period but Callum Donaghy replaced Graeme Meechan in goal and did well to prevent the scoreline creeping any higher.

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However, the sub keeper was helpless as the Comets added two late goals in the final minute to finish the rout.

Pirates now face another difficult task this Saturday as they travel to take on Kirkcaldy Kestrels. Face-off 7pm.