Paisley Pirates have given themselves a great chance of reaching the play-off finals for the fifth consecutive season after coming away from Dundee with a six goal advantage ahead of the second leg this Sunday at Braehead Arena.

The Pirates lined up against the Dundee Tigers for their first round clash on Saturday and got off on the front foot from the opening whistle to take the lead just three minutes in after Spiers fed it to Adam Walker with the latter converting with ease.

The Tigers did well to temporarily haul them back, however, after Tony Malone got the better of Pirates netminder Graeme Meechan to level the tie.

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A three goal burst at the midway point of the opening period got things back on track for the visitors with Martyn Guy getting on the scoreboard before Walker went on to complete his quickfire hat-trick after just 12 minutes of play to open up a three goal advantage at the first interval.

Ian Turley’s men continued to enjoy the majority of possession and play in the second period before adding to their tally on the 27th minute as Walker grabbed his fourth goal of the night, slotting past Craig Mallinson after being left open.

The visitors continued to look the dominant force in the third period and made it six thanks to Calum Henderson before they well and truly put the tie to bed after Sami Harju added the seventh with six minutes remaining.

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The second leg, the Pirates’ final home appearance of the season, takes place this Sunday at Braehead Area. Face-off 5pm.

Player/coach Walker commented: “It wasn’t an easy game to play in despite the score. They did as much as they could to stop us playing but we were able to work hard and find a way through.”