PAISLEY Pirates swept aside pre-tournament favourites Murrayfield Racers 5-0 to make history as they picked up the SNL play-off title for the first time with their best performance of the season.

The Paisley side progressed to the final after a nerve-wracking 4-3 win over the Kirkcaldy Kestrels in the semi-finals on Saturday with Adam Walker and Daniel Abercrombie doubles enough to see off a spirited Kestrels side as Ian Turley’s men narrowly edged it after some late drama.

To the final on Sunday evening and up against a Racers side who went unbeaten in the regular season, the Pirates got off to a blistering start, opening the scoring after just four minutes thanks to Walker.

Martyn Guy doubled the Pirates’ lead 18 minutes in with a trademark finish with Turley’s side never letting that advantage slip.

The regular season champions were looking to fight back in the middle period, but the crucial next goal came up the other end as Abercrombie, a Racer at the start of the season, took great delight in increasing the lead in front of a shocked arena.

Pirates netminder Graeme Meechan and his defence remained solid at the back to keep the Racers at bay with Pirates ruthless up the other end once again, killing off any hopes of a fightback with Walker grabbing his second of the night and the Pirates’ fourth before Chris Turley made it 5-0 to round off a famous night for the Paisley side.

Delighted player/coach Adam Walker said: “It was a fantastic weekend. We knew coming into it we were peaking at the right time.

“History has been made at the club and we couldn’t have hoped to do it with a better bunch of guys.”

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