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Pirates Sail Through LoneStriker Waters

Pirates set sail for Nacogdoches at 9am this morning for the somewhat unknown task of playing the Texas Lonestrikers.

With the 3pm kickoff slightly delayed, a long day just got longer and Pirate coach, Brendan Keyes, must have thought the luck of the Irish had deserted him come half time as the score was tied at nil nil despite his teams overwhelming attack upon the Lonestrikers goal area.

Fortunately, the players emerged for the second half with renewed envigour and midfielder, Luis Hernandez broke the deadlock with a strike from 15 yards that was met with as much relief as there was happiness of eventually scoring in such a one sided affair.

On a ground that was more akin to a ploughed field, the Pirates continued to try and play some nice passing football and it wasn't long before they added another with new signing Carlos grabbing the second of the match but the goals weren't finished as goal scorer supreme commander, Roy Hernandez (right) joined his brother on the scoring sheet with an absolute screamer of a goal from 30 yards out that could be heard whizzing through the air 2 states over.

The Galveston side will maybe rue missed chances on the night as they managed 27 shots at goal in the 90 minutes, with 15 of those on target. The three or four hundred watching fans had to endure 88 degree heat as well but had plenty to watch as all those shots peppered the home sides goal mouth and must have thought the net would never bulge.

The three goals however equals three points and sends them to the top of the table for the time being and hopefully somewhere they can stay as the season progresses.

Afterwards Coach Keyes (below left) spoke exclusively to us, informing us,"It's great to get the win which sees us top of the table. We know its early in the season but its feels great to be there. This was always going to be a tough match after last weeks results and we never underestimated the Lonestrikers for a second."

Talking about the amount of opportunities, "We had a barrowload of chances tonight and it took a while for us to score but once we did, the match winners were never in doubt. Their goalie was in inspired form and really kept us at bay and also kept the score to a respectable level."

Looking ahead he said "We now have a friendly on Thursday against Club America who have added another dimension to the league. Their first team squad play in a 100'000+ seater stadium so we have no illusions about their quality. However this upcoming match is a friendly and may give us a chance to give our squad players some playing time."

Pirate forward Felipe Escobedo (right) also commented before the journey home, saying,"The pitch was not great but we kept at it and got three in the back of the net. We now have a target on our backs, we are the team others want to beat and that can make us stronger. The better other teams play, the better we have to play and that will ultimately make us better players in the long run."

Its been a great start to this new season for the Pirate SC and with continued support, we hope to see them progress further as the season continues.

GO Go Pirates!

Pictures courtesy of TonySodaro.com

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