Match Report Lynx V North Ayr Wild

Match report by Calum Main Aberdeen Evening Express. Original Article Here

A bumper crowd saw the Aberdeen Lynx demolish North Ayr Wild 9-0 this weekend.

Around 1,000 fans packed themselves into the Links Ice Arena for the Aberdeen side’s first home game of the year.

And despite the Lynx missing a number of experienced players, drafting in youngsters to fill the places, they were still utterly dominant.

After an even start, the homesters quickly found their form and began tearing the Wild apart.

Lewis McIntosh scores. Picture by Ferguson Photography.
Lewis McIntosh scores. Picture by Ferguson Photography.

Aaron Thomson opened the scoring, a touch of skill from Jordan Leyden made it 2-0 and Iain Malcolm grabbed his first of the night to make it 3-0 at the end of the first period.

Lewis McIntosh made it four, with Leyden and Malcolm both grabbing a second goal each to make it 6-0 at the end of the second.

Iain Malcolm completed his hat-trick 90 seconds into the third period for 7-0.

And Ross McIntosh, who had looked threatening all night, completed the rout, grabbing the final two goals, the first shorthanded.

Lynx coach Barry Carnegie said: “This game was important to get back to winning ways after the Paisley game.

“It was important to get some goals under our belt, but more important to keep a clean sheet at our own end.

“Results elsewhere this weekend have really set us up for an exciting finish to the season.”

Barry added: “We have four games left, all against tough opposition. If we can win them all we will deserve to be champions.”

Lynx youngsters Connor and Sean at the end of the game. Picture by Ferguson Photography.
Lynx youngsters Connor and Sean at the end of the game. Picture by Ferguson Photography.

And the inclusion of some of the younger players, including 16-year-old Sean Ledgard making his debut for the senior side, was important for coach Carnegie.

He said: “The nature of the game meant we could ice some of our Under-20s.

“This is great for the club and great experience for the players of the future.

“Macauley Armstrong and JJ Beattie showed the experience of the past two seasons meant they were unfazed by the sell-out crowd.

“Conner Gavin and Sean Ledgard impressed with their hard work when they got the opportunity and if they continue then it won’t be their last.”

Elsewhere in the Scottish National League, leaders Paisley Pirates suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Edinburgh Capitals.

The result means the Lynx are now just one point behind the Pirates.

The Aberdeen side have a two-week break in the league before facing off against the Kirkcaldy Kestrels on February 4.