ABERDEEN LYNX captain Jordan Leyden admits his team are underdogs ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi final with Paisley Pirates – but on league position only.
Currently sixth place with one game left to play, Lynx host league runners-up Paisley Pirates for a place in the final where either Edinburgh Capitals or Dundee Tigers await.
And Leyden reckons his team reaching the final would be a huge achievement.
He said: “Going by league position, it’s fair to assume we would be underdogs for the game, but going by head to head then we’re pretty even.
“We’ve both beaten each other this year so I expect it to be a very exciting and tight contest with that cup final place at stake.
“With the way we started the season, it’s been a little disappointing in terms of how the league finished, but we can take a lot of positives from the campaign.
“We’ve been improving year after year and this season we have shown we can compete with anyone in the league.
“From where the club was, for us as a team to make the final would be a huge achievement for everyone involved but we know we’ve got a huge task ahead to make that happen.”
Although the mid-table finish can be seen as a disappointing to a season that promised a lot, off the ice, it’s fair to say Lynx have enjoyed some success off it.
Sell out crowds have been a real plus to the club and they’ll be looking for the same when Ian Turley brings his team to the North East.
However, despite the unusual face off time of 1.30pm on Sunday, meaning an early start for the Pirates, Leyden denied it gives his side an advantage.
He added: “I don’t think the face off time gives us an edge. But with the crowds we’ve been getting, a lot of travelling teams are relish the chance to play us in front of so many fans.
“Paisley will be disappointed at not being able to take the league title, but we’re just as hungry if not more for silverware. We’ve never been to a final and came just seconds away last year.
“The big crowds have been a massive help for us and gives us great incentive to go out and give a performance.
“The fans have been fantastic this year and for them to pay their hard earn money to come watch us, the least we can do is let them see their team in a cup final.”