Houston stars as Solway Sharks U20 roar back against Murrayfield

It’s been a busy start to the season for Solway Sharks Juniors, with teams in three age groups icing over the opening week of the campaign.

The U20 side kicked things off with a hard-fought 8-6 victory over Murrayfield – Lewis Houston was the star of the show with four goals.

Coach Jamie Kerr said: “First games are always tough and a potential banana skin. We took a bit longer than we wanted in adapting to our new line-mates and getting used to some of the new rules.

“That saw us play large phases of the game short-handed, with an odd powerplay working to our advantage.

“At 4-3 down after two periods, we were a bit frustrated at being behind having outshot Edinburgh 29-15 at that point – we knew it was just a case of finding the net with a good couple of shots.

“The team showed amazing character to come back in the final 20 minutes by firing in five goals and picking up a deserved opening two points. We have things to work on, but definitely demonstrated the character to show that we will get even better.

“We don’t have much time to tweak things, but hopefully a battling and further improved performance will be evident when we visit Kilmarnock in our next game.”

The newly reformed U14 team faced strong opposition when they welcomed Dundee to Dumfries Ice Bowl for their season opener.

The young Sharks produced a spirited display, eventually losing 11-3 – Kyle Carruth (2) and Bailey Thomson got the goals.

Coach Gary Carruth said: “The scoreline did not reflect the performance of the team. This is a new and very young group of players, and it will take a few more games for them to gel.

“Despite the score there were lots of positives to take from the game as we head off to face Belfast this weekend.”

The U16 side also faced their counterparts from Dundee, but they were overwhelmed by a strong performance from the visitors. Scott Rae grabbed Solway’s consolation goal.

“Against last year’s and potentially this year’s champions this was always going to be a tough first game.

“Again we have a very new and young team, but we skated hard until the final buzzer and showed lots of character, and that’s what we are looking for.”