Edinburgh Capitals’ SNL team secure league title

Scott Neil has helped guide the Edinburgh Capitals' SNL team to glory. Pic: Jane Barlow
Scott Neil has helped guide the Edinburgh Capitals' SNL team to glory. Pic: Jane Barlow
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Edinburgh Capitals fans finally had something to cheer as the Scottish National League side won their first league title in more than ten years with a 12-0 victory over Kilmarnock Storm at Murrayfield last night.

The Caps’ reserve team, run by Scott Neil, had to win by three goals to secure the trophy on goal difference from Kirkcaldy Kestrels, as over 800 fans turned out to watch them comfortably reach their target.

Defenceman David Beatson, who was also part of their last league success in 2001, said: “It means everything to us.

“After our defeat to North Ayr a few weeks back everybody thought we had lost it because we had something like 30 goals to make up, so to pull it off is just fantastic.

“The SNL is a cracking league, the top four teams – North Ayr, Kirkcaldy, Dundee Comets and ourselves – are all very evenly matched, and it’s a great league to play in.”

And a delighted Beatson, who this year has split his time between the Caps SNL and Elite teams, warned there could be more to come as they look to repeat last season’s Scottish Cup success: “We have a semi-final against North Ayr in the cup and we have two games, home and away against Elgin in the quarter-finals of the play-off’s to look forward to.

“Signing for the Elite League team this season for guys like Sean (Beattie), Jay (King), Joel (Gautschi) and me has been really good. All the extra training has been amazing. There’s no substitute for ice time, it’s brought my game on no-end and that’s hopefully filtered down to my performances in the SNL team.”