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MATCHWINNER Ross Lyon has had to wait a wee while to hear the crowd roar.

The teenager, on loan from Rangers, had made half a dozen substitute appearances since joining Stranraer at the beginning of January.

Put in from the start on Saturday, he came up with the only goal of the game against Alloa to end Stranraer's three-game losing streak.

Now, he is aiming to keep his spot in Stevie Farrell's starting lineup ahead of a visit to Airdrie this weekend.

He said: "I am just happy to get a start and get minutes on the clock.

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"Hopefully I have done enough to go and get a game next week as well.

"I was glad I could get the winner today.

"I just thought I would be positive.

"The gaffer spoke to me during the week about being positive and getting at players.

"So, that is what I have done, just got my shot away and it has gone in.

"It is all about getting the goal and getting the three points for the team."

Those three points come after a barren spell for the Blues.

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Stranraer picked up ten points from 12 after Lyon's arrival ahead of the tie with Queen's Park on January 6.

However, recent weeks had seen that form turned on its head with zero points from the last three games and 11 goals conceded with just two scored along the way.

Lyon was pleased to see that slump corrected and said: "It was good to get three points off the back of that week; it has been a difficult week."

The 19 year old has been part of the youth setup at Ibrox for more than a decade and reached the first team's bench on the final day of last season against St Johnstone.

He has also been part of the club's under 20s team and watched the progress of Wigtownshire's own Ryan Hardie.

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Saturday's start saw Lyon almost double the number of minutes he has been in a Stranraer shirt.

Now, with the season entering the final straight and the final quarter kicking off at the Excelsior Stadium this weekend, he is hoping to become a familiar fixture in the starting line-up.

He said: "It was massive to stop the rot.

"We had a good four games when I joined and then hit a wee bad spell.

"Hopefully, we will pick it up now.

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"It is a good team we have played in Alloa and we have gone and picked up three points.

"The second half was a bit of a battle but that is what we have got to go and do when we are 1-0 up.

"I understand if people are playing well and winning games - I understand the manager is going to keep the same team.

"I just need to keep working hard and hope I get in the team.

"I hope I have done enough to stay in."

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)