QP 20170311 006Scorers: Stranraer - Malcolm (76); Queen's Park - Millen (Pen 32)

A DETERMINED Stranraer made it a magnificent seven after coming from behind to clinch a point against Queen's Park.

The Blues were far from their best for much of the 90 minutes but kept their unbeaten run going and edged one point further clear of the relegation spot.

Stevie Farrell was forced to shuffle his pack with Morgyn Neill and Liam Dick sitting on the sidelines suspended.

That meant a recall for Craig Pettigrew while Michael Donald slotted in at left back and Kyle Turner came into the midfield.
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Farrell was forced to rejig his lineup further when Donald was forced off in the opening ten minutes and David Wilson was given an early introduction.

It was an opening period of few chances with Scott Agnew firing wide with a curling effort and Scott Robertson whipping in two teasing crosses, which found no takers.
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The first real chance for the visitors fell to the feet of Dario Zanatta. The on-loan striker, who scored last time out at Stair Park, caught out the home defence but could then only blast his shot against the legs of Cameron Belford.

Queen's Park did break the deadlock moments later though when David Galt was caught by the trailing leg of Blues defender David Barron. There was little complaint from the home side and Ross Millen thumped home from the penalty spot.

The scores could have been level at the break as Craig Malcolm linked up with Turner but William Muir punched the young midfielder's shot over the bar.

A second half fightback was expected but failed to truly materialise as the Spiders held their opponents at arms length.

Stranraer were huffing and puffing with little success and Farrell attempted to mix it up further by going three at the back and introducing Amadou Kassarate and Mark McGuigan.

The bold changes paid off with 15 minutes left when Stranraer found their leveller.
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McGuigan found space on the edge of the box and rolled the ball to Gibson, who did well to scoop the ball to the back post for Malcolm to volley home from close range.

The equaliser gave the hosts a lift, and their attempts to turn the game on its head were boosted further when the visitors were reduced to ten men after Adam Cummins brought down McGuigan.

Unfortunately, it came a little too late for Stranraer to take any real advantage and, in the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
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Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Barron, Donald (Wilson 10), Pettigrew, Bell (McGuigan 69), Thomson, Agnew, Turner (Kassarate 61), Gibson, Malcolm.
Not used: Maley, Morena, Kemp and Currie.

Queen's Park: Muir, Millen (McIlduff 57), Wharton, McKernon, McGeever, Cummins, McVey, Brady, Zanatta, Galt (MacPherson 77), Burns.
Not used: Docherty, Brown, Mortimer, Foy.

Referee: Gavin Ross
Attendance: 434
HT: 0-1
Stranraer Man of the Match: Scott Robertson
Match images: Glenn Coulter LBIPP

Post match interview

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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)