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STEVIE Farrell has the luxury of an almost full strength squad to choose from for the visit of Airdrieonians.

Captain Steven Bell is the only expected absentee, having struggled with flu during the week.

That means a potential return for the sidelined trio of Grant Anderson, Tom Lang and David Barron.

All three were unused substitutes as Stranraer saw off Partick Thistle Colts with a 2-0 win in last Friday night's IRN-BRU Cup tie at Stair Park.

Farrell said: "I thought we played really well.

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"I thought it was a professional performance.

"It could possibly have been more, but it was a good result."

Ryan Wallace put the home side in front, before substitute Danny Stoney struck in stoppage time to confirm the Blues' progression to the third round.

The late goal was a fitting reward for the former Rangers striker, who fought his way back from long-term injury to earn a contract at Stair Park in the summer.

The manager said: "Danny's worked really hard in training, and he's been patient.

"He looked sharp, he looked lively and he's just getting fitter and stronger all the time."

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"He's becoming a real option for us, first and foremost for the bench at this moment in time, with Ryan Wallace scoring as much as he is in recent weeks up top.

"Danny's someone that we know can come on and have an impact, and he's getting closer and closer to having a real impact on the team."

Tuesday's third round draw delivered a mouthwatering tie against Dumbarton.

The Sons are managed, of course, by Farrell's long-time friend and management partner, former Blues boss Stevie Aitken.

The match is scheduled for the weekend of 7/8 October, and will mark the first competitive fixture to have pitted the former management team against each other.

As a former assistant manager at Dumbarton, Farrell spoke highly of the club and warned of the challenge ahead.

He said: "It was always destined to happen.

"Me and Stephen were due to come back to work against each other at some time.

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"It's a Championship club - an established Championship club - and it's a difficult draw from us away from home, but it's one we look forward to.

"We'll do our homework on Dumbarton, we'll have them watched.

"We'll do all the things possible to ensure that we go and try to win and get to the quarter finals of the cup."

With the cup taking a back seat for now, Stranraer return to league business tomorrow to face an Airdrie side in good form.

The North Lanarkshire side have sold star striker Andy Ryan to Dunfermline, and at time of writing are still without a manager.

However, a string of loan signings - including former Blues defender Luke Watt - have bolstered their squad.

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And wins over Albion Rovers and Alloa Athletic have marked tomorrow's visitors out as a team to watch.

Despite the Diamonds' resurgence, Farrell is confident that if his Stranraer team can extend their performances, they'll compete with anyone.

He said: "They (Airdrie) have picked up good results in recent weeks.

"But I think we've played well for parts of most games that we've played in, even against the full time clubs.

"We need to turn our 45, 50 minute games into 90 minutes.

"If we can do that, we'll compete with anybody in this league - I truly believe that."

Last meeting
Airdrieonians 3-1 Stranraer
Betfred Cup, Tuesday 18 July 2017

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STRANRAER fans would probably rather forget the last time they met Airdrie.

The Blues were on the front foot for much of the early going, with the Diamonds' first goal coming against the run of play.

After a swift counter attack, home striker Cammy Russell drilled a low left footed strike from the edge of the box into the bottom right hand corner, leaving Belford no chance.

Things got worse for the Blues custodian just after the hour mark, however.

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An off-the-ball clash between Andy Ryan and Belford saw the visiting keeper dismissed, and Ryan duly stepped up to slot past the barely warmed up substitute goalie Max Currie.

The contest was well and truly over just four minutes later. Airdrie's two previous goalscorers combined, as Ryan danced into the box and squared for Russell to tap home a third.

Scott Robertson, wearing the captain's armband for the evening, rose to power home a header from the right hand side of goal to give the travelling support a giimmer of hope.

But that was well and truly dashed after David Barron was dismissed for a second bookable offence after fouling Ryan on the edge of the box.

Airdrieonians: Ferguson, Stewart, MacDonald, Cairns, McIntosh, Conroy, Leighton, Fitzpatrick (Higgins 61), Brown, Ryan, Russell (McLaughlin 82).
Not used: Thomson, Kerr.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Barron, Lang, Dick, Turner (Currie 62), Hamill, Thomson, Woods (Anderson 80), Wallace, Okoh (Agnew 68).
Not used: Neill, Bell, Stoney, McGowan.

Last five meetings

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- 1-3 (Robertson) at Excelsior Stadium on 18 July 2017
- 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner; Ryan) at Stair Park on 15 April 2017
- 1-2 (Ryan; Malcolm and Thomson) at Excelsior Stadium on 4 March 2017
- 1-2 (Agnew; Brown and Ryan) at Stair Park on 24 December 2016
- 1-0 (Ryan) at Excelsior Stadium on 20 August 2016

Stranraer's last five games

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Partick Thistle Colts (H) 2-0 (Wallace and Stoney)
Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Wallace and Anderson)
Ayr United (H): 3-4 (Wallace and Thomson x2)
Clyde (A): 2-3 (Agnew (P), OG and Wallace)
Raith Rovers (A): 3-0

Airdrieonians' last five games

Alloa Athletic (H) 2-0 (Conroy (P), Hastie)
Albion Rovers (A) 2-1 (Tierney x2)
Queen of the South (A) 0-4
Arbroath (H) 1-1 (Ryan)
Forfar Athletic (A) 1-2 (Loudon)

Last time out

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Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Hamill, Thomson, Bell, Wallace (Stoney 82), Agnew (Okoh 77), Woods, Turner.
Not used: Currie, Barron, Anderson, Lang, McGowan.

Airdrieonians: Ferguson, Stewart, Trialist, McGregor, MacDonald, Conroy, Watt, Hastie, Fry (McIntosh 80), Trialist (Thomson 85), Tierney.
Not used: Brownlie, Edwards, Kerr, Cairns, Higgins.

Referee

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Match official Gavin Ross saw his fair share of the Blues last season.

Unfortunately, Stranraer failed to win any of the five games Ross officiated, with home defeats to Alloa, Queen's Park and Airdrieonians in 2016, a 1-1 draw with Queen's Park back in March, and a goalless draw away to Brechin in April.

Admission

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Entry prices are as follows:

Adult £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary School £5, Primary School FREE.

Coverage

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 7 19
2 Arbroath 7 13
3 Ayr United 7 13
4 Albion Rovers 7 12
5 East Fife 7 12
6 Stranraer 7 10
7 Alloa Athletic 7 8
8 Airdrieonians 7 7
9 Queen's Park 7 4
10 Forfar Athletic 7 3

Fixtures


00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 17 September 2017

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