Stuart Wild's U20s side continued their impressive SPFL Development League West form with another two victories this past week.

Stranraer U20s 6-1 Albion Rovers U20s
Monday 20 November
Stair Park


The U20s completed the double over Rovers with a confident performance at a rain lashed Stair Park.

Despite the poor overhead conditions, the young Blues went in at half time 3-0 up.

Striker Jai Holland struck from inside the box from full back Fraser Burns' cross, before young McKenzie scored his 4th in 3 games following a rebound from a Holland strike, and Chris McGowan found the net from close range.

The second half continued on the same vein as the first, with the tiring Rovers reduced to 10 men through injury conceding a further 3 goals through Hamish McKinlay, Burns and a second glancing header from McGowan from a corner.

Rovers scored a consolation with just a few minutes to go through a Ryan Waters pile driver from 25 yards into the top right hand corner.

Stranraer: McLaren, Farrell, Simpson, Gray, Burns, McKenzie, McGowan, McKinley, Elliott, Holland, Scott.
Subs: McLaughlin, O’Neill, Baxter, Adair, C Scott.

Stranraer U20s 3-1 East Kilbride U20s
Sunday 26 November
New Tinto Park, Govan

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Stranraer U20s entertained EK looking to avenge a narrow 4-3 loss at K-Park earlier in the season and consolidate their 2nd place in Development League West.

Despite the chill in the air, conditions were perfect for football and it would be East Kilbride who started sharper, immediately pressing for the opening goal. However McLaren was rarely troubled as Blues defended well and looked to play out of defence to the dangerous Cameron Elliott on the left.

Stranraer possibly shaded it on chances with EK's young keeper Orr called upon to keep the scores blank at half time.

The second 45 minutes began with blues looking for the opening which came in 50 minutes as Elliott curled a free kick from the left into the far corner from 20 yards out.

Five minutes later the second arrived when Elliott's pinpoint cross from the right found Chis McGowan’s late run into the box to head home from 8 yards into the corner.

Even at 2-0 down, EK were not for giving up and replied shortly afterwards when a McLaren stopped a powerful Liam Craig drive only for it to fall to the lively Gavin Millar to score from close range.

However, Stranraer killed the game off after good work from McKinlay in the midfield allowed Holland to have a quick exchange of passes with McGowan, who confidently placed a shot beyond Orr into the bottom corner of the net.

Kilby continued to look dangerous on the counter attack, but a disciplined display from the Blues' rear guard meant the game finished with no further scoring.

Stranraer U20s return to league action against Queen's Park on Wednesday 6 December at Lesser Hampden with a 7.45pm kickoff, before a 11.45am start for the mouthwatering Youth Cup tie against Premiership side Motherwell at New Tinto Park on Sunday 10 December.

Stranraer: McLaren, Simpson, Mitchell, Gray, Burns, McKenzie, McGowan, McKinlay, Scott, Holland, Elliott.
Subs: McLaughlin, O’Neill, Farrell, Trialist.

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1 Arbroath 16 42
2 Raith Rovers 16 29
3 East Fife 16 23
4 Montrose 16 21
5 Forfar Athletic 16 21
6 Airdrieonians 16 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 16
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 16 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)