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Scorers: Trialist #9 (7, 55), Trialist #11 (24), Anderson (76, 78)

STRANRAER's pre-season adventures began in style with a comprehensive win over Northern Irish neighbours Larne.

Stevie Farrell took the opportunity to run the rule over three unknown trialists in his starting lineup, with one striker from England and two left-sided Scottish free agents looking to impress.

Former Hearts and Kilmarnock defender Jamie Hamill made his debut at right back, with fellow new recruits Grant Anderson, Tom Lang, Paul Woods and Ryan Wallace looking to make an impact from the bench.

In front of a healthy home crowd, the Blues - wearing their new Stena-inspired yellow and blue away kit - never looked in danger of defeat.

It didn't take long for the breakthrough to arrive.

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With just 7 minutes on the clock, Kyle Turner's curling corner was met at the near post by the trialist striker, who evaded the attention of the Larne defence to head past the helpless Ryan Fleming.

He wasn't the only presence in the box, however.

Blues defender Morgyn Neill, now a permanent fixture after a loan spell from Livingston last season, had the opportunity to make it two with a free header from another Turner cross, but his powerful effort soared over the bar.

Larne had their best chance of the half as Aidan Smith found Samy Sahali behind the Blues backline with a tidy sliderule pass, but the forward could only shoot straight at home custodian Cameron Belford.

It would be another trialist - an experienced Scottish winger - who added his name (or not, as the case may be) to the scoresheet with his third attempt on goal.

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And if you're going to make a name for yourself, an audacious half-volley into the top corner from distance isn't a bad way to do it.

Despite missing a few opportunities as the half drew to a close, Stranraer went into the break with a comfortable advantage and looked good on their lead.

Farrell made six changes for the second period. Off went Barron, Thomson, Turner, Kemp and two of the trialists, and on came Anderson, Wallace, Agnew, Dick, Lang and Robertson.

Belford was finally forced into action early into the second half, producing an impressive double save to deny the visitors a goal.

But ten minutes in, a clever move from the home side would put the game well and truly out of sight.

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A quick free kick from Bell took the Larne defence by surprise, and Dick's cross was converted at the second attempt by the trialist striker with a tidy bottom-corner finish to make it 3-0.

With Stranraer cruising, the manager introduced debutant Paul Woods, but it would be another new boy who had the last word.

Bell was the architect again with a perfectly placed long ball to Anderson, and with the visiting keeper in no man's land, he volleyed home his very first goal for the club.

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It took the former Raith Rovers man just 2 minutes to score his second - an outstanding left-footed strike from the right hand side of the box into the top corner to make it 5-0.

As if there wasn't already enough to smile about for home supporters, young local keeper Craig Burns was introduced for a 15-minute cameo, helping to secure a clean sheet.

And, only two good saves prevented Scott Agnew from making it six in the dying moments.

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The next home friendly against FC Twente on 8 July will be a different contest entirely, but this was undoubtedly Stranraer's day.

Stranraer: Belford (Burns 75), Hamill, Trialist #3 (Dick 45), Barron (Lang 45), Neill, Thomson (Robertson 45), Bell, Turner (Anderson 45), Trialist #11 (Wallace 45), Kemp (Agnew 45), Trialist #9 (Woods 60).

Larne: Fleming, Nguessan, McLaren, Guendouze, Tumama, Tolan, Henry, Fromanger, Sahali, Smith, Chisanga.
Subs: McConnell, Woods, Copes, Awosanya.

Watch the goals

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 16 38
2 Raith Rovers 14 32
3 Alloa Athletic 16 24
4 Arbroath 15 23
5 East Fife 16 22
6 STRANRAER 14 21
7 Airdrieonians 15 18
8 Albion Rovers 14 16
9 Forfar Athletic 16 12
10 Queen's Park 16 11

Updated 9/12/17 at 10pm