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Scorers: Wallace (33), Stoney (90+1)

STRANRAER booked their place in the IRN-BRU Cup 3rd round with a solid - if not spectacular - win over Partick Thistle Colts.

Stevie Farrell had stressed in midweek that the contest would not be taken lightly, and indeed only made one change from the side which drew at Hampden last week.

Grant Anderson occupied the bench after coming off injured against Queen's Park, and in his place was the returning Scott Agnew.

Despite the gulf in age and experience, the young visitors proved to be worthy opposition.

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But if this were a boxing contest, Stranraer would ultimately be the Floyd Mayweather to Thistle's Conor McGregor.
 
Where the young Jags were exuberant and energetic, the Blues dictated the tempo with patience and composure, and ultimately inflicted the killer blows to finish the contest.

Neil McLaughlin would have the young Jags' first chance of the evening, sweeping up a Jamie Hamill clearance and curling a strike just high and wide of the right hand post.

The returning Agnew was first to test visiting keeper Jamie Sneddon, who collected the midfielder's low shot from 15 yards.

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The Blues dominated possession in the opening period, and after a speculative effort from Hamill, Agnew would once again come close, his diving header spearing the ball just past the post from a Kyle Turner delivery.

Thistle were defending admirably, but a failure to clear the ball led to Stranraer's best chance of the opening half hour, as Liam Dick cut back to Ryan Wallace in a great position.

The striker managed to navigate his shot through the sea of bodies, but missed the target.

However, Wallace would make no mistake as Dick presented the striker with his next chance.

The in-form frontman clawed a low left footed shot under the keeper from close range to notch up his fourth goal in as many games.

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Paul Woods, on the other hand, is still looking for his first Stranraer goal since signing in the summer.

The former East Kilbride man displayed some tidy skill down the left hand side to create a goalscoring opportunity, only for his powerful strike to be turned away by the keeper.

Hamill had to be alert to block a Kevin Nisbet shot as the visitors looked for an equaliser, but Stranraer would maintain their slender lead going into the break.

Woods would start the second half as he ended the first, carving out a good opportunity and teeing it up for Wallace, whose shot was deflected over.

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Thistle were growing in confidence as the game reached the hour mark, and for a while a comeback looked like a distinct possibility.

The best chances for the youngsters fell to striker Kevin Nisbet, who twice fired over from the edge of the Stranraer box.

At the other end, Agnew was hesitant in front of goal, his eventual shot coming from too tight an angle to trouble the keeper.

Stranraer would have three penalty claims waved away in the second half, but it took a late substitute to finally wrap things up in the first minute of stoppage time.

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Danny Stoney was in the right place at the right time to score his first goal since returning in the summer, firing past the keeper at his near post from close range.

The result means the Blues are into the last 16, and can now sit back and watch the other 2nd round scores coming in across the weekend.

The 3rd round draw will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, and can be viewed live on the SPFL Facebook page.

Next Saturday, Stevie Farrell's men return to league business with a home game against Airdrieonians.

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

Partick Thistle Colts: Sneddon, Duncanson, Fleming, McCarthy, Penrice, Wilson, Lamont, Eadie (Granger 74), J Stokes (Fitzpatrick 65), Nisbet, McLaughlin.
Not used: Kerr, Higgins, I Stokes.

HT: 1-0
Referee: Steven Reid
Attendance: 228

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 9 22
2 Ayr United 9 17
3 Albion Rovers 9 15
4 East Fife 9 15
5 Arbroath 9 14
6 Stranraer 9 14
7 Airdrieonians 9 11
8 Alloa Athletic 9 9
9 Queen's Park 9 5
10 Forfar Athletic 9 5