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Scorers: Forfar - Aitken (2, 6), Dingwall (24), Hurst (29), Easton (72); Stranraer - Woods (89)
STRANRAER were put to the sword by a ruthless Forfar at Station Park.

The Blues didn't have a chance to catch their breath as the hosts took the initiative with two goals in quick succession, and never looked back.

Stevie Farrell made 4 changes from the side which lost to East Fife a fortnight earlier, with Ryan Thomson, David Barron and Grant Anderson returning to the lineup in place of Scott Agnew, Chris McGowan and Paul Woods.

Making his debut down the right hand side was St Mirren loanee Cameron MacPherson, but the youngster wouldn't have much chance to make an impact as the hosts ran riot in the first half.

Matthew Aitken was off the mark within the first two minutes after sustained pressure from the hosts right from the word go.

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The Forfar man drove a low strike through a sea of legs into the bottom right corner to give the Loons a dream start.

Unfortunately things would go from bad to worse for the Blues, as Aitken was on hand again at the back post to convert a well-placed cross, with Max Currie only able to paw the shot into his own net.

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With the visitors struggling with every long ball, the third goal seemed inevitable at this point, and when Hilson raced clear of David Barron it was only the crossbar which denied the former Queen of the South man from increasing the deficit as he rattled the woodwork from 20 yards.

If there could have been a turning point for Stranraer, it looked like falling to Angus Beith.

Stephen Okoh produced a promising delivery from the right hand side, and Anderson rose highest to nod it down into the path of the prolific midfielder.

Unfortunately for Beith, he couldn't keep his shot down on the volley and scooped it over the bar from close range.

With the Blues unable to find a way back into the game, Forfar would increase their lead on 24 minutes.

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Ross County loan striker Russell Dingwall would make no mistake with a tidy finish past Currie.

The game looked out of sight at 3-0, but the hosts killed things off just a few minutes later as Greg Hurst found himself with only a simple finish to make to round off a swift attacking move, after another long ball over the top.

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With the scoreline now comfortable for Forfar, Stranraer finally started to create a few chances, as Kyle Turner tested home keeper Marc McCallum with a couple of efforts in and around the box.

Dylan Easton put a shot wide for the hosts, before Thomson had a header saved and Anderson headed over from close range.

4-0 down at the break, Stevie Farrell took the opportunity to freshen things up, with Paul Woods, Dylan Dykes and Dean Hawkshaw replacing MacPherson, Barron and Okoh.

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As the Blues went with a 3-man defence, Anderson was moved into a forward role, and he combined well with substitute Hawkshaw, only to fire over the bar after good work from the young Kilmarnock loanee.

Currie was keeping the visitors in the game with some good saves, whilst at the other end, Anderson returned the favour for Hawkshaw to bring a save from home keeper McCallum.

But there would be another sting in the tail from Jim Weir's side with less than 20 minutes to play.

Currie's kick was intercepted, and another sweeping counter was rounded off by a clinical finish into the bottom left corner from Easton to make it 5-0.

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Just when it looked like the travelling fans would have nothing to cheer, up stepped Paul Woods.

The substitute's speculative strike from just over 20 yards took a wicked deflection, and completely deceived the goalkeeper to give the Blues the goal the goal their second half endeavours probably deserved.

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That aside, it was a miserable afternoon for Stranraer, who remain in 5th place in League 1 but credit must go to Forfar, who rose from the relegation places into 8th.

Stevie Farrell and his team will be looking to Tuesday night's game at home to Arbroath as the perfect opportunity to put this result behind them.

Stranraer: Currie. Robertson, Barron (Woods 45), Neill, Hamill, MacPherson (Dykes 45), Anderson, Turner, Beith, Thomson, Okoh (Hawkshaw 45).
Not used: McLaren, Agnew, McGowan, Lyon.
Forfar Athletic: McCallum, Bain, MacKintosh, Malone, Whyte, Millar, Hurst (McBride 83), Dingwall, Aitken, Hilson (Peters 80), Easton (MacIver 77).
Not used: McNaughton, Starkey, Allan, Adam.

Referee: Gavin Ross
Attendance: 428
HT: 4-0

SPFL 3L1 6474

Team Pld
1 Raith Rovers 29 58
2 Ayr United 27 57
3 Arbroath 27 45
4 Alloa Athletic 28 45
5 East Fife 29 39
7 Airdrieonians 28 35
8 Forfar Athletic 29
9 Albion Rovers 27 27
10 Queen's Park 29 23

Updated 13/3/18 at 10pm