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Scorers: Dumbarton - Barr (12), Stewart (65); Stranraer - Okoh (90+3)

DUMBARTON recorded their first win over Stranraer in 14 years to advance to the IRN-BRU Cup quarter finals, despite a strong second half showing from the Blues.

The meeting of former managerial partners Stevie Farrell and Stevie Aitken was the talking point before the game, but what ultimately played out was a largely forgettable contest.

Farrell was able to call upon Liam Dick after the left back passed a late fitness test, but injured striker Ryan Wallace watched on from the stands, with David Barron fit enough only for the bench.

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Ryan Thomson started up top, with Kyle Turner earning a starting place after impressing against Forfar.

Max Currie's patience was rewarded with a first start since Partick Thistle back in July, and he would be called into action early on as Calum Gallagher seized upon a mistake from Morgyn Neill to bring a two-footed stop from the Blues goalkeeper.

The deadlock was broken after twelve minutes, when former Raith defender Craig Barr swept a low shot past Currie to put the Championship side ahead.

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Greek midfielder Dimitris Froxylias had the opportunity to double Dumbarton's lead shortly after, but blazed over with the goalmouth at his mercy.

Having made a solid start, the Sons suffered a blow when keeper Scott Gallacher was forced off with an injury after only half an hour, meaning another second choice keeper would get his chance as Jamie Ewings entered the fold.

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The best chance for the Blues in what was a cagey opening period would fall to Neill, who headed just over the bar from Scott Agnew's inswinging corner kick, but it was a deserved lead for Dumbarton at half time.

Whatever Farrell said to his side in the changing room seemed to work, with the visitors beginning to creep into the game as the half wore on.

Grant Anderson rose to meet an inviting Scott Agnew cross at the back post on the hour mark, only for his header to fall safely into the keeper's hands.

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The winger was proving a threat for Stranraer, and almost put his side level with an opportunistic cross/shot from the left hand side which sailed past the right hand post.

But just when it looked like the Blues were on top, the hosts doubled their lead.

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Tom Walsh skipped past Jamie Hamill down the left hand side, and centred for Mark Stewart to power a header into the top right corner.

With a two-goal deficit the tie looked beyond Stranraer, but to the Blues' credit, they never gave up.

Anderson was determined to get on the scoresheet, and arrived at the near post to flick a header just wide from Hamill's pinpoint delivery, before dragging a shot past the post after some good work in the box.

Scott Robertson's header from a corner was off target as Stranraer pushed for a goal in the closing stages.

It took until the third minute of stoppage time for that goal to finally come.

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With the last kick of the game, Stephen Okoh was in the right place at the right time to poke home a consolation strike - his first for the club - as Dumbarton failed to deal with the corner.

Following the final whistle Sons manager Stevie Aitken was unhappy with his team, but took the time to praise his former club's second half performance, one which his opposite number will hope to build upon in the coming weeks.

Finally, a special mention for under 20s midfielder Cameron Elliott, who earned his first senior appearance for Stranraer with a late cameo in place of Paul Woods.

The Blues can now turn their attention to league business, and a meeting with Alloa Athletic at Stair Park on Saturday 14 October.

Dumbarton: Gallagher (Ewings 32), McLaughlin, Dowie, Wardrop, Barr, Wilson, Stewart (Roy 79), Walsh, Hutton, Froxylias, Gallagher (Nadé 58).
Not used: Smith, Johnston, Hill, Prior.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Agnew (Okoh 73), Anderson, Turner (Stoney 75), Thomson, Woods (Elliott 83).
Not used: Belford, Barron, Lang, McGowan.

Photo credit: Bill McCandlish, Sons TV

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 12 26
2 Raith Rovers 11 26
3 Alloa Athletic 13 21
4 Arbroath 13 20
5 East Fife 13 18
6 STRANRAER 12 17
7 Albion Rovers 13 16
8 Airdrieonians 13 15
9 Forfar Athletic 13 12
10 Queen's Park 13 8