Stranraer 3-2 Albion Rovers

DSC 0003Scorers: Stranraer - Thomson (17, 45) and McGuigan (56); Albion Rovers - Stewart (60) and Willis (Pen 90)

CRAIG Thomson's first ever senior goals helped Stranraer make it three wins in a row at Stair Park.

The Blues came into the tie with wins against Peterhead and Dumbarton in their last two home ties but defeat against East Fife last time out.

Brian Reid made three changes from the trip to New Bayview with Frank McKeown and Scott Agnew dropping to the bench and Ryan Thomson missing out through injury.DSC 0005

That meant starts for David Barron at right back, with Scott Robertson moving into the centre of defence, Craig Thomson on the right wing and Giuliano Morena in the centre of midfield.

It would be Thomson who opened the scoring when he got on the end of Kyle Turner's defence-splitting pass and fired across goalkeeper Ross Stewart.

That looked being the only goal of the first half until Morena won the ball deep in his own half, which then saw Stranraer launch an attack.

Thomson collected the ball near the halfway line and outpaced the defence before slotting calmly past Stewart for the second time.
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Mark McGuigan then broke the offside trap to fire home against his old club before Albion came back into the game.

Ryan Wallace's low shot struck the post and fellow perfectly into the path of striker Ross Stewart, who tapped into the empty net.

The visitors then struck the post and bar before Paul Willis fired home a stoppage time penalty but there was no time for a remarkable comeback.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron (Watt 57), Bell, Morena (Agnew 80), Turner, Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm, McGuigan.
Not used: McKeown, McCloskey and Currie.

Albion Rovers: Ross Stewart, Reid, Turnbull (Archibald 81), Ferry (Gilmour 62), R Dunlop, M Dunlop, McBride, Boyd, Wallace, Willis, Ross Stewart.
Not used: Gilmour, Young, Lightbody, McManus, Archibald and Potts.

Referee: Kevin Graham
Attendance: 402
HT: 2-0

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