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Scorers: Queen's Park - Donnelly (80) and Cummins (Pen 90+2); Stranraer - Beith (76) and Turner (90)

A STOPPAGE time penalty denied Stranraer all three points with the spoils shared at Hampden Park.

The Blues looked to have wrapped up all three points with just seconds remaining when Kyle Turner scored.

But, for the second time this season, the home side would level matters at the very end to rescue a point.

Stevie Farrell made two changes from the side that had lost to Ayr United on Tuesday.

Captain Steven Bell had joined the Somerset Park side, with Scott Robertson taking the captain's armband.

Ex-Spider Paul Woods dropped to the bench, which meant a first start for Cameron Elliott, with Stephen Okoh starting up front and Ryan Thomson taking on a deeper role in the midfield.

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The visitors started the game well with Okoh pressuring the Queen's Park defence into a mistake in the first five minutes.

The ball fell to Turner, who played it through to Angus Beith but his effort from inside the box was straight at Michael White.

Moments later and Stranraer came even closer to taking the lead.

Grant Anderson's low cross was inch perfect for Turner, who side-footed the ball across White, only to see it bounce off the base of the left post.

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The rebound came back to Elliott but his follow up was blocked in a crowded six yard box by Sean Burns.

That's not to say it was one-way traffic and the woodwork came to Stranraer's rescue midway through the first half.

Ciaran Summers found room down the left flank and his cross was met by Conor McVey, who saw his header come back off the crossbar.

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The Spiders were finishing the first half the stronger with Robbie Leitch setting up Luke Donnelly just on the half time whistle.

The frontman waltzed past a couple of half hearted challenges before Cameron Belford made the block.

Chances had been few in number in the opening 45 minutes but those that did come along were reasonably clear-cut.

Increasingly though, it looked like the first goal might be the only goal.

There was little to write about after the break, with Jamie Hamill's low free-kick on 63 minutes about the best on offer.

That was until the opening goal came in an action-packed final 15 minutes.

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Turner, who was impressing, weaved his way through the Queen's Park defence before hanging up a cross to the back post, which was headed home by the unmarked Beith.

It was a goal which opened the floodgates, with another three in the final 14 minutes.

The hosts were only behind for little more than three minutes and quickly levelled things up.

Stranraer failed to deal with Anton Brady's free-kick and when the ball fell to Donnelly he smashed it beyond a helpless Belford.

Ross Lyon came on for his debut, having signed from Rangers earlier that day, but it looked as if the game would finish 1-1.

That was until the final few seconds of normal time when Turner collected a flick on in the box and kept his cool to beat a couple of defenders to roll the ball home.

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Stoppage time was ready to be played by the time the Spiders kicked off but it was just enough time for one last twist.

Turner, Stranraer's man of the match, collided with substitute Dominic Docherty, with referee Gavin Duncan pointing to the spot.

Some fans may have felt it was a harsh decision but Adam Cummins was not caring and hammered the spot kick beyond Belford.

Incredibly, Stranraer could have yet won it.

A last gasp corner found Morgyn Neill at the back post but the stretching defender could not keep his shot down and it flew agonisingly over the bar.

So, for the second time this season, Stranraer were pegged back by a late, late equaliser but one that ensured the result was just about correct.

While it was perhaps a little harsh on Stranraer, Queen's Park showed the character to twice bounce back and rescue a point.

Queen's Park: White, McVey, Summers (Docherty 81), Green (McGhee 64), Cummins, Fotheringham, Leitch, Brady, Mortimer (Orr 82), Donnelly, Burns.
Not used: MacLennan, McGrory, Mooney and Muir.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, Anderson, Turner, Elliott (Lyon 83), Beith, Thomson, Okoh (Woods 73).
Not used: McLaughlin, Gray, Holland, Scott and McLaren.

Referee: Gavin Duncan
Attendance: 607
HT: 0-0

Photos: Bill McCandlish

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 21 46
2 Ayr United 22 45
3 Arbroath 20 33
4 STRANRAER 22 32
5 Alloa Athletic 20 31
6 East Fife 22 27
7 Airdrieonians 21 25
8 Albion Rovers 20
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9 Queen's Park 22 18
10 Forfar Athletic 22 18

Updated 20/1/18 at 5pm

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