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BICYCLE kicks, stinging volleys, flowing team moves or a tap-in from just a couple of yards out - all goals count.

Stephen Okoh's first competitive goal at Stair Park might not win any prizes for beauty but it is one that will live long in the memory of Stranraer fans and the striker himself.

Airdrie were leading 1-0 on Saturday and could have been further in front but for some last ditch defending and impressive goalkeeping.

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However, things would be level at the break, thanks to Okoh.

The striker chased down Airdrie goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson and forced the mistake to bring Stranraer level.

A delighted Okoh spoke to the club website immediately after the full time whistle and described it as "a lucky goal".

He said: "It was not the best goal but it will be one of the goals that I remember.

"It is a good goal - I don't care what anyone says.

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"People might say I tapped it in or the goalkeeper has kicked it off you but I will still take it as a good goal.

"I heard the referee blow the whistle and I thought maybe he had not given the goal but he gave it."

Then, having waited months for his first goal in front of the home fans, another came along less than an hour later.

The second strike, which edged the Blues in front, owed a helping hand to someone not known for his goalscoring abilities.

Okoh said: "To be fair, if you don't shoot, you don't score.

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"At half time, Cameron Belford, obviously, he is in goal and he knows what it is like to face strikers and he was saying 'Stephen, just get shots off'.

"Whether it is a snapshot or anything else, just get shots off and it will go in."

It has been a stop start season for the forward, who joined from Lewes in the summer.

18 of the frontman's 24 appearances have come from the bench, while he has only finished 90 minutes on just one occasion - in the IRN-BRU Cup.

The 23 year old said: "I've been waiting for my chance for a while and, obviously, I have finally got it.

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"Over the last two games I've got that chance and that has proven that the manager has stuck by me.

"I'm happy about it and I was enjoying it out there.

"It was not a great day for football, it was not a sunny day, but I was up for it from the get go.

"I got the opportunity and I've just got to grab it with both hands."

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 26 57
2 Ayr United 25 51
3 Alloa Athletic 24 39
4 Arbroath 23 38
5 STRANRAER 25 35
6 Airdrieonians 25 32
7 East Fife 26 30
8 Forfar Athletic 26
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9 Albion Rovers 24 23
10 Queen's Park 26 21

Updated 17/2/18 at 5pm

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