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BLAIRMOUNT PARK was the venue for a good-natured contest to celebrate Newton Stewart stalwart Johnny Fisher's testimonial year.

The South of Scotland League side acquitted themselves well against their League 1 neighbours, as home keeper Euan Drysdale kept the Blues at bay with a string of saves.

But ultimately Stranraer would come out on top.

Cameron Elliott has been utilised as a striker throughout much of pre-season, and the youngster was first on the scoresheet.

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He beat the offside trap to slot into the bottom corner after a swift counter attack.

Elliott's strike partner Grant Anderson could have doubled the Blues' lead moments later but was denied by a good reaction save when through on goal.

Stevie Farrell has had a number of trialists on board for the past few weeks who have showed up well, and one of them would be next to score.

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The midfielder showed composure to round the keeper and finish into an empty net.

Despite the two-goal deficit, the Creesiders were battling well for every ball and tested Blues goalie Lyle Avci on a couple of occasions.

Connor McManus was next to try his luck for Stranraer with a volley from 25 yards which whistled over the crossbar, before Drysdale produced an outstanding triple save which was applauded by both sets of supporters.

The visitors made five substitutions at the break, including the introduction of recent signing Isaac Layne.

And Layne would remove any doubt about the result going Stranraer's way soon after the restart.

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The tricky striker won a penalty and dusted himself down to send Drysdale the wrong way from the spot - his fourth goal in three pre-season games.

The Blues had plenty of chances to add to their lead, but the final goal would come from Layne's fellow substitute Max Ashmore.

The former Rangers and Ross County midfielder cut inside and made space to shoot, rifling a powerful effort at goal which took a deflection on its way to the back of the net.

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Credit must go to Drysdale and his Newton defence for keeping the scoreline down in what was a commendable display from the South of Scotland team.

Stranraer's busy pre-season schedule continues with a home friendly on Saturday against League 2 side Stirling Albion at Stair Park (3pm).

The real stuff begins on Saturday 14 July, when Stevie Farrell's men travel to Dumfries to take on regional rivals Queen of the South.

Stranraer: Avci, A Trialist (Smith), Brownlie (Cummins), Hamill (McDonald), B Trialist, C Trialist (Lamont), McManus (McKinlay), Lidington (McGowan), D Trialist (Donnelly), Anderson (Ashmore), Elliott (Layne).

HT: 2-0
Referee: Sean Sutherland

Gallery
Goals

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
9
9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)