BC2 Motherwell W

STEVIE Farrell is looking forward to tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash with Motherwell, despite the Premiership side putting five past Edinburgh City during the week.

The Steelmen were in top form in their opening game of the season and Stranraer’s Director of Football Stuart Millar was there to see it.

Farrell said: “Stuart said they were excellent.

“They looked like a top Premiership side, a top six side, who have been to two national cup finals in a year.

“They look even stronger this year and we know we are up against a top, top side tomorrow.

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“If we don’t manage the periods of the game when teams like Motherwell are on top, they will undoubtedly hurt you.

“But it is something we are looking forward to.

“There is nothing expected of us and we can go and test ourselves against a top side.

“We will go and enjoy the game and see if we can be competitive.”

The Blues’ squad is strengthened by the availability of former Motherwell man Adam Cummins and Ian Smith.

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The duo missed the trip to Palmerston Park last weekend with Cummins suspended and Smith’s registration not yet approved.

There were plenty of positives from the trip to Dumfries, with the Blues scoring three against their derby rivals for the first time in 17 years.

Ultimately, the home side would emerge 5-3 winners after a scintillating opening game of the season.

Despite the defeat, Farrell felt there were a number of positives to take from the occasion.

He said: “We were excellent at times.

“It is a strange game, we lost 5-3 and so much happened in the game.

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“But you have got to analyse it and, yes, we lost three goals before half time but there were positives.

“We are a brand new team and I don’t know the last time Stranraer went to Palmerston and scored three goals and we could have scored more.

“We had numerous chances and I would rather focus on the positives.

“I think it gives us a lot of hope for the season.

“There were plenty of positives in individuals, collectively, patterns of play, the substitutes made an impact and different people are bedding in in terms of how long they have been here.”

Last meeting
Stranraer 0-3 Motherwell
Saturday 30 July 2016

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TWO late goals ensured Motherwell ultimately ran out comfortable winners after an impressive first half showing from Stranraer.

The Blues came into the tie on the back of wins over Annan Athletic and East Stirlingshire but also a defeat to Rangers. That meant a surprise victory was needed against the Premiership opposition to progress in the cup.

Mark McGuigan and Scott Agnew fired wide in the first half and the opener came seven minutes after the restart. Christopher Cadden was the man to break the deadlock when his shot proved too hot for Cameron Belford to handle.

Six minutes to go and Cadden turned provider when he capitalised on a defensive error to set up Marvin Johnson.

The scoring was complete just minutes later when Johnson picked up an assist of his own as his cross was nodded home by the experienced Scott McDonald.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, McKeown, Bell, Agnew, Turner (Kemp 65), Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm (Morena 78), McGuigan (Nade 65).
Not used: Barbour, McCloskey, Osadolor and Currie.

Motherwell: Samson, Tait, Hammell, Heneghan, McManus, Ainsworth (Chalmers 59), Johnson, Cadden (MacLean 87), Lasley, Clay, McDonald (Mackin 88).
Not used: Laing, McHugh, Thomas and Brill.

Last five meetings

- Stranraer 0 Motherwell 3 (Cadden, Johnson and McDonald) at Stair Park on July 30, 2016Stranraer 0 Motherwell 3 (Cadden, Johnson and McDonald) at Stair Park on July 30, 2016
- Stranraer 0 Motherwell 2 (Jones and Sutton) at Stair Park on February 11, 2011
- Stranraer 0 Motherwell 4 (Wright OG, McFadden, Adams and Lehmann) at Stair Park on March 22, 2003
- Motherwell 3 Stranraer 0 (Wark, Goldthorpe and Muir) at Fir Park on April 5, 1969
- Stranraer 0 Motherwell 2 (Murray and McInally) at Stair Park on December 14, 1968

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Queen of the South (A): 5-3 (McGowan, Donnelly and Turner)LOSS v Queen of the South (A): 5-3 (McGowan, Donnelly and Turner)
LOSS v Stirling Albion (H): 0-2
WIN v Newton Stewart (A): 0-4 (Elliott, Trialist, Layne and Ashmore)
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 1-3 (Layne)
WIN v Cumbernauld Colts (A): 0-5 (Anderson, Trialist x2, McGowan and Ashmore)

Motherwell's last five games

WIN v Edinburgh City (H): 5-0 (Frear x3, Tait and Main)WIN v Edinburgh City (H): 5-0 (Frear x3, Tait and Main)
DRAW v Dunfermline Athletic (A): 0-0
WIN v Darlington (A): 1-5 (Kipre, Johnson, Campbell, Bowman and Scott)
WIN v Crusaders (A): 0-1 (Johnson)
LOSS v Celtic (N): 2-0

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Queen of the South: Currie, McGowan, McDonald, Smith, Hamill, McManus, Turner, Donnelly (Elliott 72), Anderson, Lamont (Lidington 79), Layne (Ashmore 72).
Not used: Brownlie and Avci.

Motherwell lineup v Edinburgh City: Gillespie, Tait, McHugh, Dunne, Donnelly, Cadden (Gorrin 45), Campbell, Frear, Rose, Main (Johnson 66), Bowman (Sammon 63).
Not used: Sinclair, Grimshaw, Turnbull and Morrison.

We're back in action again on Tuesday night as we continue our Betfred Cup campaign at home to Clyde (7.45pm).

Admission is £12 for adults, £6 for concessions.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
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9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


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)
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)