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A GAUNTLET has been thrown down to the Stranraer squad after a penalty shoot-out victory over Motherwell.

The Blues have impressed against higher ranked opposition in Queen of the South and the Steelmen over the last week.

However, the shoe is now on the other foot with League One Stranraer welcoming League Two Clyde tomorrow (Tuesday) and then travelling to Edinburgh City next weekend.

Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell said: “I’ve challenged the players in the dressing room.

“It is fine playing against Queen of the South, a Championship club, and then a Premiership club when there are no expectations on you.

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“You can go and perform as well as we have done in the last two games but now it is about taking those two performances into the next two games where there probably is a bit of expectation on you as the higher ranked league club.

“That will be a different challenge but that is good and that is what this Betfred Cup brings.

“I think I have got a group of players who understand every game of football is different and no two games of football are the same.

“We will be ready for Tuesday.”

Tomorrow’s game comes on the back of Stranraer picking up an impressive point against Motherwell before then securing a bonus point by defeating the Premiership outfit on penalties.

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While Stephen Robinson’s men perhaps did not hit the heights they are capable of, Stranraer were well worth their praise.

Farrell summed up his side’s performance in one word - “excellent”.

He said: “When Stephen Robinson comes up to you – a manager of his stature and of a team like Motherwell, who were at two national cup finals last year – and says ‘your team deserved to win, they did not deserve to draw’, it is an honest assessment.

“I thought from start to finish we were excellent.

“We defended well, our shape was good, which it has got to be when you play a Premiership club as good as Motherwell are, it was excellent without the ball and with the ball we had real intensity and purpose.

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“We created numerous chances throughout the course of the 90 minutes.”

It was a game which saw Isaac Layne score his first goal for the club, while Mark Lamont also came within inches of winning the tie in 90 minutes.

Farrell had plenty of words of his praise for the two players.

He added: “Isaac is somebody we have brought in and someone we have monitored from the end of last season.

“He was a wee bit of a lost soul but myself and Stuart Millar (Stranraer’s director of football) were speaking about him early in the close season.

“He was somebody that initially did not happen but he came in latterly and I think he will be a good player.

“He is a handful for defenders and that is top flight defenders he was playing against in Motherwell and I thought he bullied them.

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“I’m delighted for him, he deserved his goal and Mark probably just had too long to think.

“He has gone through, he has stopped, he has stuttered, he has went again and he is just the width of a crossbar away from winning it.”

In the end, the tie went to penalties, something Stranraer have not had the best of luck with in recent years.

Play-off final defeats to Albion Rovers and Ayr United have been matched by a defeat to Livingston in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

The manager praised his side’s bottle for stepping up to take a spot kick and also hailed Max Currie, who saved two penalties against his former club.

He said: “I think the most important person in any penalty shoot-out is your goalkeeper.

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“I did say to the group at full time that the one thing I can guarantee is Max Currie will save a penalty and he ended up saving a couple.

“He is a very, very good shotstopper.

“That is his forte and he proved that and the lads stepped up.”

Last meeting
Clyde 2-3 Stranraer
Tuesday 15 August 2017

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A MEMORABLE and unlikely comeback would be a fair description of Stranraer’s victory over Clyde at Broadwood.

Stevie Farrell made a handful of changes going into the game with Tom Lang, Paul Woods, Scott Agnew and Stephen Okoh all given opportunities.

However, just two minutes were on the clock when the home side opened the scoring. David Goodwillie’s shot was only half blocked and it fell kindly to Martin McNiff, who swept the ball beyond Cameron Belford.

Stranraer failed to really get going in the first half and Clyde doubled their advantage after the restart. Smart Osadolor - who had a brief spell with the Blues - shrugged off the attentions of David Barron before curling a great effort over Belford.

It was not until after the hour mark that Stranraer kicked into gear. First, Grant Anderson was brought down in the box, which allowed Agnew to score from the penalty spot. Then, minutes later, Anderson’s shot hit the unfortunate Jordan Stewart and deceived Blair Currie.

That saw the tie go to extra time and it was a controversial goal that won it. Blair Currie was adjudged to have picked up a back pass and Ryan Wallace smashed home the free-kick.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron (Thomson 56), Lang, Woods (Wallace 56), Bell, Agnew (Hamill 108), Anderson, Turner (Stoney 76), Okoh.
Not used: Neill, McKinlay and M Currie.

Clyde: B Currie, Home, McNiff, Breslin, Stewart, Cuddihy, Miller (Millar 105), Flynn (Wilson 105), Ramsay (Wright 68), Osadolor, Goodwillie (Burbidge 68).
Not used: Brown, Harrison and Belkacem.

Last five meetings

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- Clyde 2 Stranraer 3 (McNiff and Osadolor; Agnew (P), Stewart (OG) and Wallace) at Broadwood Stadium on August 15, 2017
- Stranraer 4 Clyde 1 (Docherty, McKeown, Longworth and Grehan; Watt) at Stair Park on December 10, 2013
- Clyde 1 Stranraer 1 (MacDonald; Longworth) at Broadwood Stadium on November 30, 2013
- Clyde 2 Stranraer 1 (Brannan and Belkouche (OG); Moore) at Broadwood Stadium on April 7, 2012
- Stranraer 1 Clyde 0 (Stirling) at Stair Park on February 18, 2012

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Motherwell (H): 1-1 (Layne; Stranraer win 3-2 on penalties)
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)

Clyde's last five games

LOSS v Queen of the South (A): 3-0
DRAW v Edinburgh City (H): 1-1 (McNiff)
WIN v Hamilton Academical (H): 2-0 (Goodwillie x2)
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 4-2 (Boyle, McStay, Goodwillie and Love)
LOSS v Berwick Rangers (H): 1-2 (Boyle)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Motherwell: M Currie, McGowan, McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Anderson (I Smith 76), Layne, Donnelly (Lamont 73).
Not used: Elliott, Lidington, Ashmore, Hamill and Avci.

Clyde v Queen of the South: B Currie, Duffy, Cogill, Gorman (Rumsby 64), Stewart, Cuddihy (Boyle 70), McStay, Love, Nicoll (Lamont 64), Ferns, Goodwillie.
Not used: Grant, McNiff, Millar and Hughes.

The new 2018/19 home and away kits are now available to order online:

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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)