Scorers: Turner (43) and Cameron (65)

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A GOAL in each half, including one from debutant Innes Cameron, ensured Stranraer made it three league games unbeaten at home.

The Blues were 2-0 winners against Montrose last time at Stair Park and repeated that scoreline against Stenhousemuir.

Stevie Farrell made one change from the defeat to Airdrie, with Andy McDonald missing through suspension.

That meant a recall for Isaac Layne, who had shrugged off injury, with new signings Daniel Higgins and Cameron on the bench.

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It was a first half with few clear cut chances but the best of the early opportunities came to the visitors.

Ex-Blue Morgyn Neill and Alan Reid got in each other’s way, which presented Layne with a great chance.

The frontman was clean through on goal but his low shot lacked the necessary power to beat Graeme Smith, who pushed the ball clear.

Stenhousemuir had half chances with shots from distance but Max Currie was rarely called into action.

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Kieran Gibbons had a shot from 25 yards deflected past the left upright, which had the goalkeeper scurrying but that was the closest they came.

Similarly, at the other end, Stranraer were looking dangerous but too often the final ball was lacking and the chance was gone.

The deadlock was broken two minutes before the break and fittingly it came with the best bit of skill of the first half.

Kyle Turner linked up well with Luke Donnelly, who rolled a sumptuous pass to the midfielder, who then curled the ball round Smith and into the bottom corner.

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Stenhousemuir upped the tempo after the break but again Currie had very little to do, with Kevin O’Hara’s drive the Warriors’ only shot on target.

The visitors had forced a number of corners and Stranraer’s second of the game would come from one of those set pieces.

Turner hammered the ball clear and the loose ball was collected by Cameron.

The on-loan Kilmarnock frontman had only been on the park five minutes but he left the defence behind before slotting the ball home at the second attempt.

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To their credit, Stenhousemuir kept going and carved out two very good chances in the final 15 minutes.

The first – and best – chance came to Sebastian Ross.

The midfielder was unmarked on the edge of the box with 13 minutes left but he got his first-time shot all wrong and fired wide.

Then, Bobby Vaughan pulled a low shot wide of the right post from about 12 yards.

That is not to say that Stranraer could not have added to their advantage.

Stenhousemuir continued to push to get back into the game and it left gaps at the other end, which Stranraer looked to exploit.

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First, Cameron almost added a debut assist to his debut goal.

A superb first touch sent him clean through and he set up fellow loan striker Ciaran Diver.

The Celtic youngster was unlucky to see his first effort blocked and then the follow up was cleared off the line.

In stoppage time, Cameron almost got his second but, on this occasion, Smith was equal to it and Stranraer had to settle for 2-0.

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It was a deserved win, and one which put Stranraer up to fifth in the league table.

Stevie Farrell will be hoping home advantage again plays a part when East Fife visit next Saturday.

Stranraer: Currie, McGowan, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Anderson (Diver 85), Layne (Cameron 60), Donnelly (Higgins 74).
Not used: Lamont, I Smith, Elliott and Avci.

Stenhousemuir: G Smith, Reid (Cook 71), Donaldson, Neill, Tena, Gibbons (Paton 57), Ross, Vaughan (McMenamin 80), Duthie, O’Hara, Dickson.
Not used: Halleran, Ferry, McBrearty and McMinn.

Referee: Craig Napier
Attendance: 327
HT: 1-0

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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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)