Scorers: Watson (54) and Currie (81)

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DISJOINTED Stranraer suffered a first home league defeat of the season thanks to second half strikes from Craig Watson and Ryan Currie.

The Blues stuck with the same starting line-up that had defeated Stenhousemuir last time out.

That meant a place on the bench for last week’s goalscorer Innes Cameron, with Isaac Layne leading the line.

Stranraer almost had the perfect start with barely five minutes on the clock.

Connor McManus’ corner was flicked on towards the back post where David Brownlie was lurking.

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The defender scored against Montrose at Stair Park but this time was denied by the post from close range.

However, that was probably the best chance for the home side, who had David Smith to thank for keeping the scores blank at the other end.

Scott Agnew’s corner was met by Anton Dowds but Smith was in the right place to thump clear the goalbound header.

Dowds was again to be denied just before the break, with another header on target.

This time, it was Max Currie in the right place in a crowded six-yard box, where he managed to block the striker’s header.

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The Blues again came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half, with another good opportunity.

This time, a fine team move created a good opportunity for Layne.

David Smith’s cross was chested down by Luke Donnelly but Layne could only blast the wrong side of the post.

Dowds then drilled the ball into the side netting before the visitors got their noses in front.

Before the match, Stevie Farrell highlighted the danger of Agnew from set pieces.

Fittingly, it was the ex-Blue who was the creator with a free-kick to the back post, which was met by the lurking Watson.

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It was a goal which knocked the stuffing out of the Blues, who swapped their frontline with Cameron and Ciaran Diver coming on for Layne and Donnelly.

Unfortunately, it was a change which did not yield the required result.

Grant Anderson’s overhead kick, which goalkeeper Brett Long comfortably dealt with, was the best Stranraer could create.

Instead, the Fifers would put the game to bed with nine minutes left.

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Again, it came from a set piece with substitute Rory Currie scoring for the third week running after coming off the bench.

It was not a vintage performance from Stranraer but they do not have long to wait to try to get back on the winning trail.

A trip to Brechin next weekend is the first opportunity, with Farrell’s men looking for a first win at Glebe Park since May 2015.

Stranraer: Currie, McGowan, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Anderson (Elliott 70), Layne (Cameron 61), Donnelly (Diver 61).
Not used: Higgins, I Smith, Ashmore and Avci.

East Fife: Long, Watson, Kane, Meggatt, Slattery, Dunsmore, Davidson, Agnew (Docherty 85), Dowds (Currie 78), Court (K Smith 68), Watt.
Not used: Bell, Thomson, McBride and McDowall.

Referee: David Dickinson
Attendance: 366
HT: 0-0

Photos: Stranraer FC

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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
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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)