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GOALSCORER Luke Donnelly is hoping his late strike at Brechin could see him restored to the Stranraer starting lineup.

The frontman, along with fellow subs PJ Crossan and Grant Anderson, helped Stranraer pull level following Callum Tapping’s first half free-kick.

Donnelly has started 11 of Stranraer’s 13 games this season and is hoping his 85th minute equaliser could see him making his 12th start.

He said: “Obviously, everybody wants to play.

“It is up to the manager who he picks but obviously it is a good way to show you want to be playing.

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“But it is the manager that picks the team.”

The ex-Queen’s Park man's goal marked the first time since the opening day of the season that Stranraer have come from a goal down to take something from a game.

On that occasion, Anderson was the man to find the net against his former side, Raith Rovers.

Donnelly was pleased to see his side showing fight and character when it looked like the game was slipping away.

He said: “The first half we were not at it as much.

“The second half, we started to create chances and we always feel that we can score.

“We felt a goal was coming and, luckily, it came.

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“The momentum was with us and in even in the last five minutes we could have scored.

“It was good and shows that we keep going until the end.

“It is never over and it was really good spirit from the boys.”

Coming into the ninth round of fixtures, Stranraer have won two, drawn three and lost three – a record which sees them sixth in the league; a point off the playoffs.

Outside of Raith Rovers and league leaders Arbroath, the remaining eight teams have a similar record showing the competitive nature of League One.

Donnelly, who began his career at Celtic, said it showed that you needed to be at your best if you wanted to pick up points on a regular basis.

He said: “In this league, it is so tight and you are never out of a game.

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“Any game you come into, there is not really anyone running away with it.

“Every team can beat each other and so we know we need to be at our best to get something because obviously teams can take advantage if you are not.

“Equally, if you are at your best and some teams are off it then you can take advantage of them.”

The strike at Glebe Park was the 22-year-old’s first goal since August 11 and another goal in Angus - his memorable strike away to Arbroath.

Now, he is hoping to continue that form back at Stair Park on Saturday when the Blues welcome Dumbarton for the first time in the league since January 2008, when Gregory Tadé and Ian Cashmore scored in a 2-0 win.

He said: “Hopefully, we can back the Brechin result up.

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“In football, if you can get a point away from home and back it up with three points at home, then that point away is good.

“You don’t want to take a point away from home and then go back to Stair Park and get beat, it kind of cancels it out.

“Hopefully we can continue our strong home form and show that the East Fife result (a 2-0 defeat) was just a blip.”

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
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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)