Scorers: Stranraer - Anderson (9), Brownlie (34) and Crossan (68); Dumbarton – Forbes (12) and Thomas (60)

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PJ CROSSAN marked his home debut with a goal as Stranraer took all three points in a captivating tie with Dumbarton.

The Blues led twice but were pegged back by Stevie Aitken’s side on two occasions before the on-loan frontman scored a second half winner.

Stevie Farrell’s men had lost to East Fife in their last home encounter but got back to winning ways.

The manager made a trio of changes from the point at Brechin City, with Crossan joined in the team by Luke Donnelly and Grant Anderson – all three having stepped off the bench in Angus.

That meant Isaac Layne, Innes Cameron and Daniel Higgins having to settle for a place with the subs.

The hosts started the game with three corners in the first 90 seconds and the home fans did not have long to wait for the opening goal.

Jamie Hamill collected the ball on the edge of his own box and cut open the visiting defence with a long ball through for Anderson.

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He shrugged off the attention of Andy Dowie, kept his balance and then put a delicate lob over the stranded Robbie Mutch.

Unfortunately, the lead lasted just three minutes.

Bobby Barr’s cross seemed to hang in the wind and Max Currie could not gather.

Instead, it fell to Ross Forbes and the midfielder had the easy task of rolling it into the empty net.

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Stranraer showed character last week in getting a point at Glebe Park and they again battled back and got their noses in front before the break.

Connor McManus’ corner was missed at the near post but David Brownlie was lurking to poke the ball home from close range.

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Dumbarton found their second equaliser of the day on the hour mark.

This time, Stranraer got sucked in in front of the dugouts and the play was switched to Dom Thomas.

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The debutant had enough time and space to get a shot away, which deceived Currie at his near post.

There would be one last twist in the tale though and it came five minutes later.

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Donnelly was the provider in rolling a ball through to Crossan, who curled an inch-perfect shot round the helpless Mutch.

Aitken’s men had chances to level it late on and Thomas could have done so after a fine team move but his low shot lacked any real power and was comfortable for Currie.

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In the end, the Blues held on for three points and finished the first quarter of the campaign in fifth place.

Stranraer: Currie, McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Anderson (Layne 79), Crossan (Cameron 90+2), Donnelly (Higgins 87).
Not used: I Smith, Elliott, Diver and Avci

Dumbarton: Mutch, Dowie, Perry, Gallagher (Little 72), Forbes (Paton 68), Barr, Spencer, Russell, Allardice, Thomas, Thomson.
Not used: Carswell and McGowan.

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 305
HT: 2-1

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID/STR)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (DEF/MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)
20 - Jordan Ross (MID)

21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)