L24 Dumbarton w

STRANRAER will be forced into a defensive reshuffle tomorrow (Saturday) when they welcome Dumbarton to Stair Park.

Adam Cummins has joined Ian Smith and Chris McGowan on the sidelines.

The central defender played the full 90 minutes at Gayfield on Tuesday evening but injured his groin in the process.

Farrell was pleased to welcome back PJ Crossan while Ali McCann has also been added to the squad.

The manager said: “With Ian, we just don’t know how long he will be out for.

“He seems to come back to training but then breaks down.

“Chris will be another couple of weeks and Adam will be a couple of weeks also.”

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Both teams come into the game looking for their first win of 2019.

The hosts sit three points above their guests and will be hopeful home advantage proves key.

Farrell said: “They are all big games at the end of the day.

“It does not matter win, lose or draw, I would rather be in our shoes tomorrow.

“We have got a game in hand and we are three points ahead of them.

“We know we have got to win games and Stair Park is somewhere we need to make sure we win our home games.

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“Dumbarton are the first of those games and we go into tomorrow’s game after a good performance and result on Tuesday.

“If we play that way, we give ourselves a hell of a chance.”

The manager was also pleased to add McCann to the squad, with the midfielder joining on loan until the end of the season from St Johnstone.

Farrell said 19-year-old McCann was very well thought of by the Perth side.

He added: “He is a bit like Innes Cameron and is unknown in League One.

“He has never played competitive football here but he has played a few first team games for St Johnstone.

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“Tommy Wright (St Johnstone manager) spoke to me on Tuesday night and I spoke to Alec Cleland (assistant manager) and both speak highly of him.”

Farrell will be hoping to see his team build on the promising point picked up at Gayfield during the week.

The Blues trailed in the first half before Kyle Turner levelled things and Cummins almost snatched it at the very end.

The Stair Park boss said: “I was very pleased and thought the lads were excellent.

“They were at it and it was a very good performance.

“I think anybody can say the draw was the least we deserved.

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“Dick Campbell was saying they had chances but we had a stone wall penalty in the first half turned down.

“If that is given, we have got a chance to score and they are down to ten men after a few minutes.

“Max Currie had two great saves but their keeper had two great saves from Joao Victoria as well and we had one cleared off the line with the last kick of the ball.”

Last meeting
Dumbarton 0-1 Stranraer
22 December 2018

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KYLE Turner delivered an early Christmas present for Stranraer as they picked up three points at Dumbarton.

Stevie Farrell made four changes for the tie, with Adam Cummins, David Brownlie, Luke Donnelly and Ian Smith all missing out. That meant recalls for Daniel Higgins, Chris McGowan, Grant Anderson and Innes Cameron.

Anderson had the ball in the net early doors but the goal was ruled out for offside.

However, it was in the second half that the deadlock would be broken. Turner had already tested Chris Smith before he curled home the game’s only goal.

The Sons battled to get back into it but the rearranged defence and Max Currie stood firm to take the victory.

Dumbarton: C Smith, Ballantyne, Dyer (Allardice 85), Dowie, Hutton, Carswell, Forbes, Barr (Thomson 88), Gallagher, Paton (Spencer 77), Thomas.
Not used: McGowan.

Stranraer: Currie, Higgins, McGowan, McDonald, Hamill, McManus, Turner, Anderson (Diver 88), Cameron, Lamont, Crossan (I Smith 83).
Not used: D Smith, Ashmore and Avci.
 
Last five meetings

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Dumbarton 0 Stranraer 1 (Turner) at C&G Systems Stadium on December 22, 2018
Stranraer 3 Dumbarton 2 (Anderson, Brownlie and Crossan; Forbes and Thomas) at Stair Park on October 6, 2018
Dumbarton 2 Stranraer 1 (Barr and Stewart; Okoh) at C&G Systems Stadium on October 6, 2017
Stranraer 1 Dumbarton 0 (McGuigan) at Stair Park on September 3, 2016
Stranraer 3 Dumbarton 2 (McKeown x2 and Winter; Kirkpatrick and Gilhaney) at Stair Park on July 26, 2014

Last five games

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Stranraer

DRAW v Arbroath (A): (Turner)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 3-4 (Anderson, Cameron and Victoria)
LOSS v Partick Thistle (A): 4-1 (Crossan)
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 2-1 (Cameron)
LOSS v Montrose (H): 1-2 (Cameron)

Dumbarton

DRAW v Airdrieonians (A): 2-2 (B Barr and Thomas)
DRAW v Montrose (H): 1-1 (Melingui)
LOSS v Brechin City (A): 1-0
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (H): 2-3 (B Barr x2)
DRAW v Stenhousemuir (A): 2-2 (Forbes x2)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Arbroath: Currie, McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith (O’Keefe 61), Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Anderson (Lamont 89), Cameron (Elliott 80), Victoria.
Not used: Avci.

Dumbarton lineup v Airdrieonians: Adam, Ballantyne, Hutton (Armour 75), Ferguson, Van Schaik, Carswell (Perry 50), Forbes, B Barr, Melingui, Paton (Thomson 86), Thomas.
Not used: C Barr, Gallagher and Brennan.

Referee

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GRANT Irvine returns to Stair Park having previously taken charge of a match at Stranraer’s home in October.

The Blues were unsuccessful that day with Arbroath emerging 1-0 winners thanks to an own goal from Adam Cummins.

It is also the second time that Mr Irvine has taken charge of a Dumbarton game this term. He was in the middle for the league match against East Fife back in August.

The Fifers have enjoyed a memorable season but it was the Sons toasting victory. Second half strikes from Andy Dowie and Callum Gallagher gave all three points to the visitors.
 
Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

New signing Ali McCann is now available to sponsor in home, away or 3rd colours - along with a limited number of the existing squad.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 3 6
2 Livingston
2 5
3 Falkirk 3 4
4 Stranraer 2 3
5 Berwick 2 0

Fixtures

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 (DEF/MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Mark Stewart (STR)
10 - Leon Murphy (MID)
11 - Ian Smith (MID)
12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
17 - David Smith (DEF)
18 - David Dangana (STR)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)