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GOALSCORER Leon Murphy is looking to make up for lost time after grabbing his first goal for the club on Saturday.

The midfielder’s stunning free-kick was a rare bright spot on a miserable afternoon in Dumbarton, where former Blue Isaac Layne returned to haunt his former side.

The hosts bounced back from Murphy’s first half goal to win 3-1.

Murphy said: “I was delighted to get my first goal for the club, definitely.

“I was buzzing it went in and hopefully there will be more of that.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in.

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“As soon as it left my foot, I knew it was in, I was right behind it.”

The Blues’ lead lasted just five minutes when Layne equalised for the hosts.

Reghan Tumility put Dumbarton in front before Layne grabbed his second to wrap up the victory.

Twenty-year-old Murphy felt his side got what they deserved from the contest at the C&G Systems Stadium.

He said: “We probably did not deserve anything.

“We went in at half time with the score at 1-1 and thought we still had a chance.

“We had not really started and we probably did not really deserve to take anything from the game.

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“It is the first time that we have really not performed in both halves.

“We have sometimes had a good half and a bad half but we did not perform at all.”

The on-loan Ayr United man has had to be patient for his chance in Stevie Farrell’s line-up.

Injury – and being unable to play against his parent club – saw him miss the entire Betfred Cup campaign.

Finally, he was named on the bench against Montrose in the first league game of the season, where he managed to get 16 minutes under his belt after replacing Jordan Allan, who went off injured.

Murphy, who signed a new contract at Ayr United before moving on loan to Stranraer, suffered a broken wrist in the pre-season friendly with Benburb Juniors, where Allan found the net alongside Mark Stewart, Scott Robertson and Adam Cummins in a 4-2 win.

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The injury saw Murphy, who also featured for Ayr’s reserves against Albion Rovers on Monday evening, forced onto the sidelines but he is back enjoying his football once again.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed it since I have been here.

“The management team have been brilliant and the gaffer is quite confident and I like that.

“I will try to do my best for the club and I enjoy working with them.”

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 24 46
2 Falkirk 23 42
3 Airdrieonians 25 42
4 East Fife 24 39
5 Montrose 23 38
6 Dumbarton 24 29
7 Peterhead 24 25
8 Clyde 23 25
9 Forfar Athletic 24 23
10 Stranraer 24 16


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 (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)

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