Match preview: Airdrieonians
IT WAS not the start to the season Stranraer fans wanted but the Blues have an immediate chance to get back on track tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
A 4-1 home defeat to St Mirren could be wiped from the memory as Stevie Farrell's men travel to Airdrie for the second tie in Group H of the Betfred Cup.
The Diamonds were the odd side out in five on Saturday and will be looking to kick off their campaign with a win.
Farrell was disappointed with the score at Stair Park but keen to bounce back quickly.
He said: "The next game comes around very quickly, particularly in the League Cup section.
"We need to dust ourselves down.
"We had 90 minutes to do what we could do against St Mirren, and we proved we were not at it and St Mirren were better than us.
"Now, we've got to go forward and look ahead to Tuesday night.
"Hopefully, we go to Airdrie and put in a better performance.
"If we do that, then, hopefully, we can pick up a positive result."
The manager held his hands up and said his side were second best against the Buddies on Saturday.
He said: "I thought St Mirren were better than us for 90 minutes.
"I don't think we were at it and the better side comfortably won the game.
"It's not like us, and I think we have proven since I came here that we are a hard team to beat at Stair Park, but we did not make it hard in any way for St Mirren.
"I thought we scored against the run of play a wee bit and the boys know they have let themselves down.
"They have just got to dust themselves down because they know they were playing against a good side."
Farrell was particularly disappointed in the manner in which his side lost their four goals.
St Mirren's new signing Ian McShane was the main thorn in Stranraer's side as he set up three goals from set pieces.
The Blues boss said: "I've spoken to the players in the changing room and we have got four or five guys who are six foot plus.
"You have got to go and challenge in the box and you have got to go and make sure you go and compete with the person who you are assigned to pick up.
"We never did that - St Mirren were more aggressive and went and attacked the ball from set plays and got their rewards for that."
Stranraer 2-1 Airdrieonians
Saturday 15 April 2017
THE spoils were shared last season with the four encounters between Stranraer and Airdrie resulting in two wins apiece. However, it was Stranraer who would pick up the final win of the campaign in April.
The Blues took the lead when Rohan Ferguson made a mess of Craig Pettigrew's cross and Mark McGuigan kept his cool to steer the ball home.
Things got even better for the home side, with Ferguson again playing a role in the goal. This time his clearance was poor and seized upon by Kyle Turner. The midfielder still had plenty to do but strode forward and slotted the ball beyond the Airdrie number one.
Still, the Diamonds did pull one back and it was Andy Ryan - who scored in each of the four meetings - who was on target. Substitute Adam Brown played the ball into Ryan's path and he smashed a shot high past the helpless Cameron Belford but Airdrie could not find a leveller.
Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Pettigrew, Agnew, Turner, Gibson (Wilson 83), Malcolm, McGuigan (Kassarate 74).
Not used: Morena, Donald, Kemp and Currie.
Airdrieonians: Ferguson, Stewart, MacDonald, McIntosh, Mensing, Gorman (Brown 61), Hutton, Conroy, Ryan, Leitch (McKay 73), Russell.
Not used: Boateng, Cairns, Leeighton, Loudon and Kerr.
Last five meetings
- 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner; Ryan) at Stair Park on April 15, 2017
- 1-2 (Ryan; Malcolm and Thomson) at New Broomfield on March 4, 2017
- 1-2 (Agnew; Brown and Ryan) at Stair Park on December 24, 2016
- 1-0 (Ryan) at New Broomfield on August 20, 2016
- 4-0 (Malcolm, Gibson, Stirling and Turner) at Stair Park on April 2, 2016
Stranraer's last five games
St Mirren (H): 1-4 (Agnew)
FC Twente (H): 0-5
Partick Thistle (N): 4-2 (Thomson, Agnew x2 and Anderson)
Dumbarton (N): 0-0
Larne (H): 5-0 (Trialist x2, Trialist and Anderson x2)
Airdrieonians' last five games
Clyde (A): 3-1 (C Russell)
Gala Fairydean Rovers (A): 0-3 (Leighton and C Russell x2)
Alloa Athletic (A): 1-0
Alloa Athletic (H): 1-0 (Ryan)
Queen's Park (H): 3-2 (Ryan x2 and I Russell)
Last time out
Stranraer lineup v St Mirren: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Lang, Bell (Woods 58), Agnew, Anderson (Stoney 58), Hamill, Thomson, Wallace (Okoh 58).
Not used: McGowan, Barron, Turner and Currie.
Airdrieonians lineup v Clyde: Ferguson, Trialist, MacDonald, McIntosh, Gorman, Conroy, Trialist (Edwards), Fitzpatrick (Russell), Ryan (Higgins), Loudon (McLaughlin), Thomson (Leighton).
Not used: Truesdale, Cairns, Ross, Kerr, Duncan and Cowie.