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Scorers: Stranraer - Wallace (16) and Thomson (79 and 81); Ayr United - McDaid (42), Moore (48), Moffat (58) and Boyle (84)

PADDY Boyle and Ayr United exposed Stranraer's defensive frailties to edge a seven-goal derby day thriller at Stair Park.

The Blues had battled back from 3-1 down before Boyle's strike six minutes from time left Stranraer with nothing.

Stevie Farrell's side have now only kept one clean sheet in the opening eight games, and conceded four goals on three occasions.

From the off, Ayr looked dangerous with Michael Moffat and Craig Moore coming close, before Declan McDaid struck the post in the opening 11 minutes.

However, it was the home side who took the lead.

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Cameron Belford's long ball was misjudged by Craig Reid and seized upon by Ryan Wallace.

The frontman needed no second invitation and smashed an unstoppable drive past Jordan Hart from the edge of the box.

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Still, the scores would be level going into the half time interval.

Moffat was allowed to bring the ball down and set up McDaid, who was given far too much time to pick his spot from the edge of the box, and this time his shot went in via the underside of the crossbar.

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Stranraer had conceded just before the break against Raith Rovers seven days ago, and conceded straight after the restart against Clyde during the week.

Again, their opposition would get a goal and, again, Moffat would be involved.

He teed up Moore to slot across Belford just three minutes into the second period.

Ten minutes later and the roles were reversed as Moffat played it through to Moore, whose cross was inch-perfect for the former Girvan and Dunfermline man, who nodded home at the near post.

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The striker is now on 99 senior career goals, with 11 of those coming against Stranraer.

Farrell's men had trailed by two goals in the second half at Broadwood during the week, before coming back to win 3-2 in extra time.

Again, they produced an impressive comeback - scoring twice in three minutes to level things up.

Ryan Thomson's bullet header gave Stranraer initial hope.

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But when the midfielder then collected Liam Dick's through ball, shrugged off his marker and lifted the ball over the stranded Hart, Stranraer looked to have rescued a point.

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Many in the crowd were hoping they could go on and pick up all three, but unfortunately, they were caught out just three minutes later.

Scott Robertson, who was struggling with injury, was caught out of position and Boyle took full advantage.

He stampeded forward and fired across Belford to wrap up Ayr's eighth win form nine games.

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It was a difficult one to take for Stranraer fans, and the players who had battled back impressively.

But they cannot keep giving themselves a mountain to climb if they want to take something from games.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson (Neill 85), Dick, Lang, Bell, Hamill, Thomson, Agnew (Woods 62), Anderson, Wallace, Okoh (Turner 46).
Not used: McKinlay, McLaughlin, Stoney and Currie.

Ayr United: Hart, Higgins, Boyle, Rose, Geggan, Moffat (Forrest 76), Crawford, Moore (Gilmour 90), McDaid (McGuffie 70), Docherty, Reid.
Not used: Ferguson and Avci.

Referee: Craig Charleston
Attendance: 1,070
HT: 1-1

SPFL 3L1 6474

 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 12 26
2 Raith Rovers 11 26
3 Alloa Athletic 13 21
4 Arbroath 13 20
5 East Fife 13 18
6 STRANRAER 12 17
7 Albion Rovers 13 16
8 Airdrieonians 13 15
9 Forfar Athletic 13 12
10 Queen's Park 13 8

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