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STEVIE Farrell insists Stranraer will treat Friday's clash with Partick Thistle Colts the same as they would any other game.

The young Jags have been watched twice by Head of Player Recruitment and Scouting Stuart Millar ahead of the IRN-BRU Cup clash.

The Blues are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to reach the last 16 of the competition.

Farrell said: "Stuart has watched them in two under 20s fixtures and we have had reports.

"We are not taking it lightly and are preparing the right way and having played both Partick Thistle's first team (in the Betfred Cup) and under 20s (in pre-season) it is going to help us."

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The tie was originally due to be played on Saturday but was switched to Friday night at the request of both clubs.

That presents its own challenges for the part-time Blues, with players having to finish work early for the 7.45pm kickoff.

Farrell said: "We will leave Glasgow at about 3pm and get to Stranraer at about 5pm.

"We will then have some light food at about 5pm and then head up to the stadium.

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"Everything we do is right and is professional.

"We might not be the biggest club in the land but we try to do everything right and professionally.

"We have had them watched twice and the players receive a report on matchday of who they will likely play against, set pieces, corners and so forth."

Stranraer could also be boosted by the return of several players tomorrow evening.

Scott Agnew, David Barron and Tom Lang all trained on Tuesday evening, with their fitness to be further assessed tonight (Thurday).

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All three missed the trip to Hampden Park while Grant Anderson was forced off at half time.

He did not train on Tuesday night but it is hoped he too will take part in the light session ahead this evening.

Anderson, who joined the Blues from Peterhead in the summer, was replaced at the interval by ex-East Fife man Tony Wallace.

Farrell confirmed there was no intention of signing the midfielder, with the Blues lacking fit and experienced players for the clash in Glasgow.

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The tie will also, hopefully, give the Blues the chance to put the draw with Queen's Park behind them.

Two goals up after just ten minutes and seemingly cruising, the Blues would concede in stoppage time to leave the national stadium with just a point.

Farrell said: "We should have had a point against Ayr and three points on Saturday.

"We never played well in the second half and I am the first to admit that.

"Two minutes into injury time and we should be seeing the game out.

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"The disappointing thing is the times we are losing goals.

"Take the last four games and we have lost goals within five minutes of half time.

"Last Saturday (against Queen's Park), we were within five minutes of half time and lost a goal, the Saturday before against Ayr we lost a goal within five minutes of half time and the same against Clyde and Raith Rovers.

"They are crucial times in the game."


Last meeting

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STRANRAER have, of course, faced off against Partick Thistle on plenty of occasions, including earlier this season. However, the Blues and Thistle's under 20s team will be meeting on Friday for the first time in a competitive game.

There is a little bit of history between the two sides though. They met in pre-season with the Blues emerging 4-2 winners. Ryan Thomson and Grant Anderson were on target, while Scott Agnew blasted home a double.

The team on that day was: Belford, Robertson (Anderson), Neill (Lang), Barron (Dick), McGowan (A Trialist), Hamill, Bell, Thomson, Wallace (Agnew), Stoney (Woods), Okoh (B Trialist).

Last round

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The Blues did things the hard way in their first round with victory over Clyde.

Martin McNiff's early goal had the Bully Wee in front and when ex-Stranraer man Smart Osadolor scored it looked like it was game over.

However, there were would be a stirring comeback. Scott Agnew scored from the spot after Grant Anderson was brought down and Anderson's deflected effort then went in off the unfortunate Jordan Stewart.

The game then went into extra time where Ryan Wallace smashed home a free kick after Blair Currie was adjudged to have picked up a backpass.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron (Thomson 56), Lang, Woods (Wallace 56), Bell, Agnew (Hamill 108), Anderson, Turner (Stoney 76), Okoh.
Not used: Neill, McKinlay and Currie.

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The young Jags cruised into the second round with a big win over Stirling University.

The score was just 1-0 at the break though, with Neil McLaughlin finding the target. However, there would be another six goals after the interval as the Firhill faithful got to cheer a few goals.

Mark Lamont made it two seven minutes after the restart before McLaughlin grabbed his second. Kevin Nisbet made it 4-0 on the hour before Aidan Fitzpatrick grabbed number five.

Stirling University substitute Blair Lyons pulled one back but fittingly, McLaughlin would have the final say and wrap up his hat-trick and the win with 11 minutes left.

Partick Thistle: Sneddon, Duncanson (Higgins 83), Fleming, Granger, Penrice, Wilson (J Stokes 68), Fitzpatrick, McCarthy, Lamont, McLaughlin, Nisbet (I Stokes 83).
Not used: Eadie, Kelly and Kerr.


Stranraer's last five games

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Queen's Park (A): 2-2 (Wallace and Anderson)
Ayr United (H): 3-4 (Wallace and Thomson x2)
Clyde (A): 2-3 (Agnew (P), OG and Wallace)
Raith Rovers (A): 3-0
East Fife (H): 1-0 (Hamill

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Queen's Park: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Turner (Okoh 76), Woods (Stoney 83), Wallace, Anderson (Trialist 46), Thomson.
Not used: McGowan, McKinlay, Scott and Currie. 

Referee

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Stranraer started last season with a 2-1 victory and closed the campaign with a 2-1 victory.

Players and managers came and went between the trip to Annan on the opening day and the victory at Stair Park on the season's final afternoon, but one thing that was the same, other than the score, was the man in the middle - Steven Reid.

He last visited Stair Park on May 6 when the Blues defeated East Fife, with Craig Malcolm and Amadou Kassaraté scoring their final goals for the club.

Admission

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Reduced entry prices apply:

Adult £10, Concessions (65+) £5, Secondary School £3, Primary School FREE.

If you're travelling from the north, please note the A77 closure which starts at 8pm on Friday for the full weekend, so will affect the journey home.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Raith Rovers 6 16
2 Ayr United 6 10
3 Arbroath 6 10
4 Stranraer 6 10
5 Albion Rovers 6 9
6 East Fife 6 9
7 Alloa Athletic 6 8
8 Airdrieonians 6 7
9 Queen's Park 6 4
10 Forfar Athletic 6 3

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