We check in with Stuart Wild's under 20s side after a wildly successful month for the young Blues.

Stranraer U20s 4-2 Ayr United U20s
12 September 2017
SPFL Development League West

okoh 20s

Former Ayr United players Adam Caldwell and Jai Holland featured in the Stranraer squad for the trip to Cumnock.

And Holland would return to haunt Ayr, scoring two as the Blues recorded an impressive victory, with first teamers Stephen Okoh and Kyle Turner chipping in with one goal apiece in a first half onslaught.

Clyde U20s 2-4 Stranraer U20s
19 September 2017
SPFL Development League West

Broadwood Stadium 1

The U20s travelled to Broadwood to take on a Clyde team searching for their first win.

Despite losing a goal in 5 minutes, Stranraer came back before half time when Gavin Scott cut in from the right, outpacing the Clyde central defenders to confidently put Stranraer level.

The second half began brightly with captain Chris McGowan scoring from a corner, after John Mitchell rose highest at the back post to head it back across goal.

Scoring was wrapped up after Jai Holland was upended in the box and dusted himself down to score from the spot.

Albion Rovers U20s 0-3 Stranraer U20s
25 September 2017
SPFL Development League West

stoney 1x

Albion Rovers posed the next test at Cliftonhill, and again Stevie Farrell sent several first team players down for match sharpness, with Scott Robertson, Tom Lang and Danny Stoney providing some experience.

An assured first half saw Stranraer create several chances, taking the lead when Gavin Scott confidently slotted past the keeper from 15 yards after a well worked move between Caldwell, McGowan and Kieran McLaughlin.

The game was well and truly wrapped up in the second half, with Stoney getting his name on the scoresheet.

Stranraer U20s 2-0 Selkirk
1 October 2017
Youth Cup


Sunday saw the young Blues compete in the second round of the Youth Cup at New Western Park (home of Renfrew Juniors), against Selkirk - conquerors of Bonnyton Thistle in the first round.

Missing for the Blues were both centre backs, with John Mitchell serving a one match ban after his red card in the first round and Zack Simpson still not recovered from an injury suffered in the same game.

The first half was bereft of good football, as the swirling wind and rain put paid to any quality passing, although Stranraer had the better chances playing against a strong wind.

The second half started with Stuart Wild's side holding the wind advantage, restricting Selkirk to counter attacks. After 65 minutes, Holland - who had been rested in the Albion Rovers match - opened the scoring after a solo run from 35 yards out, showing good strength in holding off the centre back to put Stranraer 1-0 up.

Selkirk went with a more open game, and keeper Ryan McLaren was called into action to make a good diving save to keep the Blues ahead.

Gaps were opening up in the wide areas for McLaughlin and Elliot to exploit, and the game was finally wrapped up with 13 minutes left.

Holland cleverly allowed a ball in from Elliot to run through him to Scott - who had taken up a good position 15 yards out - to control, and he placed a left footed drive into the bottom corner to seal the passage to round 3.

You can watch the under 20s in league action against East Kilbride FC at K-Park tonight (Tuesday 3 October), kickoff 8pm.

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Arbroath 6 14
2 Raith Rovers 6 12
3 Airdrieonians 6 9
4 Brechin City 6 8
5 Stranraer 6 8
6 Dumbarton 6 7
7 East Fife 6 7
8 Forfar Athletic 6
9 Stenhousemuir 6 6
10 Montrose 6 6


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andrew McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)