15 Dumbarton W

FRIENDSHIP will go out the window - for 90 minutes at least - when Stranraer travel to Dumbarton tomorrow (Friday).

Ex-Stranraer boss Stevie Aitken will lead his Dumbarton side against former Sons assistant manager Stevie Farrell and his Blues team, with a place in the quarter finals of the IRN-BRU Cup at stake.

It will mark the first time the two have been in opposing dugouts and Farrell is looking forward to the contest.

He said: "Dumbarton are a good, solid Championship club and obviously I know them very well.

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"I know the manager very well and most of the players we know well as well.

"We have got to go there and there is a quarter final place at stake.

"Stevie Aitken will have his players up for it and believing they can win.

"We believe if we go there and play on the day we can cause them problems and you never know in a cup what can happen.

"At the end of the day, myself and Stevie Aitken speak all week but that 90 minutes is about Dumbarton and Stranraer.

"We are both competitors and highly competitive people.

"I want to win the game and he will want the same."

If the Blues are to win, they are likely to have to do it without three key players.

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Striker Ryan Wallace limped off after less than 30 minutes away to Forfar last weekend and joins David Barron on the sidelines.

Full back Liam Dick is also "a major doubt" - leaving Farrell with a selection headache in defence.

He said: "We have three experienced first team players who look like they will be out but we have got to focus on the players available and go and believe we can get a result."

That belief was typified on Saturday when Stranraer snatched what was looking an increasingly unlikely point at Station Park.

Farrell's men trailed from minute four to minute 92 but Danny Stoney popped up with a late, late leveller to ensure the points were shared.

The manager praised the striker, who - if selected - could earn his first Stranraer start since 2 May 2015, when he was part of a Blues side that won 3-1 away to Brechin City.

Farrell said: "He is a natural finisher.

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"You should see him in training when he is as good as anybody.

"He is a natural finisher, and we are delighted to have him in the squad."

Stranraer enjoyed the bulk of possession at Station Park and came close to levelling things, with Stephen Okoh's effort clipping the crossbar.

The Stair Park boss was pleased with his side's ability to keep going until the final few seconds and to pick up what could be a crucial point.

He said: "The last week against Arbroath was a major disappointment and we never saw that coming.

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"But it is how you react and we were 1-0 down after four minutes.

"You can feel sorry for yourself but we never did that and we went to the last kick of the ball.

"If you base whether we deserved the point on possession and trying to create chances away from home, then we definitely deserved it."

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-0 Dumbarton
IRN-BRU Cup, 3 September 2016

YOU don't have to go back too far to find the last time Stranraer and Dumbarton met, despite the two sides being in different leagues.

Indeed, little over 12 months have passed since Brian Reid's Stranraer welcomed Stevie Aitken's Dumbarton, which featured ex-Blues in Craig Pettigrew, Mark Docherty, Grant Gallagher and Andy Stirling.

Ryan Stevenson had a couple of efforts off target early doors but Stranraer were probably the better of the two sides. Ryan Thomson and Craig Malcolm came close but the only goal of the game would come just six minutes from time.

Substitute Christian Nadé, against his former - and now current - club, found space to turn in the box and fire at Alan Martin's goal. The goalkeeper managed to make the save but could only put it into the path of Mark McGuigan, who tapped the ball into the empty net.

One other notable event was Evan Maley making his debut for the Blues, stepping off a very youthful looking bench to replace the goalscorer with a minute to go.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, McKeown, Bell, Agnew (McCloskey 88), Turner, Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm (Nade 73), McGuigan (Maley 89).
Not used: Sherrie, Richardson, Dempster and Currie.

Dumbarton: Martin, Pettigrew, Docherty, Buchanan, Barr, Stevenson (Smith 57), Todd, Gallagher, Stanton (Fleming 57), Stirling, Thomson (McCallum 67).
Not used: Kassaraté and Ewings.

Last five meetings

- Stranraer 1-0 Dumbarton (McGuigan) at Stair Park on September 3, 2016
- Stranraer 3-2 Dumbarton (McKeown x2 and Winter; Kirkpatrick and Gilhaney) at Stair Park on July 26, 2014
- Stranraer 4-2 Dumbarton (Winter, Grehan and Aitken x2 (Pen x1); Fleming and Smith) at Stair Park on July 23, 2013
- Dumbarton 0-1 Stranraer (Tadé) at Strathclyde Homes Stadium on March 29, 2008
- Stranraer 2-0 Dumbarton (Tadé and Cashmore) at Stair Park on January 19, 2008

Stranraer's last five games

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DRAW v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-1 (Stoney)
LOSS v Arbroath (H): 2-6 (Thomson and Agnew)
WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 0-4 (Agnew x3 (Px2) and Woods)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Agnew (P))
WIN v Partick Thistle U-20s (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Stoney)

Dumbarton's last five games

LOSS v Livingston (A): 2-1 (Walsh)
WIN v Inverness Caledonian Thistle (H): 2-1 (Froxylias and Wardrop)
WIN v Brechin City (H): 2-1 (Stewart and Froxylias)
DRAW v Dundee United (A): 1-1 (Smith)
WIN v Connah's Quay Nomads (H): 2-1 (Wilson and Froxylias)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Forfar: Belford, Robertson, Neill, Lang (Stoney 42), Hamill, Woods (Okoh 67), Bell, Agnew, Anderson, Thomson, Wallace (Turner 29).
Not used: McGowan, Elliott, Gray and Currie.

Dumbarton lineup v Livingston: Gallacher, McLaughlin, Dowie, Wardrop, Hutton, Hill (Wilson 79), Barr, Walsh, Froxylias, Stewart (Morrison 72), Nadé (Roy 89).
Not used: Smith, Johnston, Gallagher and Ewings.


Stevie Aitken will be in one corner, Chris Aitken will be in the other - and in the middle is Greg Aitken.

The referee has already been involved in a Dumbarton game this season. He was in charge when the Sons visited Tannadice and came away with an impressive 1-1 draw. David Smith scored early for Stevie Aitken's side but James Keatings found a late equaliser for the home team.

The whistler's last game involving Stranraer also involved Dundee United. The two sides met last year in the Scottish League Challenge Cup when Anthony Andreu's second half strike was all that separated the two teams.



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Entry prices at the Rock have been lowered for this game to £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, £3 for 12 to 16 year olds, and free for under 12s (when accompanied by an adult).


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With Saturday now fixture-free, there's another opportunity to watch the local Stranraer Reserves in action at Stair Park, as the young Blues take on Lochar Thistle in the SSFL League Cup (3pm).

Admission is £4 for adults, £2 for senior citizens (65+) and secondary school pupils, and FREE for primary school pupils and Stranraer season ticket holders.

Photo credit: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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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)