The U20s continued their SPFL Development League West campaign this past fortnight with trips to East Kilbride and Dumfries.
East Kilbride U20s 4-3 Stranraer U20s
K-Park Training Academy
Tuesday 3 October 2017
Stuart Wild was pleased with the spirit shown by his young Blues side as they fought back from 2-0 down at K-Park against East Kilbride.
John Mitchell's unfortunate own goal and a spectacular low drive into the bottom corner had Stranraer chasing the game, despite creating some good chances in the first half.
The only first teamer in the Blues lineup was Stephen Okoh, and he was unfortunate not to pull one back before the break after cutting inside from the left, only for his shot to hit the side netting.
David Gray gave the youngsters hope, the defender rising to meet an inswinging corner at the right hand side of the 8 yard box to head past the helpless goalkeeper.
Hamish McKinlay levelled the scoring with a low strike, and then showed some sublime skill to bring the ball down and drill into the bottom corner from 20 yards to make it 3-2 to the Blues.
Unfortunately, the hosts' experience eventually showed, as they came out on top with two goals from set pieces.
Queen of the South U20s 0-2 Stranraer U20s
Palmerston Park, Dumfries
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Stranraer made the trip to Palmerston looking to get back to winning ways after last week’s first loss in 6 games.
The Blues began the game playing at a high tempo, forcing the hosts' goalkeeper Leighfield into a number of fine saves to keep the scores level.
Stuart Wild's side suffered a setback early on, when the dangerous Gavin Scott had to be replaced by Ewan Farrell after landing heavily after a challenge.
But the pressure finally paid off after 27 minutes.
First team defender Tom Lang was brought down in the penalty box, allowing top scorer Jai Holland to score his 11th goal of the season, sending Leighfield the wrong way from the spot.
This prompted Queens into a change to attempt to negate the runs of Cami Elliott on the left, who was a constant threat to the overworked defence.
Half time came with Stranraer having created numerous chances but only having 1 goal to show for it.
Previously untroubled keeper Ryan McLaren was called into action early in the second half, diving full length to his left to keep out a low 25 yard drive.
Queens continued to press forward in the second half as the Blues were forced to defend a number of corners with Elliott a constant threat on the left on the counter attack.
Stranraer gradually regained the control of the game and were rewarded after 64 minutes with Cammy Elliott scoring his first goal for the U20s.
The midfielder received a defence-splitting diagonal pass from Adam Caldwell, and cut inside the full back to drive the ball across the keeper into the far corner.
The goal sealed a fine away win for the U20s, who sit 5th, just 5 points behind leaders Queen's Park after 7 games.
Stranraer will return to Palmerston to face Queens in the SYFA Youth Cup 3rd Round at the end of October, with the exact date to be confirmed.
First though, a 7.30pm kickoff at Cappielow on Tuesday 17 October against Morton.
Stranraer: McLaren, Caldwell, Mitchell, Lang, Gray, Burns, McGowan, McKinlay, Scott, Holland, Elliott.
Subs: Farrell, Simpson, McKenzie.
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Photos: Stranraer FC, Queen of the South/Stephen Lang