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Scorers: George (20), Vuckic (31), OG Lang (41) and Ooserwijk (71 and 84)

OVERSEAS visitors FC Twente strolled to a comfortable victory after outclassing Stranraer at Stair Park.

The Dutch side, who finished seventh in the Eredivisie last season, brought a full strength side featuring international stars.

Ex-Celtic defender Jos Hooiveld and Rangers midfielder Haris Vuckic both featured for Rene Hake's men.

It was a Stranraer side featuring a number of new faces as well.

Chris Aitken was in charge, with Stevie Farrell on holiday, and his side featured five debutants, with Morgyn Neill also in the lineup after his loan spell last year was made permanent.

Agnew, Lang, Anderson and Hamill line up

Joining Neill in the starting XI were Tom Lang, Jamie Hamill, Grant Anderson, Ryan Wallace and Paul Woods.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession throughout the 90 minutes and were clinical in front of goal.

Liam Dick and Neill had already denied the visitors before the deadlock was broken on 21 minutes.

Tom Lang and FC Twente winger Dylan George do battle

A quick break down the left saw Dylan George cut inside Neill before curling an unstoppable effort round Cameron Belford and in off the post.

Stranraer gave the ball away a second time just after the half hour mark.

This time, Hamill and Lang were caught out in possession and Vuckic capitalised.

Jamie Hamill tries to stop FC Twente's Lukas Browning

The ex-Newcastle man strode forward with purpose and stepped inside the helpless Belford to score.

Stranraer's best chance came six minutes later through new boy Wallace.

Anderson and Wallace did well to pressure the defensive line into a mistake but the striker's shot lacked any real conviction and goalkeeper Nick Hengelman got down low to make the save.

Ryan Wallace presses the goalkeeper

The third goal was coming though and, unfortunately, it would be a Stranraer own goal.

An inswinging corner was not dealt with and Lang could only bundle the ball into his own net under pressure.

Things could have been even worse before the break as Vuckic teed up Danny Holla.

Fortunately, luck was on Stranraer's side on this occasion as his precise volley clipped the crossbar.

It was all change at the break, with FC Twente making 11 changes and Stranraer making four of their own.

Ryan Thomson bursts down the wing

Off went Belford, Wallace, Agnew and Woods with Max Currie, Stephen Okoh, Ryan Thomson and Kyle Turner stepping on to the field.

Currie was to prove a busy man as he denied Jonatan Frimann with his feet after the substitute wandered through the home defence.

Jari Ooserwijk's aim was off after the hour mark but he redeemed himself with goal number four.

The Blues failed to deal with another corner and the frontman was in the right place to flick home from close range.

Max Currie springs into action to save from Jari Oosterwijk

Currie again came to the rescue in the final ten minutes when he did brilliantly to tip over Ooserwijk's close range header.

But the visitors and Ooserwijk were not to be denied as they grabbed number five with six minutes left.

The striker rolled his marker outside the box and fired a crisp low shot into the bottom right corner.

FC Twente, as expected, were more than a few steps above the opposition Stranraer usually welcome to Stair Park.

However, the result was far from important, with the entire day more of a celebration between the two sides.

Team photo prior to Stranraer v FC Twente

The friendship between Stranraer and Enschede has been well and truly strengthened and cemented, with a crowd of more than 850, including more than 400 Dutch visitors.

Stranraer: Belford (Currie 46), Robertson, Dick (Lidington 62), Lang, Neill, Hamill (McGowan 62), Anderson (Stoney 62), Bell, Wallace (Okoh 46), Agnew (Thomson 46), Woods (Turner 46).

Referee: Barry Cook
HT: 3-0

Thanks to Bill McCandlish and Glenn Coulter LBIPP for their images.

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