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STRANRAER rose to 5th in the table with a comprehensive victory over 10-man Queen's Park at a windswept and interesting Hampden.

The headlines on the morning of the game were all about keeper Cameron Belford's golden boots, but they never saw the light of day.

Instead, Brian Reid's men produced a golden performance.

Having scored a brace the previous week against Albion Rovers, Craig Thomson was lively once more, his surging runs causing problems for Queens left back Scott Gibson.

Thomson's cutback for Craig Malcolm saw the striker in a good position on the edge of the box, and Spiders keeper Willie Muir did well to push his strike over.
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Queen's Park had a new signing amongst their ranks in the form of Canada youth international Dario Zanatta, on loan from Hearts.

The striker looked lively in the first half, but was left to rue a miscue on the volley with only Belford to beat.

Blues captain Steven Bell almost opened the scoring from a Willie Gibson corner, his header bringing a fine save from Muir.

However, the home keeper turned villain in the 39th minute as he spilled a Thomson cross to the feet of Liam Dick, who calmly fired into the net to put Stranraer ahead.

The Blues nearly doubled their lead within seconds of the restart, with Muir making consecutive saves from Mark McGuigan and Gibson.14462825 1111700325583859 2316439203846873338 n
Malcolm came close with a low left-footed strike from the edge of the area which bobbled wide on the wet Hampden turf.

54 minutes in, two key moments changed the game.

First, Belford made a crucial point-blank save to deny Sean Burns' diving header.

Then, with Kyle Turner bearing down on goal, Queens' Darren Miller made a late lunge to bring the Blues midfielder down.

Referee Colin Steven wasted no time, immediately brandishing a red card.

With the advantage of an extra man, Stranraer took control for the final half an hour.

Gibson flashed the resulting free kick past the post, and Muir again denied McGuigan and Gibson with some fine goalkeeping.14425355 1111838865570005 5209540879515947430 o

The pressure paid off on 63 minutes, with Gibson's pinpoint cross from a corner finding Malcolm, who rose to divert a powerful header into the corner of the net.

Gibson was the provider again shortly after as McGuigan narrowly missed a chance to make it 3 from close range.

With the game put to bed, Brian Reid took the opportunity to make a number of substitutions in the closing minutes, and Stranraer cruised to the finish line to record their 3rd win in 4 league matches.

Next up, Brechin City at Stair Park.

Queen's Park: Muir, S Gibson (Malone 45'), McGeever, Cummins, Millen, Fotheringham, Miller, Brady (Woods 70'), Burns, Galt (Brown 67'), Zanatta.
Not used: Carter, McVey, McLeish, Murphy

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron (McKeown 84'), Bell, Morena, Turner, C Thomson, W Gibson, Malcolm (Watt 76'), McGuigan (R Thomson 69')
Not used: Agnew, McCloskey

Referee: Colin Steven
Attendance: 534
HT: 0-1
Match images courtesy of Queen's Park Football Club.

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1 Airdrieonians 0 0
2 Arbroath 0 0
3 Brechin City 0 0
4 Dumbarton 0 0
5 East Fife 0 0
6 Forfar Athletic 0 0
7 Montrose 0 0
8 Raith Rovers 0
9 Stenhousemuir 0 0
10 Stranraer 0 0



Grant Anderson, Kyle Turner, Jamie Hamill, Chris McGowan, Andrew McDonald (St Mirren), Max Currie, Lyle Avci (Ayr United), Cameron Elliott, Sam Lidington, Mark Lamont (East Fife), David Brownlie (Airdrieonians), David Smith (Dumbarton).

OUT: Angus Beith (end of loan), Dylan Dykes (end of loan), Dean Hawkshaw (end of loan), Ross Lyon (end of loan), Cameron MacPherson (end of loan), David Barron, Stephen Okoh, Scott Robertson (Airdrieonians), Ryan Thomson, Morgyn Neill (Stenhousemuir), Scott Agnew (East Fife), Gavin Scott (scholarship, USA).

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