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Scorers: Stranraer - Robertson (66) and Agnew (Pen 90+1); Queen's Park - Keena (17 and 30) and Burns (73)

STRANRAER'S poor run of form continued as an Aiden Keena-inspired Queen's Park kept themselves in contention at the bottom of the table.

The Blues came into the game on the back of a narrow defeat to Airdrie during the week.

Stevie Farrell was without Ryan Thomson, who limped off at the Excelsior Stadium, and recalled Scott Agnew to the starting lineup.

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Cameron MacPherson was also preferred to Dean Hawkshaw in midfield.

It was the impressive Keena who opened the scoring with 17 minutes on the clock.

He capitalised on a static home defence and broke clean through before cutting in from the right and beating Max Currie at his near post.

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The Blues almost immediately responded with Stephen Okoh's cross just a fraction too high for Grant Anderson and then Dylan Dykes nodding wide from Agnew's free kick.

However, those defensive frailties again raised their head on the half hour mark.

Stranraer failed to clear their lines and after a scramble in the box, the ball fell to Keena, who needed no second invitation to sweep the ball home.

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It was looking like an uphill battle but Stranraer had two potential chances to pull one back before the break.

First, Anderson's low cross was met by Agnew at the near post.

The midfielder did not make the cleanest of connections but his mishit effort almost deceived Michael White, who did well to get down and turn it round the post.

Then, the Blues had a shout for a penalty when Scott Robertson appeared to be held down in the box from a corner.

Stranraer's determination to get back into the tie was leaving gaps at the back and Currie had to be on his toes seven minutes after the restart to deny Keena his hat-trick.

The Stranraer number one also had to be on top form to deny Dominic Docherty at his near post before the Blues almost got one back from an unusual source.

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Hawkshaw, on for Dykes, exchanged passes with Anderson before the ball was fed to Chris McGowan.

The young full back cut inside two defenders but his bobbling shot was just the wrong side of the upright.

The home fans did not have long to wait for a Stranraer goal though, with Hawkshaw again involved.

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This time, he rolled the ball back to Robertson, who lifted a delightful effort over White from the edge of the box.

It gave Stranraer hope, which was promptly dashed just seven minutes later.

Jamie Hamill got caught in possession and Sean Burns rifled the ball home from the edge of the box, leaving Currie with no chance.

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Things could have got even worse for the home side with three minutes left when Currie brought down Keena in the box.

The goalkeeper denied the on-loan Hearts man a hat-trick though by saving the resultant spot kick.

And the Blues got a penalty of their own moments later when Anderson was brought down at the other end.

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Agnew squeezed his effort just out of the reach of White but with the clock already showing 91 minutes it was simply too late to change the destination of the points.

A trip to Arbroath now awaits the Blues, who are looking to end a run of six defeats in seven games.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, Macpherson, Agnew, Anderson, Turner, Dykes (Hawkshaw 61), Okoh (Woods 46).
Not used: Scott, Gray, Lyon and McLaren.

Queen's Park: White, Millen, Gibson, McVey (Brady 56), Cummins, Magee, Fotheringham, Docherty (Leitch 76), Keena, Galt (Gullan 63), Burns.
Not used: Orr, Summers, Mortimer and Foy.

Referee: Mike Roncone
Attendance: 255
HT: 0-2

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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