Scorers: Stirling – Allan (24) and MacDonald (Pen 53)

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GOALS in each half ensured Stranraer’s final pre-season game ended in defeat.

The hosts, who had played Newton Stewart less than 24 hours earlier, used a number of players, with the competitive action getting under way next weekend.

That included running the rule over three trialists, with each getting the final 20 minutes to impress.

The visitors, with former Stranraer man Frazer Wright as assistant manager, called Max Currie into action early doors with some shots from distance.

The best of those came from experienced striker Peter MacDonald, whose stinging drive was gathered at the second attempt by the Stranraer number one.

The deadlock was broken midway through the first half after good play on the right by Ross McGeachie.

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Stranraer failed to deal with the cross and it was cleared only as far as Danny Jardine on the edge of the box.

His shot was mishit but Jordan Allan was in the right place to divert it home from barely six yards.

Stirling, who finished their own pre-season unbeaten, could have doubled the advantage moments later.

Again, Allan was involved with the Stirling man on the end of a fine team move but rather than shoot he opted to cross and the chance was gone.

Still, Stranraer could have gone in at half time on level terms.

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Mark Lamont, a former Stirling Albion man, broke from deep within his own half and fed the ball to Isaac Layne.

The recently-signed striker saw his shot deflected for a corner and was then inches away from getting on the end of Max Ashmore’s set piece.

It was another corner that saw Stranraer denied moments later.

This time, Andrew McDonald’s close range header was blocked by a fine save from Cammy Binnie.

Kyle Turner, Adam Cummins and Chris McGowan were brought on at half time, with Grant Anderson, David Brownlie and Ashmore making way.

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That change almost immediately paid off, with McGowan almost finding an equaliser.

Luke Donnelly and Lamont linked up well with McGowan unable to make a connection at the back post with the goal gaping.

Instead, it would be the visitors who doubled their tally when they were awarded a penalty after David Smith was penalised for shirt pulling in the box.

MacDonald kept his cool and sent Currie the wrong way to double Stirling’s advantage.

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Again, Stranraer bounced back with Layne’s shot blocked at close range before substitute Cameron Elliott was denied by Binnie.

The game’s flow was further disrupted in the second half with a number of substitutions from both teams, including a trio of trialists for Stranraer.

And, just to highlight the home side’s luck was out, they hit the crossbar in the closing stages.

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A free-kick by one of the trialists found Cummins at the back post and he nodded the ball back across goal beyond the helpless Stirling substitute goalkeeper Callum Law, only for it to come back off the woodwork.

Now, the real stuff gets under way, with the competitive action heading along the A75 to Dumfries.

Stranraer: Currie, Hamill (B Trialist 69), Brownlie (McGowan 46), A McDonald (C Trialist 69), D Smith, Anderson (Cummins 46), McManus, Ashmore (Turner 46), Lamont (Liddington 69), Layne (Elliott 64), Donnelly (A Trialist 69).
Not used: Avci.

Stirling Albion: Binnie (Law 72), McGeachie, Allan, Hamilton (Watson 60), Banner, Taylor (Young 38), Moon (M McDonald 81), Jardine (Evans 89), MacDonald, Fell (McLaren 21), Robertson (Langton 68).
Not used: None.

Referee: David Dickinson
HT: 0-1

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
9
9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8