Scorers: Clyde - Goodwillie (2, 22), McNiff (31); Stranraer - Anderson (56)

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STRANRAER couldn't continue their Motherwell momentum as their Betfred Cup progression hopes ended with a disappointing defeat at home to Clyde.

Stevie Farrell made three changes from the team which triumphed against the Premiership side on penalties just three days earlier.

Captain Jamie Hamill was recalled along with Mark Lamont and Max Ashmore, as Connor McManus, Grant Anderson and Luke Donnelly made way.

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Former Stranraer men Scott Rumsby and Kevin Nicoll lined up for the visitors, and there was a battle of the brothers as Blair Currie started in goal for Clyde, with sibling Max at the other end.

The Blues would struggle to deal with a low-lying sun and the abilities of dangerous frontman David Goodwillie as the League Two side built a commanding three goal lead in just half an hour.

The former Scotland international raced clear of the Blues defence to receive a long ball and had all the time in the world to tap home the simplest of finishes past Max Currie.

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Currie was a busy man, and had to be alert to palm away a goalbound header from Martin McNiff.

Goodwillie doubled the visitors' advantage by utilising his pace to beat the defensive line once more, slotting into the bottom corner.

And Stranraer's woes were increased yet further as McNiff found the net this time, beating Currie to a high ball to head into an empty net.

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The Blues to their credit refused to give up, and David Brownlie was unlucky to see his header from a Lamont corner cleared off the line.

Stevie Farrell's side would have to wait until after the break to pull a goal back, through one of three half-time substitutes who started on Saturday.

Grant Anderson was first to a misplaced clearance, and powered home a half volley to give the Blues hope.

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Clyde almost found a fourth goal just before the hour mark, as Nicoll crashed a header off the top of the crossbar.

Half chances fell to Adam Cummins and Luke Donnelly in the closing stages, but that would be as good as it got for Stranraer.

And Goodwillie would have made it four, had his strike not cannoned off the post.

To round off a rotten night for Stranraer, summer signing Isaac Layne limped off after suffering an injury, forcing the hosts to play with ten men for the final few minutes.

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The Blues will now look to put this performance behind them against another fourth tier side in the shape of Edinburgh City on Saturday.

Referee: Steven Reid
Attendance: 382
HT: 0-3

Photos: Stranraer FCBill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15