Scorers: Montrose – Rennie (58); Stranraer – Hamill (90)

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A STOPPAGE time equaliser from Jamie Hamill made it four points from six on the road for Stranraer.

The Blues travelled to Montrose after picking up their first away win of the season against Stenhousemuir.

However, they would leave it very late to pick up a point at Links Park after going behind to Martin Rennie’s header before the hour mark.

Stevie Farrell made one change from the side that lost to Airdrie seven days earlier.

Innes Cameron moved to the bench, with Connor McManus fully fit once again.

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Stranraer started positively with Luke Donnelly and Kyle Turner having half chances in the opening ten minutes.

Montrose would have opportunities at the other end though through Craig Johnston and Rennie, but David Brownlie probably should have done better midway through the first half.

Donnelly was the provider but Brownlie could not keep his header down from close range.

Donnelly then called Jordan Millar into action with a low shot before Adam Cummins headed over from the resultant corner.

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PJ Crossan was also denied by the home number one as Stranraer came close to getting their noses in front before the break.

However, it was the hosts who started the second half better.

Andrew Steeves saw his cross blocked but when the ball broke back to the full back he went for goal.

His fizzing, swerving shot looked destined for the far corner before Max Currie pushed the ball to safety.

The goalkeeper was called into action again moments later and this time the save was, arguably, even more spectacular.

A long ball found Johnston and his dipping volley from fully 30 yards was tipped over the crossbar by a fully stretched Stranraer number one.

The third time would be the charm though as Montrose edged their way in front.

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Chris Antoniazzi fizzed in a free-kick and Rennie was in the right place to guide a header past a helpless Currie at his near post.

The hosts could have and maybe should have doubled their advantage when Johnston played in an inviting ball seven minutes later.

Terry Masson had made up the yards but his diving header was too close to Currie.

Understandably, Stranraer went for broke with the introduction of Mark Lamont and Cameron at the expense of David Smith and Daniel Higgins.

Ian Smith was also brought on in place of McManus but it looked as if the game was slipping away until it entered stoppage time.

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Lamont’s corner was met by Andy McDonald, who was unlucky to see his backheel hit the bar.

The ball then bobbled around in the box before captain Hamill was in the right place at the right time to force the ball home after what can only be described as a stramash.

It might not have been the prettiest goal but it was certainly an important one and they all count.

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Incredibly, Montrose very nearly won it three minutes into stoppage time.

Goalscorer Rennie was almost the hero again with his free-kick clipping the Stranraer wall and the deflection wrong-footing Currie.

Fortunately for Stranraer and the travelling support it struck the crossbar and bounced to safety.

A draw was probably just about a fair result with Stranraer edging things in the first half and Montrose doing likewise after the break.

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Angus is again the destination next weekend when the Blues head to Arbroath in the Scottish Cup.

Montrose: Millar, Steeves, Allan (Bolochoweckyj 45), Harrington, Dillon, Masson, Redman, Antoniazzi (Watson 70), Cregg, Rennie, Johnston (Campbell 87).
Not used: Fotheringham, Callaghan, Henderson and Fleming.

Stranraer: Currie, Higgins (Lamont 65), McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith (Cameron 64), Hamill, Cummins, McManus (I Smith 80), Turner, Donnelly, Crossan.
Not used: McGowan, Ashmore, Diver and Avci.

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 532
HT: 0-0

Photos: Stranraer FC


SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16