Scorers: Brechin City – E Smith (32); Stranraer – Cameron (34) and Hamill (70)

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GOALS from Innes Cameron and Jamie Hamill gave Stranraer their first victory of 2019.

The Blues travelled to Glebe Park looking for their first win at Brechin since May 2015 and looking to end a winless run.

Stevie Farrell made three changes from the side that had lost out to Dumbarton, with Andy McDonald missing out through suspension, PJ Crossan absent through injury and Joao Victoria dropping to the bench.

That meant a recall for Adam Cummins and a first start for Cameron Elliott since August, with Ali McCann handed his Blues debut.

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Despite the winless run, the visitors were on top for much of the first half.

Cummins saw a header from close range blocked before Cameron turned and shot but his effort was an easy take for Patrick O’Neil.

A number of corners failed to yield any clear cut chances, with Elliott also seeing efforts from the edge of the box blocked.

Therefore it was a blow when Stranraer went behind on 32 minutes.

A long ball up the park was met by Andy Jackson, who nodded the ball into the path of Euan Smith.

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The Brechin man needed no second invitation and swept the ball past a helpless Max Currie.

But Farrell’s men would not be behind for long.

In fact, barely 90 seconds had been played before Stranraer pulled themselves level.

Kyle Turner did well down the left and fizzed in a low cross, which was met by Cameron.

The striker cleverly flicked the ball home at the near post and the scores were level.

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Turner had another effort saved by O’Neil, with Lewis Toshney pulling a shot wide of the left post at the other end.

Brechin started the second half on top and really should have been in front just a minute after the restart.

Again, it was Toshney with the chance but this time Currie did exceptionally well to block with his feet.

Dougie Hill then headed over in the six-yard box but Stranraer would turn the game on its head with 20 minutes left to play.

A free-kick in the D was left by Turner and Hamill smashed a powerful shot through the wall and beyond O’Neil.

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It was a goal which gave Stranraer an added spark and, despite a Brechin penalty appeal, the visitors could have extended their advantage.

Cummins saw a header cleared off the line before Cameron had the ball in the net.

The on-loan Kilmarnock man raced onto Turner’s through ball and beat O’Neil but the striker was ruled offside.

Then, in stoppage time, the Blues were denied by the woodwork.

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Cameron returned the favour and found Turner, who evaded a challenge in the box and smashed a shot off the crossbar, although he perhaps could have squared it to substitute Victoria for a tap in.

In the end, it did not matter with referee David Lowe blowing for full time just a few moments later.

Not only was it a much needed three points but it was a merited victory, which sees Stranraer leapfrog their hosts in the League One table.

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Brechin City: O’Neil, McLean, McGeever, Hill, Toshney (Lynas 74), Scobbie, E Smith, Robertson, Thomson, Jackson, Kavanagh.
Not used: Tapping, Morena and Bowman.

Stranraer: Currie, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson, Elliott (Victoria 82), Cameron.
Not used: O’Keefe, Lamont and Avci.

Attendance: 378
Referee: David Lowe.
HT: 1-1

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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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
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10 Stranraer 27 16