Scorers: Raith Rovers - McKay (4), Barjonas (34); Stranraer - Turner (41), Cameron (44), Victoria (90+2)

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STRANRAER produced an inspired comeback from two goals down to record their first league win at Stark's Park since 1984.

Raith Rovers had looked out of sight, but goals from Kyle Turner and Innes Cameron set up a dramatic second half.

And Joao Victoria pounced in stoppage time to earn a historic victory in Kirkcaldy.

Stevie Farrell made no changes from the side which triumphed over playoff contenders Forfar Athletic a week earlier, with David Brownlie only fit enough for the bench on his return to the squad.

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But it was a nightmare start for the Wigtownshire men.

Rovers were on top from the first whistle, and went into an early lead from a corner kick.

Defender Dave McKay rose highest to meet a Jamie Barjonas cross, and bundled the ball past Stranraer keeper Max Currie at the back post.

Despite that setback, the Blues had chances to equalise.

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Victoria was proving a threat, dodging past Iain Davidson before flashing a ball across the face of goal with Innes Cameron waiting through the middle.

25 minutes in, the Portuguese forward found Cameron, but the on-loan Kilmarnock prospect could only volley over the bar.

Currie was then called into action to deny Raith defender Euan Murray with his feet, before pawing away a Kevin Nisbet effort at the top corner.

However Raith would double their lead on 34 minutes.

Rangers loanee Barjonas rounded off a quick counter by striding onto a Kevin Nisbet ball, racing clear of Jamie Hamill and tucking a tiy finish into the bottom corner.

Home fans could have been forgiven for thinking the contest was out of sight, but with Stevie Farrell shouting encouragement from the touchline, Stranraer stuck to their game plan.

And the Blues' efforts paid off with two goals in the space of three first half minutes.

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Kyle Turner slid in to convert Cameron Elliott's cross at the near post to put his side back in with a chance.

And Innes Cameron then shocked the Stark's Park faithful by heading home a Mark Lamont cross to level the scoring in the closing moments of the first half.

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Stranraer had their tails well and truly up, and Elliott almost made it three deep in first half stoppage time only to see his shot blocked by Davidson.

After the end to end nature of the first 45, the second half was a more cagey affair, with Raith forced to adapt after injuries to Nat Wedderburn and Nathan Flanagan, as Stranraer sought to supply 18 year old target man Cameron.

The Killie youngster was giving the Raith backline plenty to think about, lifting a shot just over the bar from an angle just after the hour mark.

Currie would be tested by efforts from Nisbet, Jamie Gullan and Ross Matthews, but proved equal to anything the hosts could muster.

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Euan Murray then squandered a glorious opportunity to put Rovers in the driving seat once more, clawing his shot wide of the mark.

Ali McCann has been close to scoring his first Stranraer goal on a number of occasions in recent weeks, but was denied again, this time by a close range block after a burst of pace and tempting delivery from danger man Victoria.

Just as the game looked like ending in a draw, Stranraer sensed the three points were there for the taking.

Cameron rattled the inaide of the post with a curling strike.

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And, fittingly, Victoria crowned an impressive performance by nodding home on the rebound to secure a historic victory for Stranraer.

The win moves the Blues four points clear of the relegation places in 8th, with 9th-placed Brechin City the visitors to Stair Park on Saturday 20 April.

Raith Rovers: Lyness, Murray, Davidson, McKay, Crane, Matthews, Wedderburn (Gullan 59), Barjonas, Flanagan (Bowie 71), Buchanan (McGuffie 67), Nisbet.
Not used: Benedictus, Watson, McGuff, Tait.

Stranraer: Currie, Hamill, McDonald, McManus, D Smith, Lamont (Anderson 78), Turner, McCann, Elliott (Crossan 83), Victoria, Cameron.
Not used: McColm, Brownlie, Avci.

Referee: Steven Reid
Attendance: 1,204
HT: 2-2

Photos: Bill McCandlish

Highlights

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 3 6
2 Livingston
2 5
3 Falkirk 3 4
4 Stranraer 2 3
5 Berwick 2 0