Scorers: Stranraer – Lamont (9), McCann (12) and Elliott (90)

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LEAGUE One football will once again be played at Stair Park next season after Stranraer’s convincing victory over Brechin City.

Both sides were desperate for the points but it was Stevie Farrell’s men who emerged with the win and sealed their spot in Scotland’s third tier.

The manager named the same team that had bounced back from two goals down to beat Raith Rovers, with Robbie Murray joining fellow Stranraer reserve Ali McColm on the home side’s bench.

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Joao Victoria had opened the scoring after just 31 seconds in Stranraer’s last game at Stair Park and he was involved in another early goal.

His fine run from the left cut open the Brechin defence and he unselfishly squared the ball to Mark Lamont, who was ice cool and picked his spot beyond Graham Bowman.

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A good start would become great just three minutes later and again it was a Stranraer player seeing his name on the scoresheet for the first time for the club.

Cameron Elliott did exceptionally well on the right before firing in a low cross and Alistair McCann was in the right place to turn the ball home.

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Brechin were struggling to get going and it took a fine save from Bowman to keep the score at just two midway through the half.

This time it was Elliott trying his luck with a fierce drive, which was touched over the crossbar.

Victoria then saw a deflected effort fly off target as the hosts threatened to tie the game up before the break.

As fine as the first half was, Stranraer surely expected Brechin to come out in determined fashion after the half time interval.

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Sean Burns dragged a shot wide before the visitors had their best chance of the game.

For once, the home defence was cut open and Ross Kavanagh found himself clean through on goal.

Fortunately, Max Currie stood tall to make the break and the chance was gone.

That was about as good as it got though for Barry Smith’s men, with Kyle Turner unlucky to see a deflected effort loop up and drop the wrong side of the upright.

Connor McManus volleyed over from a Lamont corner before Stranraer thought they had goal number three.

Bowman failed to hold on to Elliott’s shot after a fine weaving run and Victoria was lurking.

The on-loan Airdrie man was looking to score for the third game in a row but smashed his effort against the Brechin number one.

The ball came back to Victoria and many in the crowd thought he had tucked home the rebound only for it to be cleared off the line.

Stranraer were keen to get that third goal, though, and really put the game to bed.

McCann curled a shot wide from the edge of the box before the icing was put on the cake in the 90th minute.

Elliott strode forward unchallenged and, with options to his left and right, capped a marvellous day by blasting the ball beyond Bowman.

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Three different goalscorers, three first-time scorers for Stranraer but most importantly three points.

Farrell’s men can go into the final two games - against Dumbarton and Airdrie - without having to look over their shoulder, knowing it is mission accomplished.

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Stranraer: Currie, McDonald, McManus, D Smith, Hamill, Lamont (Anderson 74), Turner, McCann, Elliott (McColm 90), Victoria (Crossan 86), Cameron.
Not used: Murray and Avci.

Brechin City: Bowman, McLean (Jamieson 73), Burns, Hill, Spark, Jackson, E Smith, Robertson (Orsi 35), Kavanagh, Scobie, Miller.
Not used: McGeever, C Tapping, Sinclair, J Tapping, Jamieson and O’Neil.

Referee: Mike Roncone
Attendance: 374
HT: 2-0

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Airdrieonians 0 0
2 Clyde 0 0
3 Dumbarton 0 0
4 East Fife 0 0
5 Falkirk 0 0
6 Forfar Athletic 0 0
7 Montrose 0 0
8 Peterhead 0 0
9 Raith Rovers 0 0
10 Stranraer 0 0