Scorers: McManus (18), Doyle (40), Durnan (72)

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THREE crosses and three unanswered goals saw Stranraer slip to defeat at Falkirk.

With no changes from the side which defeated Dunfermline a week earlier, Stranraer started brightly, although Andy Stirling was unable to find the opener from a promising position.

However, it was the Bairns who made the breakthrough, Declan McManus rising unmarked in the middle to head home from a pinpoint delivery.

James Hilton forced a punch from the keeper on the half hour mark, but the hosts would increase their lead with five minutes to play of the first half.

This time it was Michael Doyle who punted home from fellow full back Paul Dixon's cross.

Falkirk cruised the second half and added a third goal on 72 minutes via the head of former Blues defender Mark Durnan.

Stevie Farrell's side are now four points below 9th placed side Forfar Athletic, with a trip to Peterhead up next.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Cummins, Hamilton, Pignatiello, McManus, Hamill, Stirling, Allan, Hilton (Stewart 60), Elliott (Murphy 60).
Not used: I Smith, Jones, Dangana, Burgess.

Falkirk: Mutch, Toshney, Buchanan, Durnan, Doyle, Longridge (Telfer 65), Miller, Gomis (McShane 82), Dixon, Sammon (Johnstone 73), McManus.
Not used: Bell, Connolly, MacLean, Tidser.

Referee: Steven Reid
Attendance: 3,488
HT: 2-0