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STRANRAER continued their unbeaten league run with a valuable away point at Airdrie.

Max Currie produced another impressive display in the Blues goal to deal his opponents' promotion hopes a blow, in what was a frustrating afternoon for the Diamonds.

Having signed a day earlier, Joao Victoria took his place on the Blues bench as Stevie Farrell handed a first start to striker Denny Johnstone, who was cup tied for last week's trip to Ibrox and will miss the next game against his parent club.

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But it was a January signing from the other side who looked the likeliest to score in the early stages.

Andy Ryan had already pulled a shot wide with just two minutes on the clock, but the former Dunfermline man produced an effort a few minutes later which required a good save from Blues goalkeeper Max Currie to stop it finding the bottom corner of the net.

With Ryan Stevenson through the middle and Johnstone occupying the wide areas along with Cameron Elliott, Stranraer had sight of goal on a couple of occasions without troubling home keeper Scott Gallacher.

Ryan Thomson had burst down the left and cut inside to find Johnstone, but his low ball just escaped the former Birmingham City man.

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Johnstone would then manage to get a shot away from 20 yards, only to see it sail over the bar.

Elliott later flashed a header wide from a Jordan Allan free kick, but Airdrie would have the better of the chances as the first half wore on.

Josh Kerr, Callum Smith and Paul McKay all had wayward attempts, before Calum Gallagher capitalised on indecision in the Blues defence to bring another save from Currie.

And Johnstone would float a header onto the roof of the net with the final chance of the half.

With the scores level at the break, Airdrie came out of the second half the stronger side.

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Max Currie has been in excellent form in recent weeks and the Blues keeper again came to the rescue with several saves from Gallagher, Ryan and others.

Home defenders Sean Crighton and the aforementioned McKay sent headers off target as Airdrie chased an opening goal which never came.

Farrell introduced Joao Victoria for the closing stages and the new signing had some nice touches, including a twisting, turning run into the box which only lacked a clinical finish.

The final chance of the game would fall to Elliott as he met Stevenson's delivery at the near post, but the forward could only find the side netting with a well-timed flick.

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In the end Stranraer had to settle for a third consecutive draw, with title challengers Falkirk next up at Stair Park.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, Pignatiello, McManus, Hamill, Thomson (Victoria 75), Stevenson (Jones 90+2), Johnstone (Hilton 66), Elliott.
Not used: Burgess, McIntyre, Phillips, Stirling.

Airdrieonians: Gallacher, Fordyce, Kerr (Wedderburn 74), McKay, Crighton, Millar, McCann, Smith (Thomson 67), Ryan, Gallagher, Carrick (Roy 76).
Not used: Hutton, Hawkshaw, Barrowman, MacDonald.

Referee: Barry Cook
Attendance: 749
HT: 0-0

Photos: Stranraer FC