Match Report - By Steven Mew
An equaliser just five minutes from time by Stranraer substitute Luke Donnelly cost City all three points at Glebe Park yesterday afternoon.
It was a real sucker punch for a City side who dominated proceedings but were punished by the visitors who rarely troubled Brennan in the home goal until late in the game.
Cameron Blues, who had just signed for the club on loan from Livingston on Friday came straight into the starting lineup at the expense of Jordan Sinclair who dropped to the bench. Despite recovering from injury, captain Paul McLean continued to miss out through illness.
It was the visitors who were first to threaten on 11 minutes. David Smith swung in a cross for Innes Cameron who headed against the post however the linesman had already flagged for offside.
City's first chance came four minutes later when Hendry got on the end of Callum Tapping's free kick however he could only direct his header straight at the goalkeeper. Shortly before the half mark, the same player had a shot from outside the box which flashed past the post.
In a match bereft of any real quality, CALLUM TAPPING lit up the game as City opened the scoring on 31 minutes. Sean Burns won a free kick right on the edge of the box and 'Taps' stepped up to curl a sumptuous effort over the wall and into the corner of the net.
City looked to double their advantage before the break with Blues striking wide and just a minute later, Jackson had a shot which was straight at Currie. On the stroke of half time, Hendry tried his luck with a curled effort inside the box which went just wide.
The second half continued in much the same fashion with City on top but they only had several half chances to show for it. Tapping tried to catch Currie out with a deft chip but the Stranraer keeper backtracked to save comfortably and on the hour mark, Currie was equal to a low shot from Burns on the edge of the box.
City's best opportunity of the second period came 6 minutes from time when Burns was played clean through on goal but he was unable to keep his composure, blasting high and wide of goal when he really should have tested the keeper.
Almost immediately at the other end, City were dealt a blow as the visitors salvaged an equaliser with their first meaningful effort on goal in the second half. It was made by two substitutes as PJ Crossan's delivery into the box was only half cleared and LUKE DONNELLY was on hand to sweep the ball home from inside the box.
The momentum swung completely as the Blues almost nicked a winner in the last minute. The ball was headed down for PJ Crossan just yards from goal but Brennan made a superb save with his feet to deny the on-loan Celtic striker.
Referee John McKendrick called time on an ultimately disappointing result from a game in which City controlled for long spells. However, had it not been for the heroics of Brennan late on, it could have easily ended in defeat.
City are on their travels next weekend as we face Airdrieonians at the Penny Cars Stadium
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