Stranraer 4-1 Forfar

Craig Malcolm bagged a brace as 10-man Stranraer moved level with second-bottom East Fife by comfortably defeating Forfar 4-1.

Malcolm kick-started proceedings with a goal after four minutes but despite a missed penalty from Forfar's Iain Campbell, the visitors equalised through Danny Denholm midway through the half.

However, Christopher Aitken put his side ahead five minutes before half-time then Malcolm and Frank McKeown added further goals to give Stranraer a vital second home win, despite Aitken's sending off late on.

After Malcolm had given Stranraer the lead from close range, home goalkeeper David Mitchell managed to save Campbell's penalty following Michael Dunlop's foul on Omar Kader in the box.

Denholm headed in the leveller from Kevin Motion's cross but it mattered little as Aitken cropped up in the box to put Stranraer ahead before the break.

Forfar, to their credit, pressed continually with shots in the second half, but Malcolm's persistence paid dividends with a goal from 12 yards on 73 minutes before McKeown wrapped up the win with a drilled shot deep into injury time.

Stranraer: Mitchell, Staunton, McKeown, Dunlop, Lloyd Kinnaird, Borris (Wright 14), Aitken, Gallagher, Winter (Love 89), Moore (One 78), Malcolm. Subs Not Used: Cadwell, Agnew.

Sent Off: Aitken (90).

Booked: Lloyd Kinnaird, Staunton, Moore.

Goals: Malcolm 4, Aitken 40, Malcolm 73, McKeown 90.

Forfar: Soutar, McCulloch, Bolochoweckyj, Dunlop, Iain Campbell (Keiller 86), Craigen, Ross Campbell (Tulloch 74), Motion, Kader (Gray 86), Templeman, Denholm. Subs Not Used: Scott, Bishop.

Booked: Denholm, Iain Campbell, Gray.

Goals: Denholm 28.

Att: 258

Ref: Paul Robertson.

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