Football: Stranraer break duck

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Stranraer 1 St Johnstone 0

Stranraer were finally able to celebrate their first major trophy victory after more than a century by winning the Challenge Cup at Clyde's Broadwood Stadium, thanks to a first-half own goal by St Johnstone's Northern Ireland international Danny Griffin.

The winner came after 27 minutes through Stranraer's first shot at goal and they did not manage another until 13 minutes from the end. Jimmy Hughes fired in a 30-yard free-kick that Alan Main let slip and as the ball bobbled Griffin slid in and hammered it high into the net.

Despite having the bulk of possession St Johnstone, the favourites, only turned pressure into chances during the second half. The final of a much maligned tournament drew a crowd of over 5,500 despite the foul weather.

Stranraer: Duffy; Duncan, Black (Crawford, 29), Hughes, Gallagher (Robertson, 58), McCaffrey, Sloan, Lansdowne, Young (McMillan, 62), McAulay, Docherty.

St Johnstone: Main; McQuillan, Preston, Sekerlioglu (Fyhr, 82), Weir, Griffen, Tosh, O'Neill, Grant, Ferguson (Farquhar, 72), Jenkinson. Substitute not used: Whiteford.

Referee: K Clark (Paisley).

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