Elgin came from behind to claim a deserved win in the first league meeting between the teams for eight years as we failed to build on last week’s 5-1 victory over Annan.
Scott Davidson gave Albion a perfect start in the Borough Briggs sunshine with a goal inside four minutes but a defensive mix-up allowed Craig Gunn to equalise before half-time and Ross Jack’s men sealed the points with second-half efforts from Mark Nicolson and Dennis Wyness.
It was a disappointing afternoon for Stirling, particularly after the boost of such an early goal, but last season’s play-off semi-final losers were good value as they followed up an opening day 0-0 draw at Berwick by continuing their fine home form of 2011/12.
Goalkeeper Mark Peat pulled off a couple of fine saves at crucial stages in the game but even that wasn’t enough and we will hope for a better performance all round when Clyde visit next week.
Boss Greig McDonald made two changes to the team that thrashed Annan 5-1. Peat got the nod ahead of Sam Filler for his debut and Gary Brass replaced the injured Bradley Coyne.
Within four minutes, Albion were ahead. Davidson linked with Graham Weir after a surging run from the middle of the park and gave on-loan Dundee keeper John Gibson no chance with a sweet strike just inside the left-hand post.
Elgin posed little threat in the early stages but equalised out of nothing in 17 minutes when a cross into the box caused confusion between Peat and a defender and man of the match Gunn pounced to steer the ball into the empty net.
Gunn was then thwarted by Peat and Brian Cameron fired over, and there was another scare for Stirling at the start of the second period when Paul McMullan ran clear but couldn’t beat Peat.
It was a temporary reprieve. In 55 minutes, Gunn’s shot was blocked on the line and ex-Ross County midfielder Nicolson rammed home the rebound.
Weir wasn’t far away from an equaliser when he flashed an angled drive narrowly wide but it was all over 10 minutes from time when veteran striker Wyness accepted a Cameron pass to score from close range and only a fine stop from Peat denied sub Paul Millar a late fourth.
Elgin City: Gibson, Beveridge (Harkins 66), McMullan, Crighton, Duff, Niven, Gunn, O’Donoghue (McLean 85), Wyness (Millar 82), Nicolson, Cameron. Subs (not used): Hallford, Black (GK).
Scorers: Gunn 17, Nicolson 55, Wyness 80
Stirling Albion: Peat, McGeachie (McClune 46), Ashe, McCunnie (Flood 66), Clark, Allison, Davidson, Macpherson (McAnespie 46), Weir, Brass, Ferry. Subs (not used): Day, Filler (GK).
Scorer: Davidson 4
Referee: Kevin Graham