Montrose came from behind to claim their first away success of the season with a deserved victory at Forthbank as we slipped back to the foot of the table just a fortnight after recording a famous win over Rangers.
Gary Thom headed Albion into an early lead but Stuart Garden’s side equalised two minutes later when Kieran McAnespie diverted a Jamie Winter free-kick into his own net.
Leighton McIntosh fired the visitors in front after 31 minutes and Scott Morton took advantage of poor defending to add the third from close range right at the end of the first half.
Both teams were reduced to 10 men in 62 minutes when Steven Weir and Stephen McNally were sent off after squaring up and we almost pulled one back late on when sub Scott Davidson hit the post.
It was a desperately disappointing performance from the Binos against a Montrose team who had picked up just one point on their travels and had lost 6-1 at Elgin last weekend.
For the fourth time this season we lost a league match after taking the lead and we face a difficult trip to Peterhead when we end the first quarter of the Division Three campaign next week.
With boss Greig McDonald on his honeymoon, Shaun Fagan took charge in the dug-out and unsurprisingly it was an unchanged team that took the field for the first league meeting between the teams since a 1-1 draw at Forthbank in April 2004.
As against Rangers, we took the lead inside 10 minutes following a Daly McSorley corner. This time it was Thom who profited, squeezing a header into the corner for his first goal of the season.
Montrose, who included ex-Bino Craig McLeish, were level within two minutes when Winter’s free-kick was turned past Sam Filler by McAnespie and the visitors continued to threaten.
On-loan Dundee striker Leighton McIntosh burst into the area to smack a low shot into the net for the second and former Airdrie forward Scott Morton bagged the third goal as Albion were exposed again.
We had more of the ball in the second half but the visitors were largely comfortable as we slipped to our sixth defeat in eight league outings.
Stirling Albion: Filler, McClune, McAnespie, McCulloch (McCunnie 46), Thom (Davidson 65), Allison, G Weir, McSorley, White, S Weir, Ferry (Day 65). Subs (not used): Brass, Peat (GK).
Goal: Thom 7
Montrose: S Wood, McNally, R McIntosh, Crawford, Lunan, Winter (Young 82), Masson, McLeish, L McIntosh (G Wood 67), Morton (Gray 75), Johnston. Subs (not used): McGuire, Crawford (GK).
Goals: McAnespie (og) 9, L McIntosh 31, Morton 45
Referee: Andrew Dallas