A 57th-minute goal from Craig Cowie earned Deveronvale a deserved place in Monday’s fourth-round draw as Albion lost to Highland League opponents in the Scottish Cup for the first time since Inverness Caley beat us in a replay at Annfield in 1983/84.
It was a dismal display from the Binos and it’s hard to recall us having a meaningful shot on target all afternoon.
Stirling keeper Sam Filler wasn’t particularly busy either but Vale got the crucial goal when Brian Allison gave the ball away and midfielder Cowie moved forward to slam a low shot into the corner.
The most disappointing aspect was that we simply didn’t look like getting back in the match and it was all too easy for Charlie Charlesworth’s side as they held on to add our scalp to that of Peterhead.
It was the second time the Banff club had knocked us out of the Scottish Cup, having progressed with the same score way back in 1960/61.
Showing one change from the team that was so impressive in the 2-2 draw at Peterhead, with Allison in for the injured Kieran McAnespie, we started brightly enough but failed to threaten and Vale came into the game.
A goalless first 45 minutes was what the tie deserved but, by the end, Deveronvale were well worth their win and the players celebrated with the 270-strong travelling support as we lost at this stage for the third year in a row.
Stirling Albion: Filler, McGeachie (Flood 74), Day, McCunnie, Thom, Allison, G Weir, McSorley (Ferry 61), Davidson (Cunningham 67), McClune, White. Subs (not used): Clark, Peat (GK).
Deveronvale: McConnachie, Rennie, Adams, Henry, Fraser, Rodger, Lombardi (Barclay 89), Cowie (Urquhart 78), Morrison (Duncan 72), Blackhall, Watt. Subs (not used): Noble, MacDonald (GK).
Scorer: Cowie 57
Referee: Barry Cook