A last-minute penalty from Tony Quinn condemned injury-hit Albion to a third straight league defeat as Queen’s Park ended their five-match winless run in Division Three to climb to third in the table.
We were without a whole back four in skipper Brian Allison, Gary Thom, Kieran McAnespie and David McClune while Danny Ashe, Jamie Clark and Steven Weir were also ruled out. On-loan Forfar defender Jamie Bishop made his debut in a 3-5-2 formation that saw player/manager Greig McDonald make his first league appearance of the campaign.
The result was harsh on the Binos, who deserved a point for a battling display in a tight game of few clear-cut chances, but McDonald brought down sub Ian Watt in the box and Quinn smacked home the spot-kick.
Queen’s Park went ahead early in the second period when 17-year-old Aidan Connolly – the son of former Stirling striker Paddy – marked his debut by firing a fine shot in off the post after being teed up by fellow teenager Lawrence Shankland.
Scott Davidson equalised just before the hour mark when he latched on to a Jordan White pass and swept the ball into the net via the underside of the crossbar for his third goal of the season.
We looked set for only our second away point of 2012/13 but Watt’s pace caught out McDonald and referee Greg Aitken had no option but to award a penalty, from which Quinn sealed our Friday night fate
Queen’s Park: Parry, McGinn, Robertson, Gallacher, Brough, Keenan, Shankland (Burns 66), McParland, Quinn, Longworth (Watt 46), Connolly. Subs (not used): Gibson, Capuano, Lochhead (GK).
Scorers: Connolly 49, Quinn pen 89
Stirling Albion: Peat, McCunnie (McSorley 65), McCulloch, Ferry, Bishop, McDonald, Flood (McGeachie 63), G Weir, Davidson, White (Brass 79), Day. Subs (not used): Macpherson, Filler (GK).
Scorer: Davidson 59
Referee: Greg Aitken