Jordan White scored against his former club as we drew 1-1 with Falkirk in a Forthbank friendly watched by 728 fans this afternoon.
Stephen Kingsley gave Gary Holt’s side the lead with a sweet 20-yard strike early in the second half but White equalised with a terrific finish from just outside the box with nine minutes remaining.
Chances were scarce in the first period but White came close with a header for the Binos and Graham Weir fired over from a good position while Bia Botti and Lyle Taylor were denied by David Crawford at the other end.
The Bairns fielded an entirely different XI after the break and Jay Fulton forced a superb save from Crawford before teenager Kingsley broke the deadlock in style.
Fulton missed a great chance to double the visitors’ advantage when he couldn’t hit the target from close range and White, our top scorer last season, levelled late on.
Youngsters Lee Hamilton, Matthew Cooper and Steven Forbes all got a run-out as second-half substitutes while Jamie McCunnie, David McClune and Sandy Cunningham sat this one out and it was too soon for Bradley Coyne.
After the game, Albion announced the signing of ex-Falkirk defender Chris Smith, who we fielded as a trialist in this match – the former Morton and Dumbarton man looked solid alongside skipper Jamie Bishop at the back.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Forsyth (Forbes 55), McAnespie (Cooper 62), Bishop, Trialist, Weir, Ferry (Day 70), White, Johnston (Hamilton 70), Ashe (Clark 74).
Scorer: White 81
Falkirk: McGovern (Amos 46), Rowan (Duffie 46), Turnbull (Kingsley 46), Trialist (Sibbald 46), Greene (McGeaver 46) (T Fulton 86), Vaulks (Flynn 46), Faulds (McGrandles 46), Leahy (Grant 46), Taylor (Shepherd 46), Botti (J Fulton 46), Blair (Alston 46).
Scorer: Kingsley 56.
Referee: Paul Robertson