Bradley Coyne scored on his return from an 11-month lay-off as Albion thrashed East of Scotland side Civil Service Strollers 6-1 at Muirhouse Playing Fields on a scorching Thursday evening in Edinburgh.
The former Forfar forward, out since suffering a knee injury in our 5-1 win over Annan last August, scored from close range during the second half after being teed up by Jamie McCunnie.
The 20-year-old, one of seven subs who came on at the interval, looked sharp throughout and was unlucky not to add to his tally.
Civil Service struggled to make inroads but did get a goal back 18 minutes from time when the Albion defence failed to deal with a corner and the ball was scrambled in.
We finished the match strongly and Danny Ashe netted with a low drive before teenager Sandy Cunningham was on target with a stunning effort from just outside the box as he made up for missing some good earlier chances.
In truth, we dominated from the start and Phil Johnston hit the post inside 60 seconds. Greig McDonald’s men went ahead in 10 minutes when the Civil Service keeper allowed the ball to squirm over the line following a Kieran McAnespie corner.
We created and missed a number of clear-cut opportunities before summer signing Chris Smith headed the second goal, which was quickly followed by the third – Jordan White beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to score.
Three more goals followed in the second half and we now move on to Ochilview to face Stenhousemuir in another pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie (Hamilton 46), Forsyth, McAnespie (McCulloch 46), McCunnie, Smith (Clark 46), Johnston (Ashe 46), Ferry (Cooper 46), White (Coyne 46), Cunningham, Weir (Forbes 46).
Goals: own goal 10, Smith 44, White 45, Coyne 71, Ashe 78, Cunningham 83.