Stirling Albion produced a very impressive performance to beat Second Division Stenhousemuir 4-1 in a friendly at Ochilview on Saturday afternoon.
We opened the scoring after just seven minutes when Jordan White flicked a long ball into the path of Sandy Cunningham and the teenage striker beat ex-St Mirren keeper Chris Smith with a fine finish.
Six minutes later Albion were further in front. David Crawford’s huge clearance was met by the head of Kevin McKinlay and his header looped up and over his own keeper.
Stenhousemuir got one back just before half-time when summer signing Sean Higgins scored with a brave header from close range but it was only a brief moment of hope for Martyn Corrigan’s men.
Mark Ferry notched our third goal early in the second half when he guided a Kieran McAnespie free-kick from the left wing inside the post and we sealed victory when White released Phil Johnston, who raced clear to smash the ball high into the net.
Binos boss Greig McDonald was quick to stress after the game that results mean nothing at this stage but the display must have given him confidence ahead of next weekend’s Ramsdens Cup tie away to Raith Rovers.
Stenhousemuir: C Smith, Devlin, Malone, McKinlay, McMillan, Dickson (Anderson 67), Lynch (Brash 13), Rowson, Gemmell, Higgins (D Smith 46), Douglas.
Subs (not used): Ferguson, Lawson, Shaw
Scorer: Higgins 40
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Forsyth, McCunnie, Bishop, Smith, Johnston, Ferry (Cooper 84), White, Cunningham (McAnespie 46), Weir (Ashe 87).
Subs (not used): Clark, Hamilton, Forbes.
Scorers: Cunningham 7, McKinlay o.g 13, Ferry 48, Johnston 62
Referee: Colin Steven