Hamilton notched up a convincing win at Forthbank as our poor run in the Scottish League Cup continued.
Greig McDonald’s side pushed Raith all the way in the Ramsdens Cup last week but we were soundly beaten by an impressive Accies outfit, who bounced back from their opening-day defeat at Airdrie.
Stirling just didn’t get going and we remain without a victory in this competition since beating Brechin in the first round in 2007/08.
Jamie Bishop and Ross McGeachie recovered from knocks to start, and the only change was the inclusion of Stephen Day instead of Kieran McAnespie. Our sub keeper was teenager Sean Robertson, who was previously at Dunfermline.
Hamilton dominated but the opening goal didn’t arrive until just after the half-hour mark when former Celtic striker James Keatings fired home a terrific low drive from the edge of the box.
Louis Longridge then rattled the post but we fell further behind when Chris Smith and David Crawford got in a muddle and the defender headed Ali Crawford’s cross into his own net with four minutes of the first half remaining.
Smith and Day came close early in the second period but Hamilton scored again in 64 minutes when Keatings headed home a Grant Gillespie cross from the right wing.
The only positive on a day to forget was the return of striker Bradley Coyne as a substitute, 12 months on from his knee injury against Annan.
Hamilton Accies: Cuthbert, Gordon, Devlin (Kilday 87), Canning, Gillespie, Keatings, Routledge, Neil (Andreu 74), Crawford, Longridge (McShane 69), MacKinnon.
Subs (not used): Hendrie, Currie (GK).
Scorers: Keatings 32, 64, Smith og 41
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McGeachie, Forsyth, McCunnie (Coyne 57), Bishop, Smith, Johnston, Ferry (McAnespie 68), White, Weir, Day.
Subs (not used): Clark, Ashe, Robertson (GK).
Referee: John McKendrick