Two goals in each half condemned Albion to a heavy defeat at Borough Briggs as our six-month unbeaten away league record was ended in emphatic fashion.
Greig McDonald’s side hadn’t lost on their travels since a 1-0 reverse at Berwick on March 5 but only some fine saves from David Crawford prevented an even worse result as Elgin, who had drawn their previous two games 3-3, extended their unbeaten sequence to five matches.
Stirling had looked good in drawing 1-1 at Berwick the previous week but a team showing just one change – David McClune replaced Ross McGeachie at right-back – were overwhelmed on a sunny autumn afternoon.
The first half didn’t produce many chances but Elgin took theirs and that paved the way for their second win of the season as they moved to within a point of the Binos.
Former Inverness CT striker Shane Sutherland bagged the opener in 20 minutes when he gathered a driven cross from Ally McKenzie and lashed the ball past Crawford.
Mark Ferry and David Weatherston had opportunities to equalise but Ross Jack’s men doubled their lead as half-time approached.
A quick break saw Brian Cameron beat the advancing Crawford and Craig Gunn tapped the ball into the empty net with the defence appealing in vain for offside.
Sandy Cunningham replaced Stephen Day at the break but within three minutes the game was over. Dennis Wyness slipped a pass through to Gunn, who scored a hat-trick at Forthbank last November, and he made no mistake with a crisp finish.
Wyness was then denied by a wonder save from Crawford before Cunningham should have done better than blaze over after being picked out by Phil Johnston.
Elgin continued to threaten and it was no surprise when they added a fourth goal in 78 minutes. Cameron found space in the box and drilled the ball into the net as we suffered our biggest away defeat since a 4-0 loss to Stenhousemuir in March 2012.
Elgin City: Jellema, Beveridge, McKinnon (McMullan 81), Crighton, Duff, Harkins (Khutsishvili 85), Gunn, Cameron, Wyness, Sutherland, McKenzie (Urquhart 79).
Subs (not used): McLean, McLeod, Black (GK).
Scorers: Sutherland 20, Gunn 43, 48, Cameron 78
Stirling Albion: Crawford, McClune, Forsyth, Ferry, Bishop, Smith, Johnston, Weir (Fulton 61), White (Coyne 61), Weatherston, Day (Cunningham 46).
Subs: (not used): McAnespie, McGeachie, Ashe, Reidford (GK).
Referee: Gavin Duncan