Albion sealed a Stirlingshire Cup final place against Falkirk thanks to a deserved win over East Stirlingshire at Forthbank on Tuesday night.
Ross Forsyth gave us the lead after 28 minutes when he steered home a low cross and Bradley Coyne added the second goal from the penalty spot in 79 minutes after fellow sub Stephen Day had been tripped in the box by Richard Miller.
Day popped up at the back post to claim the third with three minutes left but 60 seconds later conceded a penalty and was harshly sent off before Paul Quinn scored.
Binos boss Greig McDonald fielded a strong side, although skipper Jamie Bishop, Chris Smith and Graham Weir were left out. Ross McGeachie and Jamie Clark started in the centre of defence, with Forsyth in the middle of midfield alongside David McClune.
Shire’s XI included only two of those who started against Threave Rovers in the Scottish Cup but three other starters tonight came on as subs in Sunday’s 6-0 win.
We played some good passing football and could have scored more goals, with Coyne crashing a shot against the bar and also blazing over after good work by fellow sub Sandy Cunningham.
The visitors also had their chances, with Max Wright, Kevin Turner and Quinn all passing up good opportunities to score but we were worthy winners and now have a chance to lift the trophy for the first time since 2005/06 when we face Falkirk in the final on a date to be confirmed.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, Ashe, McAnespie (Day 46), McClune, McGeachie, Clark, Johnston (Cunningham 46), Forsyth, White (Coyne 46), Fulton, Ferry.
Sub (not used): Reidford (GK).
Scorers: Forsyth 28, Coyne pen 79, Day 87
East Stirlingshire: Gordon, Wilson (Wright 46), McGowan, Miller, Tapping (Devlin 59), McKechnie, McCaughie (Hendrie 78), Quinn, Turner, Herd, Maxwell.
Subs (not used): Campbell, Hay (GK).
Scorer: Quinn pen 88
Referee: Gavin Ross