New signing Craig Comrie scored with his first touch in senior football and fellow substitute Mark Ferry grabbed a stoppage-time winner as we came from behind to move back into the top four.
Eighteen year-old midfielder Comrie, who joined this week from Falkirk, lashed home the equaliser in the 80th minute, just 60 seconds after coming off the bench, and Ferry beat keeper Grant Hay with a terrific effort from the edge of the box two minutes into stoppage time to seal a dramatic victory as we leapfrogged our local rivals in the table.
Greig McDonald made three changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Clyde the previous week, with on-loan Rangers defender Luca Gasparotto, midfielder Dale Fulton and striker Sandy Cunningham replacing Ross McGeachie, David McClune and David Weatherston as we sought revenge for a 3-1 home defeat to East Stirling in August.
Albion were very poor in a drab first half of few chances and failed to muster a single shot on target. Home keeper David Crawford wasn’t busy either but we fell behind four minutes before the interval when on-loan Rangers striker Calum Gallagher set up winger Max Wright to score from close range.
The Binos were much improved after the break and Ross Forsyth, Cunningham and Jordan White all came close, with John Coughlin’s men content to protect their lead.
They were 10 minutes away from achieving their aim when Comrie made an instant impact after replacing Danny Ashe and the teenager almost scored again two minutes later but Hay made a fine save to tip his deflected effort over the bar.
Shire rarely threatened in the second period but lost the game after conceding possession from their own corner kick.
That allowed Forsyth to send Ferry clear and the midfielder ran on and turned his man outside the box before sending a curling shot into the corner for his fourth goal of the season as we made it five wins and a draw in our last six home games.
Stirling Albion: Crawford, Ashe (Comrie 79), McAnespie, Forsyth, Bishop, Gasparotto, Johnston, Fulton (Ferry 71), White, Cunningham (Weatherston 63), Weir. Subs (not used): McClune, Munn, McGeachie, Reidford (GK).
Scorers: Comrie 80, Ferry 90
East Stirlingshire: Hay, Herd (MacGregor 63), McKechnie, Townsley, Bolochoweckyj, Thomson, O’Donoghue (Glasgow 73), Greenhill, Gallagher, Miller, Wright. Subs (not used): Quinn, Devlin, Tapping, Turner, Gordon (GK).
Scorer: Wright 41
Referee: Barry Cook