Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald was understandably thrilled by his side’s performance in the 3-1 win over Annan Athletic at Forthbank on Wednesday night.
We head to Galabank for the second leg on Saturday, with the winners facing East Fife or Clyde in the League 1 play-off final on May 14 and 18.
Graham Weir opened the scoring and David Weatherston added a first-half double before David Hopkirk reduced the deficit with 20 minutes left.
McDonald said: “I thought we were different class in the first half. We had a great tempo and great energy and Annan couldn’t live with us. It’s was three and it could have been five or six.
“We played some great football and credit to the lads for it – it’s as good as we have been during my time here.
“We know Annan are going to come at us but we are looking to go down there and win the game. They have seen tonight that we can hurt them and we’ll be looking to do the same again.
“I believe we are taking a good number of fans down to Annan on Saturday and I don’t think the players will let them down.”
Annan boss Jim Chapman said: “We were lucky to be only 3-0 down at half-time. Stirling were excellent but the first 45 minutes was the worst performance I’ve seen from an Annan side.
“We showed a wee bit of what we are capable of in the second half but we need to be a lot better on Saturday.”