A Greig Spence double sent Alloa into Thursday afternoon’s Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final draw.
Darren Lee Smith pulled one back, on a night when we were twice denied by the woodwork, but the Wasps held on to record a seventh straight derby win.
Our performance was much improved from Saturday and there was little between the teams but, just as in the League Cup tie at Recreation Park earlier this month, Barry Smith’s men prevailed.
Binos boss Greig McDonald made three changes to the team that lost 3-1 to Ayr, with Callum Reidford replacing Greg Paterson in goal and Sandy Cunningham and Ross Forsyth making their first starts of the season as James Creaney and Lewis Coult dropped out.
David McClune was set for his first appearance of 2014/15 but an injury in the warm-up saw him replaced by Willie Robertson against his former club, who were still without David Weatherston.
We almost took the lead inside 90 seconds when Gordon Smith tried his luck from 35 yards but the ball crashed back off the bar. Darren Lee Smith and Lee Hamilton also had chances as we more than matched our higher-ranked opponents in the first half.
We restricted Alloa to very few opportunities but the visitors went ahead early in the second period when Liam Buchanan whipped the ball in from the right and Spence drilled a shot past Reidford.
Spence, who netted the winner when the sides last met, doubled Alloa’s advantage when he steered the ball into the net after a shot had been deflected into his path.
Craig Comrie was unlucky not to pull one back when he rattled the crossbar from 25 yards but Darren Lee Smith beat John Gibson with a terrific finish from the corner of the box with eight minutes remaining to give us hope.
Substitute Dale Fulton was inches away from forcing extra time when he flashed a free-kick wide but Alloa held on in the first meeting between the teams in this competition since the 1999/00 semi-final, which we lost by the same score.
Stirling Albion: Reidford, Hamilton, Forsyth, Robertson (D Smith 76), Wedderburn, C Smith, D L Smith, Comrie, G Smith (Coult 70), Cunningham (Fulton 77), Weir.
Subs (not used): McGeachie, McAllister, Paterson (GK).
Scorer: D L Smith 82
Alloa: Gibson, Marr (Docherty 43), Gordon, Meggatt, Doyle, Hetherington, Holmes, McCord (Simmons 85), Buchanan (Ferns 71), Cawley, Spence.
Subs (not used): Flannigan, Ashgar, Tiffoney, McDowall (GK).
Scorer: Spence 49, 69
Referee: Euan Anderson