Andy Jackson and Alan Trouten both scored twice as Brechin City cruised to victory at Forthbank and moved to within a point of the League 1 summit.
Bobby Barr was also on target for the visitors on an afternoon to forget for Greig McDonald’s men.
Four of the goals came in the second half and it was our heaviest league defeat since a 6-1 thrashing against Partick Thistle at Firhill in January 2011 and the worst home result since Falkirk won 5-0 here in November 2010.
Albion went into this game after a solid start of a win, two draws and a defeat but we were dismantled by a slick, well-drilled City outfit. A vast improvement will be required when joint leaders Forfar come to town on Saturday.
Stirling showed one change from the team that drew 0-0 at Airdrie a fortnight ago, with Graham Weir replacing the injured Craig Comrie.
Steven Doris, out since the opening day with a shoulder injury, was among the subs and his return was the only positive of a grim afternoon.
Brechin went ahead in 14 minutes when Jackson scored with a simple close-range header after great work by former Hearts midfielder Callum Tapping on the left.
Ray McKinnon’s men deserved their narrow interval advantage, although we almost went in level – keeper Graeme Smith doing well to push away a Gordon Smith effort.
We started the second half brightly but it didn’t last. Defender Colin Hamilton was unlucky not to add to City’s lead when his header hit the underside of the bar but it was game over when Jackson seized on a Chris Smith error and beat Callum Reidford with a stunning lob from almost 30 yards in 63 minutes.
Stirling fell apart after that. Gordon Smith fouled Trouten, on for the injured Tapping, and he converted the penalty before Barr added the fourth from almost on the line after Trouten had been sent clear and directed the ball towards the corner of the net.
Brechin rounded off their perfect afternoon in the autumn sunshine when Trouten was left completely unmarked to nod home the fifth goal with two minutes remaining.
Stirling Albion: Reidford, Hamilton, Forsyth, McClune (D Smith 70), Wedderburn, C Smith, D L Smith (Coult 68), Fulton, G Smith (Doris 68), Cunningham, Weir.
Subs (not used): Creaney, Robertson, McGeachie, Paterson (GK).
Brechin City: Smith, J McCormack, Hamilton, McLean, D McCormack, Cameron (Fusco 76), Barr (Ferguson 81), Molloy, A Jackson, Tapping (Trouten 58), Masson.
Subs (not used): S Jackson, McLauchlan, Thomson, Tough (GK).
Scorers: A Jackson 14, 63, Trouten pen 67, 88, Barr 77
Referee: Nick Walsh