Three goals in a six-minute spell late in the game earned Morton a dramatic victory at Fortbank as they moved to within two points of League 1 leaders Stranraer and Forfar.
Stirling looked on course for a first home league win of 2014/15 as we led 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining but Jim Duffy’s men came storming back to leave us eight points adrift of Ayr at the foot of the table.
It was a shattering defeat and we had keeper Callum Reidford sent off in stoppage time for a foul on Joe McKee. Striker Lewis Coult took over between the posts on his return after two months out and denied Declan McManus his hat-trick with a fine penalty save but the damage had already been done.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made one change to the team that drew 2-2 at Ayr the previous week, with Craig Wedderburn replacing Lee Hamilton in defence, for our first home meeting with Morton since we won 3-2 in May 2011.
Sandy Cunningham headed us in front from a Ross McGeachie cross, out-jumping keeper Derek Gaston to loop the ball under the crossbar after only three minutes, but McKee equalised when he thundered a 25-yarder into the bottom corner.
McGeachie restored our advantage with a terrific angled finish after good work by Phil Johnston but Morton came close to a leveller when McManus rattled the post.
Johnston missed a great chance early in the second half before on-loan Hearts midfielder Angus Beith found the corner with a powerful free-kick from the edge of the area to make it 3-1 on the hour mark.
Craig Comrie almost added a fourth at the end of a superb passage of play but Morton, in particular McManus, always looked a threat and the on-loan Aberdeen forward made space to fire a low shot beyond Reidford and give the visitors hope.
It was a pivotal moment in the game and within six minutes we were behind. Wedderburn diverted a Mark Russell shot into his own net then McManus lashed a 20-yarder beyond Reidford as Morton completed a remarkable comeback.
Stirling Albion: Reidford, McGeachie, Creaney, Beith, Wedderburn, C Smith, Johnston (Coult 82), Comrie, Doris, G Smith (Weir 66), Cunningham (Robertson 77).
Subs (not used): McClune, Fulton, Small, Paterson (GK).
Goals: Cunningham 3, McGeachie 30, Beith 59
Morton: Gaston, Kilday, Lamie, O’Ware, Crighton, Milojevic (S McCluskey 46), J McCluskey, McKee, Barrowman, McManus, Pepper (Russell 46).
Subs (not used): Miller, Orr, Allan, McGowan (GK).
Goals: McKee 28, McManus 75, 81, Wedderburn og 79
Referee: Craig Charleston