Two goals in each half earned Forfar an emphatic victory to keep them a point behind leaders Stranraer and pushed us closer to relegation.
Stuart McLaren’s men created a number of good chances but failed to take them and two goals in two minutes midway through the first half put Dick Campbell’s side in control.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle in the second half but we missed some decent opportunities before Forfar added to their lead in the closing stages.
For the first time this season, we fielded an unchanged team as we looked to build on the 2-1 home win over Peterhead against a Forfar side with the best home record in the division.
There was a gale blowing down the pitch at Station Park and the Binos had the advantage in the first half. We started strongly and within two minutes Sandy Cunningham was clean through but the teenager allowed a defender to recover and prod the ball inches wide of his own post.
Stirling came close again when the lively Andy Stirling picked out Chris Smith but he sent the ball wide when he should have hit the target and, out of nothing, Forfar took the lead in 20 minutes. A ball over the top released Dale Hilson and the ex-Dundee United forward beat Callum Reidford with a perfectly-judged lob.
There was worse to come. A corner was headed goalwards by Michael Dunlop and the ball appeared to go in off Chris Smith as the Loons doubled their advantage.
Cunningham had another great chance when he latched on to a long ball and sent his effort wide, although it appeared Rab Douglas got a touch, then Lewis Coult had a clever flick cleared off the line following a corner as we enjoyed a good spell.
It was all over in 72 minutes when Forfar broke quickly and substitute Omar Kader raced in on goal to beat replacement keeper Cammy Binnie with a cool finish.
The 17-year-old had come on for his debut at half-time after Callum Reidford took a knock and made some good saves but was left exposed as we chased the game.
Both Dunlop and Iain Campbell rattled the crossbar for the hosts before former Bino Chris Templeman rounded things off with a close-range header in the last minute.
Forfar Athletic: Douglas, Baxter, Campbell, Dunlop, Dods, Malin (Husband 65), Denholm (Kader 46), Fotheringham (Dale 65), Templeman, Swankie, Hilson.
Subs (not used): Kennedy, Hay, Clark, King (GK).
Scorers: Hilson 20, C Smith og 22, Kader 72, Templeman 89
Stirling Albion: Reidford (Binnie 46), McGeachie, Forsyth, Robertson, Cummins, C Smith, Hamilton (Johnston 73), Comrie, Coult, Stirling, Cunningham (G Smith 81).
Subs (not used): Scott Davidson, Sinclair, Herron.
Referee: Stephen Finnie