Andy Jackson scored a stoppage-time winner as our relegation to League 2 was confirmed at Glebe Park.
Jackson gave Brechin an early lead and Ray McKinnon’s men missed several good chances before substitute Sandy Cunningham headed the equaliser four minutes from the end.
Only a win would have kept our slim survival hopes alive but that never looked likely and we must now prepare for a return to the fourth tier in 2015/16.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren made two changes to the team beaten 2-0 by Airdrie, with Craig Comrie and Phil Johnston replacing Lee Hamilton and Cunningham.
Brechin, who had already beaten us three times this season, went ahead in 12 minutes when we failed to deal with a cross from a free-kick on the right flank and Jackson lashed the ball into the net.
Robert Thomson then had an effort disallowed for offside after on-loan Aberdeen midfielder Jamie Masson had rattled the post and Bobby Barr missed a good chance to double the lead as City bossed the first half.
Masson and Thomson squandered further good opportunities after the break and we took advantage to level through Cunningham’s close-range header.
However, we couldn’t hold on. Jackson fired wide when clean through but made amends in added time when he hooked the ball past Callum Reidford to move Brechin six points clear in fourth place in the race for the play-offs.
This is our third relegation in five seasons since we clinched the Division Two title at Glebe Park in May 2010 and there are still three games to play – against Morton, Ayr United and Stenhousemuir.
Brechin City: Smith, McLean, Hamilton, McCormack, McNeil, Fusco, Barr, Molloy, A Jackson, Masson, Thomson (Tapping 80).
Subs (not used): Ferguson, Trouten, S Jackson, Durojaiye, O’Neil (GK).
Goals: A Jackson 12, 90
Stirling Albion: Reidford, McGeachie, McKinlay, Robertson (Hamilton 30), Cummins, Forsyth, Johnston, Comrie, G Smith (Cunningham 79), Stirling, Beith (Sinclair 79).
Subs (not used): C Smith, Weir, Binnie (GK).
Goal: Cunningham 86
Referee: Gavin Ross