Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren was left disappointed as Morton won 2-0 at Forthbank with second-half goals from Jamie McCluskey and Declan McManus.
He said: “The only thing that reduces the sense of frustration is that our fate has already been sealed but no-one likes losing, especially when the effort and the endeavour was there.
“We played some good stuff and created a few chances but we conceded a poor goal from a set-piece and an individual error cost us for the second.
“On a positive note, we were able to give some exposure to the young lads. I thought Cammy Binnie did very well in goal for someone who is only 17 and the likes of Chris Paton, Jordan Sinclair and Greg Hurst also deserved their chance.”
Morton boss Jim Duffy said: “The pitch was very bobbly and we played too many passes in the middle of the park in the first half but we adapted in the second half and pressed higher up the pitch – the second goal typified that.”