Queen’s Park claimed their third win in a row to go joint top of the table as we slipped to second from bottom in Ladbrokes League 2.
Steven Doris quickly cancelled out John Carter’s opening goal but on-loan Celtic defender Anthony Ralston grabbed the winner for Gus MacPherson’s men 12 minutes after half-time.
It came just after Doris had failed to find the net from close range – rattling the woodwork with the goal at his mercy after Kyle Lander had been denied by keeper Willie Muir.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren gave first starts to on-loan St Johnstone forward Lander and recent signing Mark Lamont and Ross McGeachie returned after a one-match ban.
Darren Smith, Sean Dickson, Phil Johnston and Craig Beattie all missed out through injury for the first meeting between the teams since a 2-2 draw here in March 2014.
Queen’s Park took the lead in 23 minutes when ex-Bino Craig McLeish delivered a low free-kick from the left flank and Carter struck the ball beyond keeper Chris Smith.
We responded almost immediately when Doris found space in the box and thumped a terrific shot across Muir and into the far corner with the visitors appealing for offside.
The turning point in a tight game came early in the second half when Doris’ miss was followed by 16-year-old Ralston making a positive run into the area and sending a low shot into the net from a tight angle.
Craig Comrie was fortunate to escape a second yellow card before being subbed and David Galt missed a good chance for the Spiders before Doris prodded the ball wide at the other end after a free-kick had dropped to him in the box.
Stirling Albion: C Smith, Hamilton, Forsyth, Robertson, McGeachie, McMillan, Lamont (R Smith 78), Comrie (Mazel 68), Doris, Lander (Cunningham 68), McKinlay.
Subs (not used): McKenzie, McNab, Kavanagh, Binnie (GK).
Goal: Doris 24
Queen’s Park: Muir, Ralston, McLeish, Berry, McGeever, Wharton, Woods, McKernon, Carter, Galt (Marlow 85), McElroy (Bradley 70).
Subs (not used): Gibson, McVey, McManus, Mortimer, Melrose (GK).
Goals: Carter 23, Ralston 57
Referee: Kevin Graham