Darren Smith grabbed a hat-trick as we claimed a comfortable victory at Links Park to climb to fifth place in Ladbrokes League 2.
The former Stenhousemuir player, who has had a tough time with injury over the past 12 months, was clinical in front of goal as Stuart McLaren’s men made it four league wins out of five ahead of Saturday’s home game with leaders Annan Athletic.
Spanish midfielder Adrian Mallagaray pulled one back late on for Montrose, who suffered a fourth straight league defeat.
It was a solid team performance by the Binos and keeper Chris Smith had a largely quiet afternoon while skipper Willie Robertson was outstanding before he was forced off with a knock midway through the second half.
Albion were unchanged from the side that beat Elgin 3-1 at Forthbank, with Ross McMillan and Phil Johnston still sidelined and Craig Comrie ruled out through illness.
The hosts were without a number of players through injury and forward Ross Campbell had to fill in at centre-half.
On our first visit to this ground since a 0-0 draw in February 2014, we took the lead after 11 minutes. Mark Lamont provided the assist with a great run and pass which saw Smith go beyond the last defender and slip the ball past the advancing keeper.
Montrose had a good chance to equalise when a slip by Ross McGeachie allowed top scorer Gary Fraser a clear sight of goal but he dragged his shot narrowly wide.
Our decisive second goal arrived six minutes after the interval. Sean Dickson did brilliantly to win possession in the middle of the park and his perfect pass saw Smith run clear to slam the ball beyond on-loan St Johnstone keeper Jordan Millar.
It was 3-0 in 64 minutes and again Dickson was the provider with another defence-splitting pass. Smith’s pace saw him get there just ahead of the keeper and he rolled the ball into the net from the edge of the box to complete the first Albion hat-trick since Jordan White’s treble in the 5-3 play-off win at Annan in May 2014.
Robertson’s departure seemed to upset our rhythm and Paul Hegarty’s men had their best spell of the game, which culminated in Mallagaray finding the bottom corner from 18 yards after a nice piece of play with eight minutes left.
We finished the match strongly and Craig Beattie blasted a shot just too high before fellow substitute Sandy Cunningham headed wide from a good position but the points were already in the bag in our final away fixture of 2015.
Montrose: Millar, Pascazio, Kenneth, Johnston, Campbell, Allan, Ferguson (Malin 80), Webster, Fraser, McLeod (Milne 68), Mallagaray.
Subs (not used): Reoch, Harwood, Reid, Hester, Wood (GK).
Goal: Mallagaray 82
Stirling Albion: C Smith, Verlaque (Hamilton 81), McKinlay, Forsyth, McGeachie, Mazel, Lamont (Cunningham 88), Robertson (Beattie 67), Doris, D Smith, Dickson.
Subs (not used): Lander, R Smith, Kouider-Aissa, Binnie (GK).
Goals: D Smith 11, 51, 64
Referee: Gavin Ross