First-half goals from Moses Olanrewaju and Scott Davidson paved the way for a 3-1 win over Cumbernauld Colts at Broadwood on Monday night.
The Lowland League side got one back before the break but former Elgin City winger Marc McKenzie, one of eight new arrivals this summer, scored our third goal in the last minute.
It was a good work-out for the squad ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Cup tie against Falkirk in a match that saw eight substitutes used, among them former Queen of the South player/boss James Fowler, who was included as a trialist.
Sean Dickson, Chris Smith and Ross Forsyth were unavailable while Ross McGeachie and Aurelien Mazel missed out due to injury.
Olanrewaju opened the scoring in 11 minutes when he found the net from a tight angle after Eddie Ferns had headed David Verlaque’s deep cross beyond the far post.
We doubled over lead in 19 minutes when Darren Petrie’s excellent delivery was headed home by central defender Davidson.
Colts got one back on the half-hour mark when Andy Selkirk pounced from close range and the offside flag denied our hosts an equaliser.
We carved out plenty of chances, with Darren Smith, Ferns and Petrie all passing up good opportunities but McKenzie got the third goal in the last minute when he took advantage of some poor defending to steer the ball into the corner.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, Verlaque, Mills (Fowler 46), Scott Davidson (Burns 81), McMillan (R Smith 46), Olanrewaju (McKenzie 46) Hodge (McNab 67) Petrie, McCue (Docherty 81), D Smith (Henderson 46) Ferns (McAllister 81).
Goals: Olanrewaju 11, Scott Davidson 19, McKenzie 90