Annan came from behind to claim all three points as our Ladbrokes League 2 campaign got off to a disappointing start at a bright and breezy Galabank.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren had to do without goalkeeper Chris Smith following his concussion against St Johnstone while central defenders Ross McMillan and Ross Smith (suspended) also missed out, as did Darren Petrie.
Ross McGeachie was only fit enough for a place on the bench, where he was joined by former Queen of the South player/boss James Fowler, who was listed as a trialist.
Annan, who failed to beat us in four attempts as they just missed out on the play-offs last season, had to do without ex-Stirling midfielder Willie Robertson in a much-changed line-up from 2015/16.
Sean Dickson gave us the lead in 12 minutes after initially being denied by keeper Blair Currie, following a good run and pass from Eddie Ferns.
Jim Chapman’s men equalised seven minutes later when Ross Forsyth turned a dangerous delivery from Rabin Omar into his own net.
Blair Henderson was then unlucky to see a terrific effort from the edge of the box come back of the bar before Annan took the lead in 31 minutes.
Darren Ramsay played a good ball into David McKenna and our former striker turned and fired a low shot beyond Cammy Binnie.
Worse was to come when Aidan Smith, on loan from Queen of the South, headed in a corner just before half-time and it looked a long way back from that.
The hosts should have added a fourth goal early in the second half but we somehow survived a goalmouth scramble and almost immediately Marc McKenzie’s shot took a big deflection to loop up and over the keeper.
However, we failed to carve out many clear-cut chances after that and, although McKenzie might have done better than fire over towards the end, Annan held out relatively comfortably.
Annan Athletic: Currie, Black, Lucas, Krissian, Watson, Ramsay, Omar (Dachnowicz 85), Finnie, McKenna (Park 68), Wright, Smith.
Subs (not used): Mitchell (GK), Asghar, Norman, Ribeiro, Sharkey.
Goals: Forsyth og 18, McKenna 31, Smith, 43
Stirling Albion: Binnie, Mills (McCue 46), Verlaque (Fowler 84), Scott Davidson, Forsyth, Hodge, McKenzie, Dickson, Henderson, D Smith, Ferns.
Subs (not used): Fallens (GK), McGeachie, Mazel, Sam Davidson, Docherty.
Goals: Dickson 12, McKenzie 57
Referee: Grant Irvine