Forfar claimed a comfortable win at Forthbank to move four points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 2 as we suffered our first defeat in five games under caretaker boss Martyn Corrigan.
Goals from Andy Munro, Gavin Swankie and David Cox saw Gary Bollan’s men get back to winning ways after a run of five matches without a victory as they beat us for the second time this season, following a 4-1 Station Park success in September.
Ross Forsyth, Ross Smith, Ross McGeachie and Darren Smith were all still sidelined and Corrigan named an unchanged team from the one that drew 1-1 at Clyde, against a Forfar side who had been knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Edinburgh City in midweek.
Both sides had chances in a lively opening spell but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock in just seven minutes when defender Munro found the top corner with a 15-yard header from a Lewis Milne corner.
Eddie Ferns missed a good chance to equalise after a fine move but his shot lacked conviction and Grant Adam saved, while Chris Smith did well to deny Marc Scott at the other end.
Forfar doubled their lead in 54 minutes when Scott got clear on the right flank and his cross was met by Swankie, who did well to steer a near-post header into the net.
Cox added the third goal in 69 minutes when he struck a low drive into the corner from 20 yards and Swankie then missed two good chances to add to the Loons’ lead.
The result leaves us seventh in the table and we have now failed to win any of our last 11 matches against Forfar since a 2-0 victory at Station Park in March 2007.
Stirling Albion: C Smith, McCue (Verlaque 40), Petrie (Olanrewaju 58), McMillan, Scott Davidson, Beith, Hodge, McKenzie, Dickson, Ferns, Layne (Kavanagh 68).
Subs (not used): Henderson, Morrison, Docherty, Binnie (GK).
Forfar Athletic: Adam, McIntosh, Bain, Munro (Malcolm 22), O’Brien, Fotheringham, Cox, Milne, Scott, Swankie, Denholm (Smith 84).
Subs (not used): Lister, Peters, McCawl, Kennedy, McGovern (GK).
Goals: Munro 7, Swankie 54, Cox 69
Referee: Graham Beaton