Cowdenbeath earned a deserved victory on Hogmanay to leave Albion above bottom club Berwick only on goal difference at the halfway stage.
All the goals came in the second half, with on-loan Hearts midfielder Lewis Moore grabbing a 64th-minute winner after Dylan Nguene Bikey had cancelled out Kris Renton’s opener.
It was a desperately poor performance from Stirling as Liam Fox’s men ended a run of three straight defeats to leapfrog us in the table and gain revenge for a 2-0 reverse at Central Park in October.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made two changes to the team that drew 2-2 at Montrose, with Marc McKenzie replacing Callumn Morrison and Sean Dickson in for the suspended Angus Beith.
It was a huge game but Albion looked flat and lethargic and the Blue Brazil were worthy winners as they took advantage of some poor defending to earn a vital victory.
Neither keeper had too much to do in the first half but Cowden always posed more of a threat and Renton fired over before Nikolay Todorov saw his header from a corner come back off the post.
The deadlock was broken within five minutes of the restart. Calvin Colquhoun’s attempted clearance rebounded off a Cowdenbeath player and fell perfectly for Renton, who smashed the ball past Cammy Binnie for his seventh goal of the season.
We equalised soon after when Bikey’s pace saw him get in behind the defence and he beat David McGurn with a lovely finish but the goal failed to spark a reaction and the visitors continued to control most of the match.
They won it when Moore found the net at the second attempt after miskicking his initial effort, having latched on to a cross from the right wing.
Morrison was denied by McGurn in a rare Albion attack but Binnie also made a couple of good saves to prevent the Fife club from adding to their lead.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, R Smith (Scott Davidson 68), McMillan, Mills (Morrison 37), McKenzie, Colquhoun, Petrie, Dickson, D Smith (Henderson 76), Bikey.
Subs (not used): Fallens (GK), Verlaque, Ferns, Kavanagh.
Goal: Nguene Bikey 54
Cowdenbeath: McGurn, Brett, Rutherford, Todorov, McLauchlan, Moore, Miller, Ross, Mullen, Renton, Johnston (Robertson 87).
Subs (not used): Trialist (GK), O’Brien, Muirhead, Pyper, Glen, Murrell.
Goals: Renton 49, Moore 64
Referee: Alan Muir