First-half goals from Darren Smith and Ross Kavanagh earned Dave Mackay’s men a comfortable win to keep us at the top of Ladbrokes League 2.
A third straight league success means we are two points clear of Montrose going into next weekend’s game against title favourites Peterhead at Balmoor.
It was a solid display from the Binos against an Edinburgh City side still looking for their first point but who we beat only once in four attempts last season. Gary Jardine’s men included former Bino Craig Beattie at centre-half while winger Moses Olanrewaju came on as a substitute.
Mackay made four changes to the team that lost to Montrose in the IRN-BRU Cup, with Cammy Binnie, Andy Black, Callumn Morrison and Peter MacDonald returning to the starting XI.
Sean Dickson and Andy Little again missed out through injury and there was a debut as a sub for on-loan Partick Thistle forward Neil McLaughlin – he looked lively and was denied a goal on his first appearance by a good save from Calum Antell.
The Welshman also did well to tip over a MacDonald free-kick, and Kavanagh missed a great chance late on when he prodded the ball wide from close range, but the game was won in the first half.
Chances were scarce at both ends in the opening half hour but we broke the deadlock in 31 minutes when Darren Smith latched on to a mis-placed pass and ran clear to beat Antell with a confident finish low into the net for his sixth goal of the season.
The second arrived just before the break and Liam Caddis was the architect, winning possession with a great tackle then releasing Kavanagh with a perfect through ball. Similar to Smith, he ran on and drilled a shot past the keeper for his fourth goal of the campaign.
Marc Laird should have pulled one back rather than fire wide early in the second half but Albion were largely comfortable and could have added to our lead with sharper play in the final third but six goals scored and none conceded in two home league games this season is a very satisfying start.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil, R Smith, Black (Robertson 32), Morrison (McLaughlin 64), Caddis, MacDonald, D Smith, Kavanagh. Subs (not used): Foden (GK), Davidson, Noble, McMullan, Cameron.
Goals: D Smith 31, Kavanagh 44
Edinburgh City: Antell, Caddow, Beattie, Rodger (Olanrewaju 71), Morrison, Walker (Smith 70), Laird, Thomson, Malin (Allan 70), Grimes, Dunn. Subs (not used): Verlaque, Mackie, Trialist (GK).
Referee: Kevin Graham