Stirling grabbed an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time to salvage a draw on an Arctic afternoon at Ainslie Park.
Ewan McNeill’s corner from the left caused confusion in the home defence and the ball ended up in the net, with on-loan Partick Thistle striker Neil McLaughlin getting the final touch.
A strong easterly wind and snow flurries made life difficult for both teams and it was never going to be a classic. Other than the goals, there were very few clear-cut chances at either end and a draw was a fair result going into Tuesday’s trip to Elgin.
Binos boss Dave Mackay made three changes to the team that beat Berwick in midweek. Sean Dickson, McLaughlin and Peter MacDonald replaced Ross Kavanagh, Andy Little and injured top scorer Darren Smith.
City, who had taken seven points from the last nine, went ahead in 24 minutes when former Albion loanee Scott Shepherd got in behind the defence and lobbed the ball over Cammy Binnie.
Stirling were level eight minutes later. McLaughlin was the provider and on-loan St Johnstone midfielder Danny Jardine thumped the ball past Calum Antell and into the bottom corner from the edge of the box for his first senior goal.
The second half produced little of note and appeared to be drifting towards a 1-1 draw when James McDonaugh’s men went ahead 12 minutes from the end. An inswinging corner wasn’t dealt with and Gareth Rodger lashed the ball home from close range.
Time was almost up when McNeil’s corner led to the equaliser and Elgin’s defeat to Cowdenbeath was another boost in our bid to secure a play-off place.
Edinburgh City: Antell, Walker (Dunn 65), Laird, Thomson, Blues, Hall (Beattie 72) Rodger, Taylor, Shepherd (El Alagui 72) Garcia Tena, Scullion. Subs (not used): McKee, Grimes, Watson, Morton (GK).
Goals: Shepherd 24, Rodger 78
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, Hamilton (R Smith 77) McNeil, Barr, Moon (Kavanagh 74) McLaughlin, Jardine, MacDonald (Little 79), Robertson, Dickson. Subs (not used): Noble, Caddis, Banner, Wight (GK).
Goals: Jardine 32, McLaughlin 90
Referee: Alan Newlands