Ten-man Stirling ended a three-game losing streak to edge out the Blue Brazil at a wet and windy Central Park and climb to fifth in the Ladbrokes League 2 table.
Darren Smith opened the scoring but was sent off just before half-time and David Cox equalised for Gary Bollan’s team, only for Peter MacDonald to grab a 72nd-minute winner.
Back in October we lost 1-0 in Fife despite playing against 10 men for an hour and it was the opposite this time round as the home side failed to make the extra man count.
Binos boss Kevin Rutkiewicz made three changes to the team beaten 1-0 by in-form Clyde in midweek, with Jordan Allan, Dom Docherty and MacDonald coming in for Cammy Thomson, Scott Glover and Dylan Mackin.
Kevin Moon, Evan Horne and Jordan McGregor missed out but there was a place on the bench for Lee Hamilton after six months on the sidelines and he came on as a late substitute.
Albion enjoyed more of the play in the first half but neither side had created much before we took the lead in 34 minutes. Max Wright swung over a deep cross from the right, Ronan Hughes did well to nod it back into the danger area and Smith beat on-loan Partick Thistle keeper Aaron Lennox with a smart header into the corner.
It was the sort of game where it looked as if one goal might be enough but all that changed when Smith saw red for a late tackle on Robbie Buchanan. It was a decision that upset the travelling support but manager Rutkiewicz felt it was the correct call when he spoke after the match.
Cox levelled things up in 56 minutes when he pounced from close range after keeper Calum Ferrie pushed out a Kris Renton cross and only a terrific save kept out a header from Cowden sub Jordan Allan as the hosts pushed for a winner.
Instead it was Stirling who struck 18 minutes from time. Mackin turned Docherty’s cross into the path of MacDonald and it was a simple finish for the 38-year-old, who is our leading scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions.
Substitute Jordyn Sheerin should have equalised but fired wide after turning a defender as we held on for all three points with a determined display.
Cowdenbeath: Lennox, Mullen, Bollan, Buchanan, Deas, Miller, Cox, Henvey (Allan 46) Renton, Fraser, Swann (Sheerin 80). Subs (not used): McGurn (GK), Pyper, Malcolm, Sneddon, Scott.
Goal: Cox 56
Stirling Albion: Ferrie, McGeachie, Allan, Hughes (Glover 71), Marr, Banner, Jardine (Hamilton 81), Docherty, MacDonald, Smith, Wright (Mackin 60). Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Thomson, Ashmore, McLaughlin.
Goals: Smith 34, MacDonald 72
Referee: Mike Roncone