A Callumn Morrison double and a Ross Kavanagh goal earned Stirling Albion a thoroughly deserved win in Betfred Cup Group A at Station Park.
It was a terrific performance from Dave Mackay’s men as we followed up Tuesday’s goalless draw against Inverness with our first victory at this venue since March 2007.
The starting XI showed five changes from midweek, including a debut for on-loan Ross County keeper Mark Foden. Ross Smith returned after injury and there were also starts for Liam Caddis, Ross Kavanagh and Connor McMullan. Cammy Binnie, Steven Noble, Sean Dickson, Peter MacDonald and Willie Robertson dropped out as the manager freshened things up.
The Binos were the better team throughout and were in front after just seven minutes when Morrison lashed the ball high past Marc McCallum at the end of a superb move.
On a blustery afternoon, we continued to play some great football and, following a scare at the other end, grabbed the second goal just before the break when on-loan Hearts winger Morrison got clear on the right and made no mistake with a low drive.
Morrison just failed to connect with a Ewan McNeil cross early in the second half then was denied his hat-trick when his powerful shot hit the top of the post and flew wide.
Foden made a fine save to deny summer signing Dylan Easton before Kavanagh pounced from close range to make it 3-0 with 14 minutes left after Morrison had hooked the ball back into the danger area.
Gary Bollan’s men missed a couple of late chances before Mark Millar’s corner was turned into his own net by Caddis with three minutes of stoppage time played.
It didn’t take the gloss off a performance full of positives as we look forward to our final Group A fixture against Brechin City at Forthbank on Tuesday evening.
Forfar Athletic: McCallum, Bain, Malone, Millar, Munro, Mensing, Cox (Travis 74), Easton, See (Lister 58), Aitken (Scott 61), McBride.
Subs (not used): Warwick, Gill, King (GK).
Goal: Caddis og 90
Stirling Albion: Foden, McGeachie, Hamilton, McNeil, R Smith, Black, Morrison, Caddis, Kavanagh (MacDonald 82), D Smith (Cameron 77), McMullan (Dickson 69).
Subs (not used): Davidson, Noble, Henderson, Binnie (GK).
Goals: Morrison 7, 44, Kavanagh 76
Referee: Gavin Ross