Craig Comrie scored twice as we claimed a comprehensive victory against the League 2 champions with a terrific performance at Balmoor.
The Blue Toon received the trophy after a game that started in mist and ended in sunshine. Jim McInally’s men were unbeaten at home this season but we notched up our third away win on the trot in some style.
Stirling hadn’t won here since a 3-2 victory in December 2006 and Peterhead were chasing a 10th straight win at Balmoor but Comrie’s double and goals from David Weatherston and Graham Weir made it an afternoon to remember in the North East.
Greig McDonald’s team require a point next week at home to Clyde – who secured a top-four finish today – but if we slip up Berwick can still make the play-offs if they beat Peterhead at Shielfield.
McDonald made one change from the team that drew 2-2 with Elgin. Darren Smith replaced the injured Ross McGeachie, with Lee Hamilton dropping back into defence.
Peterhead were without 30-goal striker Rory McAllister, who had scored in the last nine matches. He was named on the bench but wasn’t risked after an injury last week.
There was a quiet opening to this match, with neither keeper given much to do, but we always looked comfortable and took the lead in 34 minutes when Comrie beat Graeme Smith with a superb header from a David McClune cross.
Peterhead had kept clean sheets in each of their previous four games but we soon doubled our advantage. A long ball was headed into the path of Weatherston, who ran clear from the halfway line to slam home his seventh goal of the season.
That put the Binos in a commanding position at the break and within nine minutes of the restart it was all over. Jordan White did well to tee up Graham Weir and he swept a perfect low shot into the left-hand corner from 18 yards to the delight of the travelling support behind the goal.
We survived a couple of close calls before Comrie latched on to White’s pass and netted his sixth goal of the campaign with 15 minutes left, finding space to coolly fire past the keeper, with Ross Smith only able to help the ball into the net.
This was only our third victory in 18 visits to Balmoor and by a margin no-one can have anticipated – it sets up a huge game against Clyde at Forthbank.
Peterhead: G Smith, Sharp, Noble, R Smith, Ross, Cowie, McCann, Redman (Rodgers 51), McLaren, Brown (Gilfillan 64), Strachan (Cox 57).
Subs (not used): McAllister, Richardson, Low, Jarvie (GK).
Stirling Albion: Crawford, Hamilton, Forsyth, McClune, C Smith, Comrie, Weir (Fulton 83), D Smith (Ferry 74), White, Weatherston (Bishop 59), Johnston.
Subs (not used): O’Byrne, Cunningham, Ashe, Reidford (GK).
Scorers: Comrie 34, 75, Weatherston 41, Weir 54
Referee: Nick Walsh