Binos boss Stuart McLaren was delighted with the way his side dealt with a potentially difficult Scottish Cup third-round tie against Cumbernauld Colts on Tuesday.
Doubles from Steven Doris and substitute Craig Beattie, on his return after three months out, plus goals from Sean Dickson and on-loan St Johnstone striker Kyle Lander earned us a 6-0 win at Forthbank to set up a home meeting with holders Inverness Caley Thistle on January 9.
McLaren said: “We asked the players to be professional in their approach and they did that. We felt we had the better team but that didn’t mean we would win the game – we had to earn that right.
“We started very well but there was a bit of a lull at 2-0 and we spoke to them about that at half-time. The third goal came at a good time and the work ethic of the boys was terrific – it was a really good team effort.
“Mark Lamont showed what he could do and his deliveries were excellent – I wouldn’t like to face him as a defender! It was also great to have Craig Beattie marking his return from injury with a couple of goals.
“The Inverness tie is one for us to look forward to, especially with them being the holders. Hopefully we can go into it on the back of a good run in the league and give them a hard game.”
Cumbernauld Colts co-manager Craig McKinlay said: “We did well to get to this stage but the biggest disappointment is that we didn’t show how good a side we are.
“We have a very young team and we froze a little bit. We were on the back foot from the word go – Stirling played with a really good tempo and put us under pressure. We can’t say the score flattered them.”