Stirling secured a play-off place with a draw against our local rivals at Forthbank to set up a two-legged semi-final with Peterhead.
Stenhousemuir will play Queen’s Park in the other tie after Clyde – who also had an outside chance of making the top four – lost at home to Berwick Rangers.
Dave Mackay’s men went into the game on the back of four straight defeats and we fell behind to a Colin McMenamin goal towards the end of the first half but Peter MacDonald came off the bench to grab the equaliser with this 11th goal of the season.
Skipper Willie Robertson, top scorer Darren Smith and fellow forward Andy Little all missed out while Stenny top scorer Mark McGuigan was only fit enough for a place on the bench.
The first half didn’t produce much in the way of goalmouth action at either end but the Warriors made the breakthrough when Eddie Ferns got away from Darren Barr and set up veteran striker McMenamin, who slammed the ball into the roof of the net.
Andy Black impressed in the middle of the park for the Binos but it was MacDonald who grabbed the leveller in 74 minutes when he lashed a shot just under the crossbar to give Chris Smith no chance.
That equaliser kept us above Stenhousemuir and we must now overcome Peterhead in the play-offs, with Montrose deservedly going up as champions after an outstanding season.
Stirling Albion: Binnie, McGeachie, McNeil, Hamilton (MacDonald 64), Barr, Moon (Caddis 77), Stanger, Black, McLaughlin, Jardine, Kavanagh (Dickson 81).
Subs (not used): Noble, R Smith, Banner, Wight (GK).
Goal: MacDonald 74
Stenhousemuir: Smith, Meechan, M Dunlop, R Dunlop, Donaldson, Ferry, Ferns, Paton, McMenamin (McGuigan 83), Dallas (Scott 64), Cook (Halleran 90).
Subs (not used): Longworth, McMinn (GK).
Goal: McMenamin 38
Referee: Kevin Graham