Stirling gained revenge for a midweek defeat to the same opponents with a deserved victory in the capital to complete an Ainslie Park double.

Kevin Rutkiewicz’s men won 3-2 in Edinburgh just before Christmas and a goal from Dylan Mackin in first-half stoppage time settled this one.

Gary Naysmith’s team had edged a tight encounter at Forthbank on the Tuesday evening but Albion moved level on points with their promotion rivals in the first of their post-split fixtures.

Binos boss Rutkiewicz made three changes to the team beaten in midweek, with goalkeeper Cammy Binnie replaced by Blair Currie. Jordan McGregor and Kurtis Roberts also returned to the starting XI as Dom Docherty and Kieran Moore made way.

In a fast start to the match, Cammy Eadie had a header cleared off the line following a corner then City’s Sam Newman saw his effort come back off the post after being picked out by Danny Handling.

Stirling played some good football, although the first half was short on clear-cut openings at either end and looked set to end goalless until Albion struck right at the end.

Kurtis Roberts sent Andy Ryan away down the right – the 12-goal striker brushed aside Craig Thomson and laid the ball back to Mackin, who found space in the box and had a simple finish from 12 yards for his fourth goal of the campaign.

Albion’s management of the game in the second half was excellent. Conrad Balatoni should have equalised when he hooked the ball over from a corner and Kyle Banner made a crucial block but the visitors generally offered the Citizens little encouragement and could have won by a bigger margin.

Twice, former Hibs keeper Antell had to block shots from Ryan as he bore down on goal then he somehow managed to keep out a close-range header from the same player after a perfect cross from Kurtis Roberts.

The victory moved Stirling back up to third place in the table after Stranraer’s win over Queen’s Park had temporarily dropped them to fourth spot and it increased their advantage on fifth-placed Elgin – who didn’t play on Saturday – to six points.

Edinburgh City: Antell, Thomson, McIntyre, Balatoni, Black, Jardine (Dishington 71), Newman, De Vita (Brown 63), Handling, Campbell, See. Subs (not used): Goodfellow (GK), Beveridge (GK), Laird, Crane, Jarron, Denham.

Stirling Albion: Currie, McGeachie, Eadie, Banner, McGregor, K Roberts, Ryan, Hamilton, Leitch (Wilson 82) (Docherty 90), Allan (Moore 82), Mackin (Byrne 75). Subs (not used): Binnie (GK), Thomson, Bikey, Heaver, S Roberts.

Goal: Mackin 45

Referee: Lorraine Watson