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Montrose can keep their heads held high despite suffering a home defeat against a strong Hamilton side.

With the television cameras rolling, it was the hosts who earned the first real opportunity of the match.

Miller Thomson was recklessly challenged at the edge of the box. Graham Webster chose power over placement with his free kick that edged just wide of the goal.

Montrose kept plugging away for the first goal of the game, with a Brown effort going over the bar.

It was the Accies that grabbed the first goal, 41 minutes into the first half.

Kerr Waddell failed to clear the ball, allowing Joe McGlynn to race towards the box and slotting the ball past Gill for 1-0.

Montrose supporters were left scratching their heads on the stroke of half time when Blair Lyons was brought down in the box. Referee Euan Anderson saw nothing in it and the half time whistle was blown.

Webster had the Mo’s first opportunity of the second half, heading the ball from a Gardyne corner wide.

Despite pushing for an equaliser Montrose conceded for a second time in the 57th minute.

The Hamilton defence pinched the ball to create a counter attack. A wide open Jamie Barjonas on the left hand side collected a pass and struck to double the away side’s lead.

Montrose did not give up and continued to search for a way back into the game. Webster saw a shot go wide and a Paul Watson header kissed the crossbar.

John Rankin’s men secured the points five minutes from time. A throw in found its way to Kyle MacDonald who curled a shot past Gill for Hamilton’s third goal of the evening.

The result leaves Montrose in fourth place with a game to play. The side travel to the capital next week for a match against bottom side Edinburgh City.

Report by Ben MacDonald

Pic by Phoenix Photography 

Post match interview