Montrose were dispatched out of the League Cup at the first round stage by Championship side Hibernian in front of 5,933 spectators at Easter Road on Saturday but they were far from disgraced.
On their previous two visits to Edinburgh Paul Hegarty’s side had lost 5–1 in the Scottish Cup and 9–0 in the League Cup but there was never any danger of this happening in what was a very disciplined performance by the away side.
They were never going to be able to create much but what they did do was deny the home side space to play in and it frustrated Alan Stubbs side for much of the match.
The hosts were in front thanks to Scott Martin’s first half goal but Montrose were resolute from there.
In the end they had to bring on star man Scott Allan to finally break the visitors’ backline, the midfielder scoring the second before Jason Cummings made it three late on.
It was an excellent performance, even more so when considering that three of the Montrose line up had been playing junior football last season.
In the second minute the Gable Endies had a great shout for penalty kick; Gary Fraser headed the ball onto his strike partner Ross Campbell who was through on goal with only keeper Mark Oxley to beat, he came racing from his goal and appeared to take Campbell out of the game.
Jason Cummings tried to get a shot for Hibernian but Jordan Reoch got in a saving tackle.
Fraser Fyvie was next to have a go for the home side but his shot was blocked and spun back to debutant Ross Salmon in the Montrose goal.
Hibernian opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. The ball bounced around the box from a Harris cross and Scott Martin was able to turn and fire past Salmon for the opening goal.
There were second half chances for Liam Fontaine and Alex Harris before Paul Watson forced a corner.
But it was 2-0 shortly after when substitute Scott Allan cut inside his marker and fired low into the bottom corner for a killer second goal.
Allan was starting to cause Montrose more problems and with 15 minutes remaining his run took him past a few away defenders before he fired well over the crossbar.
In the 80th minute Hibernian scored again.
A cross from Allan was headed down by Fontaine and Jason Cummings was able to turn inside the box and fire a low effort past Salmon.
At full time the Montrose players went over to acknowledge their noisy band of supporters while Hibs coach Alan Stubbs took the time to shake the hands of each Montrose player as they left the field of play far from disgraced against a team who are very close to Premiership quality.