Hamilton survived a second half onslaught from Morton to end a run of four games without a Championship win.

Mickael Antoine-Curier nodded in a James Keatings cross on 24 minutes, while a Darian MacKinnon volley was well saved by Nicolas Caraux.

Morton improved greatly after the break and on-loan Barrie McKay had a free kick parried by Blair Currie.

Jake Nicholson could not profit from the loose ball and the same player had a header cleared off the line.

The victory keeps Hamilton within two points of league leaders Dundee after a recent wobble, while Morton remain rooted to the bottom.

But new manager Kenny Shiels will be heartened by a good showing in the second 45 minutes.

With the visitors playing a high defensive line, Accies dominated the first period but only had Antoine-Curier's header to show for their efforts.

The goal came when Ali Crawford robbed defender Steven Stirling to release Keatings, who set up the French striker with a perfect delivery.

McKay, with Morton for a month from Rangers, drew a save from Currie with a free kick and Nicholson failed to knock in the rebound.

Substitute Nicholson then had a header bundled away by a defender guarding the goal-line and David McNeil nodded over from the resulting corner.

Nicholson had another good chance to level when he chased down a through ball from Aidan Fulton but failed to make contact near the back post.

With Morton piling forward, Hamilton broke away late on, with a three-against-one advantage and Andy Ryan's strike was inches wide of doubling the home lead.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Hamilton Academical

  • 19 Currie
  • 02 Gordon
  • 33 Kilday
  • 18 MacKinnon
  • 05 Canning
  • 04 Devlin
  • 22 Andreu (Longridge - 68' )
  • 06 Gillespie Booked
  • 99 Antoine-Curier
  • 07 Keatings (Ryan - 75' )
  • 11 Crawford Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Law
  • 16 Watson
  • 17 Longridge
  • 20 Brophy
  • 21 Docherty
  • 24 Tena
  • 32 Ryan

Greenock Morton

  • 23 Caraux
  • 12 Reid
  • 03 Fitzpatrick (Fulton - 80' )
  • 16 Stirling (Nicholson - 45' )
  • 40 Cole
  • 04 Peciar
  • 08 Imrie
  • 21 Bachirou
  • 10 Campbell (McNeil - 69' )
  • 14 Hands
  • 19 McKay

Substitutes

  • 01 Gaston
  • 02 Taggart
  • 17 Nicholson
  • 18 Habai
  • 26 Fulton
  • 27 McNeil
  • 28 Russell
Ref: Iain Brines
Att: 1,472

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

3 3

Corners

6 6

Fouls

20 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

90:00 +2:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

90:00 +2:29

Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

90:00 +1:08 Booking

Booking Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:00

Reece Hands (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

90:00 +0:18 Booking

Booking Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:15

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:15

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

89:16

Foul by Darren Cole (Morton).

89:16

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:34

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.

86:21

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.

86:02

Attempt blocked. Reece Hands (Morton) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

84:12

Tomas Peciar (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:12

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

82:31

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

81:55

Attempt blocked. Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

81:09

Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).

81:09

Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Aidan Fulton replaces Marc Fitzpatrick.

77:09

Craig Reid (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:09

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

76:30

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:30

Foul by Lee Kilday (Hamilton Academical).

75:16

Hand ball by David McNeil (Morton).

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces James Keatings.

74:09

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:09

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

72:55

Hand ball by David McNeil (Morton).

71:59

Attempt missed. Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

71:45

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Tomas Peciar.

71:15

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Tomas Peciar.

68:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. David McNeil replaces Archie Campbell.

68:09

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:09

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Anthony Andreu.

66:03

Attempt saved. Barry McKay (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

65:00

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:58

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

61:49

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:49

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

53:06

Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).

53:06

Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:43

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

47:07

Foul by Jake Nicholson (Morton).

47:07

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:56

Foul by Barry McKay (Morton).

45:56

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Morton. Jake Nicholson replaces Stephen Stirling.

45:00 +1:50 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

45:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:48

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

44:48

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:48

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

42:48

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:09

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:09

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

39:42

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Nicolas Caraux.

39:23

Attempt saved. Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

37:25

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:25

Foul by Tomas Peciar (Morton).

36:28

Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:28

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

34:40

Foul by Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

34:40

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:56

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:56

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

33:04

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

33:04

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:54

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.

29:58

Attempt missed. Reece Hands (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

23:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Keatings.

22:24

Attempt saved. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

22:00

Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:54

Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).

20:53

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

20:53

Craig Reid (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:27

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

19:27

Fouad Bachirou (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:16

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

17:32

Foul by James Keatings (Hamilton Academical).

17:32

Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:17

Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:17

Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).

16:01

Attempt missed. Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

14:35

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

14:35

Fouad Bachirou (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:33

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).

13:33

Darren Cole (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

10:43

Attempt missed. Reece Hands (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

10:15

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.

9:55

Foul by Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

9:55

Stephen Stirling (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:11

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

4:11

Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

3:42

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Reece Hands.

3:21

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Craig Reid.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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