Hibernians maintain a two-point lead on top the BOV Premier League table after beating neighbours Tarxien Rainbows 5-0 in the derby at the Hibernians Stadium on Friday.
The Paolites had a perfect start, taking the lead on the 3rd minute when Tiago Adan Fonseca served Andrei Agius whose beat goalkeeper Andrea Cassar with a header from close range.
Just before the end of the first half, Hibs doubled the score thanks to Bjorn Kristensen whose powerful drive beat the Tarxien custodian.
Hibernians made it 3-0 on the 72nd minute when Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino took advantage of a misunderstanding between Daniel Zerafa and substitute goalkeeper Dorian Bugeja, who had to replace the injured Cassar, with the Brazilian rounding the goalkeeper before placing the ball at the back of the net.
Six minutes later, Marco Sahanek served Taylon Correa who beat Bugeja for a fourth goal.
Ten minutes from time, Hibs scored the fifth goal when Taylon Correa served Tiago Adan Fonseca who placed the ball inside the empty net.
HIBS Marko Jovicic (85′ Rudy Briffa), Nemanja Radojevic, Marcio Barbosa da Silveira (80′ David Xuereb), Joseph Mbong, Jake Grech (79′ Timothy Tabone Desira), Marcelo Dias, Bjorn Kristensen, Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino, Marco Sahanek, Andrei Agius, Tiago Adan Fonseca.
Subs not used: Andreas Vella, Connor Zammit, Daneel Abela, Andrei Spiteri.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar (54′ Dorian Bugeja), Juan Cruz Gill, Daniel Zerafa, Michele Paolucci, Gabriel Aquilina, Luke Grech, Siraj Arab Eddin, Destin Prince Loic Mambouana (50′ Marco Botta), Anderson de Barros, Ricardo Silva Faria, Alex Nilsson.
Subs not used: Matthew Brincat, Darren Falzion, Daniel Vassallo, Andrew Agius, Miguel Ciantar.
Coach: Jose Borg
Asst. Coach: Saviour Debono Grech
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: De Barros, Marcio Barbosa, Zerafa, Gill
BOV Player of the Match: Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino