Hibernians extended their positive run to seven matches thanks to a fourth consecutive win as they beat Hamrun Spartans 4-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Sunday to revenge their first round defeat.
Leading the Spartans from the bench was assistant coach Jonathan Holland as they are yet to appoint a new coach after they sacked Steve D’Amato earlier this month.
The Paolites took the lead on the 11th minute thanks to Jurgen Degabriele, served by Bjorn Kristensen, who beat a defender on the run before beating goalkeeper David Cassar.
A defensive blunder by the Hamrun rear-guard on the 20th minute enabled Hibs to doubled the score with Bjorn Kristensen placing the ball inside the empty net.
Just before half-time, Hibernians scored the third goal after they were awarded a penalty when Renan Telles Pimenta was brought down inside the area; from the penalty spot, Clayton Failla converted.
Hamrun reduced the gap nine minutes in the second half thanks to a Jake Grech freekick which beat Hogg.
However on the 90th minute, Hibs made it 4-1 through another penalty, this time converted by Andrew Cohen after Johann Bezzina was floored by David Cassar inside the area.
HAMRUN David Cassar, Mark Borg, Philip Chircop, Luke Sciberras, Christian Maldini (75′ Luis Miguel Vergara Rodrigues), Saturday Nanapere, Luke Grech, Leandro Wallace Motta dos Santos (67′ Daren Falzon), Jake Grech, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (60′ Patrick Jean Teixeira Maia).
Subs not used: Fredrick Tabone, Glenn Azzopardi, Daniel Debono, Trevor Cilia.
Assistant Coach: Jonathan Holland
HIBS Andrew Hogg, Rodolfo Soares, Marcelo Dias, Jackson de Lima Siqueira, Bjorn Kristensen, Clayton Failla, Andrew Cohen, Johann Bezzina, Jurgen Degabriele (72′ Kyle O’ Brien), Renan Pimenta Telles (87′ Dunstan Vella), Andrei Agius.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Timothy Tabone Desira, Juan Manuel Varea, Jonathan Pearson, Daniel Buckle.
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri William Debattista
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow Cards: Chircop, Sciberras, Cassar, Dias
Scorers: 11′ Jurgen Degabriele, 20′ Bjorn Kristensen, 45′ Clayton Failla pen, 54′ Jake Grech, 90′ Andrew Cohen pen
BOV Player of the Match: Bjorn Kristensen