After suffering back-to-back defeats to Sliema and Valletta, Hibernians returned to winning ways as they registered a most comfortable 7-0 win over Lija Athletic at the National Stadium on Sunday. A win which condemned Lija Athletic to playing in Division 1 next season.
The Paolites dominated from start to finish, taking the lead on the 2nd minute thanks to Jurgen Degabriele. Arlindo Oliveira Neto doubled the score on the 15th minute and Jurgen Degabriele made it 3-0 on the 31st minute.
Fourteen minutes in the second half, Rui da Gracia Gomes increased the lead further and on the 68th minute, Jurgen Degabriele made it 5-0. Two minutes later, Degabriele scored his fourth. Arlindo Oliveira Neto scored the seventh goal on the 73rd minute.
HIBS Andrew Hogg, Timothy Tabone Desira (72′ Daniel Buckle), Dunstan Vella (64′ David Xuereb), Martin Kreuzriegler, Rui da Gracia Gomes, Jackson di Lima Siqueira (46′ Conner Zammit), Rodolfo Soares, Jurgen Degabriele, Jorge Pereira da Silva, Joseph Mbong, Arlindo Oliveira Neto.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Giorgi Gorozia, Kieran Xuereb, Daneel Abela.
Coach: Neil Zarb Cousin. Goalkeepers Coach: Mario Muscat
LIJA Luke Bonnici, Dylan Agius (60′ Claudio Gerardo Celis), Leon Muscat, Daniel Scerri, Predrag Babic, Aaron Sammut, McAllister Clinch, Erjon Beu, Kei Hirose, Gabriel Borg (71′ Antoine Borg), Ryan Sammut (64′ Raphael Kooh Sohna).
Subs not used: Jonathan Martinelli, Nigel Spiteri, Juan Remberto Saavedra, Ousmane Sidibe.
Coach: Joseph Galea
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Jurgen Spiteri
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech
Yellow Cards: Clinch
BOV Player of the Match: Jurgen Degabriele