Hibernians scored twice in the dying minutes as they returned to winning ways, defeating St. Andrews 2-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Friday.
For the team led by Stefano Sanderra, who was however unable to sit on the bench as he served a one-match ban, this was the third win in five matches. St. Andrews, on the other hand, suffered a fourth consecutive defeat.
The Paolites had two changes from the team which lost to Gzira as Johann Bezzina and Ivan Blazevic were replaced by Dunstan Vella and Taylon Correa.
St. Andrews had Joseph Farrugia and Amoy Brown back in the starting line-up, replacing Matthew Woo Ling and Kevyn Mcfarlane.
On the 11th minute, Hibernians had an excellent opportunity to take the lead with a shot by Jurgen Degabriele, Taylon Correa failed to connect from close range and Tiago Adan Fonseca hit the foot of the upright. Tiago Adan Fonseca went close with a diagonal shot from the left which scraped past the post six minutes from the end of the first half.
In the second half, there was hardly any shot at goal.
However two minutes from time, the Paolites forged ahead when off a cross by substitute Guttiner Heider Costa Tenorio, Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino’s acrobatic
One minute in added time, Jurgen Degabriele doubled the score when he received an assist on the left, rounded the goalkeeper and placed the ball inside the empty net.
HIBS Andrew Hogg, Dunstan Vella, Nemanja Radojevic, Joseph Mbong (55′ Johann Bezzina), Marcelo Dias, Jurgen Degabriele, Bjorn Kristensen (80′ Ivan Blazevic), Isaac Ntow, Taylon Nicolas Correa Marcolino, Andrei Agius, Tiago Adan Fonseca (70′ Guttiner Heider Fernando Costa Tenorio).
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Timothy Tabone Desira, Connor Zammit, David Xuereb.
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis
ST. ANDREWS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Alex Satariano, Ricardo Martin, Travis Blagrove, Kevaughn Atkinson (83′ Kemmu Degran Jackson), Kemar Reid, Joseph Farrugia (70′ Aidan Friggieri), Kurt Magro, Adrian Borg, Amoy Brown (64′ Luke Sciberras), Martin Davis.
Subs not used: Duncan Formosa,, Karl Pulo, Jacob Walker, Dejan Debono.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Asst. Coach: Alejandro Pantoja
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Daniel Casha
Yellow Cards: Jackson
BOV Player of the Match: Taylon Correa