Hibernians extended their positive run to eight matches with a third consecutive win as they found no difficulty in beating neighbours Tarxien Rainbows 4-0 at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The Paolites had a perfect start, taking the lead on the 2nd minute when Jake Grech advanced on the right with two defenders trying to halt his run and served the unmarked Imanol Iriberri on the left who slotted past the helpless Matthew Towns.
Hibs doubled the score on the 17th minute when Jurgen Degabriele entered the area from the right and Imanol Iriberri, once again left unmarked, slotted the ball past Rudy Briffa.
Three minutes from the end of the first half, Hibernians scored the third goal. Destin Mambouana slipped in midfield and Jake Grech advanced all alone on the left before hitting past the Tarxien goalkeeper.
Hibernians made it 4-0 on the 76th minute thanks to Jurgen Degabriele who scored from close range following an assist from the left by substitute Myles Beerman despite Rudy Briffa and Destin Mambouana’s desperate attempts to clear the ball into safety.
TARXIEN Rudy Briffa, Thomas Veronese, Destin Mambouana, Brandon Muscat, Gary Camilleri (78’ Keith Attard), Aleksa Andrejic, Stiv Shaba (37’ Nevin Portelli), Matthew Tabone, Petar Kanzurov, Jairo Andres Tenorio (32’ Miguel Ciantar), Daniel Zerafa.
Subs not used: Matthew Towns, Daniel Vassallo, Kurt Borg, Dale Tabone.
Coach: Demis Scerri
HIBS Marko Jovicic, Ferdinando Apap, Jens Wemmer, Joseph (68’ Timothy Tabone Desira), Jake Grech, Jurgen Degabriele, Bjorn Kristensen, Dunstan Vella (78’ Ayrton Attard), Gabriel Izquier (52’ Myles Beerman), Andrei Agius, Imanol Iriberri.
Subs not used: Matthew Calleja Cremona, Timothy Tabone Desira, Marcio Leandro Barbosa da Silva, Charles Atsina, Andreas Vella.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Asst. Coach: Ryan Pulis
Referee: Ishmael Barbara
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Alan Mario Sant
Yellow Cards: Kanzurov
BOV Player of the Match: Imanol Iriberri