Hibernians extended their positive run to six matches as they scored twice in the second half to beat Tarxien Rainbows 2-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday.
A win which puts the Paolites temporarily on top the BOV Premier League table before Hamrun Spartans take on bottom-placed Senglea Athletic later on Saturday.
Tarxien, on the other hand, remain third from bottom after winning just one out of their last nine matches.
Hibs took the lead on the 74th minute when off a corner by Jurgen Degabriele, Ferdinando Apap slotted the ball past goalkeeper Jurgen Borg.
One minute in added time, the Paolites doubled the score courtesy of Imanol Iriberri who tapped the ball home from close range after as assist by Gabi Izquier from the right, when served by Jose Wilkson Texeira.
HIBS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Ferdinando Apap, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Jake Grech (Tiago Adan Fonseca 62’), Jurgen Degabriele (Jose Wilkson Teixeira 85’), Bjorn Kristensen, Dunstan Vella, Zachary Karl Grech (Ayrton Attard 78’), Gabriel Izquier Artiles, Andrei Agius, Imanol Iriberri.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Matthew Ellul, Matthew Farrugia, Rudy Cassar Jeffries.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
TARXIEN Jurgen Borg, Carlos Conceicao Filho, Vito Plut, Jurgen Debono (Luke Sciberras 75’), Eduardo Rosado, Erisa Ssekisambu, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Kyle Gatt, Matthew Tabone, Raphael Kooh Sohna, Camilo Escobar.
Subs not used: Brandon Debono, Cedric Zahra, Luigi Bonavia, Miguel Ciantar, Dale Tabone, Keith Attard.
Coach: Winston Muscat
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Raphael, Tabone, Fonseca