Hibernians kept the pace with leaders Hamrun Spartans as they defeated Zejtun Corinthians 2-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday.
This was the sixth win on the trot for the Paolites who trail Hamrun by two points ahead of the March 6 direct clash between the two at the National Stadium.
Zejtun, on the other hand, suffer a third consecutive defeat to stay fifth from bottom.
Hibs took the lead on the 2nd minute when off an assist by Jurgen Degabriele, Dunstan Vella served Jake Grech whose first shot was blocked by a defender, hitting home off the rebound.
The Paolites doubled the score on the 74th thanks to Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro who hit hard past Cassar when served by Tiago Fonseca from the right.
HIBS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Ferdinando Apap, Leandro Almeida, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Jake Grech (Zachary Karl Grech 86’), Jurgen Degabriele (Tiago Adan Fonseca 61’), Bjorn Kristensen, Dunstan Vella (Ayrton Attard 87’), Gabriel Izquier Artiles, Andrei Agius, Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro (Imanol Iriberri 76’).
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
ZEJTUN Christian Cassar, Diego Albanese, Lucas Moreira, Jurgen Suda (Adrian Carabott 73’), Roberio do Nascimento Santos (Vitor Vieira 52’), Christian Grech, Henrique Marcelino Motta, Sergio Barboza da Silva Junior, Neil Tabone, Gillmore Azzopardi (Edward Herrera 82’), Anderson de Barros.
Coach: Orosco Anonam
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson
Yellow Cards: N. Tabone, C. Grech, L. Moreira (Ż); D. Vella (H)
BOV Player of the Match: Gilmar da Silva Ribeiro