Hibernians made sure to stay top of the BOV Premier League table after match day 3 as they defeated Sirens 3-1 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Paolites therefore maintained their perfect record with a third win in as many matches while Sirens suffered their first defeat after claiming four points from their first two outings.
Photos: Copyright Jonathan Bugeja
Jurgen Degabriele was back for Hibernians as he replaced Erjon Beu while Jonathan Debono, Jair Blanco, Vitor Vieira and Ismael Borg were preferred to Sean Mintoff, Diego Albanese, Alfred Effiong and Degran Jackson.
Hibs took the lead on the 14th minute when following a good run on the right, Thaylor served Jurgen Degabriele who hit home past Debono.
Four minutes later, they were awarded a penalty after Ismael Borg brought Thaylor down inside the area and from the penalty spot, Jake Grech converted.
Sirens reduced the gap on 82 minutes when Ferdinando Apap blocked on the goal line an Alfred Effiong effort but Bogdan Gavrila drilled the ball home.
However three minutes later, Hibs made it 3-1 when off a Gabi Izquier freekick from the right, the ball was deflected and Wilfried Domoraud headed home from a close angle.
SIRENS Jonathan Debono, Jair Antonio Blanco Pardo, Ismael Borg (Degran Jackson 46’), Rei Tachikawa (7-Bogdan Gavrila 66’), Vitor Vieira, Adrian Borg, Jacob Walker, Fernando Brandan, Carlo Zammit Lonardelli (11-Alfred Effiong 79’), Luis Carlos Riascos, Kemar Reid.
Coach: Winston Muscat
HIBERNIANS Ibrahim Kone, Ferdinando Apap (Matthew Ellul 90’), Leandro Almeida (Zachary Grech 88’), Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Jake Grech (Francis Mensah 90’), Jurgen Degabriele (Ayrton Attard 78’), Dunstan Vella, Thaylor Aldama (Timothy Tabone Desira 88’), Andrei Agius, Gabriel Artiles, Wilfried Domoraud.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha
Yellow Cards: Jackson, Brandan, dos Anjos, Agius, Domoraud
BOV Player of the Match: Thaylor