Hibernians too strong for Gudja
Gudja United 0Hibernians 4
Holders Hibernians surged into the quarter-finals of the U*Bet FATrophy with a comfortable 4-0 win over Gudja United this evening.
Yet, the Paolities had to wait unit the 45th minute before taking the lead.
Gudja did not defend en masse and tried hard to keep possession, at times, managing to come out their area confidently with the ball.
But the Yellows were stung just before half-time. Clayton Failla was the provider with an inviting cross from a corner and Allan Kardeck glanced a powerful header past the diving Xerxen.
Despite dominating possession, Hibernians continued to struggle to penetrate Gudja’ defence but Cohen saw to that with a brilliant goal.
After 64 minutes, the nippy midfielder’s clever back-heel carved open the Yellows defence and Jackson Lima sent a cute lob over stranded Xerxen.
The holders were now in command. They increased their lead three minutes later when Cohen’s perfect ball was headed in by the towering Adrian Pulis.Three goals up, Hibernians eased up and Ryan Sell drew a fine save from Balzan after 67 minutes.
Seven minutes later, the Hibernians goalkeeper denied Gudja from a consolation goal when he did well to tip around the post a point-blank header by Kiril Aleskandrov.
Four minutes from time, Hibernians scored their fourth, Cohen capping a fine performance by heading in past Xerxen as he run through a confused Gudja area.