Hibs overcome Pembroke

Hibs overcome Pembroke

Hibernians moved into the last 16 of the U*Bet FA Trophy after they beat Pembroke 5-3 at the Tedesco Stadium.

The Paolites were in control right from the outset and took just 11 minutes to forge ahead. Edward Herrera's inswinging cross pick Luis Edison who had little difficulty in heading the ball past Pembroke goalkeeper Rodrick Debattista.

Pembroke came back strongly and managed to draw level on 15 minutes. Lydon Cilia's run inside the area was illegally halted by Aaron Xuereb and referee Mario Apap immediately pointed to the spot. Matthew Borg's shot from the spot was partially blocked by Bonnici but Borg made no mistake from the rebound to make it 1-1.

Instead it was Pembroke who struck again eight minutes from the break. In another swift break, Cilia sped clear on the left and sensing that Bonnici was out of his place he showed great skill to lob the ball over the Hibernians goalkeeper.

However, the Division Three side's joy only lasted two minutes as Hibs quickly drew level. They were awarded a central free-kick and Clayton Failla curled tghe ball into the top corner of the net – 2-2.

Hibs hit the bar again on 61 minutes when Steve Pisani's delivery was met by Andrew Cohen who saw his header coming off the bar.

But the Malta midfielder struck a minute later when from an Edison corner kick Cohen anticipated his marker to clip the ball into the net.

Cohen almost scored again on 65 minutes when his curling drive from a free-kick was put onto the upright by Debattista before Pembroke cleared.

The match was all but over on 66 minutes when Edison ran to meet Pisani's centre to fire the ball into an empty net.

Pembroke pulled a goal back ten minutes from time when Carlo Leonardi's stinging drive flew into the top corner of the net.

However it was Hibs who had the final say when Luis Edison controlled the ball inside the area to fire a low shot past Debattista.

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