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Ten-man Hibs survive Senglea fightback
Times of Malta
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:58

Ten-man Hibs survive Senglea fightback

Times of Malta
Sat, 21 Sep 2019 19:58

HIBS                 2         Nanni 8Groothusen 27SENGLEA         1         Wilkson 62Hibernians bounced back from the shock defeat to Sirens thanks to a 2-1 win over Senglea Athletic despite having to play the final 30 minutes with ten men.

Ten-man Hibs survive Senglea fightback


Two goals inside the first half hour seemed to have paved the way for a comfortable win for the Paolites.

However the match was reopened early in the second half when Hibs goalkeeper Marko Jovicic was dismissed and Senglea immediately pulled a goal back.

Here Hibs needed all their resolve to protect their lead and take home the three points. 

The Paolites made their intentions clear right from the start, going close on three minutes when off a cross by Jake Grech from the right, Terence Groothusen failed to connect and Ferdinando Apap’s cross from the left was cleared by the Senglea rearguard.

Five minutes later, Hibernians took the lead when Jake Grech’s freekick was deflected into the path of Leonardo Nanni who slotted the ball past Anthony Curmi from a close angle.

Senglea replied with a cross by Leighton Grech on 12 minutes from which Jan Tanti was unlucky to hit the crossbar from close range. From the rebound, Wilkson’s header was...