Hibs 3-0 Santa Coloma: Boyle makes his mark as hosts shake off early red to cruise to win
Hibs survived an early red card for Joe Newell to record a 3-0 win against Andorran side FC Santa Coloma.
The midfielder was given his marching orders for what was deemed to be a late challenge on Robert Ramos but replays suggested the sending off had been harsh.
Hibs were already a goal up, Martin Boyle having netted from the spot after goalkeeper Miguel Angel Ramos brought down Kevin Nisbet in the box, but the visitors came into the game more after the dismissal.
Boyle notched his second just moments after the interval as his deflected effort beat the ‘keeper and the hosts kept up the pressure in the search for a third.
Santa Coloma then had Robert Ramos sent off for bringing down Boyle, with Hamza Ryahi also heading for an early bath moments later, leaving the Andorrans to play the last 20 minutes with nine men.
Ryan Porteous and Nisbet had goals ruled out before Nisbet scored ten minutes from the end.
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Hibs v Santa Coloma
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Boyle goes down under Cistero’s challenge again, nothing given but the Santa Coloma man is not happy with the winger - Boyle is then booked for an off-the-ball altercation with Ryahi. The Australian internationalist certainly in the thick of things so far!
Paul Hanlon got his head to a free kick from Allan but his effort is just over the bar
Mackay with an efort from out on the wing but Ramos gathers.
Hibs continuing to look for a second goal but the game is peppered with robust challenges and late tackles
Joe Newell sent off for Hibs for a high challenge in the Santa Coloma penalty area. The hosts down to ten men.
Loud boos from the Hibs fans every time Robert Ramos touches the ball - he’s the Santa Coloma defender who was on the receiving end of the Newell challenge.
Santa Coloma with their first effort on goal - looks like it’s deflected wide, but it’s a goal kick to Hibs
Nisbet enjoying every tussle with Robert Ramos. Looks like there’s been words exchanged a few times...
Santa Coloma go close with another effort, this time from Lopez. The visitors coming into the game a bit more ater the red card
Boyle with a chance from close range but it’s too high