Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Hibernian 5-0 Ayr United

Anthony Stokes celebrates
Anthony Stokes signed for Hibs this summer after leaving Blackburn Rovers

Anthony Stokes inspired Hibernian to a League Cup hammering of League One Ayr United on his first start since rejoining the club.

The Republic of Ireland forward nodded the opener then turned provider for Simon Murray to grab the second.

Stokes doubled his tally after the break with a clever finish before Efe Ambrose tapped in the fourth.

Lithuanian striker Deivydas Matulevicius came off the bench to notch the fifth for the dominant hosts.

Having lost at home to Ayr last season when both sides were in the Championship, top-flight Hibs were eager to get ahead and Stokes duly provided.

Danny Swanson delivered and Stokes was afforded too much space as he headed past Jordan Hart.

Murray doubled the hosts' advantage when he latched on to Stokes' pass and finished with composure.

Stokes came close with two further efforts but did net again after the interval, meeting Murray's cross and firing past Hart from a tight angle.

The fourth came when Ambrose reacted quickest to nudge an effort over the line after John McGinn's corner had left the Honest Men's defence exposed.

Matulevicius came on for Dylan McGeouch and soon made an impact. The Lithuanian striker's maiden goal for Hibs came with the aid of a deflection as he rounded off the scoring for the night.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk44001311212
2Inverness CT42115328
3Stirling42116517
4Brechin401319-82
5Forfar4013310-71

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline42201331010
2Peterhead43017619
3Hearts42117437
4East Fife411236-34
5Elgin4004213-110

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd4310102811
2Dundee431082610
3Raith Rovers42029546
4Cowdenbeath4103511-63
5Buckie Thistle4004315-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian43101311210
2Ross County422080810
3Arbroath412167-16
4Montrose4103215-133
5Alloa401328-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr44001531212
2Kilmarnock43019369
3Clyde4202711-46
4Annan Athletic4013210-82
5Dumbarton401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Motherwell44001221012
2Morton42118628
3Queen's Park42119907
4Edinburgh City4013312-92
5Berwick401347-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton422011659
2Albion413012937
3Queen of Sth41306427
4East Kilbride411259-45
5Stenhousemuir401339-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston431083511
2Partick Thistle431092710
3St Mirren42029726
4Airdrieonians4103410-63
5Stranraer4004412-80
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