Hibernian 5-0 Berwick

Hibernian players celebrate scoring against Berwick Rangers
O'Connor (second from right) headed Hibs' third goal against Berwick

Hibernian progressed to the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a comfortable home win against Berwick Rangers.

Martin Scott fired the home side ahead and Akpo Sodje doubled the advantage seven minutes before half-time.

Garry O'Connor headed Hibs' third on 51 minutes from Ivan Sproule's cross.

Scott claimed his second goal seven minutes later and Sproule completed the rout after Paul Currie had missed Berwick's best chance.

Fraser McLaren fired wide for the visitors early on while Danny Galbraith and Victor Palsson were off target with long range efforts for Colin Calderwood's men.

The breakthrough came when Sproule found Scott outside the box and the midfielder lifted a shot into the top left-hand corner of Jamie Barclay's goal.

Sodje had earlier squandered a chance when put through on goal but atoned for that miss when he converted O'Connor's cross with a low shot.

O'Connor continued his early season form shortly after the break, the striker's fourth in as many matches.

The post had prevented Lee Currie scoring an own goal in the first half and the goal frame came to Berwick's rescue again when Scott Smith's shot was tipped onto the bar by Barclay.

Smith, making his debut as a substitute, crossed for Scott to beat Barclay again from the edge of the box and Sodje missed a couple of chances to add to the scoreline.

Currie was unable to register a consolation for Berwick from inside the penalty area and Barclay saved efforts from Scott and Sean O'Hanlon before Sproule fired Hibs' fifth.

The winger ran on to a long ball and slotted past Barclay three minutes from the end.

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood: "We did okay tonight and it's a positive result.

"It's good to come back and show the confidence the players did.

"You want to put the goal under threat and I don't think we could've done any more - it was as impressive as you would want against a team from a lower division.

"There's nothing to pat ourselves on the back about. We won't take great credit from it, but fair dues to them, they deserved the scoreline tonight."

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