By: Hibernian Media on 22 Nov, 2014 20:13
Dominique Malonga scored a phenomenal hat-trick during Hibernian’s unforgettable 6-3 win over Dumbarton at the Bet Butler Stadium.
Hibernian raced into what appeared to be a comfortable 3-0 lead at half-time thanks to well-taken goals from Scott Allan, Malonga and Paul Hanlon.
But Chris Kane and Andy Graham both scored to haul Dumbarton back into the mix before Malonga's screamer gave Hibs a two-goal cushion.
Gary Fleming again had Ian Murray's men within a whisker of getting level before late strikes from Sam Stanton and Malonga pushed Hibs out of sight.
Hibs penned the hosts back from the kick-off and an Allan free kick had already tested goalkeeper Danny Rogers before Liam Fontaine's header was cleared from the goal line by Scott Agnew.
Malonga went close with a powerful drive before another Fontaine header almost found the net - Rogers acrobatically tipping it over his crossbar.
The pressure on the home defence eventually proved too much and on 23 minutes Allan burst through, drawing goalkeeper Rogers before drilling the ball low into the far corner of the net.
Soon after it was 2-0 as Danny Handling played the ball up to Liam Craig, he flicked it into the path of Malonga who finished clinically.
Incredibly, Hibs grabbed a third goal inside six minutes when a stunning turn from Allan took two Dumbarton defenders out of the play before his low cross was turned in at the back post by Hanlon.
A shot from Malonga was deflected just wide of Rogers' goal before Mark Gilhaney was inches away at the other end during a rare Dumbarton attack.
The home side introduced Chris Kane during the interval and he made an immediate impact, volleying a Colin Nish knock down into the net from close range.
On 61 minutes Andy Graham rose to powerfully head in Gilhaney's delivery from the right and Dumbarton were right back in the mix.
However, just when the home hopes were up they once again found themselves two goals behind as Malonga's 30-yard strike found the top left hand corner of Rogers' net.
With 20 minutes remaining Gary Fleming curled a low effort beyond Oxley from the edge of the area and incredibly it was 4-3.
It should have been all level when Scott Agnew's sliced shot fell kindly for Lee Mair but with the goal at his mercy he fired wide.
It would prove a costly miss as Hibs substitute Stanton finished with aplomb after a fine sweeping team move sliced the host defence apart.
With six minutes remaining Malonga claimed his hat-trick, playing a neat one-two with Stanton before slipping the ball into the net beyond the stranded Rogers.
Dumbarton: Rogers, Mair, McLaughlin (MacDonald 46'), Graham, Taggart (Kane 46'), Gilhaney, Agnew, Fleming, Megginson (Kirkpatrick 79'), Turner, Nish. Substitutes not used: Ewings, van Zanten, Campbell.
Hibernian: Oxley, Gray, Hanlon, Fontaine, Robertson, Craig, Stevenson, Handling (Stanton 72'), Allan, Malonga, Cummings (Kennedy 86'). Substitutes not used: Perntreou, Harris, Heffernan, Sinclair, Booth.
Referee: Calum Murray.