Hibernian marched on to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup with a resounding home win over Montrose.
Colin Nish opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a rebound shot and grabbed a second 20 minutes later.
Derek Riordan fired home from distance to extend Hibs' lead in the 70th minute but Chris Hegarty pulled one back for the visitors, also from long range.
Abdessalam Benjelloun's header and a strike by debutant Alan Gow rounded off the Easter Road side's win.
It was the Third Division side who threatened first as Stevie Nicholas stole the ball from Ian Murray and cut back for Hugh Davidson, who was unable to make a proper connection.
The early scare seemed to rouse Hibs and they quickly went in front, with Nish forcing the ball over the line after goalkeeper Andy McNeil had blocked Riordan's 18-yard drive.
Former Hibs stopper McNeil denied Riordan again minutes later, this time palming the striker's shot over the crossbar.
Montrose lost John Maitland to injury, with Marek Tomana coming on as a substitute, before referee Alan Muir waved away Hibs' claims for a penalty following McNeil's challenge on Anthony Stokes.
Nish found the net again when he converted Rankin's cross.
Hegarty tried to change the course of the match with a 25-yard strike but none of his team-mates could take advantage after keeper Graeme Smith had spilled the shot.
Riordan dragged a shot wide 10 minutes into the second half before, at the other end, Nicholas' route to goal was blocked by Chris Hogg.
McNeil then made a double-save to prevent Merouane Zemmama and Nish adding to Hibs' lead.
But McNeil could do nothing to stop Riordan's stunning strike finding the top corner of the net.
Hegarty, son of former Dundee United player Paul, emulated Riordan's efforts with a powerful low drive past Smith four minutes later and was promptly booked for his celebrations.
Substitute Zemmama crossed for Benjelloun to nod home as Hibs restored their three-goal cushion.
Gow, who this week joined on loan from Plymouth for the rest of the season, had earlier replaced Nish and the former Rangers and Falkirk forward weaved his way in from the left before slotting past McNeil to complete the scoring.
Hibernian manager John Hughes: "I'm delighted for all of my players.
"We are obviously disappointed with the goal we lost but they possibly deserved that.
"The goals were shared about as well so I'm delighted but it's not all about scoring goals, it's about doing it properly and doing it right."
"It was a good professional performance, we got an early goal and we could have scored more but that probably would have been harsh on them.
"I thought Montrose were hard working and resolute.
"These guys are the real heroes, guys that are part-time that have to go out and earn and living and play on a Saturday for a love of the game.
"It was a good chance for them to take our scalp."
Montrose manager Steven Tweed: "It's all you can do, if we had sat back it would have been waves of attacks.
"We could have played defensively but it would have been a matter of time before they broke us down.
"I thought it was best to go out and have a go and that's what we tried.
"Hibs have a lot of quality, you saw the substitutes that came off the bench, I look around and I have a couple of 16-year-olds."
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Saturday, 6 February 2010
02 David Wotherspoon
07 McBride (Zemmama 63)
09 Nish (Gow 70)
11 Stokes (Benjelloun 71)
06 Crighton yellow card
11 Fleming yellow card (Sinclair 62)
04 Hegarty yellow card
07 Maitland (Tomana 9)
09 Nicholas (Martin Boyle 86)
16 Martin Boyle
Ref: MuirAtt: 9,068
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+1:52 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
Correction - 89:29 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Andrew McNeil makes a save.
89:29 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Andrew McNeil.
88:10 GOAL - Alan Gow:Hibernian 5 - 1 Montrose Goal scored by Alan Gow from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 5-1 Montrose.
Correction - 87:32 David Wotherspoon produces a cross, clearance by Fraser Milligan.
87:32 The ball is delivered by David Wotherspoon, Fraser Milligan manages to make a clearance.
85:44 Substitution Steven Nicholas goes off and Martin Boyle comes on.
85:36 The ball is sent over by David Wotherspoon.
Correction - 83:29 Centre by David Wotherspoon, Alan Cambell gets a block in. Short corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line.
83:29 David Wotherspoon produces a cross, Alan Cambell gets a block in. Short corner worked by Derek Riordan.
Correction - 82:12 John Gemmell fouled by Paul Hanlon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Christopher
82:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hanlon on John Gemmell. Free kick taken by Christopher Hegarty.
81:13 Merouane Zemmama delivers the ball.
79:49 Alan Gow produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
78:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marek Tomana on David Wotherspoon. Direct free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.
78:30 Sean Crighton concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdessalam Benjelloun. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.
77:20 Merouane Zemmama provided the assist for the goal.
77:20 GOAL - Abdessalam Benjelloun:Hibernian 4 - 1 Montrose Abdessalam Benjelloun finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hibernian 4-1 Montrose.
76:12 Derek Riordan takes the direct free kick.
76:12 Booking The referee shows Sean Crighton a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
76:03 Sean Crighton challenges Alan Gow unfairly and gives away a free kick.
74:46 Booking Christopher Hegarty is given a yellow card.
73:33 Assist by Marek Tomana.
73:33 GOAL - Christopher Hegarty:Hibernian 3 - 1 Montrose Christopher Hegarty grabs a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Hibernian 3-1 Montrose.
72:39 The offside flag is raised against Abdessalam Benjelloun. Andrew McNeil takes the indirect free kick.
72:07 David Wotherspoon produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
71:41 David Wotherspoon takes a shot. Andrew McNeil makes a save.
69:11 Substitution (Hibernian) makes a substitution, with Abdessalam Benjelloun coming on for Anthony Stokes.
69:11 Substitution Alan Gow joins the action as a substitute, replacing Colin Nish.
67:46 Merouane Zemmama takes a shot. Brilliant save by Andrew McNeil. Colin Nish takes a shot. Fantastic save by Andrew McNeil.
Outswinging corner taken by Merouane Zemmama, Alan Cambell makes a clearance.
67:11 Derek Riordan crosses the ball, save made by Andrew McNeil.
66:01 Corner taken right-footed by Christopher Hegarty, clearance by Paul Hanlon.
65:40 Fraser Milligan crosses the ball, Steven Nicholas takes a shot. Chris Hogg gets a block in.
63:17 Effort on goal by Colin Nish from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
61:20 Substitution Merouane Zemmama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin McBride.
61:20 Substitution Sean Fleming goes off and Aaron Sinclair comes on.
61:20 Booking Caution for Sean Fleming.
61:10 Sean Fleming challenges Anthony Stokes unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Wotherspoon restarts play with the free
60:06 Centre by Alan Cambell.
58:37 The ball is sent over by Kevin McBride, Alan Cambell manages to make a clearance.
57:37 Foul by Anthony Stokes on Marek Tomana, free kick awarded. Andrew McNeil takes the direct free kick.
56:47 Ian Murray crosses the ball, save made by Andrew McNeil.
56:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marek Tomana on David Wotherspoon. Free kick taken by David Wotherspoon.
53:36 David Wotherspoon fouled by Sean Fleming, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Rankin.
52:58 Hugh Davidson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
51:46 Unfair challenge on Chris Hogg by John Gemmell results in a free kick. Graeme Smith takes the direct free kick.
49:58 Effort on goal by Christopher Hegarty from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
49:08 Unfair challenge on John Gemmell by Chris Hogg results in a free kick. Sean Fleming restarts play with the free kick.
47:06 David Wotherspoon crosses the ball, save by Andrew McNeil. Anthony Stokes produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the
box and misses to the right of the goal.
45:50 Outswinging corner taken by Christopher Hegarty, clearance made by Kevin McBride.
Correction - 45:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Colin Nish on Steven Nicholas. Andrew McNeil takes the free kick.
45:25 Colin Nish gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Nicholas. Andrew McNeil takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:54 The first half comes to an end.
44:20 Anthony Stokes fouled by Steven McNalley, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Derek Riordan, Header from deep
inside the area by Chris Hogg goes over the bar.
43:07 Christopher Hegarty concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McBride. John Rankin takes the direct free kick.
42:28 David Wotherspoon delivers the ball, clearance by Alan Cambell.
41:31 Ian Murray is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andrew McNeil.
39:06 Kevin McBride takes a shot. Christopher Hegarty gets a block in. Short corner worked by Kevin McBride, Colin Nish takes a
shot. Sean Fleming gets a block in. Anthony Stokes takes a short corner.
38:25 Christopher Hegarty takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Correction - 35:47 Corner crossed in by Derek Riordan. Fraser Milligan challenges Ian Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free
kick taken by Kevin McBride.
35:47 Derek Riordan delivers a inswinging corner to short, clearance made by Alan Cambell.
35:25 A cross is delivered by David Wotherspoon, save made by Andrew McNeil.
33:53 Fraser Milligan concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McBride. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from
33:06 Derek Riordan delivers a pass corner to short, clearance by Alan Cambell.
31:24 Derek Riordan has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. Unfair challenge on Steven
Nicholas by Chris Hogg results in a free kick. John Gemmell produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Graeme
30:30 Centre by David Wotherspoon.
29:46 Derek Riordan sends in a cross, Alan Cambell makes a clearance.
27:58 Kevin McBride concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Fleming. Sean Fleming takes the free kick.
27:31 John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Andrew McNeil.
27:04 Unfair challenge on Steven McNalley by Kevin McBride results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven McNalley.
24:35 The assist for the goal came from John Rankin.
24:35 GOAL - Colin Nish:Hibernian 2 - 0 Montrose Colin Nish scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hibernian 2-0 Montrose.
24:35 The ball is sent over by John Rankin,
23:35 The ball is swung over by John Rankin, Colin Nish takes a shot. Save by Andrew McNeil. Inswinging corner taken from the left
by-line by Derek Riordan, clearance by Christopher Hegarty.
23:00 Handball by Hugh Davidson. Direct free kick taken by Liam Miller.
21:58 Colin Nish produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
21:48 The ball is crossed by Derek Riordan.
20:09 The ball is delivered by Anthony Stokes, Alan Cambell gets a block in.
19:20 The ball is delivered by Derek Riordan, save by Andrew McNeil.
18:38 Unfair challenge on David Wotherspoon by Sean Fleming results in a free kick. Liam Miller takes the free kick.
15:33 John Gemmell fouled by Chris Hogg, the ref awards a free kick. Christopher Hegarty restarts play with the free kick.
14:57 Shot on goal by Ian Murray from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
13:42 Derek Riordan produces a cross, Colin Nish takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Cambell. Inswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan
from the left by-line played to the near post.
12:23 Centre by David Wotherspoon, Fraser Milligan makes a save.
10:18 Ian Murray challenges Hugh Davidson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven McNalley.
8:48 Substitution John Maitland leaves the field to be replaced by Marek Tomana.
6:05 Derek Riordan takes a shot. Save by Andrew McNeil. Corner taken left-footed by Anthony Stokes, Colin Nish challenges Alan
Cambell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew McNeil.
4:29 GOAL - Colin Nish:Hibernian 1 - 0 Montrose A goal is scored by Colin Nish from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Hibernian 1-0 Montrose.
4:29 The ball is crossed by Anthony Stokes, clearance made by Alan Cambell. Derek Riordan delivers the ball, save by Andrew McNeil.
3:16 Steven Nicholas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Graeme Smith.
1:21 The official flags Ian Murray offside. Andrew McNeil takes the free kick.
0:14 Unfair challenge on Liam Miller by Hugh Davidson results in a free kick. Kevin McBride crosses the ball from the free kick
left-footed from right wing, Alan Cambell makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin McBride from the
right by-line, save by Andrew McNeil.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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