The Aces' numbers were reduced before the 20 minute mark. A poor challenge from Oleg Molochkovetsky landed him a straight red card from referee Ryan Prescott. Molochkovetsky had only minutes earlier come on as a substitute to replace Michael Camileri, who went down with a hamstring injury.

If that wasn't a harsh enough punishment, two minutes later Geoffry Lino landed a bigger blow. The man who netted five goals in Round 1 was released on the left and sprinted down the flank. He then cut inside and calmly finished past Aces' keeper George Boeck.

Lino's pace was too much for Mindil's defence to handle. He blew into open pastures again and crossed the ball into the box. It found Helio Carvahlo who finished from only five yards out to double Hellenic's advantage.

The Blues maintained the majority of possession in the first half. Mindil found the odd half chance on the break, but nothing substantial to trouble Hellenic keeper Nicholas Boubaris.

It took the blues only four minutes of the second stanza to strike again. Paddy McGuire's run up the right allowed him space to cross the ball to an evergreen Carvahlio in the centre. He rocketed his strike into the net, leaving Boeck no chance.

Mindil hit back through Byomy Anei's second goal of the season. Off a free kick from 25 yards he went for an adventurous shot. Dipping just under the crossbar, Boubaris couldn't handle it and it crept in, giving the Aces some hope with 30 minutes remaining.

The potential come back was soon snuffed out by a goal to Sulav Maskey. Another Lino run down the left saw him feed a ball into the box which found Cavahlo. The number nine hit on target but a neat save from Boeck denied him a hat-trick. However, the ball rebounded, back to the feet of Lino who once again whipped it in, this time to Maskey who struck home.

Four minutes later and Hellenic hit their fifth. A great ball from Mario Cameirao found youngster Shaun Hodor who fired away up the pitch. Without any hassle, Hodor slotted the ball in the back of the net.

The sixth came from a Hodor corner. The Mindil defence was unable to deal with it. They let the ball bounce, and it struck the head of Junar Gama, who couldn’t miss from right in front of the goal mouth.