Match ends, Hibernian 5, Ayr United 0.
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.
- 10McGeouchSubstituted forMatuleviciusat 76'minutes
- 15MurraySubstituted forBoyleat 64'minutes
- 11SwansonSubstituted forSlivkaat 64'minutes
- 5RoseBooked at 49mins
- 12McGuffieSubstituted forMurphyat 64'minutes
- 6GegganSubstituted forat 78'minutes
- 11McDaidSubstituted forForrestat 45'minutes
- 9MooreSubstituted forFergusonat 45'minutes
- Kevin Clancy
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hibernian 5, Ayr United 0.
Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by David Ferguson.
Goal! Hibernian 5, Ayr United 0. Deivydas Matulevicius (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Craig Reid.
Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Michael Moffat (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Porteous (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. Deivydas Matulevicius (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. John McGinn (Hibernian) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Ross Docherty.
Attempt blocked. Anthony Stokes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Andrew Geggan went off injured after Ayr United had used all subs.
Substitution, Hibernian. Deivydas Matulevicius replaces Dylan McGeouch.
Attempt missed. Vykintas Slivka (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Goal! Hibernian 4, Ayr United 0. Efe Ambrose (Hibernian) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Patrick Boyle.
Foul by Lewis Stevenson (Hibernian).
Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.