Chasing three points in a bid to salvage what has been a disappointing season, Hibernians had only on target, a win against Sirens.
With a place in European competition still possible, Hibs knew they could not afford to drop points in their penultimate match of the season. Lying in sixth place, with Bazan, Mosta and Gzira above them, this game could help rescue their season or it could end their hopes of Europe.
It started well, with Hibs pressing forward with more energy than has been seen all season. Apap tested Grech in the Sirens goal, then Jake Grech saw his powerful drive pushed out to the inrushing Muritala who could only lift his shot over the net. The Nigerian striker made up for that miss when he fired in from close range just before the half hour.
Hibs in front and looking comfortable. They continued that form early in the second half, Jake Grech sending an inviting cross into the box but not able to pick out a team-mate.
And the the upset. The match seemed to be stalling with neither side able to take control. Against the run of play Sirens equalised through Duarte with only fifteen minutes left on the clock.
That seemed to rattle Hibs who were not able to find their early match form and at the whistle, the hope of Europe looked a fading dream. Not the result Hibs wanted and now they can only wait for their final game against Floriana and hope other results go their way.