Hibs Under-20s began their league campaign with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of their Aberdeen counterparts at Glebe Park last night.
With their long-serving mentor, James McDonaugh, having left to take up a first-team coach role at Falkirk, Hibs’ new academy coaching manager Eddie May stepped in to take charge of the team while the search for their permanent coach continues.
First-team trio Scott Allan, Jason Cummings and Callum Booth were among those in a Hibs team which had no answer to the Dons.
Scott Wright opened the scoring after four minutes when he rounded keeper Kleton Perntreou and rolled the ball into the net. Cummings, Jordan Sinclair and Lewis Allan all went close for Hibs before the Dons had a goal chalked off for offside. Lawrence Shankland doubled the Dons’ lead with a looping diving header after a sensational double save from Perntreou two minutes before the break.
Nine minutes after the break Shankland powerfully headed home his second from a Cem Felek free-kick.
Clark Robertson steered home the fourth from close range in stoppage time.
Hibs Under-20s: Perntreou, Dunsmore, Todd, Martyniuk, Gardiner, Booth (McGregor 65), Martin, S Allan (McCaffrey 76), L Allan, Cummings, Sinclair (Crane 51). Unused subs: Brennan, Duthie, Hendry.