FARID EL ALAGUI and Jamie Insall were both on target as the Hibs Development Squad secured their first win of the league season with a 4-2 success over Aberdeen at Ainslie Park.
Insall opened the scoring with a header – his first goal since signing for Hibs – before El Alagui struck twice in the first half with the Dons’ David Dangana netting in between the French-Moroccan’s goals.
Ryan Porteous’ header made it four for Hibs before the break, with Michael Rose pulling a goal back in the second half.
Hibs got off to a dream start as a Conner Duthie corner was headed home by Insall with just three minutes on the clock.
Aberdeen’s young goalkeeper Robbie Mutch left the field of play due to an injury sustained trying to reach the delivery, with David Craddock his replacement.
Craddock himself was soon beaten, El Alagui tucking away Aaron Dunsmore’s fine, low cross with 17 minutes gone.
Three minutes later, Aberdeen pulled a goal back as Dagana shot beyond Sean Brennan and into the far corner.
That was as good as the first half got for the visitors, as it was soon 3-1.
El Alagui finished off Dunsmore’s low cross in the 28th minute in a move similar to his first goal of the afternoon.
The forward is continuing his comeback from injury and almost bagged a hat-trick, but his low effort from inside the box hit the base of the post.
Hibs scored their fourth in the 43rd minute. Duthie whipped in a corner and Porteous powered his header beyond the helpless Craddock.
After the break, Oli Shaw hit a first-time effort over the bar before Michael Rose was denied by Aaron Scott’s clearance on the line in the 56th minute.
Rose scored for Aberdeen with a header from the resulting corner but Hibs continued to control the game and claimed a welcome three points.
Hibs Development Squad: Brennan, Dunsmore, Stirling (Donaldson 83), Waugh, Porteous, Scott, Murray (Breen 66), Duthie, El Alagui, Shaw (Watson 72), Insall. Unused substitutes: Goodfellow, Smith.