Jake Sinclair, Alex Harris, Danny Handling, Jason Cummings and Callum Booth all featured as the Hibs Under-20s fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Motherwell Under-20s last night.
Dylan Mackin opened the scoring on 40 minutes, before he added a superb second after the break.
Stephen Higgins increased the lead shortly after, before Hibs battled back into the game with Cummings scoring a consolation goal.
The game took a while to get going, with the visitors gaining a foothold in the match before the managerless hosts could seriously test Ross Stewart.
Dom Thomas’ powerful strike was saved well by Kleton Perntreou, but Mackin was on hand to tap in the opening goal five minutes before half-time.
Perntreou was called into action moments later, as he acrobatically saved a stinging half-volley from Higgins.
Seven minutes after the break the home side were 3-0 down after a stunning curled effort from Mackin and a well-worked Motherwell team effort, which saw Higgins getting the goal his performance merited.
Hibs, last season’s third-placed team, began to work their way into the game, with Cummings rattling the goal-frame on the hour mark.
Thomas and Higgins both went close with efforts from distance, before Cummings capitalised on a slack passback and lofted the ball over Stewart in the 85th minute for a consolation goal.
Despite the convincing defeat, Eddie May, the academy coaching manager at Hibs, was not critical of the first-team players involved, because of their age and experience in football.
“We say first-team players, they are in the first-team squad but they’re not old boys,” he said.
“They’re still young kids and we’ve got to just try and get them to keep developing to eventually becoming week in, week out first-team players.”
Hibs Under-20s: Perntreou, Dunsmore, Crane, Martyniuk, Booth, Martin, Sinclair, Handling, L Allan, Cummings, Harris. Unused substitutes: Brennan, Gardiner, Duthie, Hendry, Todd.