James McDonaugh praised his entire squad after watching Hibernian under-19s record a Mini Edinburgh Derby win over Hearts at East Mains with Sam Stanton and Ross Caldwell scoring in a 2-0 victory.

In front of a decent crowd at the Hibernian Training Centre, Hibernian gradually took control of a keenly contested match against title contenders Hearts.

Sammy Stanton broke the deadlock with a clebverly taken goal - rising supremely above the melee to deliver a knock-out blow.

Then powerful striker Ross Caldwell found the net to decide the contest and continue his remarkable scoring streak against the team in maroon - this season alone he has scored four in three games and last season scored twice in two.

Head of Academy Coaching McDonaugh said: "Obviously I'm delighted with it. It was a tight game and Hearts were perhaps a wee bit better in the first half.

"But in the second half we took control and created some good chances. Sammy scored after supporting an attacking move in the box - arriving late on to finish.

"Paul Grant then made a great save and after that our confidence grew even more and we knew a second goal would come and it did through Ross Caldwell to confirm it.

"A lot of credit must go to the players for the way they performed. We have been working on using a different shape and different tactics and everybody played their part.

"Special praise must go to three boys, who've been told they're not being retained - Marc Lancaster, Jack Verth and Jamie Doris. They have all conducted themselves superbly and a credit to themselves."

Hibernian: Paul Grant, Jack Verth, Robert McFarlane, Bradley Donaldson, Marc Lancaster, Euan Smith (Phil Addison), Dean Horribine, Harry Monaghan, Sam Stanton, Alex Harris (Jamie Doris), Ross Caldwell (Jay Doyle).

Photos: Willie McGillivray