Hibernian under-20s recorded an emphatic 5-1 win over Ross County at the Training Centre on Sunday afternoon to book their place in the next round of the Scottish Youth Cup.

The goals were scored by David Paul (two), Euan Smith and Jason Cummings (two) - much to the delight of Head of Academy Coaching James McDonaugh.

McDonaugh said: "I was really pleased with the team performance - it was possibly our most complete display of the season so far.

"We dominated the game against a decent Ross County team and could have won by a far bigger margin.



"After some off-key performances and results in both the SPFL U20 League and East of Scotland League, this was the perfect response and gives us something to build on."

Defender Bradley Donaldson, currently on loan at Arbroath, made an appearance and contributed to the win.

Top goalscorer Cummings added another two to his season haul and the teenager says he was delighted with how it went.

Cummings said: "It was a great team performance and every player made an impact on the game.

"It was good to get through to the next round so convincingly and hopefully we get drawn to face Hearts."

Hibernian under-20s: Dougie Horne, Andrew Black, Brad Donaldson, Aaron Dunsmore, Callum Crane, David Paul, Jamie Beaton, Jordan Sinclair, Euan Smith, Max Todd, Jason Cummings

Meanwhile 24 hours earlier an extremely young Hibernian EOS side drew 3-3 against Leith Athletic at the Training Centre in Section C of the East of Scotland Qualifying League.

The goals were scored by Kevin Waugh, Dominic Docherty and a trialist.

McDonaugh says he was thrilled with how the younger players - some 15-year-olds and under-17 players - coped with the physicality of the match.

McDonaugh said: "I was really not sure which way we were going to perform because we had so many young players in the team - only three full-time players were involved.

"The rest were 15 and 16 year olds and I just worried how they would handle it in terms of physicality. I told the players if we pass the ball and move well the physical side will take care of itself.

"I was well aware that Leith are one of the best EOS teams around and warned the players of that. What developed though was an encouraging and strong performance.

"We created and passed the ball well, twice taking the lead, but twice being pegged back from poor mistakes from us.

"Then Scott Martin showed a lack of experience by getting involved and was rightly red carded.

"So it was at 2-2 half time and we were down to 10 men, so we had to change tactically but the players kept to their task.

"We went behind due to a really slack goal on our part. Subs came on and the game flowed, we continued to pass and show patience and we were justly rewarded when a trialist scored in last minute to level it 3-3.

"We then went for the winner and had one cleared off the line in injury time. Overall very pleased with the group, I thought Bauld, Docherty and Porcher were great and Kevin Waugh for only 15 was also very good, so full credit to the players and also to the under-17 coaches."

Hibernian EOS: Perntreou, Bauld, Gardiner, Wilson, Porcher, Martin, Docherty, Nesbitt, Waugh, Trialist, Trialist. Subs used Trialist, Chitamere, Shaw. Unused Brennan, Ashelby

Images kindly provided by Willie McGillivray