Down seconds are off and running in Junior 3.

They picked up their first two points of the season at Malone Park last Saturday when they overcame a stubborn Bangor fourths side whom they secured promotion alongside last season.

The shale surface was bumpy and dusty which made control a little difficult for both sides. But it was Down who bagged the points thanks to a double from Philip Brown and a goal from Stephen Ferguson.

Down were keen to make the most of home advantage and they did exactly that. They pressed the ball and the Bangor 'keeper was the busier of the two in the first half.

Although he was beaten twice before the interval, he made a number of important saves to deny Chris Taylor, James Cunningham and Ferguson.

Down know they have to make the most of fortress Malone Park this season in a league which is perhaps every bit as competitive as the one the club's senior side was in last season.

There are a lot of wily, experienced campaigners in Junior 3 and there won't be any easy games. That's why it's vital to make the most of home advantage.

Bangor arrived with an experienced side and they gave a good account of themselves in the opening 10 minutes as the home side struggled for any sort of rhythm. Richard Tarbotton was seeing lost of the ball on the left wing, while Raymond McClurg was his usual accomplished self in the middle of the park. In fact it was McClurg's performance which helped cement his side's win.

Time and again he broke up Bangor attacks and set his team mates on their way with some pinpoint passing. He was also quick to seize any opportunity to drive forward himself.

Down took the lead in the 17th minute when Philip Brown was on hand to finish off a move started by Taylor and Chris Lennon. A short corner strike caused confusion in the Bangor defence and a mix up between the 'keeper and his defenders allowed Brown to score.

The goal should have settled the home side, but they were guilty of conceding possession and Bangor were unlucky not to equalise with a break down the left wing which resulted in a shot striking the base of the post.

The miss proved crucial as five minutes later the home side doubled its advantage when Ferguson kept his cool which surrounded by a number of defenders to sweep the ball into the net.

The second half was also a real battle. Down were in the ascendancy for long periods, but couldn't find a way past the Bangor 'keeper who made a number of timely saves.

The visitors did pull a goal back midway through the half when a forward's shot was deflected into the net by the unlucky Trevor McClurg who was powerless to stop a shot striking his stick.

The goal gave the visitors a bit of confidence and with the home side looking like hitting the self-destruct button with some wayward passing and, at times sloppy play, Bangor looked to equalise, but the only shot they had on goal was saved.

With 10 minutes to go, Brown scored the goal-of-the-day. Picking a ball up from Taylor on the edge of the circle he hit it first time on the rise, sending it into the net like a bullet. The Bangor 'keeper hadn't time to move.

With two points in the bag, Down will be hoping to take something from this weekend's game against Harlequins at Deramore.