Down seconds produced a superb battling performance against Harlequins thirds last Friday night to leave Deramore with maximum points.

It was backs-to-the-wall stuff in the closing stages, but the locals deservedly held on to record their second win of the season in Junior 3. Goals from Philip Brown, his third in two games, and a short corner strike from Sinclair White, saw Down home at the end of an incident-packed, pulsating game.

Harlequins started the better, spraying the ball about with confidence, but Down kept their shape, marked tightly, giving Harlequins little room to exploit on the synthetic pitch.

Clifford Lennon, brother Chris, Jeremy McCready and Trevor McClurg were on top form in defence, while White, James Cunningham and Stephen Fitzsimons kept a close rein on the Harlequins midfield.

With both umpires prepared to let the game flow, it made for an entertaining spectacle, with Brown going close for Down, while at the other end, the Harlequins forwards struggled to get a telling shot in on goal.

As the half progressed Down established a firm foothold, with White, Chris Lennon and Cunningham running their legs off in the middle of the park. Stephen Ferguson added some bite when he replaced the injured Johnny Lennon and his probing runs down the right wing were a feature of the visitors' play.

Harlequins created two chances late in the first half, but Down's 'keeper was equal to the task, with his his second save coming literally on the stroke of half-time to ensure his side went in at the break on level terms.

The visitors were expecting an onslaught at the start of the second half, but it never really materialised as some top-drawer defending and midfield harrying stifled the home side who found it difficult to breach the Down backline.

Midway through the half Down took the lead through Brown. He produced a superb sliding tackle to win possession and after looking up to spot the 'keeper's position, he drilled ball past him into the net.

The goal provided the perfect tonic for the visitors who were now in the ascendancy. Harlequins created two more chances which were saved before White put his side 2-0 ahead with a short corner strike.

He's out to make up for lost time this season and his goal capped a superb all-round performance which saw him cover every inch of the pitch.  His short corner shooting is one of his trademarks and such was the pace on the ball that the Harlequins 'keeper didn't have time to move. Brown looked as though he was going to make it 3-0 but his  high shot was palmed away by the 'keeper when it looked destined for the back of the net.

With nothing to lose, the home side threw caution to the wind and created several more chances which were saved before they made it 2-1 when a shot from the edge of the stick was cruelly deflected off McCready's stick, sending the ball into the roof of the net.

In the closing stages, Harlequins pressed for an equaliser and, despite being awarded several short corners, Down's 'keeper kept his nerve to ensure his side sealed a well-deserved win which sets them up nicely for this Saturday's clash against Antrim thirds.