Down fought back from being 3-1 behind at one stage and, if truth be told, could have stolen all three points in the end.

The visitors started like a house on fire with Chris Taylor and Gavin Ringland both driving menacingly into the heart of the Parkview defence, but the visitors failed to score an early goal.

Both sides were evenly matched at this stage, before Down pressed the self-destruct button and found themselves two goals behind in a crazy five minute spell.

Parkview took the lead in the 12th minute after Norman Carmichael was given too much room on the left hand side. He drilled the ball into the penalty area and Colin James, who out-paced Johnny Lennon, got his stick to the ball to divert the ball into the net, with the aid of a deflection of the visiting 'keeper's pad.

While a one goal deficit was not insurmountable, Down made things hard for themselves when a Minnis hit out fell to the unmarked Carmichael on the edge of the penalty area and he made it 2-0.

Things then went from bad to worse for Down. The visitor's 'keeper chose to dive at the feet of James during a short corner and while he got a block on the ball, it spun towards Paul Harvey who made it 3-0.

Although trailing by three goals, Down knew they were playing well and could force their way back into the game. Stephen Ferguson popped up at the near post to make it 3-1 before the break and both Taylor and Ringland had opportunities to send Down into the interval on level terms.

In the second half, Parkview tried to press home their advantage, but Down had their tails up and forced the home side to introduce regular goalkeeper, Richard Nesbitt, who had been named as sub ahead of this weekend's junior inter provincials in Cork.

Ashley Gibson, who was forced to plough a lone furrow up front, gave his side some hope when he made it 3-2 with a typically opportunist strike from close range after some great work down the right by Alasdair Duff.

Down skipper, Jeremy McCready, swapped places with Ringland and his move into the middle of the park paved the way for his side's third goal.

He worked his way into the penalty area and his pinpoint cross put the ball literally onto GibsonÕs stick and he rifled it home.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Parkview who were left to rue a couple of Harvey short corner efforts which were saved by Down's 'keeper.

In the closing stages, McCready was unlucky not to give his side all three points from the edge of the penalty area and Gibson also went close in the final stages.

Down were perhaps happy with a draw in the end after being 3-1 in arrears, but if McCready's strike had gone in, it would have been nothing more than the visitors deserved.