Down seconds fought back to win this crucial Junior 4 tie at Malone Park and put a serious dent in Bangor's promotion aspirations.

The visitors have made the running all season, but are coming under tremendous pressure as the title race hots up and defeat certainly wasn't on their agenda last weekend.

The visitors may have had their script well prepared before they arrived, but Down ripped it to shreds with an impressive performance which keeps them handily placed just outside the race for the two promotion spots up for grabs.

Johnny Briggs, who has been in fine form all season, made an early save to keep his side in the game and was well protected by a back four of John Hewitt, Willie Price, Robert Carberry and Trevor Love, who was outstanding all afternoon.

Colin Gibson had another impressive game in the middle of the park and second half substitute, Chris Lennon also played well.

Down skipper, Johnny Lennon, created the first goalscoring chance for his side from a short corner and his shot had "goal" written all over it before it was deflected wide by a defender.

Love, who used every opportunity to push forward, then went close as the home side's pressure began to mount. With the home back four water tight, it seemed only a matter of time before they would open their account at the other end.

But it was Bangor who opened the scoring against the run of play when a poorly hit shot was allowed to bobble into the net at the back post.

But Down were not going to fold in and they displayed great character to force their way back into the game through Ashley Gibson.

There were just 16 minutes to go when he popped up with the first of his vital double on the afternoon.

The first came after a goalmouth scramble when the star poacher reacted quickest to send the ball over the line for a well-deserved equaliser.

With five minutes to go and Bangor intent on hanging on for a point, Down and Gibson caught them cold again with the second killer goal.

It came after some fine build-up play involving Chris Lennon who picked out Gibson and the striker made no mistake with a clinical strike.

Bangor threw men forward in the closing minutes in a bid to snatch an equaliser, but Down's skipper pulled his men behind the ball to close out play and collect a well-deserved three points.