Down seconds went goal crazy at Malone Park last weekend when they entertained Kilkeel thirds in a one-sided Junior 4 clash.

Cecil Telford weighed in with a hat-trick, while Philip Brown and Alasdair Duff bagged a brace apiece. James Cunningham also got in on the scoring act when he converted a penalty stroke.

After last week's superb performance against Raphoe in Donegal, Johnny Lennon's side proved they will push Bangor and Ballynahinch hard in the race for the title.

They made the most of Kilkeel's inability to master the shale surface and on an overcast day, it was literally raining goals and the performance warmed the hearts of the home supporters.

The visitors started brightly and for the first 15 minutes it looked as though Down would have a tough contest on their hands, but once they got their noses in front, there was only going to be one winner.

Master predator, Philip Brown, fired his side into a two-goal lead with clinical strikes before Telford hammered home the first of his three on the day.

Kilkeel then stunned the home supporters with a breakaway goal and there was nothing home 'keeper, Johnny Briggs, could do about it.

After that though, he was a virtual spectator for the rest of the afternoon, able to watch in comfort the performance of the players ahead of him.

Skipper Lennon's half-time team talk was more of the same and he urged his players to play their short passing game which was proving so effective.

Cunningham proved he is a star of the future with a superb goal to add to the one he scored against Raphoe last week, while Telford was the man in the goalscoring picture when he nabbed a second half brace to complete his hat-trick. Duff also weighed in with two goals to cap a fine performance.

This weekend the seconds travel to Carrickfergus to face the PSNI thirds and they will be looking for maximum points.