Down seconds are still on 21 points after their opening Junior 4 fixture of 2007.

The Malone Park side failed to take anything from a game which they dominated for long periods. But their inability to play as a team cost Down dear in the end.

Down were the better side in the opening 35 minutes, even though the home side went into the interval with a 1-0 lead when a free hit on the right struck a Mossley forward's stick and flew into the net.

Prior to that, Down were in control across the back with Trevor McClurg and skipper, Willie Price, in top form at the heart of the defence.

Full-backs Johnny Lennon and James Erskine also had their respective markers in their back pockets.

Ashley Gibson and Mark Elliott when close in the opening minutes as Down, for some reason, concentrated all their attacks along the left flank.

They created a number of half chances, but no one could produce that elusive touch which would have led to a goal.

Neither side forced a penalty corner in the first half, although Down created most of the chances. Gibson was denied by the 'keeper, while Elliott was tackled as he was about to pull the trigger midway through the half.

Down played in fits and starts during the opening period and were stunned when the home side took the lead against the run of play.

In the second period, Down opted to concentrate on their right wing in a bid to claw their way back into the game. For a brief period, Chris Lennon got some joy, before the Mossley defenders doubled up on him.

The visitors were awarded a short corner in the 45th minute, but they failed to get a shot in on goal.

Mossley went 2-0 ahead in the second half when Down were guilty of some schoolboy defending. Despite several opportunities to clear their lines, they failed to do so and Mossley were awarded a short corner. From the resultant set piece, a home forward found himself unmarked at the near post and scored past the 'keeper.

The goal sparked a mini revival for the home side and Elliott made it 2-1. Minutes later he had a golden opportunity to make it 2-2 but he was left holding his head in his hands when he pushed his shot past the wrong side of the post.

Down were furious minutes later when they weren't awarded a short corner and the ball was drilled forward by the home side. A crossed ball struck Johnny Lennon on the foot and from the resultant free, a Mossley forward was allowed to waltz into the penalty area to score.

Down returned home empty-handed and will be keen to put things right this weekend when they face Raphoe fourths at Malone Park.