A wonder goal by Down's James Cunningham was the highlight of last Friday night's Junior 7 game against Lisnagarvey sevenths.

The third eleven captain led by example and his goal on a freezing cold night warmed the hearts of his team mates.

Down are keen to climb out of Junior 7 and they have started the season with a bang. If they can maintain their early season form, they could just be knocking on the promotion door come April.

The home side opened the scoring when an unmarked forward was allowed to pick his spot past Stewart Clydesdale; but the locals refused to let the setback get to them and they roared back into the game to score an equaliser.

The all-important goal which saw Down get back on level terms was scored by Stephen Moffatt who converted a Gavin Laverty cross. Cecil Telford was then unlucky not to put his side further area and Philip Brown also went close with one rasping effort.

Cunningham encouraged his players to maintain their passing game in the second period and with just 10 minutes to go, it looked as though the game would end in a draw.

But then the skipper scored that brilliant goal. Picking the ball up just inside his own half, he skipped past a number of defenders before calmly flicking the ball over the advancing 'keeperÕs head into the net. Superb.

But the locals still weren't finished and gained sweet revenge over the side that defeated them in last year's Strabane Cup final.

The 70 minutes were up when Down were awarded a penalty corner.

The ball was pushed out to Telford who stopped it, took aim and drilled an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

Cunningham's men are on the march and what's really exciting is that the side contains a number of young players who represent the future of the club.