This Senior Two clash at Malone Park may have produced nine goals, but it was no thriller.

Down missed a hatful of chances throughout the game and on another day their goals tally would have stretched into double figures. The fact it didn't was due to some woeful finishing and an inspired performance by the Parkview 'keeper.

The home side thought it had opened the scoring in the third minute, but skipper Jeremy McCready's short corner "goal" was rightly ruled out by the umpire. Sixty seconds later, Gary Brown rattled the 'keeper's pads and Mark Elliott pounced from close range to collect the rebound to score.

Parkview, who were forced to travel with just 10 men, were pinned in their own half but they did cause a few anxious moments in the home defence early on, with Down relying on James Erskine and David Ferris to clear their lines.

The home side went 2-0 ahead in the ninth minute from a short corner. McCready's shot was saved by William Proctor, but the bell fell kindly to Mark Graham who swept it into the net with a neat reverse stick finish.

Philip Brown's strong run and shot was saved by Proctor two minutes later before Chris Taylor blasted over the bar when it looked easier to score. McCready thought he had given his side a 3-0 lead in the 16th minute, but his goal-bound shot was cleared by a defender.

Elliott was the man who gave his side a 3-0 lead in the 18th minute and was awarded the goal despite his skipper claiming he got the final touch on the ball before it crossed the line.

Proctor denied Brown in the 20th minute before Taylor and Elliott combined to create a chance for McCready, but his lofted effort was palmed away by Proctor.

With 10 minutes until the break, Stephen McKeown pulled a goal back for Parkview after some poor defensive work and three minutes later the 10 men scored again to reduce the home side's lead to a single goal.

James Challers found himself with time to shoot, with the ball deflected past Jordan Aidey in the Down goal by James Erskine. McCready then rattled the base of the post at the other end before Elliott missed a sitter as the half entered its final minute.

Proctor then denied McCready again before Brown teed up Graham who also missed the target.

Down created a bagful of chances in the second period with Taylor hitting the post before Elliott scored after a penetrating Adam McKee run to make it 4-2. But back came Parkview with another incredibly scrappy goal, scored again by Challers.

The home side was awarded a penalty stroke in the 50th minute but McCready's effort was easily saved before Elliott completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute to make it 5-3. Proctor then produced a great double save to deny Elliott and McKee before Aidey was forced to kick clear at the other end.

Elliott again missed an easy chance in the 60th minute before Taylor skied one over the bar in the closing stages. With just two minutes to go, Elliott scored his fourth of the day with a neat finish following another tremendous run by McKee.

In the final minute McKee's efforts should have been rewarded with a goal, but his shot struck the base of the post and rebounded to safety.