Down seconds handed debuts to Ryan Swail and Matthew Lennon in this Junior 6 clash at Shaws Bridge and the youngsters did really well, while the ever-improving William Fryer played the anchor role in the middle of the park.

Having defeated the Belfast outfit at 7-2 two weeks earlier, Down knew it was always going to be a much tougher prospect on the astro-pitch.

The home players did well and were delighted to get off the park at the end of the game, not because they had lost, but because the weather took a turn for the worse with howling wind and torrential rain.

Mark Graham almost gave the visitors the lead early on, but his shot struck the base of the post and flew away from the danger area. Jordan Aidey was handed an outfield debut for Down and also did well.

Rome wasn't built in a day and while Down have struggled for players this season, it's particularly refreshing that they now have a smattering of talented teenagers coming through.

Chris Taylor almost gave the visitors the lead early on before Instonians scored the first of their trio when a forward picked his spot past the 'keeper.

Five minutes before the interval Instonians went 2-0 ahead. The forward's shot was covered by Down's 'keeper but team mate Graham deflected the shot high into the net beyond his reach.

Trevor Lennon went close for the visitors in the second period before Instonians completed the scoring with a third goal.

This Saturday Down are due to face derby rivals Saintfield seconds at Malone Park when they will be hoping to take something from the game.