Down seconds may have lost heavily, but a number of the club's young players continued to shine despite being up against a very experienced Lisnagarvey side.

Young full-backs Ryan Swail and James Ferguson were outstanding and put in a number of timely tackles over the 70 minutes on the synthetic pitch in Hillsborough.

Down took the game to the Junior 6 league leaders, showing no fear and played well early on. But once Lisnagarvey scored, it was always going to be a case of how many.

Mark Graham went close with a half-chance for Down, but it was the home side which was comfortably in the driving seat at the interval, holding a 3-0 lead.

Lisnagarvey upped the tempo in the second period scoring another five goals, but Down's young guns kept battling away and proved they can soon start knocking on the door of selection for the senior side.

This Saturday, Down seconds are at home to Instonians fifths and will be hoping to made the most of playing on the shale to collect a much-needed three points.