The most important thing about this performance was the efforts of the young players making their way at Malone Park.

Down relegated the club's second eleven to Junior 6 this season to give the teenagers a chance to play competitive hockey and the move is working a treat.

James Ferguson made his debut for Down and did well, alongside William Fryar, Jordan Aidey, Jordan Wade, Ryan Swail and Matthew Lennon who all continue to impress.

The visitors took the lead in the 16th minute as a result of some poor Down defending with the ball eventually drilled past 'keeper David Moreland.

But the home side roared back into contention in the 20th minute when Mark Graham pounced. A shot which cannoned off the 'keeper's chest was collected by the irrepressible Graham who tucked it home.

But with Down eager to get in at the break on level terms, more poor defending cost the home side dear when Civil Service made it 2-1.

In the second half, Moreland was a spectator throughout as the home side piled men forward in numbers in a bid to take something from the game.

They kept knocking on the door and in the closing stages Trevor Lennon looked as though he was about to come up with the equaliser, but he missed and the chance was gone.

This Saturday, Down's second string face Banbridge sixths away from home in what should be a tough tie. But the enthusiasm of the young lads is carrying the team at the moment.