Down seconds needed a last minute strike from Mark Elliott to claim a share of the spoils in this derby encounter against North Down fifths last Saturday.

Despite heavy overnight frost, the shale pitch was playable, with the Junior 6 game one of the few taking place across the Province.

The home side started with Jeremy McCready in goal and with the club's young players continuing to impress for the home outfit, they took the lead in the 11th minute.

Mark Graham was involved in the build-up which led to the opener and his trickery produced the perfect cross for Elliott to score the first of his two goals on the day.

Down held the lead for 15 minutes before the visitors got back on level terms.

A forward's shot hit Gary Tate's stick and was going into the net only form a smart save by McCready. The ball then rebounded to Tate who then got it all wrong, inexplicably passing the ball to a North Down forward who hammered it home.

Both sides created a number of half chances before the break but the game remained level.

Down were keen to make the most of home advantage in the second period, but within five minutes of the restart North Down scored to take the lead for the first time in the game.

The goal came from open play with a forward's shot deflected past 'keeper McCready who could do nothing.

Jordan Wade and Jordan Aidey played well for the home side with the latter going close to scoring on several occasions. And Down's other young players Ryan Swail and James Ferguson once again showed their potential.

With North Down hoping to escape with a win, the home side scored a dramatic late winner with just one minute left on the clock.

Gavin Ringland won possession in the middle of the park and drove at the North Down defence at pace squaring the ball for Elliott who made no mistake from close in.

Down are delighted the club's young players are excelling and they next have a chance to impress on January 7 when the locals travel to Ballymena for their first game of 2012.