Down picked up another much-needed three points following this win over Foyle last weekend.

The locals once again fielded a number of young players and Down's margin of victory would have been considerably more had it not been for an impressive performance by the home 'keeper.

Time and again he thwarted the locals who were forced to start with the inexperienced Mark Graham in goal, but he didn't duck the challenge and did reasonably well.

Down showed no ill-effects from the long journey to the North West and will be hoping for another three points when they face Foyle at Malone Park this Saturday in their final game before the Christmas break.

The visitors, rooted to the bottom of the league, have suffered a number of tankings this season, but they took the lead in the 10th minute following a mix-up in the Down defence and a forward had the easy task of slotting home.

Gavin Ringland missed a short corner strike at the other end minutes later as the visitors went in search of an equaliser, while the Foyle 'keeper denied Chris Taylor, William Fryer and Mark Elliott on a number of occasions.

Jordan Aidey also went close for Down who went in at the interval still a goal in arrears, but they knew they could take something from the game.

Taylor levelled the scores early in the second half with a brilliant individual goal. Collecting the ball deep in his own penalty area he went on a surging run, side-stepping a number of players along the way as he waltzed into the Foyle penalty area.

With just the 'keeper to beat there was only going to be one outcome and Taylor drilled the ball home for a superb goal.

The strike provided the visitors with the impetus they needed to go on and win the game and with 10 minutes to go Elliott scored the winner to secure another valuable three points for Down.

Given that the locals are due to play Foyle this Saturday at home, another three points are there for the taking as the visitors won't fancy the shale at all.