Down produced a magnificent performance to literally blow away Parkview at a blustery Douglas Park in Newcastle last weekend.

Having dropped points against Portrush the previous Saturday, the Malone Park men were determined to put in an impressive performance and they didn't disappoint.

They were miles better than their opponents and, if they had scored just a fraction more of the chances they created, they could easily have hit double figures.

Down recalled Mark Johnston in goal, allowing skipper, Jeremy McCready to resume his place at the heart of the defence, but his biggest problem all afternoon was how to keep warm as he was rarely troubled by the Parkview attack.

The home side took the lead in the second minute when Mark Elliott was on hand to tuck the ball home after the Parkview 'keeper had produced a smart save to deny Sinclair White at a short corner.

The visitors, who now include a number of former Larne players in their line-up, caused a shock when they equalised in the fourth minute from a well-worked short corner which saw the ball flicked high into the roof of the net past Johnston.

Down continued to press, with Paul Tate, White, Adam McKee and Chris Taylor, causing problems for Parkview in the middle of the park.

The home side took a 3-1 lead in the 16th minute when McKee drilled home a superb goal after some fine build-up play which saw the home players put together a slick passing move.

Tate, who was all over the place, raced clear of the Parkview defenders after an attacking move by the visitors broke up just outside the Down penalty area and as the home player beared in on goal he kept his composure to slip the ball past the advancing 'keeper to give his side a 4-1 lead.

It was all one-way traffic at this stage and three minutes later, Down were celebrating again when they took a 5-1 lead. The inspirational McKee scored his second of the game after a scintillating run down the left flank by Chris Lennon. After winning possession he left a number of Parkview players trailing in his wake as he drove towards the penalty area.

With a number of options to choose from, he opted to slip the ball to McKee who produced a thunderous shot which flew past the 'keeper before he could move.

With Parkview waiting for the half-time whistle to give them a breather and an opportunity to regroup, they were handed an unexpected bonus following an uncharacteristic mistake from the experienced Richard Owens.

He played the ball across his own penalty area, but the pass was intercepted and a Parkview forward drove the ball past Johnston who could do nothing about the shot.

Down were keen to maintain their momentum in the second half, but they had to wait for nine long minutes before they scored again.

Owens made up for his error in the closing stages of the first half when he did all the hard work to win back possession before picking out Tate after a fine run and he crashed the ball home to make it 6-2.

Four minutes later, Tate scored again to give his side a 7-2 lead after a great run and pass by the unselfish Elliott who is able to put players in great positions with his clinical passing and movement.

One of the unsung heroes of the team, Down play better when he's in the side; he can hold the ball up or slip it left and right of defenders, creating opening for his team mates.

Parkview failed to produce a threat in the second period which was always going to be an exercise in damage limitation as far as the visitors were concerned.

Down did score twice in the second period, but they were also wasteful in front of goal. They could and should have hit double figures.

This Saturday, it's Campbellians at home and once again it's a must-win game if the Malone Park side is to maintain its push for promotion.