The scoreline says it all.

Like a defenceless Christmas turkey, Down were unceremoniously stuffed and managed only one shot on goal over 70 minutes.

The locals are struggling at the foot of the Junior 3 table and if the players don't stand up to be counted and display a lot more discipline, passion and commitment, relegation is not a possibility, but a downright certainty. A makeshift side on a day did its best but, in the end, it just wasn't good enough.

Bangor played well but were not brilliant by any means; they exploited some poor marking and a lacklustre performance by the visitors in the crucial midfield area.

Down have struggled in attack this season and were again sadly lacking in this department last weekend and it's something they need to work on. The players are in this together and need to work and play as a cohesive unit, with each carrying out the task asked of them at the start of the game.

Bangor led 4-0 at the interval, with two of the goals scored by an unmarked player at the back post, with the others coming from play and a dubiously awarded short corner.

At the other end, David Ferris produced Down's only shot on goal during the entire game when his reverse stick shot was cleared by the 'keeper.

Bangor, who no doubt will not field the same side for the return fixture at Malone Park, could have scored a bagful more, but were denied by some stout defending by Willie Price, Stephen Ferguson, Gary Tate and Alasdair Duff.

Bangor were again allowed too much time and space in the second half and while Down's 'keeper was again overworked, he was powerless to stop the home side scoring four more goals; two of which came from Down giving away possession.

This weekend, Down face South Antrim thirds at Malone Park and it's a game they must win if they are to try and move themselves away from the bottom of the table.