Down seconds toppled Junior 3 league leaders Lisnagarvey fourths at Malone Park last weekend with a terrific win.

It was arguably the home side's best performance for a number of years and they fully deserved the win, with the runaway league leaders managing just one shot on goal.

The outfield players were terrific and while Down won 3-1, their margin of victory could have been a lot more had it not been for a combination of missed chances and some great goalkeeping.

Down's home form has been great this season and will ultimately decide their fate in Junior 3. What's clear is that if they can keep picking up points on the shale, they should be okay.

Last Saturday, the defence was outstanding with Henry Tuggey, Gary Tate and Chris Ferguson all outstanding, with Trevor McClurg and Paul Neill running the middle of the park.

Down kept their shape and passed the ball will, rather than opting for a long ball game which, quite frankly, doesn't suit them at all.

The home side created the early pressure and was awarded a penalty stroke in the second minute after Neill's shot, which was destined for the back of the net, struck a defender on the foot and the umpire had no hesitation pointing to the spot.

But Down failed to make the most of the opportunity when the Lisnagarvey 'keeper produced a smart save to deny McClurg who was hoping to give his side the lead.

Lisnagarvey came more into the game at this stage and took the lead against the run of play at a short corner when Down's keeper went to ground in instalments, instead of staying upright and clearing the ball.

The goal however inspired the home side to lift its game and Down were back on level terms within minutes when Philip Brown scored the first of his two on the day.

Neill and Gary Brown were involved in the build-up which resulted in Philip Brown picking his spot.

It was all one-way traffic at this stage with Neill and McClurg running the midfield. Philip and Gary Brown both went close before Shaw McVeigh saw a well struck shot saved.

Down took the lead for the first time in the game 12 minutes before the interval when McClurg's performance was rewarded with a goal thanks to some terrific build up play. At the other end, the home defence soaked up everything the visitors threw at them with Ferguson, Tuggey and Tate all outstanding.

It was literally all one-way traffic in the second half with Down attacking at will and Lisnagarvey restricted to just one shot on goal. Philip Brown went close, with McVeigh and McClurg again denied by the 'keeper.

With nine minutes to go, Down made sure of all three points when Philip Brown crashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net and seconds later produced a superb cross across the penalty area which none his team mates could get a touch on.

Lisnagarvey piled men forward in the closing stages in a bid to salvage something from the game, but the defence kept its shape and discipline, marking tightly to make sure none of the opposition had even a sniff at goal.

A great result for Down which takes their points tally to 16 and they will be hoping for a few more wins at home in 2009 to guarantee their Junior 3 status for another season.