Down seconds produced one of their best performances of the season at The Glade last weekend in this Junior 3 clash.

The locals needed the win and they produced a superb performance to record what was their first away win of the season. Indeed, the margin of victory could have been greater had it not been for a number of fine saves by the home 'keeper.

Down had heroes all over the park with Peter Simpson, Philip Brown and Trevor McClurg, outstanding in defence, not conceding one short corner during the entire 70 minutes.

Mossley played well in the opening period, but they were denied space to hurt the visitors as a result of the efforts of Shaw McVeigh, who was also outstanding on the day.

He drove forward whenever he could, but intelligently tucked back in to support Simpson as Mossley concentrated all their attacking play down the right flank.

Gary Brown did his share of running up front and also closed down the Mossley back four, denying them space and time on the ball.

After an even start, it was Down who created the early chances with Gary Brown and Paul Tate both going close. The visitors also thought they should have been awarded a penalty stroke when a goal-bound shot struck a defender on the foot.

Gary Brown was the man who fired Down into the lead when he latched on to a cross from Chris Ferguson to pick his spot past the 'keeper. It was a deserved lead for the visitors who doubled their advantage 10 minutes later when Tate popped up unmarked inside the penalty area to fire home.

At the other end, Down's 'keeper had one of those afternoons when all he needed to do was three kicked clearances and Mossley failed to threaten his goal, such was the performance of the visiting defenders.

Down were expecting Mossley to come at them in the second period, but the defence, with Philip Brown and Simpson on top, broke up numerous attacks.

 Down increased their lead midway through the half when Gary Brown scored his second of the afternoon and while the visitors continued to press, the Mossley 'keeper made more great saves, denying Tate, McVeigh and Brown again.

Slack marking allowed Mossley to pull a goal back with six minutes to go, but the visitors held on for a much-needed three points which they thoroughly deserved on the day.

Down are now on 28 points and one more win should be enough to keep them in Junior 3 for another season. They still have to face Mossley fourths and Cookstown fourths home and away.

There's still nine points to play for and the locals will be hoping to make the most of their home games to put to bed any outside possibility of relegation.