Down seconds were just two minutes away from grabbing a point in this incredible Junior 3 clash at Stormont.

Mark Elliott scored FIVE goals and while the visitors missed a number of other chances they were guilty of conceding some poor goals themselves. Down opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Elliott drove the ball home after some great play involving Stephen Ferguson and Philip Brown.

But the home side was keen to get back on level terms and created a number of half chances before they equalised when an unmarked forward got the slightest of touches on a ball drilled into the penalty area to deflect it into the net.

Roy Graham then saw a goal-bound shot from a short corner cleared off the line by McCready before the visitors made it 2-1 with less than a minute remaining when Elliott again found himself unmarked in the penalty area.

Down were keen to make the most of the strong side they had out but it was Civil Service who scored to level things at 2-2 when Graham scored from a short corner. The same player then doubled his advantage from a replica set piece minutes later before that man Elliott completed his hat-trick.

It was end-to-end stuff and while it provided great entertainment, it wasn't much fun for defenders.

Civil Service made it 4-3 with a bullet strike from the edge of the penalty area which flew into the net, but back came Down who almost scored at will every time they attacked.

Again Elliott was the man of the moment, calmly picking his spot in a crowded penalty area. When was the scoring going to end?

Graham then completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after a forward was up-ended by Down's keeper to make it 5-4. Back came Down again and incredibly the visitors made it 5-5 when the remarkable Elliott scored his fifth of the game.

There were just two minutes to go and all Down had to do was hold on and keep possession. But the ball was needlessly blasted over the sideline and within seconds the Civil Service dangerman was upended in the penalty area and the umpire pointed to the spot.

The home skipper stepped forward to score to give his side all three-points after an incredible 11-goal thriller. This week Down face Junior 3 new boys Mossley fourths at Malone Park and will be hoping to get back to winning ways.