Down thirds produced a magnificent performance against Campbellains seconds last Saturday.

Although Trevor Lennon's side lost a nine-goal thriller, he has a lot to be proud of and was delighted with his side's response after being 4-0 behind at one stage.

The skipper also led by example last weekend, weighing in with two goals, with the others coming from Brian Hagan.

Down are keen to secure promotion this season and once again Mark Graham impressed alongside David Ferris. The going was tough early on and the visitors thought their world had caved in when they conceded four goals without really causing much of a stir at the other end of the pitch.

Ironically, if the visitors had taken a few early chances, they could easily have had a two-goal advantage before Campbellians opened the scoring.

The home side then scored a second and it was backs-to-the-wall stuff at this stage. Another two goals increased the Belfast side's advantage to 4-0 and a rout was on the cards.

But Hagan scored the first of his brace to make it 4-1 and then Lennon made it 4-2 as the nerves hit the Campbellians defenders.

Hagan again got on the scoresheet to make it 4-3 before the home side scored with a well-worked short corner to take a 5-3 lead. But the scoring still wasn't over.

Skipper Lennon capped an impressive performance which saw him lead by example to make it 5-4. The visitors also created a few other chances and it was the home side more delighted to hear the final whistle.

While beaten in the end by just a single goal, Down can take a lot of heart and inspiration from this performance. They hope to repeat that form this Saturday when they face Ballymena thirds.