Down thirds collected a welcome three points at Paisley Park in Belfast last weekend.

The match was overshadowed by horrendous weather conditions and at one end of the pitch, a set of goals had to be propped up to prevent them being blown away.

East Antrim took the lead midway through the first half as a result of some sloppy defending by the visitors, but Down recovered and fought their way back into the game.

Brian Hagan pounced to make it 1-1 following a goalmouth scramble and Peter Simpson went close to giving his side the lead for the first time in the game minutes later.

The game was locked at 1-1 at the interval and Down were keen to pick up the tempo in the second period.

Simpson again went close as did Hagan. East Antrim were hanging on at this stage, but any hope they had of holding out for a draw was dashed by Philip Brown in the closing stages of the game.

He was on hand to drill a short corner into the net before the 'keeper had time to move. This weekend, Down face Ballymena at home in the Strabane Cup and they will be out to book their place in the next round.