Down seconds blew away the challenge of Parkview seconds at Malone Park last weekend with a five-star display.

Johnny Lennon's side were too strong for their opponents on the day and scored five superb goals to boost their Junior 4 title aspirations.

Stephen Fitzsimons was in inspirational form and produced some dazzling wing play which mesmerised the visitor's defence and created a number of opportunities for the Down forwards.

Home goalkeeper, Mark Johnston, was a spectator for the entire 70 minutes and did not have one save to make as the defence of Willie Price, Trevor McClurg and James Erskine mopped up everything that came their way.

Mark Elliott and Philip Brown both bagged a pair on the day, with Down's other goal coming from the skipper himself.

Colin Gibson, Raymond McClurg and Lennon provided the drive in the middle of the park and played pivotal roles throughout the 70 minutes.

Elliott opened the scoring after a short corner in the 15th minute after Trevor McClurg's piledriver rocketed against the 'keeper's pads.

Incredibly, while the home side was in such dominant form, it had to settle for the one-goal advantage at the interval.

Philip Brown, who was also impressive on the day, fired his side into a 2-0 lead shortly after the restart. He was in the right place at the right after the ball was worked to him following a short corner, to fire it past the 'keeper.

Down's skipper got in on the goalscoring act when he made it 3-0 and Elliott completed his brace soon after.

The scoring was completed by Brown with a clever and well-taken goal. He dummied to shoot and when the 'keeper went one way, he went the other and hammered the ball into an empty net to complete a 5-0 demolition.

Down's second half performance perfectly illustrated just what they are capable of this season.

The presence of the experienced Gibson and Raymond McClurg in the middle of the park provides much-needed foundation on which to build for an assault on the league title.

The seconds will also be hoping for a good run in the Ulster Junior Shield, a trophy they lost got their hands on a few years ago.