Down seconds' inability to put the ball in the net cost them dear in this derby clash against North Down in Comber last weekend.

Johnny Lennon's side created a number of chances and was bitterly disappointed not to come away with something from the game.

Raymond McClurg made his first start of the season, while Mark Johnston made his debut for Down following his recent move from Crossgar.

The visitors were forced to start with 10-men following the late arrival of Robert Carberry, but North Down failed to make the most of their numerical advantage during that opening period.

Down's first real chance fell to Brown who failed to convert it, while North Down, who fielded a relatively young side, were denied by Johnston.

The visitors struggled to find an rhythm and when North Down scored in the first half, it proved to be the only goal of the game.

This Saturday, the seconds entertain Portrush seconds, with the game due to be played at Down High School. Skipper Lennon should be able to field the strongest side possible as he looks to steer his side to its second win of the season and edge closer to the early pacesetters at the top of the league.