Down seconds recorded their first Junior 4 win of the new  season at Malone Park last weekend.

Johnny Lennon's side swept aside the challenge of a 10-man Cliftonville seconds outfit and should have won the game by an even bigger margin.

Down dominated the game so much that their 'keeper only touched the ball once throughout the 70 minutes. The home side were also able to afford the luxury of a missed penalty stroke.

Never in any trouble at the back, Down relied heavily on Colin Gibson, skipper Lennon and Stephen Fitzsimons to provide the drive in the middle of the park and they outshone their opponents all afternoon.

Alasdair Duff provided penetration down the right flank and spent more time attacking than defending, as Down made the most of the numerical advantage. Time and again Duff seized the opportunity to link up with Clifford Lennon and Gavin Laverty as he whipped over a number of dangerous crosses.

Philip Brown went close for the home side in the fifth minute, but his shot flew inches past the wrong side of the post. Stephen Moffatt created a chance for Brown moments later, but the 'keeper made a smart save.

Down's persistence and constant attacking was rewarded in the 15th minute when Colin Gibson scored a great team goal. He picked up a smart pass from his skipper and calmly deflected the ball into the net.
 
Ashley Gibson was then introduced into the action and had an immediate impact. His close skills and powerful running into the penalty area caused all sorts of problems and it was no surprise when he scored Down's second goal.

The ball was worked along the right flank via Duff and Johnny Lennon and when it came into the area, Gibson took aim before drilling a powerful shot past the 'keeper. Seconds later the same player almost made it 3-0 from a short corner strike, but was denied by a smart save.

Down continued to drive forward after the break and Brown got his reward for some industrious play in the 46th minute when he was in the right place at the right time to fire the ball home at the 'keepers near post.

Brown in fact should have bagged a double moments later when his side was awarded a penalty stroke, but his weak effort was easily saved.

Ashley Gibson again went close in  the closing stages and when Chris Lennon and Laverty combined on the right, a wicked cross into the danger area just missed the in-running Brown.

Down were delighted with the win which was comfortable in the end and with some senior players yet to play this season, the locals will be aiming to make a big impression in Junior 4. This Saturday they face derby rivals North Down at the Comber Leisure Centre.