Down seconds ended up on the wrong side of a 5-2 scoreline at the hands of Bangor fourths who are pushing for promotion from Junior 4.

Johnny Lennon's side battled gamely throughout in a tie which they wanted to take something from to maintain their position in the top half of the table.

Bangor opened the scoring with a sweetly struck short corner strike in the 10th minute, but Down fought back and drew level five minutes later when James Cunningham drilled home the equaliser following a short corner.

Down, who were missing the influential Willie Price at the heart of the defence, did their best to compete with Bangor whom they defeated at Malone Park earlier in the season.

The defence had to be on top of its game as Bangor threatened to run riot. The home side made it 2-1 just minutes before the break with a goal from play.

Down were determined to haul themselves back into contention at the start of the second period and while Cunningham scored his second of the game, Bangor hammered home another three without reply.

A number of cry-offs did not help Down's cause but they will out to put things right against South Antrim thirds whom they face this weekend at Laurelhill in Lisburn.