Down seconds switched off 10 minutes before the end of their opening Junior 4 clash of the new season against a very useful Annadale side which won promotion last year.

The Malone Park took the lead in the 14th minute when Stephen Moffatt scored his first goal of the new campaign after some great build-up play involving skipper, Johnny Lennon.

Down, who are keen to make a bid for promotion this season, were on top for the entire half and were so much in control that their 'keeper did not have a save to make.

James Erskine and Willie Price kept things tight at the back, while Colin Gibson was at the heart of everything good in the midfield sector, alongside Chris Lennon and Down's skipper.

Annadale relied heavily on the silky skills of Michael Brown, who was his side's outstanding player on the day and whose second half performance was instrumental in the visitors securing a share of the spoils.

To be fair, this was a rather scrappy game, although the home side had the loin's share of the possession and created more goal scoring chances.

Philip Brown went close in the first half after good work by Gibson and Chris Lennon, while Clifford Lennon saw an effort kicked clear by the 'keeper.

After the break, Down created more chances, but they just couldn't get the ball into the net. Ashley Gibson, who was introduced in the second period, also went close, but it was Annadale who scored the only goal of the second period.

It came after Down's defence literally lost the plot. They had been in no danger the entire game, when they suddenly went to sleep. Rather than clearing their lines, they lost possession and when Annadale mounted an attack, some defenders were guilty of ball watching.

When it was whipped into the area by Brown, an unmarked forward got his stick to the ball to deflect it into the net. It was rough justice on the home side, but Annadale probably deserved an equaliser.

They arrived with a side more than capable of playing on the shale surface and included a number of sharp ball-stoppers in their ranks.

This weekend, Down faced Cliftonville seconds at home and will be looking for maximum points.