When it comes to scoring goals, Down's senior side has found the perfect recipe this season.

Last weekend's 10-0 demolition of Parkview at Jordanstown takes the Malone Park's goalscoring tally to an astonishing 30 in just five games and there is just no stopping the locals at the moment.

Parkview are no slouches on their home patch and trailed by just a single goal at the interval of what turned out to be a truly remarkable game and one that will surely never be repeated for a long time.

The win takes Down to the top of Senior Two, but the players know they must build on their recent performances and that there is absolutely no room for complacency.

Last weekend, Ashley Gibson and Stephen Ferguson bagged hat-tricks, while Gavin Ringland, Sinclair White, Paul Tate and Alasdair Duff all got in on the scoring act in a display of clinical finishing.

Down started the game well, playing with three men in attack and three in the middle of the park to stifle the threat of Adam McDonald and Sam Carmichael.

Paul Harvey was at the heart of the home defence, while up front, Willie Young was handed the striker's berth, but he never got a look in all day, apart from a shot which was saved in the second half.

Down have a good record against Parkview at the university ground, but it took them a while to find their rhythm. Once they did, there was simply no stopping them as they pulverised their opponents with some great one-touch hockey and off-the-ball running.

Ringland opened the scoring in the 25th minute. The big man can't stop scoring these days and when his first effort was blocked, he spun on a six pence to crash a reverse stick shot past Richard Nesbitt.

Chris Taylor also went close as did Ferguson and Tate and only a brilliant goal-line clearance prevented Down from going in 2-0 ahead at the interval.

Down skipper, Jeremy McCready, urged his players to continue with their fluid passing game and within 10 minutes of the restart, his side seized a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

Gibson was the coolest man on the park when he stepped forward to tuck away a penalty stroke after a goal-bound shot struck a Parkview defender standing on the goal line.

The goal opened the floodgates and in a remarkable second period, Down scored another eight goals to finish with a perfect 10, recording one of  their biggest ever wins in senior hockey.

The again impressive Tate made it 3-0 with a shot drilled past Nesbitt before Gibson scored his second of the afternoon. Parkview heads dropped and it was suddenly a matter of how many Down would score.

Duff vacated his full-back berth to make it 5-0 after some fancy foot work inside the penalty area and Ferguson then scored the first goal of a sublime hat-trick in a crazy 10-minute spell.

His first was all about power striking while his second was the result of practice on the training field. He took up his usual spot at the back post for a short corner and tucked away White's pass with a cheeky deflection.

His third goal came courtesy of a first time shot which deceived Nesbitt and with Down content to be leading 8-0, even they did not believe more goals would come. But they did.

White's outstanding performance was rewarded when he played a neat one-two with Ferguson to smash the ball home and the hard-working Gibson then completed his hat-trick with five minutes to go.

A highly impressive performance by Down, but the slate will be wiped clean for this weekend's return game against Parkview on the shale at Malone Park.