Down thirds are just 70 minutes away from Strabane Cup glory.

The locals, who last won the trophy in 1997, booked their place in next month's final with a narrow 1-0 win over Mossley fifths at The Glade last Friday evening.

Down's young side was superb on the night when Philip Moreland emerged the hero. Early in the game he sustained a nasty head injury which forced him to leave the field. But he returned in style in the second period to score the goal which secured his side a place in the final.

Victory was also sealed thanks to a brilliant save by rising goalkeeping star, Stewart Clydesdale, who is certain to have a big future with the club's senior side in the not too distant future.

Down thirds were only readmitted to Junior 7 in October and its players have wasted no time in making a mark for themselves.

Their youthful exuberance, dedication and commitment, proves the future of the club is in safe hands and everyone is delighted the players will soon be taking centre stage at next month's cup final where they will face Lisnagarvey sevenths.

Clydesdale made that superb save at the start of the game and it was the only action he saw as Down dominated the game, with the midfield of James Cunningham, Stephen Fitzsimons, Philip Brown and Cecil Telford outstanding.

Up front, the attacking duties were the responsibility of Moreland, Gavin Laverty and Stephen Strain.

Telford went close on two occasions in the first half, going close with a shot from the edge of the penalty area and short corner pile driver which was saved by the Mossley 'keeper.

Down were all over the home side like a rash, but the wind was taken out of their sails as a result of that nasty injury to Moreland.

Despite missing the experienced David Gibson and Robert Carberry, Down played well and dominated the second half when the home side was reduced to 10 men when a defender was sent off for striking Brown in a nasty incident.

Given Down's pressure, it was inevitable they would score and that man Moreland came off the bench to grab the winning goal, the glory and the headlines.

Fitzsimons went on a penetrating run along the right flank and when he fired the ball into the penalty area, Moreland came rushing in from the left to sweep the ball into the net.

A superb win and a brilliant result for the young the third eleven side which is involved in a dress rehearsal for next month's Strabane Cup final when it faces Lisnagarvey at home this weekend in a Junior 7 cup clash.