There’s just no stopping Down thirds at the moment.

The Malone Park side, which has booked its place in the final of next month's Strabane Cup, has now secured a place in the semi-finals of the Junior 7 Cup and could end up meeting derby rivals, Ballynahinch thirds, in the final.

Trevor Lennon's young charges have been a breath of fresh air at the club this year and there are a number of players destined to make it to the senior side in the not too distant future.

Last weekend's game against Lisnagarvey sevenths was also a dress rehearsal for next month's Strabane Cup final and Down will go into the showdown on the crest of a wave.

Gavin Laverty fired the home side into an early lead in the 17th minute after a sweeping move along Down's right flank which involved Stephen Fitzsimons.

His cross got caught up in a melee of players and will of the wisp Laverty showed his lightning reactions when he fired the ball home.

At the other end, 'keeper, Stewart Clydesdale, made a superb save to deny a Lisnagarvey player what looked like a certain goal with a crisp reverse stick shot.

Philip Brown and Philip Moreland almost increased Down's lead in the closing stages of the half, but their efforts were saved.

Lennon warned his side to maintain their concentration in the second half and about the dangers of conceding a goal.

The defence of Robert Carberry, Clifford Lennon and the experienced David Gibson never put a foot wrong and laid the foundation for a superb second half display which saw the locals score another three goals.

Down's second goal was scored by super sub, Stephen Strain, who scored with his first touch of the game. He was in the right place at the right time to convert a cross from Fitzsimons.

Lisnagarvey's young players were struggling on the shale surface and Down went on to score another two goals in the closing stages to send out a warning that they are determined to get their hands on silverware this year.

The Malone Park outfit's third goal was hammered home by the hardworking Brown whose strike was just reward for his efforts during the cup tie.

With time running out and Lisnagarvey having surrendered, Down sealed an emphatic 4-0 win when Stephen Moffatt completed the scoring with a thunderous shot past the 'keeper.

This weekend, the sides meet again in Hillsborough when Down will be out to maintain their impressive winning streak.