Down thirds proved they have no plans to be left out in the cold at Malone Park when it comes to chasing silverware this season.

Readmitted to Junior 7 just a matter of weeks ago after a two-year absence, Trevor Lennon's charges pulled off the shock result of the day in this Strabane Cup tie.

Banbridge arrived in Downpatrick with an unbeaten record and a goals haul any senior side would have been proud of, but they left empty-handed.

The home side, who were missing goalkeeper Stewart Clydesdale, asked Stephen Moffatt to fill in between the posts and he was terrific on the day.

The majority of the crowd which watched the club's seconds see off Raphoe in the Ulster Junior Shield, stayed to watch an enthralling cup tie and the third eleven players revelled in the excitement.

At the heart of the home defence was one man who has seen and done it all - David Gibson. He was calmness personified in the heat of battle and his experience rubbed off on those around him.

Content to nurture the club's rising stars, Gibson inspired those around him and no one more than him was delighted with the end result.

Down probed looking for an early opening, but Banbridge held firm. Philip Brown, who was to finish with two goals on the day, was a thorn in the visitors' defence and ran himself into the ground for the cause.

Philip Moreland proved he is one for the future with a terrific performance and old campaigner, Robert Carberry, had one of his best ever games in a Down shirt.

Brown opened the scoring in the 47th minute and while it settled the home nerves, Banbridge proved why they are top of Junior 7 and were soon back on level terms when Moffatt was finally beaten.

It was now a tense affair, but Brown kept his nerve to fire his side into the lead for a second time and the cheers which erupted from the crowd highlighted the significance of the strike.

Moffatt made a few blocks near the end, while Gibson swept up all that came before him to ensure his side takes its place in the next round.