Down thirds won a five-goal thriller against derby rivals Ballynahinch at Langley Road last weekend.

Cecil Telford marked his return to the Malone Park side with a magnificent double, while James Cunningham was in the right place at the right time to score a dramatic winner in this Junior 7 clash.

With Stuart Clydesdale unavailable for Down, his place between the posts was taken by Stephen Moffatt, with the postman delivering a first class performance.

The home side started well and it was no surprise when David Ross fired Ballynahinch into a 10th minute lead after some good build-up play involving Stuart Hunter.

On a cold day, the Ballynahinch performance was warming the hands of the home supporters, but their jubilant celebrations when they took a 2-0 lead were short lived.

The "goal" was disallowed because the ball had crossed the line after the umpire had whistled and awarded a penalty corner. To Ballynahinch's credit, there wasn't an angry word and the decision was accepted.

Ironically, within minutes, Down were back in front when that man Telford scored his first of the day, despite being closely marked all afternoon by Stephen Hayes.

Telford scored after good work by Stephen Fitzsimons whose pinpoint cross was rifled into the net past Lee Duffield.

Ballynahinch were determined to get their noses  back in front at the start of the second period, but it was the visitors who took the lead.

It came from a short corner. Fitzsimons pushed the ball to Philip Brown who deflected it to Telford who took aim before firing past Duffield for the second time in the game.

The goal stung Ballynahinch into action and they roared back into contention. The Langley Road club's two young guns, Lee Thomas and Hunter were heavily involved in the move which led to the equaliser.

Thomas sent Hunter bearing down on goal with a superb pass and he fired it past the advancing Moffatt.

With the derby rivals locked at 2-2 it was game on, with the next goal almost certainly going to decide the outcome.

With 10 minutes to go, Down scored a dramatic winner to record their first win in Junior 7 since they were readmitted to the league.

The goal came courtesy of  the in-form Brown whose pass picked out Cunningham who took great delight pushing the ball into the net for the winner.