Down thirds romped to an emphatic win over a young Annadale side at Malone Park last weekend.

The locals were on top for the most of the game and while the visitors' 'keeper had an outstanding game, Down should have ended with a much bigger goals tally, given the amount of chances they created.

David Gibson and Willie Price were solid at the heart of the defence, with Philip Brown outstanding on the right. During the course of the game he created a number of chances with long raking passes and was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself.

In fact it was Brown who carved out the first chance of the game for Cecil Telford in the third minute, but the chance was lost. Seconds later, Brown and Telford again combined to create a chance of Stephen Strain, but the 'keeper denied him.

In the fifth minute, Strain opened the scoring; he had the task of placing the ball past the 'keeper who was stranded on the ground after good work by Telford.

The home supporters were expecting an avalanche of goals at this stage, but Annadale roared back into contention and made it 1-1 when the ball was drilled past Stephen Moffatt after the visitors' cut a huge hole in the heart of the home defence.

James Cunningham, who worked his socks off in the middle of the park, created a chance for Moreland in the 14th minute before a surging run by Brown was unceremoniously ended by the Annadale defender.

Nothing came from the set-piece, but Telford got the first of his two goals in the game in the 20th minute. A quick free by Gibson caught the Annadale defenders napping and Cecil scored from point-blank range with one of his trademark shots.

It was all one-way traffic at this stage and a Price free hit, which picked out Brown, saw the young Annadale 'keeper produce another fine save. Telford then went close and Gibson saw a goal-bound shot from a short corner saved.

The second half was only minutes old when Moreland missed a glorious opportunity at the back post; when the ball came to him he could not get his stick around it to deflect it over the line. Brown was then denied by a double save and Telford was left holding his head in his hands after his goal-bound shot was also blocked.

The home side's pressure was beginning to tell and seconds after Cunningham was denied, Moreland scored Down's third goal. Telford then weighed in with his second of the afternoon to complete an impressive performance from the home side.

Richard Tarbottom showed he will be a star of the future, while Clifford Lennon excelled, making a number of timely tackles to block surging Annadale attacks.