Down seconds are always hard to beat at Malone Park.

But they fell at home for the first time this season when Lisnagarvey produced the perfect smash and grab raid to leave with both points.

Down, who were ravaged by cry-offs, were forced to start with a number of third eleven players all of whom did their best for the cause, but in the end, it just wasn't enough.

Philip Brown, who took over in goal, made a number of important saves, but will be keen to return to his striker's role this Saturday for the trip to Portadown.

There was no Raymond or Trevor McClurg last weekend; Colin Gibson was also missing as was Gary Tate who was called up to to the senior squad for their game against Cliftonville.

Gary Brown made his first start of the season for the seconds, while the returning Johnny Lennon had a major influence on the game, as did James Cunningham.

Down struggled to find their form in the first half and while they were awarded several short corners, they failed to make the most of them. Brown kept his side in the game in the first half with two saves, while his opposite number had to be at his best to keep the Down forwards at bay.

Philip Moreland and Stephen Cullum went close, while at the back Stephen Fitzsimons again played solidly.

Down were keen to make the most of home advantage at the start of the second half and while they created a number of half chances, they failed to break the deadlock.

In the closing stages, the home side was guilty of a major sin when awarded a penalty corner. Everyone piled forward for the set-piece, leaving no cover in defence.

Down failed to make the most of the set play and Lisnagarvey hit them with the sucker punch, mounting a lightning breakaway which saw the ball drilled past a cruelly exposed Brown.

The home side hopes to have its regulars back for this Saturday's trip to Edenvilla to take on Portadown seconds when the locals will be hoping to take at least a point from the game.