Down thirds romped to their biggest win of the season at Malone Park last weekend when they hammered six goals past Larne seconds.

The locals are keen to secure promotion and gave one of their best displays for weeks. In fact, they could have hit double figures had it not been for an inspired before performance by Higginson in the Larne goal. Time and again he produced great saves to deny and frustrate the Down forwards.

Down opened the scoring in the 10th minute when J B Wade scored following a goalmouth melee when he pounced to nick the ball over the line.

The goal gave the home side the perfect start, but their celebrations had hardly died down when Larne got right back into things when they scored following a short corner.

From that moment on, Down upped the tempo and they went on to seize the game by the scruff of the neck and went ahead for the second time within seconds of Larne pegging them back.

The second goal of the afternoon was scored by the hardworking Cecil Telford who was one of his side's top performers on the day.

He used his experience to find time and space inside the penalty area to drill the ball past Higginson who then denied Wade on two occasions in quick succession with great saves.

Down were playing with freedom at this stage and they went 3-1 ahead five minutes before the break when Philip Moreland popped up inside the penalty area to score and increase his side's advantage by two clear goals.

Any hope Larne had of getting back into the game in the second period were dashed when Telford scored his second of the game when he again drilled the ball past Higginson.

Wade, who has returned to Down colours this season, scored his second of the afternoon to put his side 5-1 and there was simply no way back for Larne. Peter Mohan, another new recruit, completed the rout when he made it 6-1 and while Larne pulled a goal back in the dying seconds, they ended up a well beaten side.

A great win for Down who now face derby rivals Saintfield seconds in their next game and what a cracker that promises to be as both are keen to grab the two promotion spots up for grabs.