Down seconds completed their Junior 3 season with a home win over Portadown seconds last Saturday.

The locals exacted revenge for a defeat against their opponents earlier in the season and in doing so handed the Junior 3 title to Annadale fourths.

A win for Portadown last weekend would have seen them crowned champions, but Down denied them the accolade with a performance which should have seen them win by a much bigger margin. While the home side emerged victorious by a single goal, they created enough chances to win two or three games.

The visitors were clearly uncomfortable on the shale surface and there was hesitancy among defenders when faced with controlling the ball and Down forwards running towards them.

Down, who could finish in joint fourth place after a great season, started well on a very dusty and bumpy surface, creating early chances through Ashley Gibson and Philip Brown. They took the lead in the 10th minute when Gibson produced a clinical strike from a short corner which beat the 'keeper to give the home side a deserved lead. Minutes later, Johnny Lennon whipped in a terrific cross from the left which Brown should have deflected past the 'keeper.

Down's defence was on top at this stage of the game with Willie Price and Gary Tate again outstanding; they were sharp in the tackle and quick to drive forward at every opportunity.

Down were in total control before Portadown scored an equaliser as a result of some poor marking in the middle of then park which allowed the visitors too much room and space. That said, the forward's shot should have been saved.

A minute later, Portadown scored again and their title hopes took another step closer. But the goal was as a result of indiscipline. Down should have been awarded a free on the edge of the Portadown penalty area, but their protests were waved away by the umpire.

As three players remonstrated with the official, Portadown drove forward and exploited a gaping hole in the Down defence which was overrun and the ball was scooped into the roof of the net.

Down were keen to not only get back on level terms in the second half but go on and win the game and they did that, with Portadown failing to get a single shot on goal.

The home side's equaliser came from Stephen Cullum, who again was very impressive. He ran towards the back post to force Gibson's cross over the line for the equaliser. The Portadown 'keeper then denied Gibson from a short corner, but it was inevitable the home pressure was going to tell.

Brown was the man who popped up with the winner with six minutes to go following a goalmouth melee when he was on hand at the near post to push the ball home.

Down's win takes their points tally to 25 which should guarantee them joint fourth place in Junior 3 which is a tremendous result and a reward for their hard work over the season.