Down seconds maintained their early season form with a gutsy performance in Doagh last weekend.

Forced to travel with just 10 men, Willie Price's side was very much up against it and while delighted with a draw, Stephen Moffatt had a glorious opportunity in the closing minutes to seal the win.

Down went into the game missing Raymond and Trevor McClurg, Paul Neill, Johnny Lennon and Philip Brown and, in the face of some indifferent umpiring decisions, kept their composure.

Price opted to play Colin Gibson at centre-half with Philip Thompson and Stephen Fitzsimons asked to play on either side and none of them put a foot wrong, with Down's skipper particularly outstanding.

Gavin Laverty and Moffatt, who were moved up from the thirds, played well and gave their all as Parkview tried to make the most of their numerical advantage.

Ashley Gibson, overlooked by the selectors for a place in the first eleven, had an impressive game, initially playing in the middle of the park and then dropping into the back four as the visitors hung on for a point near the end.

Parkview created the majority of the chances in the first half and should have went into the break at least two goals in arrears. But a combination of missed opportunities and some fine defending denied them. Down also created a few chances in the first half with Ashley Gibson and the again impressive James Cunningham both going close.

Skipper Price switched Thompson into midfield, with Richard Tarbotton, dropping to full-back in the second half. Colin Gibson also pushed further forward and the move worked.

Fitzsimons was the architect of Down's opener and his cross was hammered home by Moffatt, but within five minutes of going behind, Parkview were back on level terms with a goal that should have been saved by the visitor's 'keeper.

Down continued to press with Moffatt and Cunningham going close before Parkview were awarded a controversial penalty stroke. A short corner strike struck the base of the post before rebounding to hit Price's stick and then his foot. Incredibly, instead of awarding another short corner, the umpire pointed to the spot.

Justice was done however, when Down's 'keeper produced a fine stick save to keep his side in the game. Then came that Moffatt chance in the closing stages and while disappointed not to collect both points, 10-man Down were happy with what they took from the game.