Down seconds impressive start to the season ended in the winter gloom at Ballykillaire last Saturday where they crashed 5-1 against a very impressive home side.

As has often been the case this season, Down's inability to convert clear-cut chances again proved to be their downfall.

The visitors could have been at least 3-0 ahead before Bangor scored with a deflected shot from a short corner in the 17th minute.

Down, who were delighted to welcome back Adam McKee, roared back into contention and made it 1-1 five minutes after Bangor had taken the lead.

Colin Gibson's short corner push out was stopped by Trevor McClurg who slipped the ball to Philip Brown who scored with a crisp shot.

Down, who were holding their own against a side which boasted a very impressive midfield line-up, conceded a second goal with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

Raymond McClurg, who was playing at full-back, broke his stick and his absence allowed a Bangor player to sweep the ball into the net after his side mounted an attack down the right.

The second half started with a torrential downpour and with Down chasing the game, Bangor scored two goals on the break, with their fifth coming from a short corner which should have been saved.

Philip Thompson almost pulled a goal back when he slid in at the back post, but Down failed to produce the spark they are capable of in a match best forgotten.

Down couldn't get it together in the middle of the park or up front against a useful side which, based on last week's performance, will certainly be playing in Junior 3 next season.

While disappointed, Down, who already have 11 points in the game, can learn from last weekend's defeat and are determined to put things right this Saturday when they face Armagh seconds at home.