A Goal with virtually the last hit of the game moved Down thirds into second spot in Junior 7.

The Malone Park outfit is determined to make it to Junior 6 and if it can continue its rich vein of form, there's no reason why securing promotion won't be achieved.

The thirds are enjoying a terrific season and the side is packed with a host of young players destined to be lining out for the senior side in the not too distant future.

In fact, take out veterans Cecil Telford and Trevor Lennon, and the average age of the side would drop alarmingly! But the duo provide that little bit of experience which young players need around them as they learn their craft.

Down handed a debut to Gary Brown in the middle of the park and he played well as did goalkeeper, Stephen Moffatt.

Deputising for the unavailable Stewart Clydesdale, Moffatt produced a number of timely saves in the first half to keep his side in the game. He also had to be on his toes during the second half as well.

Home skipper, James Cunningham, thought he had given his side the lead in the 14th minute from a short corner which he drilled past the 'keeper. The umpire ruled the ball was struck from outside the D, but JC disagrees.

However, the home team kept plugging away, with young defenders David Ferris and Stephen Callum keeping their respective markers quiet.

Down took the lead 10 minutes before the break when Telford scored one of his trademark goals. A swift pass into the penalty area found the veteran striker who took aim before unleashing an unstoppable shot.

During the interval, skipper Cunningham highlighted the need to score a second goal to kill off the game in the second period, but it was the visitors who made it 1-1 following a defensive lapse with just eight minutes to go.

Down have refused to throw in the towel at any stage this season and they came off the ropes to score with what was the last hit of the game.

The winning strike was provided by skipper Cunningham and capped another superb performance.

The goal came from a short corner; the ball was pushed out to him by Trevor Lennon and JC made no mistake to secure a much-needed two points in the continuing race for promotion.