Down thirds maintained second spot in Junior 7 when they saw off league leaders Mossley fifths at Malone Park last weekend.

Two cracking goals from Cecil Telford and one from Trevor Lennon saw the locals home to yet another win in what has been a terrific start to the season.

In what was a scrappy midfield battle at times, Down held the slight advantage as the visitors struggled to adapt on the shale surface, with passes and hit outs going astray.

The home side took the lead in the closing stages of the half when Lennon's short corner push out was slipped to Telford via James Cunningham and the veteran striker made no mistaken with one of his trademark shots.

In the second period, Gary Brown was handed the task of man-marking Mossley's midfield dangerman and he did a superb job, paving the way for his side's much-deserved win.

Down went 2-0 ahead following a long corner. Cunningham drilled the ball into the danger area and Lennon was on hand to slip the ball past the 'keeper.

The league leaders then caught the home side on the break and a forward drilled the ball past Stephen Moffatt before Down's two-goal advantage was restored thanks to that man Telford.

Again he produced the goods when needed with another powerful shot which gave the 'keeper no chance.

In the closing stages, Mossley pulled another goal back, but it was too little, too late.

This weekend, Down aim to strengthen their second position in the league when they face derby rivals, Saintfield seconds, at the Demesne.