Down thirds bid to secure promotion to Junior 6 received a boost at a very cold Lough Moss Leisure Centre last weekend.

Up against unbeaten Annadale sixths, James Cunningham's young side acquitted themselves well and played well in parts.

The visitors took the lead with a screamer of a goal scored by rising star, Richard Tarbotton.

Receiving the ball just inside the penalty area, he let fly with an unstoppable shot which gave the 'keeper no chance.

Cecil Telford and Philip Brown both went close with a number of half chances which came their way, while Trevor Lennon was unlucky not to get his name on the score sheet.

The second half was just five minutes old when an unmarked Annadale player was allowed to score past Stephen Moffatt.

Down tried to force their way back into the game, but failed to get any telling shots in on goal that would have paved the way for the two points up for grabs coming home to Malone Park.