Down got 2012 off to the perfect start with a thumping 6-0 win over Larne at the Comber Leisure Centre last Friday night.

The locals were delighted to welcome Sinclair White back to the starting line-up for his first game of the season and he scored two goals on the night.

Down were able to field their strongest line-up of the season and while James Erskine was absent from the heart of the defence, Down didn't miss him.

Down skipper Jeremy McCready took over in goal and made a number of great saves over the 70 minutes to prevent Larne from scoring a consolation goal.

The home side took the lead through Mark Elliott who got on the end of a sweeping move, with the striker making no mistake from close in with one of his trademark finishes.

Paul Tate made it 2-0 in the 21st minute with the goal created by Gavin Ringland whose fierce cross into the penalty area was swatted into the net by Tate who kept his eye on the ball to score a brilliant goal.

Chris Taylor, who was enjoying acres of space in the middle of the park, produced a great strike to make it 3-0. Larne did create a number of chances themselves but McCready was determined he wasn't going to be beaten.

The locals were keen to score more goals in the second half and White scored his first of the game from play within 10 minutes of the restart with a great finish to make it 4-0.

Taylor was the architect of Down's fifth goal with his mazy run setting up Elliott who had the simple task of picking his spot.

White completed the scoring with a great finish. Faced with the 'keeper at the top of the penalty area, he squeezed the ball past him before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Larne did create several chances but McCready again produced a number of fine stops to keep a clean sheet.

A great performance from Down and the return of White couldn't come at a more opportune moment with games coming up against both Ballynahinch (twice) and the PSNI.

This Saturday, Down are scheduled to travel to Parkview and will be hoping for another three points before facing Portrush at home on January 21. After that it's the big one - Ballynahinch away.