Down seconds crashed out of the Minor Cup with visitors Queen’s fully exploiting the huge gap in their respective league positions.

The home side are placed mid-table in Junior 6, while Queen’s seconds are the runaway leaders in Junior 5. And the gulf in class was evident from the start.

Down were two goals in arrears within five minutes and were left with the proverbial mountain to climb if they were to take anything from the game. Once again the locals persisted with their smattering array of teenagers who will have learnt much.

The experienced Willie Price marshalled the home defence and while young full-backs Ryan Swail and James Ferguson had their work cut out, they played well throughout.

Saturday's incessant rain didn't help either side, but Queen's were a much superior outfit and the only surprise was that they didn't score more than seven goals over the 70 minutes.

Down started with the experienced Cecil Telford and Trevor Lennon in attack, but they were starved of service and rarely got a chance to test the Queen’s ‘keeper who had a very quiet afternoon.

The visitors led 4-0 at the interval and they started the second half were they had left off in the first, pinning the hone defence back for long periods.

Home ‘keeper David Moreland was a busy man and did produce a number of saves during the cup tie which the students won with ease. And it would be a brave man to bet against them winning the trophy.

Down have just a couple of league games left and will be keen to give the young lads in the side as much experience as they can in preparation for next season when they must aim to secure promotion to provide vital back-up to the club’s senior side.