Down and Saintfield seconds huffed and puffed in this Junior 6 league game with neither able to break the deadlock after 70 minutes.

The home side was only able to field 10 players, with Saintfield sportingly agreeing to play with 10 men, with their 11th man umpiring. The game was played in a great spirit, despite the obvious derby rivalry, with both 'keepers making timely saves.

Down's Philip Brown did well on a number of occasions and earned his side a share of the spoils in the closing stages when he denied Jamie Kirkpatrick who had a great chance to win it for the visitors.

Saintfield's Scott Harkness, making only his second appearance in goal, again did well and with a bit of nurturing could certainly be one for the future.

The visitors opted to go with four at the back, while Down played with three across the back line, preferring to load the midfield to try and create chances for the forwards.

Davy Hobbs and Jim Sloan kept things tight at the back for Saintfield, while Craig Harkness, Kirkpatrick and Stewart Craigan were asked to do the leg work in the middle of the park and up front.

Down relied heavily on Mark Graham up front and the visitors were so concerned at his attacking threat that they put two men on him.

Both sides were content with the draw and will be keen to get a win this weekend. But it won't be easy. Down face a difficult game away to Parkview seconds, while Saintfield face Raphoe fourths at home.