Down dominated this Senior Two clash but an inability to be clinical in front of goal, particularly from set pieces, cost the locals dear in the end.

Jeremy McCready's side should have taken something from an encounter played on a sodden pitch if they had converted a quarter of the chances they created.

Both teams were soaked by incessant rain throughout the 70 minutes, with Down travelling without the services of Paul Tate, Mark Elliott, Jordan Aidey, Philip Brown and Paul Neill. And their absence certainly had an impact.

The Parkview 'keeper had one of those games when he saved literally everything Down could throw at him and last Saturday was probably a good time to pick his six Lotto numbers.

David Moreland started in goal for Down to allow Jeremy McCready to play outfield given the number of regulars he was missing from his starting line-up.

Parkview, who were involved in a nine-goal thriller the previous weekend against Ballynahinch, opened the scoring in the second minute from open play.

Ten minutes later, the home side led 2-0 and scored a third goal without reply just before the break. Some of the umpiring decisions concerned Down, in particular, the award of a short corner which led to Parkview's second goal.

Down were keen to make a good start in the second period but found themselves 4-0 in arrears after just seven seconds.

Substitute Robert Carberry's attempted defensive clearance fell at the feet of the experienced John Young who made no mistake, drilling the ball past Moreland.

The visitors then sent shockwaves through the home side when they scored twice to make it 4-2 with Lewis McIntosh scoring both.

His first goal came from open play, with the second coming from a short corner after he picked up on a pass from his skipper.

Down were awarded countless short corners during the game but could not make the most of them due to a combination of top goalkeeping and some pretty woeful finishing.

Parkview scored with two minutes to go to win 5-2, with the Down players wondering at the final whistle how they had conspired not to take at least a point from the game, never mind a win.