Down crashed out of the Irish Hockey Challenge last weekend, losing 11-0 to north Dublin side Portrane.

As the scoreline suggests, this was a one-sided encounter as Down were forced to travel with a seriously weakened side for this quarter-final tie.

Their opponents, currently sitting in fourth place in the Leinster fourth division, were too strong on the day with R. Billings and N. Munir both hitting four goals apiece.

The Tector brothers score one each, while T. Fujit completed the scoring for the home side.

Portrane, who were able to include two former Pakistani internationals in their side, could easily have scored 20 goals had it not been for an outstanding performance by Down 'keeper Carl Mullan.

He made save after save and was rightly congratulated by the Portrane players after the game. Down's Adam McKee also ran his socks off in the middle of the park.

The visitors were outclassed in every department and if Portrane maintain this kind of form they could easily go on to win the competition.