Down’s senior side experienced the familiar taste of defeat again last Saturday.

But the locals certainly weren't disgraced particularly as they had to field seven second eleven players for a match which earlier in the season they would have been confident of taking something from.

Skipper Jeremy McCready was again superb in goal while the likes of Gary Tate, Willie Price, Shaw McVeigh and James Cunningham made the step up from Junior 3 with ease.

With just two games to go, Down are already relegated and need to start planning for next season and top of the priority list must be the recruitment of new players from somewhere.

Last weekend, Down played well against Harlequins and if the locals had taken their chances the game could have been 3-3 going into the closing stages.

The Belfast side started brightly and created a number of openings but their first goal didn't come until the 22nd minute from a short corner after McCready produced a great save to deny Chris Lemon.

Seconds later however the ball was in the back of his net when Nigel Mills scored and Robbie McKay made it 2-0 four minutes later following a mistake by Tate before Philip Brown almost got on the end of a great cross Stephen Ferguson at the other end.

McCready was in the thick of the action in the 30th minute to ensure Harlequins didn't increase their lead.

Down's Mark Elliott was denied by Ian Kelly in the Harlequins goal a minute after the restart before the home side made it 3-0 in the 46th minute through Mills, moments after another great save by McCready.

Robert Heron squandered an opportunity to put his side 4-0 ahead before McVeigh set up a chance for Elliott who rattled the backboard to give Down some hope.

McCready denied McKay before Harlequins made it 4-1 after Price was penalised for a stick tackle in the area and Johnny Caron scored past Down's 'keeper.

McKay made it 5-1 with just three minutes to go and Mills completed the scoring and his hat-trick in the closing stages.