The new Senior Two season opened at Malone Park last weekend with a cracking derby tie between Down and newcomers Newcastle.
The sides served up a feast of goals in brilliant sunshine with the visitors delighted to leave with a point, having lost 10-3 to their opponents just seven days earlier in a Linden Cup tie at Douglas Park.
The Newcastle side included a number of players who have transferred from Ballynahinch, while Down have lost James Ferguson and Richard Hamilton to the newcomers.
Down seconds bid to win the Junior 6 title race suffered a major blow at Portadown last weekend.
Gary Brown's side has been superb all season, but events conspired against them on a day when they were outclassed by a side which fielded players who looked rather impressive for the bottom tier of junior hockey.
The one bright spot was a battling performance by the visitors and an inspired 70 minutes by 'keeper David Moreland who produced a number of excellent saves to thwart Portadown.
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