Down won their opening game in the Senior 2 Cup against derby rivals Saintfield at The Demesne last weekend.
Saintfield were forced to field a very unfamiliar and particularly young side and Down's margin of victory would have been significantly greater had it not been for an inspired performance in goal by young Matthew McClurg.
The teenager, who plays in nets for his local soccer team in the morning, had been playing outfield for Saintfield Hockey Club in the afternoon, but was recently pressed into to putting on the pads and kickers and he hasn’t looked back.
Down seconds have been scoring goals for fun this season.
Against derby rivals North Down sixths at a wet and soggy Malone Park last weekend, Mark Graham's young charges again impressed, gunning down their rivals with an explosive first half display.
Tormentor in chief was striker Lewis McIntosh who scored a hat-trick and alongside strike partner Andy Teggart, the duo terrorised the visiting defenders over the 70 minutes.