South Antrim Fourths failed to draw level on points with second placed Down Firsts on Saturday when they lostout 3-2.
Playing on Down’s gravel pitch, South went behind early on before Down soon doubled their lead.
That left it all to do but Callum McCandless got a goal back before the break.
Keeper Andrew Wallace, however, was powerless to stop Down’s third. The goalkeeper was actually having a good game and kept his team in the game with a number of saves.
He got his reward when South’s superstar striker Junior made it 3-2 after Archie Collins hit the post.
That was all South could muster in what was a blow to their promotion hopes.