Dundee West are within touching distance of a record-quick title victory after a 7-2 success over a plucky St Andrews University gave them their 12th win out of 12.
The reigning champions only need one point against Dundee Celtic next week to clinch the SFL Dundee trophy after racing away at the top of the division.
They were made to work for their victory on Thursday night, however, as Saints started brightly, hitting the woodwork and forcing keeper Rob Black into good saves before taking the lead through Griffin Godsick nine minutes in.
West, however, woke themselves up midway through the first half as Mikey Craig found the net before Declan Gallagher grabbed a quick double to make it 3-1 at the break.
Jordan Timmons and Chris Brash strikes put the league leaders in firm control before Jamie Reilly stuck in a double with El-Sayed Youssef netting a consolation for the students.
With another three points in the bag, West needed Montrose to take points off Celtic later on in the night to confirm the title.
Celtic, though, were rampant against a sorry Montrose hit by injuries and suspensions as they rattled up a 9-1 victory.
From the off, the Celts were in control and the result was only going one way after Alex Gibb grabbed two within the opening six minutes.
Flynn Duffy and Darren Watson made it 4-0 at the break before Watson added his second and third with Finn Robson and Dominic Duffy also getting in on the act. Ryan Sivewright netted for Montrose.
That allowed Dundee University, just a night after their impressive away Scottish Cup victory at Edinburgh’s high-flyers Nerrazzurri, to move ahead of both Montrose and St Andrews into third.
They were given a difficult game by Dundee West FD after going behind to Graeme Dailly’s opener.
Anthony Darlington made it 1-1 at half-time. The tight match continued in the second period before both sides exchanged goals in the 33rd minute.
Handball gave FD a penalty kick, duly dispatched by Chris Evans, while Ross Colquhoun notched for the Uni. Two minutes later Jack Penn sealed the three points for his side.
The bottom half of the table continues to interest with all four sides now level on points after an impressive victory for Dundee City.
A first-half blitz from City set them on their way to their second victory of the season with Jamie Weir, Aarryn Jackson, Christopher Robson and Paul Blair putting them 4-0 up. Sean Snee hammered home for Dryburgh to make it 4-1 at the break.
The pattern of play continued in the second half with Weir, Jackson and Andrew Higgins adding to the scoreline while Matthew Ross notched for Dryburgh.
That 7-2 win sees City move up to ninth on goal difference alongside West FD, Dryburgh and Dundee Stars.