It was a good night for the top two in SFL-Dundee as Dundee West kept up their 100% record and Dundee Celtic took firm control of the battle for second place.
West wrapped up the league title the week previously after beating Celtic and continued their run of wins by seeing off Montrose 6-1.
The Celts bounced back from that defeat to put seven past West’s second string West FD and combined with defeats for the three behind them, went five points clear in second.
There were also big wins for Dundee Stars and Dundee City over the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews respectively to leave the bottom two four points adrift.
Even without key players in Declan Gallagher and Jordan Timmons at the start, West ended up comfortable winners.
After a tight opening period, Chris Brash rattled in a fine opener from distance after eight minutes before Mikey Craig put West in control.
Montrose gave themselves a route back into the game as debutant Bryan Deasley netted from close range seconds before the break.
They kept pace with the champions before Jordan Timmons put his side out of reach and Jamie Reilly added gloss to the scoreline with a hat-trick in the final nine minutes.
Celtic romped to victory against FD but trail West by 15 points in second. Braces each for Darren Watson, Finn Robson and Flynn Duffy were added to by a late Alex Gibb strike gave them a 7-1 success with Johnny Hunter replying for FD who remain locked with Dryburgh on eight points at the foot of the table.
City continued their impressive recent form with an accomplished win over St Andrews which showed grit to come from behind to make it seven points from their last nine.
Jamie Weir gave them a deserved 1-0 lead at half-time. Just like the previous week Saints responded after the break to take the lead through Griffin Godsick and Ben Hessell strikes.
This time, however, they were pegged back by Weir’s second goal of the game before Paul Blair netted the winner with two minutes to go.
For an hour that saw City leapfrog Dundee Stars only for the young Stars side to grab their biggest win of the season over Dundee University.
Lewis Thomson and Umair Nasir netted either side of the break to put Stars in control before Lewis Monaghan halved the arrears on the half-hour mark.
With the students throwing everything forward, Stars were happy to hit on the break and made the Uni pay with counter-attack goals from Thomson again and Adam Shaffi to put Stars six points clear of bottom.