Dundee West clinched their second straight SFL-Dundee title in record-quick time – but they were made to work hard for their 13th victory of the season against a tough Celtic side.
The campaign has rarely been anything but a stroll for last season’s champions with 12 wins out of 12 and a goal difference of plus 74 going into this week’s contest.
Celtic were the only side left who could catch them but only if West lost their final four matches.
And it looked for a while that the Celts might give them a run for their money until the leaders pulled away late in the game.
A very tight first half saw chances at both ends but goalkeepers Scott Kirk and Rob Black kept goals to a minimum with only Declan Gallagher’s seventh-minute finish the difference in an entertaining first half.
Celtic gave as good as they got and finally breached the West defence as Flynn Duffy fired high into the net to make it 1-1.
Chances came and went for both before West took control with Gallagher’s second added to by Chris Brash to make it 3-1. Brash would deflect a shot into his own net a minute later but goals in the 37th and 38th minute from Jimmy Webster and Mikey Craig sealed the title for their team.
That defeat allowed the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews to make up ground on second place.
Dundee Uni kicked off the return to DISC but gave up a two-goal lead against a Dundee City side fresh from an impressive victory over Dryburgh the week before.
A fine early strike from Jack Penn had the students in the lead for a large part of the contest, though City would feel hard done by to fall two goals behind as Craig Birnie netted on 28 minutes.
City would get their reward shortly afterwards, however, with two goals in two minutes from Paul Guthrie and Jamie Weir seeing them push from bottom spot two weeks ago up to seventh.
St Andrews came from behind to draw level on points with their fellow students as they saw off Dundee West FD 4-1.
FD had the better of the opening half and should have been further in front with Graeme Dailly’s low strike all they had to show for it.
Saints, however, stepped it up in the second period with three goals in three minutes – two from Ben Hessell and one from Phillip Durrant – putting them in control before Sam Hall sealed the three points with a minute left on the clock.
The bottom four clubs started the night on eight points each but Dundee Stars grabbed a big three points to shoot them ahead of the rest.
Chris Thomson and Lewis Thomson swiftly put the young Stars in control against Dryburgh before Adam Shaffi and Damian Kunc added goals three and four before the break. JJ Mutende grabbed one back for Dryburgh but they weren’t able to find a way past Michael Smith – or the woodwork – to mount any kind of comeback.
Lewis Thomson and an own goal had Stars 6-1 up before last-minute strikes from Adris Hanif and Patrick Dolan made it 6-3 at the final whistle.