Celtics came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Swetes at Freemansville on Thursday to strengthen its lead at the top of the First Division and a quick glimpse at promotion to the top flight.
Mathematically, Celtics, now on 37 points following yesterday’s game need two wins to ensure an automatic bid to the premier division.
True, Celtics may not need to win another game taking into consideration the way the rest of the teams below them have performed.
But, here is the scenario with Celtics on 37 points after 17 of 22 games played.
In second place is Fort Road five points behind with a game in hand.
Ottos Rangers trail Fort Road by six points, 11 points behind the leaders with two games in hand.
There are two teams guaranteed promotion.
A number of teams including Potters Tigers, Freemansville, Five Islands and the Villa lions are ‘breathing down Fort Road’s neck’ but unlikely any of these teams will overtake Celtics.
The league leaders have lost just one game thus far and Thursday’s game was their seventh tie, made possible by a Denfield Roach strike.
Swetes, struggling to keep its place in the first division went ahead in the 51st minute, a goal by Kieron Richards before Roach equalized two minutes later.
The point took Swetes to 18 points, third from the bottom, five points ahead of Guydadli the team ahead of Lion Hill in the cellar.
Another team hoping for promotion, and was once in third place is former premier division champions Villa lions who was scheduled to play Bethesda on Thursday.
That game did not play and was rescheduled.