Lime Old Road had champagne on ice in anticipation for the celebration that was to follow its win in the feature match of the triple header in the ABFA Premier Division at the ARG.

But it was Special Security Services All Saints United that ‘busted the bubble’ beating Old Road 1-0 leaving the league leaders three points from glory, its first title.

Old Road has three more opportunities to gain the points it needs to win the 2011/2012 trophy.

The Old Road fans who came to town with fuel tanks filled, ready for the motorcade after the victory were left with perhaps one comforting thought, three more chances.

Old Road has owned United throughout the premiership, and with the need to rescue its disappointing season, this was a good and somewhat valuable victory for United.

Earlier in the week coach Liza Hastings called out the senior players including national striker Randolph “Etty” Burton.

He needed these players to step up and almost on cue, Burton raised his game when it did matter scoring in the first twenty minutes.

From the start, United displayed the urgency that was necessary to fend off Old Road controlling the middle of the pitch and the flow of play.

It was through the team’s midfield general, Captain Quentin Griffith that the goal came.

Griffith switched a play from the right side to the left with a diagonal pass to Damian Browne, catching the defence completely off guard.

Browne then found a streaking Burton with a pass across the goal on the right side and the ‘called out striker’ found the back of the net, 1-0 United.

The top goal scorer Stephan “Tommy” Smith of Old Road along with Gayson “Bubbler” Gregory and the rest of the Old Road offence fought hard for the equalizer that never came.

They got close on a number of occasions hitting the woodwork at least once but it was not the time to take the Cup to the South.

United improved to 27 points after 15 games six points behind Old Road and one ahead of Asot’s Arcade Parham.

Earlier in the day, Parham came from two goals down to tie 3-3 before Sugar Ridge Sap beat Bassa 2-0 to improve to 18 points, one ahead of La Bussola Willikies.

Bullets and Cool & Smooth Empire are locked on 12 points in the cellar five points behind Willikies still not out of relegation worry with two games left.

The premier division continues on Wednesday with a double header between Champion Footwear Hoppers and Bullets before Sap and Farm battle.