The Villa Lions and Virgin Holidays Fort Road played to a 2-2 draw in the imobile ABFA First Division to give league leaders Celtics some breathing room at the top of the table.

Celtics knocked off Five Islands beating them 3-0 at Radio Range to lift its tally to 31 points and is yet to lose a match in the division after 13 matches.

While Celtics are the favourites to win the title, it’s the race for second place and automatic promotion to the premiership along with the champions that has drawn lots of attention.

The Lions and Fort Road came into Thursday’s game in third and second places respectively and after an exciting game, the teams’ status remain the same.

The Lions were hoping to reel in Fort Road and make a play for the second spot and they looked poised to do so with an early goal but Fort Road, playing at home battled back to gain a point.

Michael Roberts scored both goals for Villa, the first as early as the 14th minute following a blunder by keeper Javaughn Williams.

The Fort Road keeper became entangled with a defender on an attacking run by the Lions, and spilled a ball which fell in the path of an advancing Roberts who made no mistake from close range.

Four minutes after that Zakeem Michael got the equalizer, a good shot from inside the six that beat Garfield “Garry” Gonsalves in the Lions goal.

The Fort Road fans who came out in their numbers did not finish celebrating their team’s equalizer before Roberts put the Lions ahead again.

This time, there was no blame for the goalie but rather the Fort Road defence which allowed Mervyn Hazelwood to run free on the right inside the area.

As Williams approached the six the keeper committed and Hazelwood found a streaking Roberts who made it 2-1, hitting in the unmanned goal.

Down a goal, Fort Road, spurred on by its supporters, battled back and found the equalizer in the 79th minute.

On a free kick from the edge of the 18 on the left side struck by Terrel Richards Gonsalves was fooled by his defender Skeel Phillip who made a play on a ball heading towards goal.

Phillip, instead of clearing the ball decided not to but instead left the ball for Gonsalves who was left stranded as the ball found the open net, 2-2 and a point each.

Fort Road moved to 24 points, three ahead of the Lions and seven adrift of the league leaders.