A last minute goal has kept Cashmere Technical in touch with Mainland Football's premier league leaders Ferrymead Bays as the top two teams drew 1-1 today.
With just three rounds remaining in the 21-round league, Bays keep their three point advantage and Cashmere Tech remain title contenders.
The two sides went to halftime today at nil-all, but Bays had a golden opportunity to go ahead early in the second half.
Awarded a penalty, Canterbury United striker Russell Kamo stepped up, but failed to score as Cashmere Tech keeper Danny Knight saved his shot.
Knight then went from hero to villain when he was penalised for pushing Bays' skipper Chris Murphy.
After Kamo's miss, Wiremu Piercey was chosen to take Bays' second penalty and he scored despite Knight getting a hand on the shot.
Shawn O'Brien then scored in injury time to secure the draw.
Bottom-placed Christchurch United need to pick up points to avoid last place and automatic relegation and at 3-0 up over Halswell - thanks to goals from Chris Chick, Chris Anderson and Johnny Fernando - at halftime.
A win would have been enough to lift United off the foot of the table, but Halswell drew level with three second half goals to Steve McRae, Ewan Bakker and Matt Smith.
Coastal Spirit beat Western 3-0 while FC Twenty11 play Nelson Suburbs tomorrow in Nelson.
In women's action, Western and Cashmere Tech drew 2-2 while Halswell beat University 1-0.
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