IN a match full of twists and turns at Macedonia Park, Ludo Boi's late goal rescued a 2-2 draw for Stirling but wasn't enough to take the Minor Premiership from Western Knights.
The equation was simple for Stirling Lions, they needed three points to take the Minor Premiership.
As the match headed into injury-time, the scores were locked at 1-1 and when David Micevski set up Stuart Montgomery to finish from close range, the title looked like it was sealed for the Knights.
But the drama was far from over as Boi scored a remarkable goal just a minute later to level the scores and give the Stirling faithful some hope yet.
The last play of the day saw Lions defender Scott Muirhead shoot powerfully from the edge of the box, but Knights goalkeeper Frazer Siddall made a last-ditch save to deny Stirling top spot.
Swan United has been relegated from the APB Premier League for the 2011 season despite a 0-0 draw against Balcatta at Swan Italian Club on Saturday.
The visitors were having the better of the play in the last 15 minutes with Hugo being forced into reflex saves to firstly deny Ashley Rosindale and then Craig Bentham from close range.
Three minutes into injury time a desperate Swan United played a long ball, with Christian Lopez jinxing his way past the oncoming defender with the young striker sending the resulting shot wide of the post ending the match in a nil-nil draw.
ECU Joondalup forced their way into the All Flags Finals Series after thrashing Floreat Athena 5-1 in the final round of the APB Premier Division at the E&D Litis Stadium on Saturday.
The northern suburbs side needed to win the game and hope Sorrento would slip up against Inglewood United, and they did.
Goals from Jamie Watt (2), Scott Blackmore, Phil O'Callaghan and John Thornley overpowered the home side, whose consolation goal came late on from Branimir Mikulic.
Goals from Danny Stoitis and Adrian Caceres on either side of the break has seen Inglewood United defeat Sorrento FC 2 - 1 in the final round of the APB State Premier League.
The win sparked wild celebrations from visitors as it ensured their top flight survival while dashing Sorrento's hopes of featuring in the All Flags Finals Series.
Cockburn City sealed their survival in the APB State Premier League thanks to goals from Anthony Pereira and Rory Feely.
It was a nervous opening for both sides, with Cockburn and Mandurah needing to secure maximum points to ensure top flight football next year.
In the other match, Perth SC defeated Armadale 1-0 to secure third place on the table.
Week one of the All Flags Finals Series will see Stirling Lions host Perth SC at Macedonia Park at 2pm on Saturday and at 6pm it will be Floreat Athena versus ECU Joondalup at E&D Litis Stadium in the Elimination Final, while Western Knights enjoy the weekend off.
- Chris Correia