Lija Athletic and Mqabba collected precious points in the BOV First Division as they defeated Zurrieq and Rabat Ajax respectively on Saturday.
Lija defeated Zurrieq 2-0 thanks to goals by Erjon Beu three minutes from the end of the first half and Dylan Mintoff on the 75th. Lija therefore returned to winning way after suffering three consecutive defeats while for Zurrieq, this was their fourth consecutive defeat.
In another match, Mqabba bounced back from a heavy defeat to Gzira with a 2-1 win over Rabat Ajax who conceded a second consecutive defeat after losing to bottom-placed Birzebbuga last week.
Guilherme Soares Guedes de Freitas converted a penalty on the 14th minute to put Mqabba ahead and the same player doubled the score four minutes in the second half. Four minutes from time, Lawrence Chiedozie pulled one back for Rabat.
Gudja lead the way with 28 points, followed by Pembroke Athleta on 26, St. Andrews on 25, Vittoriosa and Gzira 22, Lija 21, St. George’s and Melita 20, Fgura 19, Rabat and Mqabba 17, Msida 13, Zurrieq 10 and Birzebbuga 6.