Balzan ended their league commitments with a narrow win over Birkirkara – their second win over the Stripes this season – to move to just one point behind Paul Zammit’s side.
This was a historic season for Balzan as they secured a place in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round draw together with runners-up Valletta and third-placed Birkirkara.
Balzan scored the all-important goal on the 35th minute when Lydon Micallef served Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza on the left and the latter beat goalkeeper Mirza Hamzabegovic.
B’KARA Mirza Hamzabegovic, Matheus Bissi da Silva (60′ Rafael Pompeo Rodrigues Ledesma), Nikola Vukanac, Mauricio Matias Latini Mazzetti, Joseph Zerafa, Edmond Agius, Ellinton Antonio Costa Morais, Kurt Zammit (84′ Antoine Borg), Rowen Muscat (67′ Edward Herrera), Ryan Camenzuli, Ryan Scicluna.
Subs not used: Justin Haber, Gareth Sciberras, Beppe Jaccarini, Zach Muscat.
Coach: Paul Zammit
BALZAN Steve Sultana, Edison David Bilbao Zarate, Dylan Grima, Elkin Orlando Serrano Valero, Luke Sciberras (66′ Justin Grioli), Steve Bezzina, Samir Arab (82′ Godwin Mckay), Osa Ice Cream Guobadia (46′ Terence Agius), Clive Brincat, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza, Lydon Micallef.
Subs not used: Christian Cassar, Sean Cipriott, Ryan Darmanin, Mark Spiteri.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Referee: Sandro Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Marco Borg
Yellow Cards: Scicluna, T. Agius, E. Agius, Mazzetti, Sultana
Scorers: 35′ Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza
BOV Player of the Match: Lydon Micallef