On-loan striker Edin Murga notched a late equaliser for Mosta as they held his former team Birkirkara in a 1-1 draw at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Tuesday.
The Blues, who were coming from a defeat to Mosta on Saturday, now join Hibernians in second place on ten points. The Paolites, however, have a game in hand and will be facing Valletta on Wednesday. Birkirakra, on the other hand, are now fifth.
Birkirkara had two changes from the team which defeated Pembroke as Rowen Muscat and Frank Temile replaced Marcelina Emerson and Fabrizio Miccoli. Mosta, on the other hand, had Yenz Cini, Ian Zammit and Ryan Grech starting ahead of Omar Borg, Edile Micheletti and Dyson Falzon.
The Stripes took the lead on 25 minutes when Vito Plut, served by Liliu, hit home past goalkeeper Yenz Cini.
Mosta levelled matters three minutes from time thanks to Edin Murga who concluded a solo effort on the left flank with a well-placed shot which gave goalkeeper Justin Haber no chance.
Two minutes in added time, Mauricio mazzetti was sent off for Birkirkara for slapping an opponent.
B’KARA Justin Haber, Zach Muscat, Mauricio Matias Latini Mazzetti, Nikola Vukanac (71′ Marcelina Emerson), Edward Herrera, Ryan Camenzuli, Paul Fenech, Rowen Muscat, Frank Temile (59′ Ryan Scicluna), Ellinton Antonio Costa Morais (83′ Fabrizio Miccoli), Vito Plut.
Subs not used: Ini Etim Akpan,, Joseph Zerafa, Gareth Sciberras, Edmond Agius.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
MOSTA Yenz Cini, Tyrone Farrugia, Manolito Micallef (80′ Bobby Fredrick Abel), Osa Guobadia, Ryan Grech (80′ Dyson Falzon), Yau Hassan, Samuel Chukwide (67′ James Brincat), Jonas Ekani Rodriguez, Ian Zammit, Edin Murga, Saviour Fidelis.
Subs not used: Omar Borg, Adrian Borg, Mark Brincat, Kyle Frendo.
Coach: Anton Cremona
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Marco Borg
Yellow Cards: Chukwide, Mazzetti, Hassan, Zammit
Red Cards: 90+1′ Mauricio Mazzetti
Scorers: 25′ Vito Plut, 87′ Edin Murga
BOV Player of the Match: Vito Plut