Balzan maintained the pressure on leaders Valletta as they registered an eight consecutive win, defeating Mosta 3-0 at the Hibernians Stadium.
For Mosta, this was the third defeat in four matches. They have now won just one out of the last ten matches.
Samir Arab and Pedrinho were missing for Balzan as they were serving a one-match ban but Elkin Serrano was back after missing the last match. Mosta, on the other hand, welcomed back Onyekachi Okonkwo and Dyson Falzon but lacked Jonas Ekani Rodriguez.
Balzan managed to take the lead o the 34th minute when off a cross from the left by Alfred Effiong, Aleksandar Vujacic headed the ball down for Lydon Micallef who hit low past goalkeeper Omar Borg.
Two minutes from the end of the first half, Balzan doubled the score thanks to Aleksandar Vujacic who placed the ball at the back of the net from close range after an Alfred Effiong effort was partially saved by the Mosta custodian.
Eight minutes in the second half, Paul Fenech made it 3-0 with a powerful drive from well outside the area which gave goalkeeper Omar Borg no chance.
MOSTA Omar Borg, Edile Micheletti Awoh, Adrian Borg (64′ James Brincat), Tyrone Farrugia, Fatai Alabi, Osa Guobadia, Dyson Falzon (65′ Dexter Xuereb), Godwin Mensha, Lyden Micallef, Francis Chijioke Pius, Onyekachi Okonkwo (68′ Kyle Frendo).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Zachary Brincat, Kyle Gatt, Sibi Gwar.
Coach: Anton Cremona
BALZAN Christian Cassar, Justin Grioli (71′ Bojan Kaljevic), Paul Fenech, Steve Bezzina, Dylan Grima (58′ Maxim Focsa), Alfred Effiong (79′ Sean Cipriott), Aleksandar Vujacic, Luke Sciberras, Lydon Micallef, Elkin Serrano Valero, Clive Brincat.
Subs not used: Ivan Janjusevic, Juan Corbalan, Paul Lapira, Daniel Spiteri.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Sammy Attard
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Pace, Ishmael Barbara
Fourth Official: Duncan Sultana
Yellow Cards: Micheletti, C. Brincat
Scorers: 34′ Lydon Micallef, 43′ Aleksandar Vujacic, 54′ Paul Fenech
BOV Player of the Match: Paul Fenech
At the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Tarxien Rainbows returned to winning ways thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Naxxar Lions.
The Rainbows who had won just one game of their last six matches are still sixth but move further away from the bottom six. Naxxar, on the other hand, suffer a second consecutive defeat to stay third from bottom.
Missing for Tarxien were Luke Montebello, Carlos Menendez Hevia and Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos. Ryan Grech, on the other hand, returned for Naxxar.
Ayrton Azzopardi went close to putting Naxxar ahead on the 6th minute but his attempt hit the woodwork. However five minutes from the end of the first half, he was not to be denied when he received a through pass by Triston Caruana and lobbed the ball over the Naxxar goalkeeper to put Tarxien 1-0 ahead.
Four minutes later, Tarxien doubled the score when Alex da Paixao Alves concluded a solo effort by dribbling past the Naxxar defence and hitting past Gallinetta from a close angle.
The Rainbows sealed the issue with a third goal ten minutes from time thanks to a rising shot by Alex Nilsson which gave the Naxxar goalkeeper no chance.
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Ebiabowei Baker, Timothy Tabone Desira, Tristan Caruana, Alex Nilsson, Ayrton Azzopardi, Sergio Fernandez Prendes, Daniel Zerafa, Alex da Paixao Alves (79’ Brandon Muscat), Ryan Spiteri (83’ Claudio Frances), John Mintoff (66’ Bruno Giglio de Oliveira).
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Roderick Bajada, Matthew Tabone, Nicolas Ezequiel Rios.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
NAXXAR Alberto Gallineta, Alvaro Javier Hungria Rosero, Andrew Scicluna, Ryan Grech (21’ David Fenech), Eduardo Vallecillo Casado (65’ Ishmael Grech), Daren Falzon, Jose Angel Godar Periera (46’ Duane Bonnici), Jurgen Debono, Angus Buhagiar, Ennio Matthews Hamutenya, Nikola Tasic
Subs not used: Luke Pecorella, Demba Toure, Mark Fenech, Adam Pace.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assitant Referee: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Additional Assistant Referees: Philip Farrugia, Emanuel Grech
Fourth Official: David Castillo
Yellow cards: Falzon, Prendes
Scorers: 40’ Ayrton Azzopardi, 44’ Alex Da Paixao Alves, 80’ Alex Nillson
BOV Player of the Match: Alex da Paixao Alves
Renato Vella reporting from the Victor Tedesco Stadium