A penalty mid-way through the first half by Nicolas Chiesa gave Floriana another narrow win as they defeated Gzira United at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Friday.
The Maroons remain joint-third from bottom as they suffered the fourth defeat in five matches.
Floriana had six changes from the team whcih defeated Mosta as Justin Haber replaced Matthew Grech in goal while Andre Scicluna, Clyde Borg, Ryan Camenzuli, Mario Fontanella and Maurizio Vella replaced Alex Cini, Antonio Monticelli, Ignacio Varela and Gustavo Amadio and the suspended Enrico Pepe. Gzira, on the other hand, had only one change as goalkeeper Jurgen Borg replaced the suspended Jamie Azzopardi.
The Greens managed to take the lead on the 25th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Maurizio Vella was brought down inside the area and from the penalty spot, captain Nicolas Chiesa converted.
Floriana went close to doubling the score when Maurizio Vella’s conclusion from the left was neutralised by Jurgen Borg aided by the posts.
FLORIANA Justin Haber, Andre Scicluna, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg, Maurizio Vella (80′ Brooke Farrugia), Jurgen Pisani, Amadou Samb, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella (75′ Ignacio Varela), Ryan Camenzuli.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Gustavo Amadio, Mattia Zarb, Alex Cini, Daniel Agius.
Assistant Coach: Salvatore Caleca
GZIRA Jurgen Borg, Rafael Ledesma (68′ John Nwoba), Gianmarco Conti, Antonio de Queiroz Machedo Neto, Juan Carlos Corbalan, Jonathan Bondin (72′ Karl Pulo), Moises Avila Perez, Jacob Borg, Zachary Scerri, Souleymane Diamotene, Yanis Tonna (72′ Clifford Gatt Baldacchino).
Subs not used: Kyle Gerada, Dean Galea, Andre White, Salvatore Grixti.
Coach: Branko Nisevic
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Diamoutene, Ruiz, Varela, Tony, Farrugia
Scorers: 25′ Nicolas Chiesa
BOV Player of the Match: Amadou Samb