Birkirkara rescued a point in stoppage time in a clash with St. Andrews at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The Stripes, who were coming from a defeat to Hibernians and a draw with Floriana, failed to impress and it had to be a former St. Andrews player to score the goal that earned a point for Birkirkara.
St. Andrews took the lead on the 35th minute when Dale Camilleri sent Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre through and the latter’ powerful drive beat goalkeeper Miroslav Kopric.
Birkirkara notched the equaliser four minute in added time when substitute Matteo Desira Buttigieg managed to place the ball at the back of the net from close range after a cross created havoc inside the area.
ST. ANDREWS Jake Galea, Enmy Manuel Pena Beltre, Ante Bakmaz, Dale Camilleri, Bong Won Che, Godwin Mckay (79′ Ryan Darmanin), Felix Udoh Okon, Ziga Kastrevec, Kyrian Nwoko (90+1′ Jacob Walker), Joseph Farrugia (89′ Nenad Belacevic), Karlo Kesinovic.
B’KARA Miroslav Kopric, Christian Bubalovic, Gareth Sciberras, Mislav Andjelkovic, Srdjan Dimitrov (73′ James Brincat), Vito Plut, Nikola Vukanac, Frank Temile, Joseph Zerafa, Cain Attard (85′ Matteo Desira Buttigieg), Shaun Bajada (62′ Ryan Scicluna).
Referee: Leonardo Guidi
Assistant Referees: Salvatore Tuttifrutti, Laurentiu Ilie
Fourth Official: Michele Scarpino
Meanwhile Tarxien Rainbows returned to winning ways as they defeated Gzira United in a clash between two teams desperate for points at the Victor Tedesco Stadium.
Leading the Rainbows was assistant coach Ryan Pulis following the resignation of Jacques Scerri and Kevin Vella’s decision to turn off the offer to take over as new coach. Darren Abdilla, on the other hand, made his return as Gzira United coach after assisting former coach Branko Nisevic since the start of this season.
The Rainbows scored the all-important goal three minutes in the second half when a long-distance shot by Daniel Ponce de Leon Garcia was not held by Italian goalkeeper Mauro Boerchio and Julian Galea hit home from close range.
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Daniel Zerafa, Matthew Tabone, Sacha Borg, Daniel Ponce de Leon Garcia, Triston Caruana, Alex de Paixao Alves, Sergio Fernandez Prendes, Julian Galea, Dylan Micallef (61′ Andrew Agius), Claudio Frances (87′ Kurt Zammit).
GZIRA Mauro Boerchio, Rafael Rodrigues Ledesma, Gianmarco Conti, Antonio de Queiroz Machedo Neto, Juan Corbalan, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (72′ Yanis Tonna), Jallow Momodou Salieu, Jonathan Bondin, Zachary Scerri (65′ John Nwoba), Souleymane Diamoutene, Karl Pulo (26′ Jacob Borg).
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri