Despite having Mario Fontanella sent off, Floriana managed to beat Pembroke Athleta 2-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Sunday to join Birkirkara in fourth place.
The Greens faced an early setback as Mario Fontanella was sent off by referee Alan Mario Sant for elbowing an opponent.
Floriana managed to break the deadlock on the 63rd minute when Amadou Samb served Ignacio Varela inside the area and latter beat goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona.
The Greens doubled their score on the 75th minute when in a swift counter-attack, Ignacio Varela had an attempt blocked by Calleja Cremona but off the rebound, Amadou Samb placed the ball at the back of the net.
Pembroke reduced the gap one minute in stoppage time through Adrian Borg who headed the ball home following a cross by Shola Shodiya.
FLORIANA Matthew Grech, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani, Clyde Borg (46′ Amadou Samb), Ignacio Varela, Maurizio Vella (85′ Brooke Farrugia), Jurgen Pisani, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella, Ryan Camenzuli.
Subs not used: Justin Haber, Andre Scicluna, Mattia Zarb, Alex Cini, Daniel Agius.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
PEMBROKE Matthew Calleja Cremona, Zoran Levnaic, Asani Djeljilj (78′ Oleksandr Maksymov), Manolito Micallef, Paltemio Barbetti, Siraj Arab Eddin, Haruna Shola Shodiya, Jhonathan Bernardo Mariano, Borche Manevski (62′ Sunday Eboh), Adrian Borg, Owen Bugeja.
Subs not used: Craig Abdilla, Tyron Fenech, Neil Micallef, Miguel Attard, Roderick Caruana.
Coach: Artim Shaqiri
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Duncan Sultana
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Chiesa, Bugeja, Calleja Cremona, Barbetti, Levnaic
Red Cards: 6′ Mario Fontanella
Scorers: 63′ Ignacio Varela, 75′ Amadou Samb, 90+3′ Adrian Borg
BOV Player of the Match: Amadou Samb