Sliema Wanderers continued where they had left last week when they had defeated Birkirkara as they registered a narrow win over Hibernians to join the Paolites and Floriana in fourth place, five points behind joint-leaders Valletta and Gzira United.
For the Paolites, this was their second defeat in five matches which cost them the opportunity to move to just two points behind the leaders.
The Wanderers scored the all-important goal one minute in added time, before the end of the first half, thanks to Jefferson de Assis who concluded a fine solo effort with a powerful shot which beat goalkeeper Andrew Hogg.
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Stefano Bianciardi, Matias Muchardi, Frank Temile (60′ Ricardo Calisto Correa Duarte), Gabriel Aquilina (87′ Peter Xuereb), Jefferson de Assis, Jonathan Pearson, Edmond Agius (90+1′ Ryan Spiteri), Frenci Qeros, John Mintoff, Goran Adamovic.
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Gary Muscat, Michele Sansone, Dylan Micallef.
Coach: John Buttigieg
HIBS Andrew Hogg, Martin Kreuzriegler (60′ Jurgen Degabriele), Jackson de Lima Siqueira (77′ Joseph Mbong), Dunstan Vella, Rodolfo Soares, Marcelo Dias, Clayton Failla, Johann Bezzina (65′ Bjorn Kristensen), Jorge Elias dos Santos, Andrei Agius, Marco Sahanek.
Subs not used: Rudy Briffa, Daniel Buckle, Timothy Tabone Desira, Rui da Gracia Gomes.
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Assis, Adamovic, Mintoff, Lima, Failla, Mbong, Zammit
BOV Player of the Match: Jefferson de Assis