Birkirkara maintained their positive run as they registered a fifth consecutive win, defeating Mosta 3-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A win which ensures the Stripes keep the pace with the top four teams. Mosta, on the other hand, remain joint-ninth on the 18-point mark together with Senglea.
With Ryan Scicluna ruled out as he served a one-match ban and with Ryan Camenzuli, Luke Montebello and Llywelyn Cremona starting to serve their long-term bans after being suspended by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body, the Stripes were forced to make a number of changes from the team which defeated Gzira.
Birkirkara managed to take the lead on the 40th minute when off a cross by Jake Grech from the left, Srdjan Dimitrov headed home from close range past the Mosta goalkeeper.
Eleven minutes in the second half, the Stripes doubled the score when Bruno Andrade Fernandez de Brito controlled the ball outside the area and with a fine shot placed the ball in the bottom right corner.
Birkirkara sealed the issue with a third goal when off an assist from the right by Srdjan Dimitrov, Jake Grech tapped the ball home from close range.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Leonardo Henrique Ferreira, Dexter Xuereb (74’ Kurt Frendo), Thomas Veronese, Kurt Magro, Davide Mansi, Tyrone Farrugia, Jonas Rodrigues Ekani (73’ Zac Brincat), David Ifeanyi Nworah, Ivan Maric (60’ Jan Tanti), Alex Wendel dos Santos.
Subs not used: Roberto Vella, Liam Portelli, Neil Frendo, Daryl Micallef.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
B’KARA Kristijan Naumovski, Edward Herrera, Fernando Barbosa Pereira, Mislav Andjelkovic, Jake Grech, Neil Micallef (10’ Gianluca Zammit), Kurt Zammit, Nikola Vukanac, Carlos Alberto da Silva Goncalves Junior, Srjdan Dimitrov (87’ Zack Cassar), Bruno Andrade Fernandes de Brito (76’ Ayrton Attard).
Subs not used: David Cassar, Cain Attard, Nicholas Farrugia, Jordan Sciberras.
Coach: Paul Zammit
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Dusan Petrovic
Fourth Official: Eman Grech
Yellow Cards: K. Zammit, D. Xuereb, S. Dimitrov, M. Andjelkovic, E. Herrera, T. Veronese
BOV Player of the Match: Jake Grech