Sta. Venera Lightnings failed to extend the lead on top the BOV Third Division League table as they lost 0-1 to Kirkop United at the Charles Abela Stadium on Sunday. Ironically the Lightnings suffered their only other defeat against Kirkop.
Michael Theuma scored the all-important goal on the 4th minute.
In another match at the Charles Abela Stadium, Xghajra Tornados maintained the challenge for promotion with a 3-2 win over Zurrieq. Royter Degiorgio put the Tornados ahead on the 6th minute but a goal by Ivan Bojovic on the 13th and an own goal on the 43rd turned the score in Zurrieq’s favour. However Gabriel Bonavia equalised on the 75th and two minutes later, Royter Degiorgio notched the winner.
At the Sirens Stadium, Mdina Knights were held in a goalless draw by Dingli Swallows while in another match, a goal by Dean Agius on the 70th minute gave Ghaxaq a narrow win over Ta’ Xbiex.
Sta. Venera lead the way with 38 points, followed by Mellieha on 35, Xghajra and Kirkop 31, Msida 28, Mdina 24, Dingli 20, Ghaxaq 19, Zurrieq 18, Mtarfa 11, Ta’ Xbiex and Marsaskala 8.