Hamrun Spartans registered a third win in a row as a goal mid-way through the second half handed them a narrow win over Senglea Athletic at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
A win which put the Spartans on the 18-point mark, six behind leaders Gzira United. On the other hand, Senglea suffer a fourth defeat in five matches to remain at the bottom of the table with four points.
The Spartans had four changes from the team which defeated Qormi as Antonio Monticelli, Jeremy Busuttil, Marco Criaco and Kevin Tulimieri replaced Karl Micallef, Sebastian Nayar, Alain Donneil Moukanza and Njongo Priso.
Senglea, also had four changes as Matthew Bartolo, Romani Tcanturia, Marko Ivanovic and the suspended Braian Volpini made way for Brandon Muscat, Augusto Rene Caseres, Imanol Gonzalez and Karl Cutajar.
Hamrun scored the all-important goal on the 68th minute when off a Caetano Calil corner from the left, Kevin Tulimieri headed the ball home past Matthew Farrugia.
HAMRUN Manuel Bartolo, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Triston Caruana, Wilfried Domoraud, Matthew Robert Gauci, Marco Criaco (80′ Ryan Darmanin), Jeremy Busuttil (61′ Cain Cutajar), Orestis Nikolopoulos, Caetano Calil, Kevin Tulimieri.
Subs not used: Sean Cini, Karl Schembri, Darren Borg, Christopher Galea, Bradley Schembri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Brandon Muscat, Ferdinando Salvati, Leighton Grech, Manuel Guillari (65′ Romani Tcanturia), Imanol Gonzalez, Zachary Cassar, Fabrizio Massimo Bramati (42′ Matthew Bartolo), Matias Nicolas Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres, Karl Cutajar.
Subs not used: Philip Schranz, Dylan Micallef, Carsten Dimech, Rayson Vella, Andre White.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Christopher Francalanza, Ivan Galea
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha
Yellow Cards: Garcia, Tcanturia, Cutajar, Salvati
BOV Player of the Match: Kevin Tulimieri