Valletta failed to keep the pace with Hibernians after being held in a 3-3 draw by Senglea Athletic at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday. A draw which puts the Paolites in second place, two points behind leaders Hibernians.
Like Valletta, Senglea were coming from four consecutive wins and Vincenzo Potenza’s side confirmed their recent fine form as they earned another precious point in their bid to secure their Premier League status.
Valletta had a perfect start, taking the lead on the 4th minute thanks to Matteo Piciollo who slammed the ball home off a cross by Enmy Pena Beltre.
However Senglea levelled matters on the 23rd thanks to a powerful drive by Diego Venancio which gave goalkeeper Henry Bonello no chance.
The Citizens regained the lead on the 37th minute thanks to an own goal by El Mehdi Sidqy who headed the ball past Farrugia following a cross by Miguel Angel Alba.
Four minutes in the second half, Senglea equalised when Gonzalo Julian Leyton sent Augusto Rene Caseres through and the latter hit hard past the Valletta goalkeeper.
Diego Venancio made it 3-2 for Senglea on the 82nd minute with a great direct freekick.
However two minutes from time, substitute Kyrian Nwoko restored equilibrium as he tapped the ball home off the rebound after a Fontanella effort from close range was blocked by the goalkeeper.
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg (70′ Joseph Zerafa), Ryan Camilleri, Santiago Malano, Matteo Piciollo (65′ Kyrian Nwoko), Enmy Pena Beltre, Raed Ibrahim Saleh, Miguel Angel Alba, Bojan Kaljevic, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Jean Borg, Nicholas Pulis, Kenley Scerri, Jeremy Micallef.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Taisei Marukawa (89′ Karl Cutajar), El Mehdi Sidqy, Zachary Cassar, Leighton Grech (82′ Larson Mallia), Gonzalo Julian Leyton, Diego Venancio, Gonzalo Nicolas Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres (90+2′ Bradley Schembri), Christian Sammut.
Subs not used:Zach Valletta, Matthew Bartolo, Luke Scorfna, Gary Camilleri.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna
Yellow Cards: Borg, Venancio, Kaljevic, Alba, Grech, Caseres, Zerafa
BOV Player of the Match: Augusto Rene Caseres