Floriana registered their seventh consecutive win in the Relegation Pool as they defeated Hamrun Spartans to condemn the latter to playing in Division 1 next season.
In fact with one game to go, Hamrun remain four points behind Rabat Ajax.
The Greens lacked Tony Warner and Steve Pisani. Hamrun, on the other hand, welcomed back Adrian Borg but Terence Vella was unavailable.
Floriana took the lead on the 19th minute when Sacha Borg served Clyde Borg and off the latter’s cross, Igor Coronado’s first attempt was blocked by the goalkeeper, the ball bounced onto the Brazilian striker to end at the back of the net.
Hamrun Spartans replied with an Emiliano Lattes effort which was blocked by Jonathan Debono on 25 minutes.
The Spartans levelled matters on 31 minutes when off a cross from the right by Glenn Azzopardi, Massimo Grima slammed the ball past goalkeeper Jonathan Debono.
Substitute Luca Casha just failed to connect off an inviting cross from the right by Trevor Cilia on the 51st.
Three minutes later, Luca Casha put the Greens 2-1 ahead when served on the left by Cilia, beating Andrea Cassar with an angled shot.
The Greens made it 3-1 on 67 minutes, once again, thanks to Luca Casha who received a pass by Trevor Cilia, beating the Hamrun custodian with a shot from just inside the area.
Ten minutes from time, Roderick Fenech was sent off for the Spartans as he fouled Coronado just outside the area. From the resulting freekick, Igor Coronado’s attempt scraped past the post. Another Luca Casha effort from the left ended just wide.
Trevor Cilia was voted BOV Player of the Match.
FLORIANA Jonathan Debono, Carl Tremarco, Owen Bugeja, Gary Roberts, Kane Farrugia, Clyde Borg (76’ Thomas Paris), Joseph Borg, Sacha Borg, Trevor Cilia (86’ Luke Scorfna), Igor Coronado, Udo Nwoko (46’ Luca Casha).
Subs not used: Brooke Farrugia, Mark Spiteri, Francesco Guzman, Isaac Galea.
Coach: Iain Brunskill
Asst. Coach: Gary Howard
HAMRUN Andrea Cassar, Glenn Azzopardi, David Camilleri, Bledjon Guga, Terence Scerri, Ryan Spiteri (61’ Ayrton Micallef), Giacomo Favero (60’ Roderick Fenech), Emiliano Lattes, Massimo Grima, Adrian Borg, Luke Grech (72’ Rodney Refalo).
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Ryan Bonello, Melvin Busuttil, Cesare Catalan Clemente.
Coach: Stefan Sultana
Asst. Coach: Jeffrey Mifsud
Referee: Clayton Pisani
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Nwoko, Grima
Red Cards: 80′ Roderick Fenech
Scorers: 19′ Igor Coronado, 31′ Massimo Grima, 54′ Luca Casha, 67′ Luca Casha
Meanwhile Hibernians found no difficulty in beating Mosta 6-0 to join Birkirkara on top the BOV Premier League table.
Hibs take on Valletta while Birkirkara face Tarxien in the final matches next weekend.
Hibernians lacked Adrian Pulis while Steve Onyii Chiemeka, Carlos Campagnoli and Danail Mitev were all missing for Mosta.
The Paolites went close to taking the lead on the 12th minute with a Tarabai header off a cross by Jackson Lima hitting the upright.
Hibernians took the lead two minutes later thanks to a direct freekick by Andrew Cohen which gave goalkeeper Jeffrey Farrugia no chance.
Edison Luis dos Santos doubled the score on the 19th when he received an assist by Clayton Failla beating Farrugia with a shot from inside the area.
Ten minutes later, Cohen served Jean Paul Farrugia on the right and the latter’s effort hit the upright.
Hibs scored the third goal on the 39th minute when off a cross by Jean Paul Farrugia, there was a short clearance and Edison Luis dos Santos hit low past Farrugia.
Seven minutes in the second half, Clayton Failla scored the fourth goal, beating the Mosta goalkeeper from inside the area following a cross by Jean Paul Farrugia.
An Andrew Cohen freekick was turned into a corner by Jeffrey Farrugia on 56 minutes.
Jean Paul Farrugia scored the fifth goal on the 80th with a powerful shot from outside the area which was not held by goalkeeper Noel Attard.
Substitute Johann Bezzina made it 6-0 with another powerful shot from the edge of the area one minute from time.
Edison Luis dos Santos was voted BOV Player of the Match.
HIBS Mario Muscat, Ryan Camilleri, Jonathan Pearson, Rodolfo Soares, Andrew Cohen (56’ Johann Bezzina), Bjorn Kristensen, Jackson di Lima Siqueira, Clayton Failla (55’ Ayrton Azzopardi), Obinna Obiefule (60’ Allan Kardeck dos Santos), Edison Luis dos Santos, Jean Paul Farrugia.
Subs not used: Daniel Balzan, Marcelo Dias, Zoran Levnajic, Keith Tanti.
Coach: Michael Woods
Asst. Coach: Darren Abdilla
MOSTA Jeffrey Farrugia (63’ Noel Attard), Ferdinando Apap, Tyrone Farrugia, Bryan Agius (77’ Kurt Zammit), Mano Micallef, Steve Bezzina, Ryan Grech (46’ Bruno Chikwadu Mbonu), Jonathan Bajada, Kurt Magro, Alex Cini, Fabio Vignaroli.
Subs not used: John Paul Grima, Giancarlo Sammut, Adrian Farrugia, Samuel Kehinde.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Mark Vella
Referee: Andre Arciola
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Luke Portelli
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Agius
Scorers: 12’ Andrew Cohen, 19’ Edison Luis dos Santos, 39’ Edison Luis dos Santos, 52’ Clayton Failla, 80’ Jean Paul Farrugia, 89′ Johann Bezzina