St. Andrews and Melita earned a point each as they shared the spoils in a goalless draw in the derby in a BOV First Division clash at the Luxol Stadium.
The Saints had Neil Chetcuti sent off on 27 minutes but still managed to hold their opponents at bay.
In the first match, Zurrieq returned to winning ways as they defeated Msida St. Joseph 2-1.
Stefan Giglio put David Carabott’s side ahead on 12 minutes and Osi Lucky Agboebina doubled the score on the 24th. Ariel Laudisi scored a consolation goal for Msida two minutes in the second half.
St. Andrews and Pietà lead the way with 11 points followed by Melita on 10, Lija and Melita 9, Gzira, St. George’s, Zurrieq and Zebbug 7, Birzebbuga 6, Zejtun 4, Gudja 3, Msida 1 and Hamrun -7.
ST. ANDREWS Sam Bartolo, Neil Chetcuti, Brian Said, Dean Gera, Jonathan Briscoe White, Andrew Amato (77′ William Camilleri), William Barbosa, Nicki Vella Petroni, Michael Grima (90′ Jacob Falzon), Emiliano Lattes, Trayo Grozev.
MELITA Philip Schranz, Malcolm Mamo (64′ Kane Micallef), Manuel Ramon Sierra Camacho, Ivan Tufegdzic, Luke Bianco, Nigel Rizzo (80′ Alan Borg Olivier), Michael Valenzia, Jose Jairo Cueto Rodriguez (87′ Kimmo Hovi), Matthew Borg, Julian Galea, Luke Micallef.
Referee: Marco Borg
MSIDA John Agius, Mario Caruana, Gaetano Gesualdi (81′ Dylan Attard), Dino Cachia, Shawn Magro, Othniel Carrion Bouagba, Lydon Micallef (84′ Lincoln Micallef), Lesley Cassar, Jose Luis Lopes Nogueira (89′ Daniele De Luca), Ariel Laudisi, Ian Schembri.
ZURRIEQ Jeremy Alden, Joris Garnier, Karl Sacco, Stephen Wellman, Nicholas Abdilla (46′ Karl Magro), Stefan Giglio, Zvezdan Vukovic, Matthew Schembri (67′ Chris Farrugia), Johan Briffa (75′ Gary Inguanez), Glenn Bonello, Osi Lucky Agboebina.
Referee: Sebastiano Gambuzza