Mosta registered their second win as a goal by Daniel Mariano Bueno enabled them to beat newly-promoted Pietà Hotspurs 1-0.
For the Hotspurs, this was the second defeat in as many matches and they could consider themselves unlucky to leave Ta’ Qali empty-handed.
Pietà had four changes from the team which lost narrowly to Birkirkara last week as Kyle Cesare, Luke Micallef and newcomers Claudio Frances and Joao Gabriel da Silva replaced Quilin Refalo, Malcolm Licari, Dylan Agius and the suspended Rafael Xavier. On the other hand, Mosta coach Enrico Piccioni kept faith in the same starting eleven which faced Valletta last week.
During a quiet first half, the best attempt at goal occurred two minutes from the end through Leonardo Fortunato whose low shot from just inside the area scraped past the post.
Mosta went close on 68 minutes with a Bojan Kaljevic header turned into a corner by David Cassar following a cross by substitute James Brincat.
The Blues finally managed to break the deadlock on 74 minutes when following a good run by James Brincat on the left, he served Daniel Mariano Bueno who slotted the ball past goalkeeper David Cassar.
Eight minutes from time, Pietà went close to equalising when off a cross by Claudio Frances, substitute Malcolm Licari’s first time effort hit the upright. Two minutes later, a Terence Agius effort from outside the area was parried by Omar Borg.
In added time, Daniel Mariano Bueno had two opportunities to double the score but his diagonal shot from the left after a good run scraped past the post and then a powerful shot from the right ended wide. Finally a direct freekick by Claudio Frances for the Hotspurs ended just over the bar.
MOSTA Omar Borg, Tyrone Farrugia, Dyson Falzon, Ryan Grech, Kurt Magro, Manolito Micallef (87′ Kurt Zammit), Daniel Mariano Bueno, Bojan Kaljevic (89′ Karl Pulo), Sasa Jovanovic (46′ James Brincat), Nemanja Milovanovic, Adrian Borg.
Subs not used: Kyle Gerada, Gianluca Vella, Kyle Frendo, Aaron Sammut.
Coach: Enrico Piccioni
PIETÀ David Cassar, Cain Attard, Christian Grech, Leonardo Fortunato dos Santos, Jurgen Pisani, Rafael Rodrigues da Silva, Terence Agius, Kyle Cesare (65′ Malcolm Licari), Luke Micallef (80′ Dylan Agius), Joao Gabriel da Silva (73′ Quilin Refalo), Claudio Daniel Frances.
Subs not used: Miguel Montfort, Cleaven Cassar, Neil Pace Cocks, Orosco Anonam.
Coach: Noel Coleiro
Referee: Mario Apap
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Edward Spiteri
Additional Assistant Referees: Alan Mario Sant, Glen Tonna
Fourth Official: Thomas Debono
Yellow Cards: Frances, Jovanovic, Kaljevic, R. Grech, Attard, T. Agius, Milovanovic, Rafinha
Scorers: 74′ Daniel Mariano Bueno
BOV Player of the Match: Leo Fortunato