Mosta maintained their unbeaten run with a fourth win in five matches as a goal by Bojan Kaljevic enabled them to beat Balzan 1-0.
For Balzan, this was the first defeat after winning three of the first four matches and were coming from an impressive 3-2 win over Birkirkara.
Mosta had Mexican goalkeeper Marcus Bernal making his debut as he replaced the injured Omar Borg while Jonas Rodriguez Ekani was awarded a place in the starting line-up with Pedro Calcado starting on the bench. Balzan coach Oliver Spiteri, on the other hand, made one change from the team which defeated Balzan as Ryan Darmanin replaced the suspended Gianmarco Piccioni. Samir Arab made his debut for Balzan when he was included as a substitute late in the game.
The Blues had the first attempt at goal with Bojan Kaljevic heading just wide off a freekick by Manolito Micallef. Balzan replied with an Oscar Guerrero effort being deflected into a corner by Bernal and from the resulting corner, Grioli hit just wide. Kaljevic then went close with another header when served by Bueno.
Mosta managed to take the lead on 29 minutes when off an inviting pass by Daniel Mariano Bueno, Bojan Kaljevic controlled the ball before hitting past goalkeeper Steve Sultana.
Ten minutes in the second half, Bojan Kaljevic was unlucky to hit the crossbar with a powerful freekick. On the hour, he missed an incredible chance when he advanced all alone on the right flank, only to hit wide from inside the area.
Balzan were awarded a penalty on the 62nd minute after Adrian Borg handled the ball inside the area. From the penalty spot, Oscar Guerrero’s effort was blocked by Marcus Bernal. In a swift counter-attack led by Dyson Falzon, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani and Daniel Mariano Bueno, the Brazilian striker hit wide.
MOSTA Marcus Bernal, Tyrone Farrugia, Manolito Micallef, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani, Adrian Borg, Dyson Falzon (73′ Mark Brincat), Ryan Grech (70′ Karl Pulo), Nemanja Milovanovic, Kurt Magro, Daniel Mariano Bueno, Bojan Kaljevic (81′ Pedro dos Santos Calcado).
Subs not used: Kyle Gerada, Ishmael Grech, Kurt Zammit, James Brincat.
Coach: Enrico Piccioni
BALZAN Steve Sultana, Justin Grioli, Steve Bezzina, Elkin Serrano, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Osa Ice-Cream Guobadia, Clive Brincat, Lydon Micallef (86′ Samir Arab), Oscar Dario Guerrero, Jean Pierre Mifsud Triganza (82′ Juan Corbalan), Ryan Darmanin (61′ Luke Sciberras).
Subs not used: Christian Cassar, Michael Borg, Gianfranco Micallef, Fredrick Nonso Odebe.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Ingmar Spiteri, Peter Abela
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Borg, Sandro Spiteri
Fourth Official: Mitchell Scerri
Yellow Cards: Brincat, Serrano, Borg, Arab, Farrugia
Scorers: 29′ Bojan Kaljevic
BOV Player of the Match: Bojan Kaljevic