Balzan and Tarxien Rainbows extended their unbeaten run to three matches as they shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A draw which puts the two teams in joint-fifth place on five points, four points behind the leaders.
Balzan had an edge over their opponents, creating the better chances but Tarxien goalkeeper Andrea Cassar played an excellent game, keeping them at bay.
The first half lacked goal-mouth action with the only attempts at goal being a Justin Grioli effort blocked by Cassar and a freekick by Zarate ending just wide.
Eight minutes from time, Andrea Cassar was superb in turning into a corner a fine Ryan Darmanin header. Five minutes later, Cassar turned into another corner a Godwin Mensha header. In added time, substitute Maxim Focsa also tested Cassar with the Tarxien custodian turning the ball into another corner.
BALZAN Valerio Senatore, Steve Bezzina, Clive Brincat (53′ Lydon Micallef), Edison David Bilbao Zarate, Samir Arab, Terence Agius (72′ Ryan Darmanin), Godwin Mensha, Alfred Effiong, Elkin Orlando Serrano Valero, Luke Sciberras (87′ Maxim Focsa), Justin Grioli.
Subs not used: Christian Cassar, Jamie Zerafa, Sean Cipriott, Paul Lapira.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Ebiabowei Baker, Manuel Caruana, Bruno Giglio De Oliveira, Timothy Tabone Desira, Triston Caruana (55′ Ayrton Azzopardi), Carlos Hevia Menendez, Daniel Zerafa, Alex De Paixao Alves (70′ Luke Montebello), Joao Pedro Oliveira Santos, Raimundo Anderson Da Silva (78′ Brandon Muscat).
Subs not used: Kursten Marmara, Danilo Meira Santos, Roderick Bajada, Darren Sciberras.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Jurgen Spiteri
Additional Assistant Referees: Marco Borg, Fyodor Zammit
Fourth Official: Sandro Spiteri
Yellow Cards: T. Agius, S. Arab, E. O. Serrano Valero, E. D. Bilbao Zarate, T. Caruana, C. Hevia
BOV Player of the Match: Bruno Giglio de Oliveira