Floriana registered a second consecutive win as they defeated Naxxar Lions 1-0 a the National Stadium on Sunday. The Greens were clearly a better side but had to wait till late to notch the winning goal.
For Naxxar, this was the fourth defeat in as many matches, leaving them anchored at the bottom of the table without any points along with St. Andrews.
Floriana scored the all-important goal on 77 minutes when off a corner by Juninho Cabral from the right, the ball was deflected and went into the direction of Mario Fontanella who placed it at the back of the net past goalkeeper Luke Pecorella.
NAXXAR Luke Pecorella, Blazo Rajovic, Andrew Scicluna, Mattia Del Negro, Sidoine Oussou, Sead Hadzibulic (73′ Moise Zady Gnenegbe), Ishmael Grech, David Fenech (90+2′ Duane Bonnici), Angus Buhagiar, Emiliano Lattes (58′ Richard Cardozo), Armando Tarlazis Vieira dos Santos.
Subs not used: Philip Mercieca, Ryan Gilmour Cassar, Jurgen Debono, Isaac McCarthy.
Coach: Stefano Grima
FLORIANA Matthew Calleja Cremona, Manuel Briffa, Steve Bonnici, Andrea Scozzese, Jurgen Pisani, Clyde Borg (67′ Mauricio Villa), Conor Borg (58′ Matteo Piciollo), Antonio Monticelli, Nicolas Chiesa, Juninho Cabral (82′ Firas Aboulezz), Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Tyrone Gauci, Neil Spiteri, Steve Pisani, Luke Micallef.
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, Peter Abela
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Briffa, Sidoine, Mandinho, Del Negro, Buhagiar, Chiesa, Rajovic
Scorers: 77′ Mario Fontanella
BOV Player of the Match: Luke Pecorella