Floriana bounced back from the defeat to Hibernians with a narrow win over Qormi at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Sunday.
The Greens therefore move back five points behind the leaders while Qormi stay second from bottom on six points.
Floriana scored the all-important goal on the 20th minute when Nicolas Chiesa sent Mario Fontanella through and the latter elegantly chipped the ball over goalkeeper Jean Matthias Vella.
The Greens could have doubled the score ten minutes in the second half when Matteo Picciollo served Manuel Briffa whose low shot hit the the foot of the post.
QORMI Jean Matthias Vella, Alessio Cassar, Ousmane Sidibe, Billy Velo Berntsson, Yannick Yankam, Djamel Romano Leeflang Boerstra, Clifford Gauci, Kurt Magro, Carlo Gordon Monti (37’ Tensior Gusman), Emerson Vella, Pietro Viggiani (80’ Juan Carlos Veira Peixoto)
Subs not used: Andreas Vella, Edward Falzon, Joshua Barbara, Clint Barbara, Immy Micallef.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
FLORIANA Tyrone Gauci, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani (72’, Mauricio Villa) Clyde Borg (70’ Conor Borg), Filippo Andrea Scozzese, Matteo Picciollo, Steve Bonnici, Emanuel Briffa, Nicolas Chiesa (89’ Firas Aboulezz), Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Jake Taliana, Andre Scicluna, Neil Spiteri, Daniel Agius.
Coach: Luis Oliveira
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: William Debattista, Ryan Aquilina
Fourth Official: Esther Azzopardi
Yellow cards: Berntsson, Fontanella, Guzman, Briffa, Scozzese
Scorers: 20’ Mario Fontanella
BOV Man of the Match: Nicolas Chiesa
Meanwhile at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Mosta found no difficulty in beating St. Andrews 3-1.
The Blues managed to take the lead on the 17th minute thanks to Manolito Micallef who slotted the ball past Kris Calleja following a cross by Edin Murga.
Micallef could have doubled the score twelve minutes later but his conclusion was cleared off the goal line.
Seven minutes in the second half, Mosta scored the second goal thanks to Onyekachi Okonwko whose fine freekick from the left beat goalkeeper Kris Calleja.
On the hour, Tyrone Farrugia headed the ball home off a corner from the right by Ian Zammit to make it 3-0.
St. Andrews pulled one back on 71 minutes thanks to a Michael Johnson header following a freekick by Joseph Farrugia.
MOSTA Omar Borg, Tyrone Farrugia, Manolito Micallef (86′ James Brincat), Osa Guobadia, Adrian Borg, Edin Murga, Onyekachi Donatus Okonkwo, Ian Zammit (77′ Gustavo De Paulo Da Nobrega), Dyson Falzon, Hassan Y’au, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani (68′ Mark Brincat).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Ryan Grech, Savious Fidelis, Kyle Frendo.
Coach: Anton Cremona
ST. ANDREWS Kris Calleja, Nick Ghio, Jordan Williams (66′ Josh Parry), Dale Camilleri (79′ Liam Grech), Eloy Edu Nkene, Matthew Guillaumier, Matteo Desira Buttigieg, Michael Grima, Joseph Farrugia (90′ Ryan Sammut), Michael Johnson, Jacob Walker.
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Mariglen Sehitaj, Clyde Cumbo, Jamie Magri Overend.
Coach: Jose Borg
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Martin Borg
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri
Yellow Cards: Zammit, Grima, Murga, Borg
Scorers: 17′ Manolito Micallef, 52′ Onyekachi Okonkwo, 60′ Tyrone Farrugia, 71′ Michael Johnson
BOV Player of the Match: Edin Murga