Substitute Juninho Cabral scored seven minutes from time as Floriana defeated Birkirkara 1-0 to join them in fourth place on the 27-points, three points behind third-placed Balzan.
For the Stripes, this was the third defeat in five matches. The Greens, on the other hand, returned to winning ways after being held in a draw by Sliema Wanderers last week.
The Greens were unlucky not to take the lead on the 75th when Juninho Cabral hit the upright thanks to a direct freekick
However Floriana scored the all-important goal on the 83rd minute when off a cross by Nicolas Chiesa from the right, Juninho Cabral slotted the ball past goalkeeper Ini Etim Akpan.
B’KARA Inietim Akpan, Cain Attard, Gareth Sciberras, Christian Bubalovic, Ryan Camenzuli (84’ Edmond Agius), Mislav Andelkovic, Ryan Scicluna (64’ Frank Temile), Goran Mujanovic, Edison David Zarate Bilbao, Matija Smerekar, L’Imam Seydi
Subs not used: Philip Schranz, Ryan Darmanin, Joseph Zerafa, Kurt Zammit, Matthew Guillaumier,
Coach: Drazen Besek
FLORIANA Matthew Calleja Cremona, Andre Scicluna, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Steve Pisani, Matteo Piciollo (71’ Juninho Cabral), Steve Bonnici (46’ Conor Borg)(85’ Clyde Borg) Emanuel Briffa, Nicolas Chiesa, Mario Fontanella, Emerson Marcellina
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Neil Spiteri, Daniel Agius, Firas Aboulezz.
Coach: Luis Oliveira
Referee: Philip Farrugia
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Martin Borg
Additional Assistant Referees: Fyodor Zammit, Matthew Degabriele
Fourth Official: Peter Abela
Yellow Cards: Attard, Zarate
Scorers: 83’ Juninho Cabral
BOV Player of the Match: Emerson Marcellina
Meanwhile at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Pembroke Athleta came from behind to beat Qormi 3-1.
Qormi took the lead six minutes in the second half when off a cross by Djamel Leeflang, Noah Olawole Ojuola rose high to head the ball home past goalkeeper Mario Muscat.
However their joy was short-lived as three minutes later, Gustavo Villalobos equalised with a powerful shot from the edge of the area which beat Jean Matthias Vella.
Pembroke forged ahead on the 76th minute when off a cross by Villalobos, substitute Obinna Obiefule hit home from close range.
Two minutes from time, Yannick Yankam floored Obinna Obiefule inside the area and from the penalty spot, the Nigerian striker made no mistake.
PEMBROKE Mario Muscat, Zoran Levnaic, Alex Cini, Miguel Attard, Owen Bugeja, Manolito Micallef (64′ Obinna Obiefule), Paltemio Barbetti, Siraj Arab Eddin, Ariel Laudisi (86′ Terence Agius), Gustavo Villalobos, Kyle O’Brien.
Subs not used: Matthew Farrugia, Rennie Tanti, Tyron Fenech, Patmore Shereni, Geoffrey Spiteri.
Coach: Winston Muscat
QORMI Jean Matthias Vella, Emerson Vella (90′ Immy Micallef), Ryan Micallef (68′ Tensior Gusman)(89′ Luke Farrugia), Djamel Leeflang Boestra, Yannick Yankam, Alessio Cassar, Ousmane Sidibe, Noah Olawole Ojuola, Terence Vella, Clifford Gauci, Kurt Magro.
Subs not used: Miguel Falzon, Joshua Barbara, Clint Barbara, Ricardo Sciberras.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
Referee: Marco Borg
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Attard, T. Vella, T. Gusman
Scorers: 51′ Noah Olawole Ojuola, 54′ Gustavo Villalobos, 76′ Obinna Obiefule
BOV Player of the Match: Gustavo Villalobos
Attendance at the Victor Tedesco Stadium: 194