Floriana bounced back from back-to-back defeats to Balzan and Tarxien Rainbows as a goal in each half enabled them to beat rivals Valletta 2-0 at the National Stadium on Wednesday.
The Citizens, who were coming from a 2-2 draw with Balzan during the weekend, therefore suffer their first defeat.
Floriana had two changes from the team which lost to Tarxien as Maurizio Vella and Antonio Monticelli replaced Ignacio Varela and the suspended Clyde Borg. Despite the availability of Claudio Pani after serving a two-match ban, the Italian midfielder was not included in the eighteen-man squad for Valletta. Ryan Camilleri and Llywelyn Cremona replaced Juan Cruz Gill and Romeu Romao. Roderick Briffa was ruled out injured.
Floriana took the lead on the 30th minute thanks to Amadou Samb whose powerful shot from outside the area from the right gave goalkeeper Henry Bonello no chance.
The Greens doubled the score on the 69th minute when Steve Pisani served substitute Mario Fontanella who hit past the Valletta custodian with a first-time effort.
In added time, Valletta had Leandro Aguirre sent off.
FLORIANA Justin Haber, Antonio Monticelli, Enrico Pepe, Enzo Ruiz, Steve Pisani (81′ Brooke Farrugia), Maurizio Vella (57′ Mario Fontanella), Jurgen Pisani, Alex Cini, Amadou Samb (90+1′ Andre Scicluna), Nicolas Chiesa, Ryan Camenzuli.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Jake Davies, Mattia Zarb, Daniel Agius.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Ryan Camilleri (46′ Romeu Pericles Romao), Santiago Malano, Federico Falcone, Llywelyn Cremona (72′ Michael Mifsud), Uchenna Calistus Umeh, Leandro Aguirre, Jhonnattann Benites da Conceicao.
Subs not used: Maverick Buhagiar, Ian Azzopardi, Juan Cruz Gill, Michael Mifsud, Jurgen Suda, Nicholas Pulis.
Coach: Paul Zammit
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, David Castillo
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Vella, Pepe, Jhonnattann, Fontanella, Ruiz
Scorers: 30′ Amadou Samb, 69′ Mario Fontanella
BOV Player of the Match:Amadou Samb