Lija Athletic dropped three important points in the race for promotion after losing 0-2 to Melita in one of two BOV First Division matches in programme at the Centenary Stadium.
Toraino Singleton put the Amateurs ahead on the 4th minute and Axl Xuereb sealed the issue with a second goal ten minutes from time.
In another match, Qormi and Senglea Athletic shared the spoils in a goalless draw. A draw which puts Qormi on level points with leaders Naxxar Lions who however have a game in hand.
Naxxar and Qormi lead the way with 28 points, followed by Vittoriosa on 25, Lija 24, Senglea 23, Mqabba 22, Pietà 21, Melita 18, Sirens 17, Marsa 15, Zebbug and Rabat 13, Fgura 11 and Gharghur 9.