Hamrun Spartans came from behind to beat Senglea Athletic 3-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday to return to winning ways.
The Spartans move joint-fifth with Floriana although the Greens have a game in hand. Senglea, on the other hand, are still tenth as they have now gone four matches without a win.
Senglea managed to take the lead on the 11th minute when Gonzalo Virano anticipated an opponent, sending Augusto Rene Caseres through and the latter beat Jake Galea with a powerful shot from the right.
The Spartans equalised five minutes from the end of the first half when off a cross from the left by Guilherme Batata, Triston Caruana headed home past Italian goalkeeper Giulio Cetrangolo.
Ten minutes in the second half, Hamrun were awarded a penalty after Guilherme Batata was brought down inside the area by Steve Bonnici and from the penalty spot, Francisco Manoel Marino Clavero converted.
Senglea were also awarded a penalty on the 69th minute after Tiago Indigo floored Terence Vella inside the area but Ivan Edgardo Paz’s effort from the penalty spot was neutralised by Jake Galea.
Ivan Edgardo Paz was sent off for Senglea for hitting an opponent six minutes from time and Hamrun took full advantage as from the resulting freekick from the right, Tiago Souza de Silveira headed the ball home for a third goal.
SENGLEA Giulio Cetrangolo, Hubert Vella, Ian Azzopardi (46′ Jurgen Farrugia), Steve Bonnici (56′ Peter Paul Sammut), Antonio Terrracciano, Randall Vella, Matias Garcia, Nicola Palmieri, Gonzalo Nicolas Virano, Augusto Rene Caseres (53′ Terence Vella), Ivan Edgardo Paz.
Subs not used: Matthew Farrugia, Ryan Dalli, Beppe Muscat, Jonathan Bondin.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
HAMRUN Jake Galea, Philip Chircop (75′ Cristian Zaccardo), Tiago Souza de Silveira, Daniel Zerafa, Triston Caruana, Terence Agius, Siraj Arab Eddin (46′ Karl Micallef), Guilherme Felipe de Castro, Francisco Marino Clavero (73′ Dale Camilleri), Lydon Micallef, Thiago Espindola De Paula.
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Mauricio Jose Marinho, Luke Sciberras, Luca Celotto.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Referee: Sandro Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Peter Abela
Fourth Official: Mario Apap
Yellow Cards: Caruana, R. Vella, Micallef, Terracciano
Red Cards: 86′ Ivan Edgardo Paz
BOV Player of the Match: Francisco Manoel Marino Clavero