Tyrone Farrugia rescued a point for Mosta with a stoppage-time goal as they held Sliema Wanderers in a 1-1 draw at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
The Wanderers therefore joined Hibernians and Gzira United in third place on 24 points while Mosta are still ninth but move to just one point behind Birkirkara.
The Wanderers created the better chances during the first half, going close with a diagonal shot by Muchardi on the 16th which however ended wide and then with a conclusion from inside the area by Nicolae Milinceanu which was cleared off the goal line by Tyrone Farrugia just before the end of the first half.
However one minute in the second half, Frank Temile managed to break the deadlock for Sliema after beating Andreas Vella following a cross from the right by Jefferson Assis.
On the 70th, Jefferson Assis went close to adding another but headed just wide off a cross from the left by Ricardo Calixto Correa and seven minutes from time, the Brazilian striker missed a good opportunity after concluding a fine run with a shot ending just wide. In the dying minutes, substitute Neil Frendo and David Ifeanyi Nworah tried their luck for Mosta but their attempts were neutralised by Zammit.
However two minutes in added time, Mosta notched the equaliser when off a cross from the left, David Ifeanyi Nworah headed the ball down for Tyrone Farrugia whose overhead kick beat the Sliema custodian from close range.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, David Fenech (53’ Neil Frendo), Zac Brincat, Thomas Veronese, Kyle Frendo (73’ Jurgen Grech), Davide Mansi, Tyrone Farrugia, Daniele Biondo (56’ Leonardo Henrique Ferreira), Edison David Bilbao Zarate, Godwin Blessing Henshaw, David Ifeanyi Nworah.
Subs not used: Roberto Vella, Nicholas Farrugia, Liam Portelli, Calvin Camilleri.
Coach: Johann Scicluna
SLIEMA Glenn Zammit, Jefferson de Assis, Matias Muchardi, Frank Temile (56’ Ryan Spiteri), Nikolae Milinceanu (81’ Peter Xuereb), Stefano Bianciardi, Michele Sansone (68’ Mark Scerri), Edmond Agius, Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte, John Mintoff, Goran Adamovic.
Subs not used: Miguel Bonnici, Gabriel Aquilina, Jonathan Pearson, Lee Pisani.
Coach: John Buttigieg
Referee: Glen Tonna
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Etienne Mangion
Yellow Cards: Mansi, Biondo, Correa, Sansone, Muchardi, Veronese, Jefferson Assis, Bilbao Zarate
BOV Player of the Match: Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte