Srdjan Dimitrov notched a hat-trick as Birkirkara registered a sixth consecutive win, defeating Senglea Athletic 5-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The Stripes now join Hibernians in fourth place, just two points behind third-placed Gzira and six behind Valletta.
Both sides had new faces in their squads as Waldemar Acosta and Terence Agius made their debut for Birkirkara while Gregori Braga de Souza made his first appearance for Senglea.
Birkirkara managed to take the lead on the 35th minute thanks to Srdjan Dimitrov whose fine shot, wehn served by Scicluna, gave goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia no chance.
One minute from the end of the first half, the Stripes doubled the score thanks to a Jake Grech penalty after Ryan Scicluna was brought down inside the area by Steve Bonnici.
Paul Zammit’s side increased the lead three minutes in the second half thanks to Srdjan Dimitrov who received a through pass and all alone, in front of the goalkeeper, placed the ball at the back of the net.
On the 64th minute, Sergio Uyi headed the ball past Farrugia for an own goal following a cross from the right by Herrera.
Srdjan Dimitrov completed a hat-trick on the 72nd minute when he received a through pass by Terence Agius and slotted the ball past the Senglea custodian.
B’KARA Kristijan Naumovski, Nikola Vukanac, Fernando Barbosa Pereira, Mislav Andjelkovic, Srdjan Dimitrov, Carlos Alberto da Silva Goncalves Junior (69′ Gianluca Zammit), Waldemar Jesus Acosta Ferreira, Jake Grech (79′ Ayrton Attard), Edward Herrera (64′ Terence Agius), Kurt Zammit, Ryan Scicluna.
Subs not used: David Cassar, Cain Attard, Jordan Sciberras, Zach Cassar.
Coach: Paul Zammit
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Randall Vella, Steve Bonnici, Sergio Uyi, Jonathan Bondin, Matias Garcia, Hubert Vella (49′ Ian Azzopardi), Josuel Spiteri, Terence Vella (62′ Nicola Palmieri), Augusto Rene Caseres, Gregori Braga de Souza (69′ Jurgen Suda).
Subs not used: Giulio Cetrangolo, Jurgen Farrugia, Ivan Edgardo Paz, Roderick Debattista.
Coach: Paolo Favaretto
Referee: Etienne Mangion
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Theodore Zammit
Fourth Official: Ishmael Barbara
Yellow Cards: Herrera, Azzopardi, Spiteri
BOV Player of the Match: Srdjan Dimitrov