Bojan Kaljevic notched a hat-trick and Mario Fontanella a brace as Valletta registered a third win in a row, defeating Senglea Athletic 5-1 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Friday.
A win which put the Citizens temporarily one point behind leaders Gzira United who however have a game in hand. Senglea on the other hand, remain anchored at the bottom of the table with just one point after suffering a fourth defeat.
Valletta had Jean Borg replacing the injured Ryan Camilleri. On the other hand, Braian Volpini was back for Senglea as he replaced Manuel Guillari.
The whites had a perfect start taking the lead on the 5th minute when off a cross from the right by Santiago Malano from the right, Mario Fontanella slotted the ball home past goalkeeper Matthew Farrugia.
On the 12th minute, Bojan Kaljevic doubled the score as he headed the ball home off off a cross by Enmy Pena Beltre from the right.
Two minutes later, Valletta made it 3-0 thanks to Bojan Kaljevic, who received a through pass by Fontanella, and anticipated the goalkeeper with the ball ending at the back of the net.
On the 26th minute, Mario Fontanella added another, beating the Senglea custodian off a cross from the left by Joseph Zerafa.
Nine minutes in the second half, Bojan Kaljevic, served by Miguel Angel Alba, beat Farrugia with a powerful shot from the left to make it 5-0.
Two minutes from time, Senglea scored a consolation goal thanks to Braian Volpini who beat Bonello from close range when served by Matias Garcia from the left.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Brandon Muscat, Ferdinando Salvati, Leighton Grech (56′ Karl Cutajar), Braian Alexis Volpini, Imanol Gonzalez, Zachary Cassar, Fabrizio Bramati, Matias Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres (74′ Matthew Bartolo), Romani Tchanturia.
Subs not used: Philip Schranz, Dylan Micallef, Kieran Xuereb, Rayson Vella, Andre White.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Steve Borg (63′ Jonathan Caruana), Santiago Malano (34′ Bogdan Gavrila), Matteo Piciollo, Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Rowen Muscat (78′ Nicholas Pulis), Miguel Angel Alba, Bojan Kaljevic, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Miguel Attard, Russell Fenech, Kyrian Nwoko.
Coach: Danilo Doncic
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Referee: Etienne Mangion
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Chris Francalanza
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: none
BOV Player of the Match: Bojan Kaljevic