Tarxien Rainbows collected three precious points in a 3-0 win over Pietà Hotspurs at the National Stadium on Sunday. A win which puts Tarxien in eighth place on fifteen points as they leapfrog Floriana and St. Andrews.
The Hotspurs, on the other hand, remain fourth from bottom on ten points.
The Rainbows took the lead just before half-time when off a Ricardinho cross from the left, Alex Nilsson headed the ball home past goalkeeper Nicky Vella.
On the 67th minute, Tarxien were awarded a penalty after Alex Nilsson was brought down inside the area. From the penalty spot, Michele Paolucci converted.
Michele Paolucci made it 3-0 seven minutes later as he beat Vella with a diagonal shot from the right after having a first attempt blocked by a defender.
PIETÀ Nicky Vella, Takaki Ose, Christian Degabriele, Neil Pace Cocks (83′ Nick Ghio), Dylan Agius, Jan Busuttil (64′ Shunsuke Nakamura), Gabriel Mensah, Juan Manuel Artiaga Roa, Christian Grech, Ishaya Irimiya Jalo, Paul Chimezie (84′ Clyde Bouvet).
Subs not used: Jacob Borg St John, Svein Bartolo, Nicholas Pisani, Harry Singh.
Coach: Ramon Zammit
TARXIEN Andrea Cassar, Marco Botta, Jens Wemmer (88′ Matthew Brincat), Daniel Zerafa, Michele Paolucci (76′ Jacson De Paixao), Gabriel Aquilina, Andrew Agius, Andre Scicluna, Stefan Radovanovic, Ricardo Silva Faria, Alex Nilsson (68′ Miguel Ciantar).
Subs not used: Maverick Buhagiar, Owen Francalanza, Daniel Vassallo, Luke Grech.
Coach: Jose Borg
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele
Yellow Cards: Botta, Scicluna, Degabriele, Jalo
BOV Player of the Match: Michele Paolucci