Santa Lucia failed to keep the pace with leaders Sirens in the BOV First Division as they suffered their first defeat, losing narrowly to Żejtun Corinthians at the Victor Tedesco Stadium on Saturday.
Johan Castano’s penalty in added time, before the end of the first half, handed Żejtun the three points.
In another match, a hat-trick by new signing Renan Abner do Carmo de Oliveira handed San Ġwann a comfortable win over bottom-placed Marsa. Renan Oliveira put them ahead on the 12th, doubled the score on the 29th and added another one minute from half-time.
Sirens lead the way with 36 points, followed by Santa Lucia on 30, Gudja 29, Zejtun 23, Lija 22, Naxxar and Swieqi 20, Vittoriosa 18, Qrendi 17, Pembroke 16, Zebbug 15, San Gwann and Mqabba 13 and Marsa 5.