Floriana and Balzan earned a point apiece in a disappointing draw at the National Stadium on Saturday.
A draw which satisfies neither side as Balzan remain seventh, no less than nine points behind third-placed Gzira United while Floriana are joint-eighth with Mosta on 22 points, three points ahead of Tarxien, four ahead of St. Andrews and five ahead of Senglea.
There were only a handful of attempts at goal throughout the ninety minutes with Enzo Ruiz going close for Floriana on the 12th minute and Kristian Keqi on the 50th. However Balzan were unlucky to hit the foot of the upright three minutes from time through Ricardo Correa. Floriana had a goal disallowed on the 90th minute.
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Kristian Keqi (86′ Lucas Vieira), Brandon Paiber (74′ Clyde Borg), Jurgen Pisani, Tiago Galvao, Alex Cini, Ulises Arias, Arthur Oyama, Edward Herrera (79′ Daniel Agius), Ezequiel Cesani.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Bradley Sciberras, Dylan Grima, Terence Vella.
Coach: Guido Ugolotti
Asst. Coach: Massimo Savio
BALZAN Sean Mintoff, Aleksandar Kosoric, Steve Pisani (84′ Justin Grioli), Steve Bezzina, Paul Fenech, Alfred Effiong, Uros Ljubomirac (68′ Andrija Majdevac), Ivan Bozovic, Elkin Serrano, Ricardo Correa, Milos Lepovic (46′ Sean Cipriott).
Subs not used: Steve Sultana, Dale Camilleri, Lydon Micallef, Michael Johnson.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Asst. Coach: Velibor Kopunovic
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, William Debattista
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Ruiz, Lepovic, Bezzina, Cini
BOV Player of the Match: Enzo Ruiz