Mosta and Floriana earned a point each in an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday.
The Blues remain ninth but now lie on the 24-point mark – one point ahead of Tarxien, two ahead of Senglea and six ahead of St. Andrews. Floriana, on the other hand, remain in a most comfortable eighth place on 29 points.
Mosta took the lead on the 13th minute when Akeem Garnet Roach, served by Jonas Rodriguez Ekani, beat Akpan with a shot from the edge of the area.
Five minutes later, the Blues doubled the score as Demir Imeri caught the Floriana goalkeeper out of place and scored with a perfect lob.
However Floriana reduced the gap thanks to Kristian Keqi seven minutes from the end of the first half, hitting home from close range following a cross from the left and a header by Emerson Marcelina.
Eleven minutes in the second half, Arthur Henrique Oyama levelled matters for Floriana as he headed the ball home from close range following a Brandon Paiber freekick from the left.
Substitute Terence Vella made it 3-2 for Floriana on the 79th minute as he deflected the ball past the Mosta goalkeeper following a shot by Brandon Paiber from outside the area.
However eight minutes from time, another substitute, James Brincat, restored equilibrium, hitting home from close range after Demir Imeri had a shot from the right partially saved by the Floriana goalkeeper.
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Jonas Rodriguez Ekani, Gianluca Cuomo, Duane Bonnici, Dexter Xuereb (65′ James Brincat), Rafael Morisco, Davy Angan N’Guessan, Tyrone Farrugia, Federico Franchini, Akeem Garnet Roach, Demir Imeri.
Subs not used: Dylan Ciappara, Kyle Frendo, Liam Portelli, Matthew Attard, Zack Mifsud, Kurt Zammit.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Joseph Grech
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Clyde Borg (59′ Ezequiel Cesani), Kristian Keqi (74′ Terence Vella), Brandon Paiber, Jurgen Pisani, Tiago Galvao da Silva (88′ Daniel Agius), Alex Cini, Ulises Arias, Arthur Henrique Oyama, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Matthew Grech, Bradley Sciberras, Edward Herrera, Dylan Grima.
Coach: Guido Ugolotti
Asst. Coach: Massimo Savio
Referee: Luis Miguel Do Nascimento Teixeira (AND)
Assistant Referees: Manuel Antonio Nogueira Fernandes, Rui Miguel Maciel De Queiros (AND)
Fourth Official: Pedro Filipe Carvalho Da Costa (AND)
Yellow Cards: Xuereb
BOV Player of the Match: Akeem Garnet Roach