Floriana joined Hamrun Spartans and Santa Lucia on top the BOV Premier League table following a goalless draw with Gzira United at the National Stadium on Sunday.
For the Greens, this was the second consecutive draw after two wins in the first two outings and a draw with Valletta last week. This results puts them on the eight-point mark. Gzira, on the other hand, remain chasing their first win as they earned their fourth point in another draw after draws with Hamrun, Santa Lucia and Sliema Wanderers in the previous matches.
Mid-way through the first half, a Zach Scerri effort was neutralised by Akpan and Floriana replied with a shot Kristian Keqi which ended just over the bar.
Early in the second half, Justin Haber performed a good save on a Diego Venancio freekick and attempts by Conti and Kone went off target for Gzira. Diego Venancio then threatened with another freekick twelve mintues from time.
Both sides were reduced to ten men in the dying minutes as Matias Garcia was sent off for Floriana five minutes from time and two minutes later, Zach Scerri was also given marching orders by referee Alan Mario Sant.
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi (88′ Clyde Borg), Ulises Arias, Brandon Paiber (72′ Jan Busuttil), Jurgen Pisani, Matias Nicolas Garcia, Augusto Rene Caseres (60′ Tiago Adan Fonseca), Alex Cini, Ryan Camenzuli.
Subs not used: Justin Spiteri, Bradley Sciberras, Edward Herrera, Terence Vella.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
Asst. Coach: Darren Anton Vella
GZIRA Justin Haber, Fernando Barbosa, Gianmarco Conti, Nikolai Muscat, Zachary Scerri, Rodolfo Soares, Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (83′ Christian Sammut), Hamed Kone (74′ Andrew Cohen), Arthur Henrique Oyama, Martin Davis, Jefferson de Assis.
Subs not used: Jurgen Borg, Luca Brincat, Alexander Scicluna, Sacha Borg, Romario Camilleri.
Coach: Giovanni Tedesco
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Duncan Sultana
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace
Yellow Cards: Garcia, Jefferson, Scerri
Red Cards: 85′ Matias Nicolas Garcia, 87′ Zachary Scerri
BOV Player of the Match: Diego Venancio