A goal two minutes from time handed Mosta a narrow win over Sliema Wanderers at the Centenary Stadium on Friday.
A win which enables Mark Miller’s side to join Gzira United and Sirens in third place on 13 points. On the other hand, Sliema suffer a third consecutive defeat to stay third from bottom on five points.
Ten minutes in the second half, Mosta appealed for a penalty after Nikita Kotlov was apparently fouled inside the area but the referee waved play on.
However Mosta scored the all-important goal two minutes from time thanks to a great curling shot by Dexter Xuereb which gave goalkeeper Entonjo Elezaj no chance.
SLIEMA Entonjo Elezaj, Michele Sansone (73′ Antonio Stelitano), Kurt Shaw, Jonathan Pearson, John Mintoff, Mark Scerri, Claudio Zappa (87′ Jose Cleangelo Pereira), Juri Cisotti, Edmond Agius (90′ Stanimir Miloskovic), Claudio Pani, Jean Paul Farrugia.
Subs not used: Jake Galea, Alex Satariano, Gareth Barone, Peter Xuereb.
Coach: Alfonso Greco
Asst. Coach: Ivan Woods
Goalkeepers Coach: Mark Vella
MOSTA Andreas Vella, Edin Murga (73′ Gabriel Aquilina), Akeem Garnet Roach, Weverton Gomes, Duane Bonnici, Nikita Kotlov (82′ Zachary Brincat), Dexter Xuereb, Rafael Morisco, Jean Barthelemy Diouf, Tyrone Farrugia, Matias Muchardi.
Subs not used: Andre Spiteri, Gianluca Sciberras, Kyle Gatt, Liam Portelli, Christian Grech.
Coach: Mark Miller
Asst. Coach: Joseph Grech
Goalkeepers Coach: Malcolm Vella
Referee: Alan Mario Sant
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit
Yellow Cards: Kotlov, Pearson
BOV Player of the Match: Claudio Zappa