Sirens retained a two-point advantage over champions Valletta as the two teams shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Sunday.
The St. Paul’s Bay side moves two points behind Gzira United and six behind leaders Floriana, leaving Hamrun Spartans in fourth place. Valletta, on the other hand, fall into sixth place.
Sirens went close to taking the lead on the 13th minute with a rising shot by Emmanuel Okoye but Henry Bonello turned the ball into a corner.
Three minutes in the second half, Flavio Cheveresan hit just past the upright from inside the area and a minute later, missed a good opportunity hitting wide. Valletta replied with attempts by Kevin Tulimieri and Mario Fontanella ending off target.
SIRENS David Cassar, Ryan Grech, Wellington de Oliveira, Sergio Raphael dos Anjos, Emmanuel Okoye, Adrian Borg, Abdullahi Ige Adeshina, Romeu Pericles Romao, Romario Lucas Memezes, Thiago Espindola de Paula, Flavio Cheveresan.
Subs not used: Miguel Montfort, Mustafa Elanadar, Daniel Sant, Siraj Arab Eddin, Luke Sciberras, Larken Friggieri, Russell Fenech.
Coach: Steve D’Amato
Asst. Coach: Eamon Bugeja
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Shaun Diemch (60′ Kevin Tulimieri), Kyrian Nwoko (73′ Bojan Kaljevic), Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Douglas Ricardo Packer (60′ Matteo Piciollo), Rowen Muscat, Irakli Dzaria, Mario Fontanella.
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Ryan Camilleri, Nicholas Pulis, Jeremy Micallef.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Referee: Daniel Portelli
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: Romarinho, Sergio Raphael, Tulimieri, Cheveresan, Kaljevic, Borg
BOV Player of the Match: Flavio Cheveresan