Valletta returned to winning ways as they registered a narrow win over Senglea Athletic at the Hibernians Stadium on Friday.
The Citizens therefore close in on Floriana and Gzira United after dropping two points in a draw with Sirens last week. Senglea, on the other hand, remain ninth.
Rowen Muscat was unlucky not to put Valletta ahead on the 28th minute with a cross shot which hit the crossbar. However, a minute later, the Citizens scored the all-important goal thanks to Matteo Piciollo who headed the ball home following a cross from the right.
VALLETTA Henry Bonello, Jonathan Caruana, Steve Borg, Matteo Piciollo (84’ Nicholas Pulis), Kyrian Nwoko (79’ Bojan Kaljevic), Jean Borg, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa, Rowen Muscat, Irakli Dzaria, Mario Fontanella (90+1’ Shaun Dimech).
Subs not used: Yenz Cini, Ryan Camilleri, Douglas Packer, Kevin Tulimieri.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
Asst. Coach: Gilbert Agius
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Sigitas Olberkis, Dejan Debono (77′ Jan Tanti), Elvis Sakyi, Leighton Grech (60′ Jose Wilkson Teixeira), Manolito Micallef, Sean Cipriott (68′ Taisei Marukawa), Wilfried Zamble, Anderson Carneiro do Nascimento, David Xuereb, Marcelo Dias.
Subs not used: Anthony Curmi, Connor Zammit, Andrei Spiteri, Karl Pulo
Coach: Steven Vella
Goalkeepers Coach: Mario Muscat
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Ivan Galea
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech
Yellow Cards: Zerafa, Cipriott, Carneiro, Dias, Pulis, Dzaria, Fontanella
BOV Player of the Match: Matteo Piciollo