A brace by Edison Luis dos Santos enabled Birkirkara to return to winning ways as they registered a 2-0 win over Santa Lucia at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
This was only the second win for Birkirkara this season but this win enables them to join Santa Lucia and Gudja United on the 10-point mark, two ahead of Sliema Wanderers who now lie second from bottom and wooden-spoonists Tarxien Rainbows.
The Stripes managed to take the lead on the 37th minute when Edison Luis dos Santos was brought down inside the area by Jamie Zerafa; referee Malcolm Spiteri ordered a penalty and from the penalty spot, Tarabai made no mistake.
Birkirkara doubled the score on the 62nd minute, once again thanks to Edison Luis dos Santos who received the ball off a Caio Henrique Prado freekick and concluded with a shot, deflected by a defender, which beat goalkeeper Ryan Caruana.
SANTA LUCIA Ryan Caruana, Bohrer Mentz, Kevin Pinheiro Correia (45′ Nick Borg), Kevin Ante Rosero, Carlos Luis Riascos Torres, Jacob Walker (81′ Lee Galea), Daniel Agius, Jamie Zerafa (66′ Jamie Magri Overend), Camilo Escobar del Castillo, Rei Tachikawa, Wilkerson de Souza Gomes.
Subs not used: Dorian Bugeja, Neil Micallef, Brady Agius, Omar Elouni.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Asst. Coach: Brian Chetcuti
B’KARA Andrew Hogg, Matthew Guillaumier, Edison Luis dos Santos, Maurizio Vella, Roderick Briffa, Federico Falcone, Cain Attard, Caio Henrique Prado (90′ Michael Mifsud), Oscar Matias Carniello (87′ Kurt Zammit), Ryan Fenech, Isaac Ntow.
Subs not used: Nicky Vella, Johann Bezzina, Gianluca Bugeja, Terence Agius, Carlo Zammit Lonardelli.
Coach: Andre Paus
Asst. Coach: Jonathan Holland
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Zerafa, Attard, Agius, Riascos
BOV Player of the Match: Edison Luis dos Santos