Santa Lucia leapfrogged neighbours Gudja United as they registered a second consecutive win, beating them 2-1 at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
Oliver Spiteri’s side joins Sliema on the 17-point mark, two ahead of Gudja and Senglea thanks to this third consecutive positive result.
On the other hand, for Gudja, this was the third defeat in four matches.
Santa Lucia took the lead on the 15th minute thanks to Kevin Ante Rosero whose header beat goalkeeper Jonathan Debono.
On the 33rd minute, they doubled the score courtesy of Jackson David Usuga Mendoza whose great shot gave the Gudja goalkeeper no chance.
Gudja pulled one back on the 71st minute thanks to a goal by Rundell Winchester whose powerful shot from inside the area beat Timmy Aquilina.
SANTA LUCIA Timothy Aquilina, Gabriel Bohrer Mentz, Kevin Correia Pinheiro, Jackson David Usuga Mendoza, Maxuell Maia da Silva (72′ Diego Luis Mosquera Segura), Kevin Ante Rosero, Jacob Walker, Daniel Agius, Jamie Zerafa, Paulo Henrique Santos de Azevedo (78′ Jamie Magri Overend), Leighton Grech (83′ Lee Galea.
Subs not used: Ryan Caruana, Adam Magri Overend, Neil Spiteri, Omar Elouni)
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Asst. Coach: Brian Chetcuti
GUDJA Jonthan Debono, Jurgen Farrugia (65′ James Brincat), Jonathan Bondin, Aidan Friggieri, Edison Bilbao Zarate, Anderson de Barros, Miguel Antonio Jimenez (46′ Rundell Winchester), Hubert Vella, Nivaldo Rodrigues Ferreira, Justin Grioli (84′ Gabriel Mensah), Imanol Gonzalez Benac.
Subs not used: Glenn Zammit, Matthew Xerxen, Llywelyn Cremona, Peter Paul Sammut.
Coach: Josef Mansueto
Asst. Coach: Thane Micallef
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Thomas Debono, Ivan Galea
Fourth Official: Slobodan Petrovic
Yellow Cards: Nivaldo, Aquilina, Zerafa, Vella
BOV Player of the Match: Kevin Ante Rosero