Yuri de Jesus Messias was once again the hero for Gudja United as he scored the all-important goal in a narrow win over Zejtun Corinthians at the National Stadium on Thursday.
This was the second consecutive win for Gudja which puts them on level points with Sliema, two points behind leaders Hamrun Spartans.
On the other hand, for Zejtun, this was the first defeat after two draws in the opening two matches.
Gudja could have taken the lead on the 31st minute through Yuri Messias whose direct freekick hit the woodwork.
However, eight minutes from time, Yuri de Jesus Messias put Gudja ahead, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Christian Cassar following a cross from the right.
In the dying minutes, Zejtun went close to equalising but a Ricardo Silva Faria effort hit the upright.
ZEJTUN Christian Cassar, Diego Albanese, Lucas Gama Moreira, Jurgen Suda (75′ Edward Herrera), Marcelo Pereira Muniz, Christian Grech, Fernando Jose Gomes Junior, Ricardo Silva Faria, Rafael De Fez, Gilmore Azzopardi, Anderson De Barros.
Subs not used: Daniel Grima, Alessio Cassar, Keelan Azzopardi, Kevin Cassar, Dylan Agius, Gianluca Bugeja.
Coach: Orosco Anonam
GUDJA Glenn Zammit, Yuri De Jesus Messias, Aidan Jake Friggieri (78′ Augusto Caseres), Llywelyn Cremona, Gabriel Mensah (83′ Terence Vella), Imanol Benac Gonzalez, Hubert Vella (45′ James Brincat), Goran Adamovic (46′ Jurgen Farrugia), Juan Andres Bolanso, Justin Grioli, Patrick Silva Mota.
Subs not used: Jamie Azzopardi, Lee PIsani, Tensior Gusman, James Brincat.
Coach: Jesmond Zammit
Referee: Darryl Agius
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, James Muscat
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: A. De Barros, L. Gama Moreira, J. Gomes Junior Fernando, C. Cassar (Z), J. A. Bolanos, P. Silva Mota, Y. De Jesus Messias (G)
BOV Player of the Match: Yuri De Jesus Messias