Balzan and Floriana shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday. A draw which satisfied neither side.
In fact, the Greens missed out on the chance to close in on joint-leaders Gzira United and Hibernians and now lie in sixth place, four points behind them. Balzan, on the other hand, have now gone four matches without a win and are alone in tenth place.
Floriana had an edge over their opponents but towards the end of the first half, Balzan almost took the lead when Stefan Dimic, served by Uros Ljubomirac from the right, had a fine attempt neutralised by Ini Etim Akpan into a corner.
In the second half, the Greens continued to hold the initiative and on the 90th, Ulises Arias almost notched the winner but was unlucky to hit the upright with a shot from the right.
BALZAN Vukasin Vranes, Augustine Loof, Samir Arab, Paul Fenech (74’ Sean Cipriott), Eric McWoods (81’ Alfred Effiong), Steve Pisani (81’ Pedro Augusto Mota), Steve Bezzina, Michael Johnson, Uros Ljubomirac, Stefan Dimic, Moussa Kamara.
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Isaac Buhagiar, Neil Frendo, Adam Bradshaw.
Coach: Mark Miller
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi (75’ Brandon Paiber), Ulises Arias, Jurgen Pisani, Matias Nicolas Garcia, Marcelo Dias, Jan Busuttil (81’ Siraj Arab Eddin), Ryan Camenzuli, Tiago Adan Fonseca.
Subs not used: Andrea Cassar, Alex Cini, Ayrton Azzopardi, Aleandro Garzia, Daniel Agius.
Coach: Enzo Potenza
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson
Yellow Cards: Fenech, Arias, Pisani, Siraj Arab
BOV Player of the Match: Diego Venancio