A goal by Jake Grech handed Hibernians a narrow win over Gzira United at the National Stadium on Tuesday to move on top the BOV Premier League table.
The Paolites are now one point ahead of Hamrun Spartans and Sliema Wanderers and five points ahead of fourth-placed Gzira United.
For the Maroons, this was the second consecutive defeat as they have now won just one match out of their last five matches.
Hibernians scored the all-important goal on the 35th minute when Jose Wilkson Teixeira served Jake Grech from the right and the latter beat goalkeeper Justin Haber with a fine shot from inside the area.
GZIRA Justin Haber, Gabriel Bohrer Mentz, Steve Borg, Nikolai Muscat, 12-Camilo Escobar, Dexter Xuereb (Nevin Portelli 46), Martin Davis (Omar Elouni 75), Jackson Mendoza, Ricardo Correa Duarte, Amadou Samb, Jefferson De Assis.
Coach: Darren Abdilla
HIBS Matthew Calleja Cremona, Ferdinando Apap, Leandro Almeida, Ayrton Attard, Jake Grech, Bjorn Kristensen, Gabriel Izquier Artiles, Haruna Shola Shodiya, Andrei Agius (Christopher Edafe Uzeh 66), Jose Wilskon Teixeira (Jurgen Degabriele 74), Karolis Laukzemis.
Coach: Stefano Sanderra
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Roberto Vella
Fourth Official: Ishmael Barbara
Yellow Cards: M. Davis, J. De Assis, N. Muscat (G), K.Laukzemis, L. Ameida, A. Attard (H)
BOV Player of the Match: Jake Grech (H)