Mosta and Valletta shared the spoils in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Wednesday.
The Citizens who were chasing their first win in over a month following two draws and two defeat seemed heading towards victory after taking a two-goal lead but Mosta fought back and scored twice to level matters. The Blues join Gzira United in fifth place on eighteen points, four ahead of Valletta.
Valletta took the lead on the 10th minute thanks to a Mario Fontanella penalty after the Italian striker was brought down inside the area by Most goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi.
Five minutes later, off a cross by Eslit Sala, Taisei Marukawa controlled the ball, advanced upfield and into the area before slotting past the Mosta goalkeeper.
Mosta reduced the gap on the 25th minute through Zachary Brincat who concluded a solo effort with a powerful drive which gave Yenz Cini no chance.
Just before the end of the first half – two minutes in added time, Mosta equalised when off a cross by Rafael Morisco, Bojan Kaljevic served Kevin Tulimieri who chested the ball down before beating Cini with a great overhead kick.
MOSTA Christoffer Henri Mafoumbi, Jeferson de Souza Ferreira (Liam Portelli 22’)Dejan Debono 67’), Christ Evo Ememe, Clayton Failla, Gianluca Sciberras, Tyrone Farrugia, Matias Muchardi, Rafael Morisco, Zachary Brincat, Bojan Kaljevic, Kevin Tulimieri.
Coach: Davor Filipovic
VALLETTA Yenz Cini, Ryan Camilleri, 6-Triston Caruana, Eslit Sala, Taisei Marukawa (Ryan Tonna 91’), Jonathan Ivan Requena, Leandro Aguirre, Miguel Angel Alba (Isaiah Micallef 80’), Ryan Fenech, Mihaijlo Jovanovic (Shaun Dimech 65’), Mario Fontanella.
Ass. Coach: Gilbert Agius
Referee: Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Roberto Vella, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Ishmael Barbara
Yellow Cards: C. Mafoumbi, G. Sciberras, C. Failla (M); M. Jovanovic, R. Camilleri, T. Caruana, M. Alba (M)
BOV Player of the Match: Taisei Marukawa