Santa Lucia earned another precious point as they held Birkirkara in a goalless draw at the Centenary Stadium on Sunday.
The Stripes extend their positive run to nine matches to join Gzira United in fifth place but the Maroons have a game in hand. Santa Lucia, on the other hand, registered a fifth consecutive positive result and remain seventh.
Soon after kick-off, Paul Mbong tested Christopher Farrugia with a powerful shot but the Santa Lucia custodian blocked his attempt.
Early in the second half, Victor Filho delivered a cross for Leandro Motta whose attempt was parried by Alessandro Guarnone and on the 53rd, Paul Mbong was unlucky to hit the crossbar from the edge of the area.
SANTA LUCIA Christopher Farrugia, Timothy Tabone Desira, Andre Rodrigues Prates, Kevin Correia, Adam Magri Overend, Leandro Motta (63’ Glaucio de Araujo), Kevin Ante Rosero, Victor Luiz Filho, Jamie Zerafa, Rei Tachikawa, Kieran Xuereb.
Subs not used: Clyde Aquilina, Jacques Vella Critien, Liam Mckay, Andreas Vella, Brady Agius, Jeremy Delmar.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
B’KARA Alessandro Guarnone, Enrico Pepe, Yannick Yankam, Luke Montebello (73’ Caio Henrique Prado Rocha), Paul Mbong, Roderick Briffa, Federico Falcone (82’ Kurt Zammit), Cain Attard, Claudio Bonanni, Oscar Carniello, Alex da Paixao.
Subs not used: Miguel Spiteri, Neil Friggieri, Owen Sciberras, Adam Camilleri, Francesco Verde.
Coach: Andre Paus
Referee: Malcolm Spiteri
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Slobodan Petrovic
Yellow Cards: Filho
BOV Player of the Match: Alex da Paixao