Birkirkara joined Sliema Wanderers in fourth place as a goal by Luke Montebello on the 90th minute enabled them to return to winning ways, defeating Mosta 1-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday.
This tenth consecutive positive result for the team led by Andre Paus therefore puts them once again the challengers for honours. For Mosta, this second successive defeat leaves them in sixth place, two points behind Sliema and Birkirkara.
Late in the first half, the Stripes went close to taking the lead with two attempts by Luke Montebello which were neutralised by Mosta goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi – a shot from outside the area which was blocked and a shot from inside the area, when served by Caio Prado, which was tipped into a corner.
Birkirkara notched the winner on the 90th minute when off a cross by Caio Prado from the right, Federico Falcone left the ball for Luke Montebello to tap the ball home from close range.
MOSTA Christoffer Mafoumbi, Christ Ememe, Johann Bezzina, Duane Bonnici, Gianluca Sciberras (63′ William Donkin), Tyrone Farrugia, Rafael Morisco, Zachary Brincat, Bojan Kaljevic, Kevin Tulimieri (63′ Clayton Failla)(72′ Michael Mifsud), Jonas Rodriguez Ekani.
Subs not used: Dylan Ciappara, Nathan Agius, Owen Sammut, Dejan Debono.
Coach: Davor Filipovic
B’KARA Alessandro Guarnone, Enrico Pepe, Yannick Yankam, Luke Montebello, Paul Mbong, Roderick Briffa, Kurt Zammit, Claudio Bonanni, Caio Prado (69′ Federico Falcone), Oscar Carniello, Alex da Paixao (90′ Francesco Verde).
Subs not used: Sean Cini, Neil Friggieri, Adam Camilleri, Cain Attard, Glending Farrugia.
Coach: Andre Paus
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Darryl Agius
Yellow Cards: Tulimieri, Farrugia, Guarnone, Bonanni
BOV Player of the Match: Christoffer Mafoumbi