Valletta bounced back from the mid-week defeat to Birkirkara as they claimed three important points in a narrow win over Santa Lucia at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A win which enables the Citizens to move sixth, one point ahead of Santa Lucia and Mosta, although the Blues will be facing Sirens in another match on Sunday.
Santa Lucia, on the other hand, suffer the second defeat in four matches.
Valletta scored the all-important goal three minutes in the second half when off a cross by Matteo Piciollo, Enmy Pena Beltre beat Monfort with a great first time effort from the right.
VALLETTA Yenz Cini, Ryan Camilleri, Triston Caruana, Santiago Malano, Matteo Piciollo (90′ Kenley Scerri), Shaun Dimech (78′ Ryan Tonna), Enmy Pena Beltre, Eslit Sala, Leandro Aguirre, Ivan Maric, Mario Fontanella.
Coach: Antonio Jose Cardoso Mendes
SANTA LUCIA Miguel Montfort, Timothy Tabone Desira (71′ Michael Camilleri, Andre Fausto Prates Rodrigues, Kevin Correia, Adam Magri Overend, Nicholas Pulis (87′ Kieran Xuereb), Alan da Silva Souza, Kevn Ante Rosero, Jamie Zerafa, Augusto Rene Caseres, Rei Tachikawa (65′ Leandro Motta).
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
Referee Stefan Pace
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha
Yellow Cards: Prates, Pulis, Malano, Aguirre, Zerafa
BOV Player of the Match: Enmy Pena Beltre