Floriana and Balzan shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday. A draw which failed to satisfy either side as both were seeking a win to lift them out of the danger zone.
The Greens join Sirens on 27 points to stay three points ahead of Balzan who now share the eleventh place with Gudja United.
Floriana created the better chances throughout the first half, especially through Diego Venancio who had three freekicks – one from which Jurgen Pisani failed to control the ball well from close range, another which parried by Vukasin Vranes and another which ended just over the bar.
Balzan replied with a Milan Djuric freekick which ended just wide and a cross by Djuric from which Aleksa Andrejic had a close-range header parried by Akpan.
Mid-way through the second half, Balzan could have secured the winner with a powerful drive by Djuric but Akpan performed a good save.
FLORIANA Ini Etim Akpan, Enzo Ruiz, Diego Venancio, Kristian Keqi, 10-Ulises Jose Arias (Alexander Cini 87’), Jurgen Pisani, Matias Nicolas Garcia, Flavio Silva Cheveresan (Siraj Arab Eddin 83’), Marcelo Mariano Dias, Jan Busuttil, Ryan Camenzuli.
Coach: Vincenzo Potenza
BALZAN Vukasin Vranes, Augustine Loof, Marcus Grima, Samir Arab, Milan Djuric, Paul Fenech, Michael David Johnson, Uros Ljubomirac, 70-Moussa Sanoh (Alfred Effiong 67’), Aleksa Andrejic (Weverton Gomes 79’), Sean Cipriott.
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Edward Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna
Yellow Cards: S. Cipriott, P. Fenech (B); M. Garcia, R. Camenzuli (F)
BOV Player of the Match: Milan Djuric