Valletta registered their second win in as many matches as a goal late in the first half handed them a narrow win over Balzan at the Tony Bezzina Stadium on Saturday.
The Citizens were a better side but Balzan did create scoring opportunities thanks to which they could have obtained a positive result from the game.
Following the win over Hamrun, Lucas Ribeiro Campos replaced Shaun Dimech for Valletta while Balzan, Aleksa Andrejic was preferred to Marcus Grima.
Valletta scored the all-important goal two minutes from the end of the first half when Ivan Curjuric served Lucas Ribeiro Campos whose shot was deflected by Augustine Loof in an attempt to anticipate the Valletta striker to end at the back of the net.
VALLETTA Alessandro Guarnone, Ryan Camilleri, Triston Caruana, James Arthur, Christian Gauci, Enmy Pena Beltre, Joseph Zerafa (66′ Michele Sansone), Ivan Curjuric, Caio Rocha de Almeida Prado (86′ Milan Jurdik), Mario Fontanella (85′ Isaiah Micallef), Lucas Ribeiro Campos (74′ Eslit Sala).
Coach: Antonio Jose Cardoso Mendes
BALZAN Vukasin Vranes, Augustine Loof, Samir Arab, Milan Djuric (46′ Marcus Grima), Paul Fenech (83′ Milos Zlatkovic), Michael Johnson, Uros Ljubomirac, Milos Mijic, Aleksa Andrejic, Bojan Kaljevic (46′ Alex da Paixao Alves), Sean Cipriott (68′ Gary Camilleri).
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Fyodor Zammit
Assistant Referees: Duncan Spencer, Thomas Debono
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna
Yellow Cards: Curjuric, Cipriott, Andrejic, Zerafa, Arab
BOV Player of the Match: Caio Prado