Birkirkara and Floriana shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in a balanced encounter at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A draw which leaves the Stripes two points behind Birkirkara as they drop their first points after three wins in their first three outings. For the Greens, on the other hand, this was the third draw in four matches.
Floriana took the lead six minutes from the end of the first half thanks to Kristian Keqi who hit home from close range after a cross by Augusto Caseres was not cleared by the Birkirkara defence.
However one minute in the second half, Birkirkara equalised when off an assist by Jeferson Macedo, Federico Falcone hit the ball home in style past goakeeper Georgi Kitanov.
Seven minutes from time, Leandro Aguirre was unlucky to hit the crossbar for Birkirkara with a first time effort from outside the area.
BIRKIRKARA Daniel Fernandes, Enzo Ruiz, Yannick Yankam (Leandro Aguirre 66’), Luke Montebello (Ryan Scicluna 77’), Claudio Bonanni, Paul Mbong, Kurt Zammit, Federico Falcone, Cain Attard, Oscar Carniello, Jeferson Macedo (Kilian Bevis 77’).
Coach: Andre Paus
FLORIANA Georgi Kitanov, Adam Magri Overend (Alejandro Garzia 84’), Christian Rutjens, Zachary Cassar, Augusto Caseres (Andrei-Cosmi Ciolacu 66’), Kristian Keqi (Mattia Veselji 66’), Ulises Jose Arias, Matias Nicolas Garcia, Emiliano Callegari, Jan Busuttil (Brandon Paiber 66’), Ryan Camenzuli (Daniel Agius 84’).
Coach: Gianluca Atzori
Referee: Alex Johnson
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia
Yellow Cards: A. Caseres, J. Busuttil, M. Garcia (F); Y. Yankam (B)
BOV Player of the Match: Federico Falcone