A goal by Milan Djuric on the 29th minute handed Balzan a narrow win over Hamrun Spartans at the National Stadium on Sunday.
Hamrun therefore suffered a third defeat in four matches while Balzan returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats to Valletta and Birkirkara.
Balzan scored the all-important goal on the 29th minute thanks to a great freekick by Milan Djuric which beat Bonello hitting the two posts before ending at the back of the net.
On the hour, Balzan were awarded a penalty after Milos Zlatkovic was floored by Darko Gojkovic inside the area but from the penalty spot, Bojan Kaljevic hit wide.
Two minutes in added time, Balzan also hit the crossbar through Alex da Paixao Alves.
HAMRUN Henry Bonello, Darko Gojkovic, Joseph Mbong, Ailton Jorge dos Santos Soares, Franklin Sasere, Luke Gambin, Predrag Djordjevic (Arthur Oyama 46’), Karl Micallef (Soufiane Lagzir 63’), Isaac Toah Ntow (99-Darren Borg 63’), Claude Dielna (Christian Mercieca 76’), Emerson Marcelina.
Coach: Mark Buttigieg
BALZAN Vukasin Vranes, Augustine Loof, Samir Arab, Marcus Grima, Milan Djuric, Paul Fenech (Gary Camilleri 76’), Alex da Paixao Alves, Michael Johnson, Milos Zlatkovic (Sean Cipriott 68’), 23-Milos Mijic, Bojan Kaljevic (Aleksa Andrejic 78’)
Coach: Mark Miller
Referee: Emanuel Grech
Assistant Referees: Mitchell Scerri, Duncan Spencer
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Jovanovic
Yellow Cards: M. Zlatkovic, M. Johnson, M. Djuric (B); P. Djordjevic, J. Mbong, E. Marcelina (Ħ)
BOV Player of the Match: Milan Djuric