Gudja United registered the second win on the trot as they defeated nine-man Valletta 2-0 at the Tony Bezzina Stadium on Saturday.
Valletta, therefore, suffered a third successive defeat after winning their first two matches. They now lie one point behind Gudja who moved third on level points with Sirens.
Ruslan Kisil converted a penalty to put Gudja ahead two minutes from the end of the first half.
The Citizens were reduced to ten men after having Joseph Zerafa sent off just before the end of the first half and five minutes in the second half, Ryan Camilleri was also sent off for the Citizens.
Filip Pankarican doubled the score for Gudja United on the 70th minute.
GUDJA Glen Zammit, Louis Beland, Rodolfo Soares, Gabriel Mensah, Ruslan Kisil (83’ Justin Grioli), Hubert Vella, Llywelyn Cremona (60’ Filip Pankarican), Igor Dudarev, Neil Anthony Micallef, Temitope Abdul (64’ Tensior Gusman), Marcelo Dias (46’ Aidan Friggieri).
Coach: Thane Micallef
VALLETTA Alessandro Guarnone, Ryan Camilleri, Triston Caruana, James Arthur, Michele Sansone (60’ Kevin Tulimieri), Joseph Zerafa, Ivan Curjuric (60’ Rowen Muscat), Eslit Sala, Caio Prado (78’ Sheldon Mackay), Mario Fontanella, Lucas Campos (55’ Christian Gauci).
Coach: Antonio Jose Cardoso Mendes
Referee: Daniel Portelli
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Ezekiel Barbara
Yellow Cards: Zerafa, Mensah, Camilleri, Bartolo, Dudarev, Cremona, Arthur
Red Cards: 45’ Joseph Zerafa, 50’ Ryan Camilleri