Despite playing for the final twenty minutes in ten men, Santa Lucia rescued a point in a 2-2 draw with Mosta at the National Stadium on Sunday.
A draw which leaves the two teams joint-second from bottom on five points, moving two points ahead of bottom-placed Sliema Wanderers.
Santa Lucia took the lead on the 22nd minute when off a Clayton Failla corner, Rafael Morisco headed home past goalkeeper Julani Archibald.
Seven minutes in the second half, Santa Lucia equalised courtesy of Vito Plut who beat Jovicic following a through pass by Nicholas Pulis.
Jurgen Pisani was sent off for Santa Lucia on the 72nd minute for a late tackle on Tyrone Farrugia.
Mosta went 2-1 ahead two minutes later when Zachary Brincat served Roderick Briffa whose fine shot beat the Santa Lucia goalkeeper.
However one minute in added time, Dexter Xuereb – a product of Mosta – hit home following a corner by Jan Tanti.
SANTA LUCIA Julani Archibald, Andre Prates, Jurgen Pisani, Nicholas Pulis (76′ Jan Tanti), Gianmarco Conti (88′ Jamie Carbone), Patrick Silva, Vito Plut (90+2′ Kieran Xuereb), Alan da Silva Souza, Victor Filho, Jamie Zerafa, Dexter Xuereb.
Coach: Oliver Spiteri
MOSTA Marko Jovicic, Roderick Briffa, William Donkin (56′ Johnson Nsumoh), Clayton Failla, Tyrone Farrugia, Ivan Doric, Mehdi Hetemaj, Rafael Morisco, Zachary Brincat, Luiz Igbineweka (76′ Luis Riascos), Jonas Rodriguez Ekani (80′ Gianluca Sciberras).
Coach: Joseph Grech
Referee: Alex Johnson
Assistant Referees: Jurgen Spiteri, Mark Ciantar
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Yellow Cards: Filho, Plut, Briffa, Pulis, Zerafa
Red Cards: 72′ Jurgen Pisani