Naxxar Lions defeated another challenger for promotion, Zejtun Corinthians 3-2 in a match from the BOV Challenge League at the Centenary Stadium on Saturday.
Robinson Blandon Rendon put Naxxar ahead on the 3rd minute and although Jairo Santos De Oliveira Filho equalised ten minutes in the second half, Jurgen Suda restored the lead three minutes later. Edson Cerqueira Farias made it 3-1 on the 64th but Andre Carlos Penha da Costa reduced the gap on the 68th.
Lija Athletic defeated Vittoriosa Stars 2-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium thanks to goals by Leon Muscat on the 32nd and Duvan Mosquera Torres three minutes in the second half.
Marsaskala claimed their first points as they defeated Mtarfa 3-1 at the Centenary Stadium. Rundell Renold Winchester put Marsaskala ahead on the 7th minute, Andres Tenorio Viveros doubled the score on the 33rd and Winchester made it 3-0 two minutes in the second half. Tejumola Ebenezer Ayorinde pulled one back on the 90th.
Mqabba defeated Qrendi 2-0 at the Victor Tedesco Stadium. Ronald Makalysten Melo Costa opened the score two minutes from the end of the first half and Lucas Matheus dos Santos doubled the scoring on the 73rd.
Sliema lead the way with 18 points, followed by Naxxar on 16, Melita 13, Zejtun 12, Fgua and Lija 11, Zurrieq, Swieqi and Mtarfa 8, Marsa, San Gwann and Vittoriosa 7, Attard and Mqabba 6, Tarxien and St. Andrews 5, Marsaskala 3 and Qrendi 1.