After suffering four consecutive defeats, Valletta brought their losing streak to an end, holding Gzira United in a goalless draw at the National Stadium on Saturday.
This draw, however, just enables them to move one point ahead of Sirens and now lie in tenth place. For Gzira, on the other hand, this was a highly disappointing result as a win would have enabled them to keep the pace with leaders Hamrun Spartans.
Valletta had three changes from the team as Ryan Camilleri, Bradley Kamden and Joseph Willy replaced Shaun Dimech, Llywelyn Cremona and the suspended Eslit Sala while for Gzira, Luis Riascos replaced Nikolai Muscat who was serving a one-match ban along with Clive Gauci.
Throughout the first half, the two goalkeepers were hardly tested but the two teams improved during the second half.
Brandon Paiber had a fine shot from outside the area saved by Zarkov on the 61st and Gzira replied with a long-distance effort by Toni Kolega which was parried by Guarnone a minute later. On the 70th, a fine curved shot by Kolega ended just over the bar and four mintues later, Jefferson headed wide from close range. A Bradley Kamden freekick was parried by Zarkov on the 80th. Three minutes in added time, Luis Riascos received a second yellow card and was therefore sent off.