For the Citizens this was their third positive result following the upset to Sta Lucia in their opening game.
Valletta were clearly the better side yesterday and deserved to take home the three points as they created the better chances, hardly allowing their opponents to shoot at goal.
In fact, much more was expected from Balzan who were coming from a highly entertaining 3-3 draw with Birkirkara last week.
This was the second defeat in three matches for Jacques Scerri’s side.
The Balzan coach named Nenad Sljivic and Ryan Scicluna in the starting line-up with Michael Johnson and Luke Montebello being among the substitutes.
On the other hand, Valletta coach Darren Abdilla made three changes to the team which rescued a point in stoppage time against Floriana as Jean Borg, Shaun Dimech and Bojan Kaljevic were preferred to Ryan Camilleri, Matteo Piciollo and Yuri Messias.
The Citizens held the initiative right from the start and an Irakli Dzaria effort from outside the area ended wide on 9 minutes. A Shaun Dimech header...