Akademija Pandev defeated holders Shkendija, Struga debuted with a come from behind win over Rabotnichki, Renova celebrated over Sileks, while Makedonija GjP surprised Vardar in the opening round of the new season in the Macedonian top flight.
photo by FK Akademija Pandev Strumica: moment of a game between Akademija Pandev and Shkendija
A so called Super Cup clash between Cup winners Akademija Pandev and league holders Shkendija took place under a very hot weather in Strumica.
A superb free kick goal by Sashko Pandev in the 61st minute decided the winner. Man of the match was host keeper Dušan Čubraković who on several occasion make great save denied Shkendija a goal. The best chances for the holders came in the last two minutes. First Agim Ibraimi’s great free kick was stopped by Čubraković, while a minute later Egzon Bejtulai’s header hit the crossbar.
Mladost stadium in Strumica
Akademija Pandev – Shkendija 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 61′ Sashko Pandev
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
Top flight debutantes Struga had a dream start. After being a goal down, first they equalized before the break while in the 60th minute Nijas Lena scored a great 25 meter goal to bring the first points for the hosts.
Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Struga – Rabotnichki 2:1 (1:1)
Goals: 26′ Burhan Mustafov, 60′ Nijas Lena – 14′ Ivan Marković
Referee: Aleksandar Grujoski (Kichevo)
First league returnee Borec gave Shkupi a tough time but at the end headed home pointless. The hosts had problems breaking the visiting defense until the 61st minute when Marin Jurina scored. Six minutes from time Senegalese signing Oumar Goudiaby set the final score.
Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Borec 2:0 (0:0)
Goals: 61′ Marin Jurina, 84′ Oumar Goudiaby
Referee: Marjan Gocevski (Strumica)
Renova took the points against Sileks thanks to a lone goal by Bashkim Velija. Sileks had several scoring chances fut failed to score.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Sileks 1:0 (1:0)
Goals: 37′ Bashkim Velija
Referee: Krumislav Gjorgiev (Shtip)
The last match of this round took place a day later. Vardar hosted Makedonija GjP in a game that saw the Macedonian league debut at TV house Arena Sport. The Lions celebrated over the young team of Vardar who despite creating several opportunities, never managed to come close to scoring. Both goals were scored on headers. The match wasn’t played at the Toshe Proeski Arena due to the athletics championship.
Petar Miloshevski stadium in Skopje
Vardar – Makedonija GjP 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: 20′ Bobi Bozhinovski, 89′ Sefer Emini
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Skopje)