The title derby between Vardar and Shkendija ended in an entertaining draw leaving no change at the top as the first half-season ended. Makedonija GjP celebrated at Shkupi, Borec finally won a point on the road, Sileks beat Akademija Pandev while Rabotnichki managed to lose by Renova after leading 3:1.
photo by Filip Zdraveski: view at the derby
Leaders Vardar welcomed defending champions Shkendija with an 8 point difference that stayed unchanged after the match.
The hosts took the lead from the spot in the 29th minute after Matej Cvetanoski was brought down in the Box. Captain Darko Micevski was confident to defeat keeper Kostadin Zahov.
Just five minutes later Shkendija equalized through Omar Imeri who found himself one on one with home keeper Filip Gachevski after a mistake of the Vardar back line. Eight minutes after the break Ali Adem finished a great counter attack for a 2:1 lead. In the 65th minute Imeri scored his second to level on again.
This was probably the best quality match in the top flight this season. Both teams showed good play, desire and effort, while the home crowed showed up in around 5.000 adding a thing or two for a special atmosphere.
National Arena Toshe Proseki in Skopje
Vardar – Shkendija 2:2 (1:1)
Goals: 29′ (pen) Darko Micevski, 53′ Ali Adem – 35′, 65′ Omar Imeri
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)
A very strange outcome happened in Tetovo between the last two teams on the table. Rabotnichki was leading on half-time and late even took a 1:3 lead, but Renova scored three goals in the last half an hour to claim the win.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Rabotnichki 4:3 (1:2)
Goals: 27′ (pen) Argjent Gafuri, 60′ Ilirid Ademi, 62′ Bojan Miovski, 76′ Remzifaik Selmani – 24′ Ivan Marković, 37′, 48′ Petar Petkovski
Referee: Albrim Shakjiri (Struga)
Eventually in the last round before the break Borec managed to stray undefeated on the road. They even had the lead but Struga equalized.
Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Struga – Borec 1:1 (0:0)
Goals: 59′ Arben Tafe – 46′ Robert Kocev
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)
The Lions managed to celebrate an important victory away at Shkupi. Brazilian international Padú was on fire scoring a hat-trick.
Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Makedonija GjP 2:3 (0:2)
Goals: 49′ Fatjon Jusufi, 90′ Marin Jurina – 3′, 40′, 62′ Padú
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)
In the lone match that took place on Saturday, Sileks defeated Akademija Pandev and tied them on points. The visitors are now on a winless run of six matches with the last three being loses.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Akademija Pandev 3:1 (1:0)
Goals: 42′ Viktor Serafimovski, 61′ Darko Dodev, 70′ Srđan Drašković – 64′ Daniel Milovanovikj
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)
With this round the first half season has ended. It will continue in the weekend of 15/16 February 2020.