Borec missed a chance the be the only remaining perfect team as just after two rounds none of the 12 teams managed to to win twice. Rabotnichki, Shkendija, Vardar and Shkupi celebrated this round as Belasica and Akademija Pandev recorded their second defeats, while Pelister got a draw away at Sileks.
photo by FK Rabotnichki Skopje: the Reds celebrate the win
Main title candidates Shkendija clinched their first three points this season. With one goal in each half they defeated relegation favorites Struga thanks to Totre and newcomer Doriev.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Struga 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 38′ Ennur Totre, 90’+2 Ljupcho Doriev
Referee: Bobi Velichkov (Veles)
Borec was minutes away from taking the table lead alone, but an unlucky own goal by Stoimenovski just a minute from time allowed Renova to head home with a point after Radović previously gave the lead to the hosts.
Zoran Paunov stadium in Veles
Borec – Renova 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: 40′ Nikola Radović – 89′ (og) Oliver Stoimenovski
Referee: Marjan Stojanovski (Kichevo)
First seasonal win for Vardar who defeated Akademija Pandev on the road. It was just another match in which Goran Pandev’s club failed to find the back of the net and got punished. First, in the 61st minute young keeper Alchinov played with hand outside the box and got booked for the second time, therefore way for 17-year-old debutantes Filip Tupalov. Twelve minutes later Matej Cvetanovski was brought don in the home box by Tomislav Iliev and substitute veteran attacker Blazhevski converted the penalty.
Blagoj Istatov stadium in Strumica
Akademija Pandev – Vardar 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: 77′ (pen) Dejan Blazhevski
Red cards: 61′ Marko Alchevski, 90’+7 (bench) Sashko Pandev (AP), 90′ Jovan Popzlatanov (V)
Referee: Kiril Smokvoski (Prilep)
In their second home match Shkupi recorded the first win. It was 1:1 when Ademi collected his second yellow card and left Shkupi with 10 men, but instead Make4donija GjP to seize the occasion they conceded twice allowing the hosts to collect the points.
Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Makedonija GjP 3:1 (1:0)
Goals: 4′ Fatjon Jusufi, 76′ Dembo Darboe, 90’+3 Lamine Diack – 54′ (pen) Sefer Emini
Red cards: 70′ Ilirid Ademi (Sh)
Referee: Marjan Mladenovski (Skopje)
In the lone match scheduled for Saturday, Rabotnichki recorded their first win, while Belasica their second scoreless defeat. The host were far better throughout the entire match and could have scored more goals, but at the end Gjurgjevikj’s brace was enough for the first points.
National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Belasica 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 38′, 50′ Fahrudin Gjurgjevikj
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)
Sileks and Pelister actually opened this round on Friday. Since Sileks has a Champions League qualifying match on Tuesday, they asked and Pelister agreed their match to be moved. The visitors broke the deadlock after just 6 minutes, than the hosts turned the result in their favor before Tanushev with a great free kick goal set the final result.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Pelister 2:2 (1:1)
Goals: 43′ Burhan Mustafov, 58′ Ivan Ivanovski – 6′ Lavdrim Fazliu, 76′ Gjorgi Tanushev
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)