Vardar and Rabotnichki eventually won, Shkupi shocked Akademija Pandev away, leaders Shkendija defeated Belasica, while Sileks and Renova shared the points in a goalless draw.
photo by FC Shkupi Skopje: the players celebrate after the win
Eventually after two defeats Vardar recorded the first win in the second half-season. Their victim was local rival Makedonija GjP. With two goals in a three-minute span in the first half Vardar announced the win. The Lions briefly came back in game before returnee Juan Felipe to confirm the win.
Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Vardar – Makedonija GjP 3:1 (2:0)
Goals: 30′ Filip Najdovski, 33′ Djemal Ibishi, 74′ Juan Felipe – 63′ Ostoja Stjepanovikj
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
The season surprise was well surprised in front of its own fans by Shkupi. Teenager Trajanovski scored an unlucky own goal in the stoppage time of the first half while Angelov cemented the win twelve minutes before time on a counter attack. It is the first defeat for the Academy after six rounds.
Mladost stadium in Strumica
Akademija Pandev – Shkupi 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: 45’+1 (og) Filip Trajanovski, 78′ Viktor Angelov
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)
Leaders Shkendija welcomed last-placed Belasica who came to defend and play for a point. After the opening 45 minutes the visitors had successfully prevented the hosts from scoring, despite the several chances. However, after the break Emini broke the dead lock and near the end Shkendija added two more for new three points. One of those two was a direct free kick goal by Agim Ibraimi, his first after signing this winter.
Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Belasica 3:0 (0:0)
Goals: 54′ Izair Emini, 83′ Agim braimi, 88′ (og) Mario Maslać
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)
Sileks hosted Renova in a must win match, but no team managed to score a goal and the match ended in a goalless draw. Sileks missed a colossal chance to win the points here as Renova played with ten men since the 39th minute. Even with this points Sileks extended the lead over the relegation zone as both Pobeda and Belasica were defeated.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Renova 0:0
Red cards: 39′ Emran Ramadani (R)
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)
The match between Pobeda and Rabotnichki was late for almost twenty minutes due to the absence of a medical vehicle. The winner was decided thanks to a first half goal by central defender Dimitrovski who headed home after a corner kick.
Gradski stadium in Kichevo
Pobeda – Rabotnichki 0:1 (0:1)
Goals: 21′ Vladimir Dimitrovski
Referee: Vasko Mavrov (Strumica)