1.MFL overview of Round 3

Vardar defeated local rivals Rabotnichki in the Old Skopje Derby, Shkendija dropped points again, Renova missed to remain perfect by conceding a last minute goal, Struga and Akademija Pandev celebrated.

photo by FK Vardar Skopje: the players celebrate the derby win with their fans


The 88th derby between eternal fierce rivals Vardar and Rabotnichki ended up with 2:0 win for the younger, but more successful club. Rabotnichki had few scoring attempts in the opening 45 minutes when keeper Gachevski prevented them from scoring. After the break Vardar took an early lead through Kolevski who scored on a rebound. Rabotnichki failed to create a serious equalizing opportunity and later was even punished with a second goal.

It is the 35th win for Vardar as Rabotnichki stays on 32. Also, it is the first goals scored and first win recorded this season for the pretty young red and black team.

National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje
Vardar – Rabotnichki 2:0 (0:0)
Goals: 56′ Bojan Kolevski, 90’+1 Daniel Avramovski
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)

Veteran striker Hristijan Kirovski brought the win for debutantes Struga in their home match against Sileks. He scored once in each half for second season win and perfect score at home.

Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Struga – Sileks 2:1 (1:0)
Goals: 30′, 65′ Hristijan Kirovski – 50′ Darko Grozdanoski
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)

Marin Jurina versus Remzifaik Selmani, that was this match about. Shkupi and Renova shared the points after each team having a lead.

Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Renova 2:2 (1:1)
Goals: 42′, 90′ Marin Jurina – 44′, 82′ Remzifaik Selmani
Referee: Vasko Mavrov (Strumica)

Doriev broke Borec’s defense in the injury time of the first half while Tanushev doubled the lead early in the second half to secure new points for the Cup winners. Academics’ defense is yet to be defeated this season.

Mladost stadium in Strumica
Akademija Pandev – Borec 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 45’+2 Ljupcho Doriev, 50′ Gjorgi Tanushev
Red cards: 65′ Martin Blazhevski (B)
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)

Holders Shkendija won their first point this season, but are still winless after three rounds. This time Makedonija GjP managed to grab a point and even took the lead, although lasted only two minutes as the hosts quickly equalized.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Makedonija GjP : (1:1)
Goals: 41′ Egzon Bejtulai – 39′ Padu
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)

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