Vardar won the Old Skopje derby against rivals Rabotnichki, Belasica and Shkupi recorded the first seasonal wins, Ibraimi saved Shkendija in Kratovo while Akademija Pandev scored four past Pobeda to keep the top.
photo by Kocho Photography: Barseghyan shots to score the opening goal
The match of this round took place on Saturday evening as Rabotnichki hosted Vardar in the Old Skopje Derby. The Red&Black attacker and Armenian national team player Tigran Barseghyan had a great 25th birthday as he was the hero for Vardar in this derby match. In the 29th minute he scored great goal from the edge of the box after previously dribbling past Colombian left back Sebastián Herrera Cardona.
Vardar was better throughout the whole game and in the 63rd minute cemented the win through Brdarovski. Rabotnichki had only one real chance when near the end substitute Filip Petkovski hit the crossbar.
This was the 84th official match between these two. Vardar is better with 33 wins as Rabotnichki has 31. This statistic includes all matches since their first encounter back in 1951 in the Yugoslav second league.
National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Vardar 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: 29′ Tigran Barseghyan, 63′ Vladica Brdarovski
Referee: Marjan Markoski (Ohrid)
Title holders Shkendija visited Kratovo to match Sileks. A goal by Bojku early in the 15th minute gave the Tetovo visitors the edge. In the 74th minute Shkendija was left with ten men as substitute Selmani got a direct red card, just 18 minutes after he was introduced. Three minutes later Sileks managed to score an equalizer. The holders managed to score a game winning goal thanks to top goalscorer Ibraimi in the second minute of the stoppage time.
Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Shkendija 1:2 (0:1)
Goals: 82′ Hristijan Grozdanoski – 15′ Besmir Bojku, 90’+2 Besart Ibraimi
Red cards: 79′ Remzifaik Selmani (Sh)
Referee: Dejan Jakimovski (Skopje)
Two of the three winless teams faced each other in Skopje as Shkupi welcomed neighbors Makedonija GjP. The home side recorded the first win as the visitors got seven bookings. A converted penalty by veteran striker Ilijoski happened to be decisive. The Lions now remain the lone team without a win after six rounds.
Chair stadium in Skopje
Shkupi – Makedonija GjP 2:1 (1:0)
Goals: 10′ Viktor Angelov, 64′ (pen) Bazhe Ilijoski – 54′ Hristijan Kirovski
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)
The most entertaining match was the one between Pobeda and Akademija Pandev featuring six goals. The three points went to the visiting team who is still topping the table.
Pod Tumbe Kafe stadium in Bitola
Pobeda – Akademija Pandev 2:4 (1:2)
Goals: 42′ Trajche Efremov, 51′ Burhan Mustafov – 8′, 63′ Daniel Milovanovikj, 39′ Vanche Shikov, 79′ (pen) Ljupcho Doriev
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)
The other winless team, Belasica, eventually broke this unpopular run. They celebrated away to Renova with two goals score in the last twenty minutes. First it was substitute player Serafimovski to break the dead lock as later veteran striker Ivanovski confirmed the first seasonal win.
Gradski stadioum in Tetovo
Renova – Belasica 0:2 (0:0)
Goals: 71′ Jordan Serafimovski, 86′ Filip Ivanovski
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)
Keep in mind that next round is scheduled for the upcoming Wednesday.