1.MFL R15: Rabotnichki beats Vardar in Old Skopje Derby (Video)

Rabotnichki celebrated a lone goal win over Vardar in the Old Skopje Derby, Shkendija smashed Sileks scoring 5 goals past the visiting keeper, Akademija Pandev beat Pobeda with a late own goal, Belasica defeated Renova while Makedonija GjP escaped  a home defeat by Shkupi by scoring in the last minutes.

photo: Oliver Peev celebrates his goal with his teammates


The 85th Old Derby of Skopje was unusually played in the neighborhood of Madjari as Vardar plays its home matches at the Boris Trajkovski stadium this season. That is due to the financial problems that hit Vardar who cant afford to rent the Philip II Arena anymore.

No goals were scored in the opening half. Vardar had the best chance in the 37th minute when Dimitrovski cleared the ball from the goal-line after Bozhinoski saved Brdarovski’s shot.

Rabotnichki broke the dead lock through Peev in the 57th minute after Bopesu found him in the box. That goal happened to be the winner as the Club Hero managed to successfully defend its goal until the final whistle.

In the head-to-head matches Rabotnicki recorded the 32nd win and now has only one less then Vardar who stays at 33. Both have also played 20 draws. This record is for all official matches in all competitions since their first encounter in 1951

Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Vardar – Rabotnichki 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: 57′ Oliver Peev
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)

The Kangaroos took an early lead thanks to Djonov after just nine minutes of play. Renova equalized in the injury time after a corner kick. Home keeper Vujanac collected the ball in air, but while going down he hit one of his players, the ball escaped his hands and Mishkovski had no problems putting it into the net.

At the end Belasica took the points. The same player that scored the equalizer committed a penalty foul and got a direct red card, while Baldovaliev was precise from the spot. In the injury time Gorgiev just confirmed the points.

Mladost stadium in Strumica
Belasica – Renova 3:1 (1:1)
Goals: 9′ Gjorgje Djonov, 80′ (pen) Zoran baldovaliev, 90’+2 Pepi Gorgiev – 45’+1 Nenad Mishkovski
Red cards: 79′ Nenad Mishkovski (R)
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)

Lions hosted Pigeons in a local derby in Skopje. Captain Bozhinoski brought Makedonija GjP the lead from the spot in the 15th minute , but Shkupi equalized just four minutes later with a great goal by Angelov from around 25 meters. Five minutes later the visiting side turned around the result as U19 national team player Suhejlj scored a lob goal.

Makedonija GjP had a great chance to level the score two minutes before the break as they were awarded a second penalty after Zango brought down Tanturovski. But this time Aleksovski saved Bozhinovski’s shot. For Zango, this was his second yellow card leaving the visitors with ten men.

The home players could not equalize despite the player advantage. Finally in the 87th minute Brazilian international Robson scored for 2:2. It was a great goal!

Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje
Makedonija GjP – Shkupi 2:2 (1:2)
Goals: 15′ (pen) Bobi Bozhinovski, 87′ Robson da Silva – 19′ Viktor Angelov, 24′ Muharem Sihejlj
Red cards: 43′ Abdulkadir Zango (Sh)
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)

Leaders Shkendija had no problems with relegation struggling Sileks. Comfortable 5:0 win for the holders in which Emini scored a brace taking care the absence of top goalscorer Besart Ibrami not to be noticed. With this three points and Vardar’s defeat, Shkendija extended the lead on 6 points.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Shkendija – Sileks 5:0 (2:0)
Goals: 25′ Valmir Nafiu, 28′, 64′ Izair Emini, 69′ Shefit Shefiti, 87′ Samir Fazli
Red cards: 90′ Filip Ristovski (Si)
Referee: Dimitar Mechkarovski (Skopje)

Goran Pandev’s younger brother Sashko scored on a header to bring the lead for the Academy against Pobeda. However, only four minutes later Cameroonian center-forward Ngalle leveled the score.

Pobeda was close to get a point from this road game, but five minutes from time Isaevski scored an unlucky own goal to award Akademija Pandev the whole three points.

Moment of the match; photo: FK Akademija Pandev

Kukush stadium in Turnovo
Akademija Pandev – Pobeda 2:1 (1:1)
Goals: 26′ Sashko Pandev, 85′ (og) Aleksandar Isaevski – 30′ Yannick Makota Ngalle
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)

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