Two big surprises in the opening round as second league sides Kit-Go and Tikvesh eliminated Shkupi and Renova. Vardar, Rabotnichki, Sileks and Belasica had no problems, Bregalnica recorded the biggest win, while only Teteks and Gostivar went to penalty kicks.
photo by FK Vardar: moment of the match in Forino between Vardari and Vardar
Probably the biggest surprise took place in Pehchevo where Kit-Go knocked-out Shkupi, one of the trophy candidates. The winner came just 13 minutes from kick-off thanks to Martin Stojanov, but the hosts played with ten men since the 22nd minute when keeper Mirza Durakovikj was shown a direct red card. Despite the player advantage, Shkupi failed to score and even conceded a second goal in the injury time.
The other big surprise was in Kavadraci where Tikvesh eliminated 2012 winners Renova. Tikvesh was leading after 45 minutes, but Renova equalized halfway through the second half. The winner came 13 minutes from time thanks to Ivan Ivanovski.
Highlights of Tikvesh – Renova:
Five times winners Vardar, who haven’t played in a final since 2007, easily defeated third league side Vardar away in Forino despite featuring a combined team. Without problem recording high wins managed also to do Rabotnichki and Sileks.
Highlights of Bratstvo-Vlaznimi – Sileks:
The biggest win however was recorded by Bregalnica who score eight goals past fourth league side Poeshevo. Interestingly, for the losing side whole 90 minutes played former national team players Goran Stavrevski and Toni Micevski who are now 44 and 48 years old.
The only match where the winner had to be decided with penalties was the encounter between second league West rivals Teteks and Gostivar. The visitors edged Teteks with 4:3 at the end.
A penalty kick decided the winner at the match played in debar between the teams of Korabi and Borec. It was the home fans that went jubilant after the final whistle.
Korabi’s winning penalty:
This round will be completed when the remaining two matches will be played. Struga and Pobeda will play next Wednesday, while Kozhuf and Shkendija will play in two weeks because of Shkendija’s involvement in the Europa League play-offs.
Round 1 results:
Gradski stadium in Debar
Korabi – Borec 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 69′ (pen) Habib Klobuchishta
Referee: Konstantin Vlaho (Skopje)
Gradski stadium in Kichevo
Vlazrimi 77 – Belasica 0:4 (0:1)
Goals: 41′ Gjorge Djonov, 50′ Aleksandar Milushev, 70′ (og) Berat Ismail, 80′ Pepi Gorgiev
Referee: Jovan Kachevski (Struga)
Cvaj Arena in Negotino
Vardar (N) – Skopje 1:3 (0:2)
Goals: 71′ Gjorgji Shishkov – 14′ Milan Aleksikj, 33′ Filip Janevski, 90’+2 Milan Ristovski
Referee: Blagojche Ralevski (Bitola)
Boris Trajkovski stadium in Skopje
Fortuna – Rabotnichki 0:6 (0:1)
Goals: 3′, 79′, 84′ Geofrey Chinedu, 51′ Oliver Stoimenovski, 62′ Mario Stankovski, 82′ Leonid Redev Jankulovski
Referee: Darko Stojchevski (Skopje)
Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Labunishta – Akademija Pandev 1:3 (0:1)
Goals: 76′ Metodija Milevski – 45’+3 Aleksandar Mishov, 72′ Ljupcho Doriev, 85′ Tomislav Iliev
Referee: Aleksandar Grujoski (Kichevo)
Gradski stadium in Pehchevo
Kit-Go – Shkupi 2:0 (1:0)
Goals: 13′, 90’+4 Martin Stojanov
Red cards: 22′ Mirza Durakovikj (KG)
Referee: Josip Barton (Skopje)
Novaci stadium in Novaci
Poeshevo – Bregalnica 0:8 (0:2)
Goals: 42′, 63′, 75′ Kristijan Velinovski, 45’+1′ Bojan Rajkov, 62′ Mario Runtev, 82′ Kristijan Antonov, 84′ Jovan Manev, 90′ (og) Goran Nikolovski
Referee: Kiril Smokvoski (Prilep)
Leska stadium in Forino
Vardari – Vardar 0:4 (0:1)
Goals: 22′, 60′ Maksim Maksimov, 74′ Filip Antovski, 79′ Jovan Popzlatanov
Referee: Marjan Markoski (Ohrid)
Nikola Mantov stadium in Kochani
Osogovo – Pelister 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: 71′ Blagojche Glavevski
Referee: Zorancho Temelkov (Kavadarci)
AMS stadium in Tetovo
Teteks – Gostivar 1:1 (0:1), 3:4 p.s.o.
Goals: 90′ Bashkim Ljama – 8′ Valon Zekjiri
Referee: Stojanche Stojanov (Shtip)
Sileks satdium in Kratovo
Bratstvo-Vlaznimi – Sileks 0:7 (0:3)
Goals: 32′ Dimitar Ivanov, 42′ Petar Ljamchevski, 45’+1, 62′ Srđan Drašković, 64′, 81′ (pen) Darko Aleksovski, 66′ Slagjan Mitevski
Red cards: 87′ Nermin Bishevac
Referee: Kristijan Gjurovski (Skopje)
Gradski stadium in Kavadarci
Tikvesh – Renova 2:1 (1:0)
Goals: 26′ Robert Mitev, 77′ Ivan Ivanovski – 67′ Emran Ramadani
Red cards: 90’+3 Emran Ramadani (R)
Referee: Igor Stojchevski (Skopje)
Gradski stadium in Veles
Prevalec – Makedonija GjP 0:2 (0:0)
Goals: 58′ Luiz Felipe, 72′ Bojan Miovski
Referee: Bobi Velichkov (Veles)
Wednesday, 29 August at 17.00 CET:
Struga vs. Pobeda
Wednesday, 05 September at 16.15 CET
Kozhuf vs. Shkendija
The draw for the Round of 16 will be made after the conclusion of this round.