Pelister edged Pobeda in one of the biggest Macedonian derbies, Makedonija GjP was surprised by Vlazrimi 77 at home, Ljubanci beat Skopje away. The battle for the promotion places became tight again.
The Derby of Pelagonia between rivals Pelister and Pobeda took place at a very unordinary stadium in the village of Novaci. As a reminder, due to renovations, Pelister has been playing in several different locations this season, the latest being Novaci. Furthermore, Pelister players actually ended a brief strike to play in this game after being given assurances by the management of the club. If that proves to be a lie, then the players may resume their strike early next week.
Returning to the match, it was Pobeda who scored the opening goal midway through the 1st half courtesy of Valentin Kolevski. Pelister did grab a deserving equalizer just before halftime when Ive Trifunovski sent his effort to the back of the net. In the 78th minute, Pelister netted the game winner when their leading scorer, Blagojche Glavevski, slotted his close range header past the Pobeda keeper. Pelister stayed undefeated with 4 wins and 8 draws after 12 rounds.
In Skopje, Teteks clinched a lone goal win over Gorno Lisiche thanks to Benjamin Demir’s early goal in the seventh minute. It was an important win for the hosts who have ambitions to return right back to the First League after being relegated last season.
Extended highlights (goal at 0:45):
Last placed Kozhuv Miravci, meanwhile, surprisingly made easy work of Gostivar. They celebrated a 3:0 win over the team that was a promotion candidate not too long ago. Despite the win, which was only their second, Kozhuf Miravci remains in the last spot for the time being. Gostivar, on the other hand, continues to sink with every passing round after a positive start to the campaign. That seems like a long time ago for them.
Skopje hosted Ljubanci in the lone game scheduled for Sunday. The visitors managed to grab the three points with a goal scored by Dimitar Ivanov in the 75th minute.
The last game took place on Tuesday as table leaders Makedonija Gjorche Petrov asked for the game to be moved back since their starting keeper, Igor Aleksovski, is on national team duty with Macedonia U21. However, they still had to face Vlazrimi 77 with the reserve keeper since Aleksovski was additionally summoned to the senior national team who at the very same time played a friendly game against Lebanon. The table leaders were shocked in front of their own fans as Vlazrimi 77 after 25 minutes of play was already leading with 3:0. That happened to be the final result.
With Makedonija GjP (21) winning only a points in the last two games, now their leading gap got reduced to only one point with Pelister and Ljubanci sharing the second place (both have 20), while third placed Teteks (18) is only three points away.
Round 12 results:
Pelister – Pobeda 2:1 (1:1)
44′ Ive Trifunovski, 78′ Blagojche Glavevski – 26′ Valentin Kolevski
Kozhuf Miravci – Gostivar 3:0 (1:0)
9′, 79′ Darko Shterjov, 66′ Redjep Ali
Teteks – Gorno Lisiche 1:0 (1:0)
7′ Benjamin Demir
Skopje – Ljubanci 0:1 (0:0)
75′ Dimitar Ivanov
Makedonija Gjorche Petrov – Vlazrimi 77 0:3 (0:3)
13′, 25′ Agron Zekjiri, 18′ Valdet Osmani