1.MFL overview of Round 4

Borec shocked and defeated Shkendija, Makedonija GjP defeated Sileks in match rich with goals, Akademija Pandev celebrated at Rabotnichki, Struga and Shkupi shared the points, while Vardar managed to take the points against Renova away.

photo by FK Borec Veles: the players celebrate after the match

With four matches moved to saturday due to the international break, thi round got concluded on Sunday when Renova welcomed Vardar. After a goalless first half Vardar took the lead through 18-year old Djemal Ibishi who had just entered the field. He won a sliding duel with experienced defender Nenad Mishkovski to score the opener.

Worth noticing in that Renova fielded 16-year-old (and 72 days) Alban Taipi who became the second youngest player to play in the Macedonian top flight. The youngest is still Elif Elmas.

Gradski stadium in Tetovo
Renova – Vardar 0:1 (0:0)
Goals: 65′ Djemal Ibishi
Referee: Marjan Eckoski (Ohrid)

A match between the two lone winless teams took place in front of a packed stadium in Veles. Holders Shkendija missed a great opportunity to break the dead lock from the spot in the 19th minutes but home keeper Burhan Mustafa saved Besart Ibraimi’s shot.

Shkendija could not break the home defense and ten minutes from time got punished. Croatian international Nikola Prelčec scored a goal sending the home crowd jubilant. First win for Borec this season and against the title holders! Hours later Shkendija eventually fired coach Kjatip Osmani due to the poor results this summer.

Zoran Paunov stadium in Veles
Borec – Shkendija 1:0 (0:0)
Goals: 80′ Nikola Prelčec
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (Skopje)

Makedonija GjP visited Sileks in what happened to be a goals galore match. After a 0:2 lead for the Lions at half time the hosts equalized before conceding another two goals. This time they failed to get back in game as they only scored once for a final defeat of 3:4.

Sileks stadium in Kratovo
Sileks – Makedonija GjP 3:4 (0:2)
Goals: 47′ (pen) Denis Ristov, 59′ Angelche Timovski, 90′ Kristijan Kostovski – 15′ Fernando Augusto, 43′ Benjamin Demir, 78′ Robinho, 84′ Bobi Bozhinovski
Referee: Krumislav Gjorgiev (Shtip)

Akademija Pandev took a very early lead after just 50 second thanks to the mistake by home keeper Damjan Shishkovski. Instead of giving the ball to his teammate, he passed it straight to Sashko Pandev who quickly sent a great shot. The hosts managed to equalize with a 25 meter shot by Sharkoski, but near the end substitute Krstovski brought the points to the visiting side.

The mistake of Shishkovski:


National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje
Rabotnichki – Akademija Pandev 1:2 (1:1)
Goals: 39′ Nikolche Sharkoski – 1′ Sashko Pandev, 78′ Mario Krstovski
Referee: Aleksandar Grujoski (Kichevo)

Struga and Shkupi shared the points in a match with two goals and three red cards. Just before half-time Tafe and Jurina kicked each other several times during a duel and earned direct red cards. Shkupi took the lead from the spot in the 63rd minute when Kasami made a brutal foul earning another expulsion, but even with 9 men the host leveled twelve minutes later.

moment of the game; photo: FC Shkupi Skopje

Gradska Plazha stadium in Struga
Struga – Shkupi 1:1 (0:0)
Goals: 71′ Abdulhadi Jahja – 63′ (pen) Serginho
Red cards: 44′ Arben Tafe, 63′ Ard Kasami (S), 44′ Marin Jurina (Sh)
Referee: Petar Mantev (Negotino)

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