Vardar celebrated a hard fought win in Bitola in the opening round of the new championship.
Vardar managed to defeat Pelister in Bitola in the ‘Derby of Macedonia’ with a goal scored by Filip Petrov in the second half but the match will remain in the shadow of the incidents that occurred towards the end of it when an explosion was heard on the small stand where the away fans were seated causing one fan to lose his arm. The police is yet to give a public statement on how this incident happened.
As for the match itself, Vardar did not impress but did enough to secure a win and start their campaign on a positive note. The lone goal of the match was scored in the second half after an excellent cross by Hovhannes Hambardzumyan which was used by Petrov who headed the ball home and brought his team the three points.
Pelister – Vardar highlights:
In Tetovo, Shkendija managed to come back from a one goal deficit and noted a 2:1 win in the dying minutes of the match. The visitors opened the scoreline through new signing Zoran Matić in the first half, while Shkendija leveled things through Vručina 10 minutes from time. Just as everyone thought the match was going to finish 1:1, Martin Kavdanski jumped highest in the box after a cross by Alimi and gave his team the win.
Shkendija – Bregalnica highlights:
First league football returned to Kratovo where Sileks hosted Horizont Turnovo. With one goal in each half, the hosts made a great start to the season. Panovski scored in the first half and Velinov in the second. The visitors had to finish the match with 10 men as Harizanov was sent off in the 67th minute when the result was 1:0.
Sileks – Turnovo highlights:
Tomorrow, Rabotnichki and Metalurg will complete the first round, while yesterday Renova and Teteks shared the spoils in a scoreless draw.
Pelister – Vardar 0:1 (0:0)
50′ Filip Petrov
Shkendija – Bregalnica 2:1 (0:1)
79′ Bojan Vručina, 90+5′ Martin Kavdanski – 35′ Zoran Matić
Sileks – Horizont Turnovo 2:0 (1:0)
37′ Aleksandar Panovski, 70′ Stojanche Velinov