First League

First League – Round 13

First LeagueMetalurg defeated first time this season, Vardar continued winning ways, Pelister destroyed at home.

Metalurg series of 12 matches without defeat this season came to an end when they took on Gostivar away. Although the visitors took the lead first through Marko Simonovski in 14th minute, Gostivar managed to turn the game around. Before the end of the first half Tairi equalized the result by converting a penalty and in the second half robust striker Eshtref Dehari scored a brace to give his team the win.

In Ohrid, Vardar hosted Gorno Lisiche and noted a new win. After a rather boring first half, Vardar stepped up in the second half and scored a goal through Reljić in 54th minute when he headed a ball home. 8 minutes later, Stojkov once again proved his qualities by lobbing the visitors keeper and setting the final score of 2:0 for the reigning champions.

Pelister suffered an unexpected, high defeat at home against Renova. Although the Bitola based team were considered small favorites before the match and their series of bad results was supposed to finish with the match against Renova, they not only failed to win, but were humiliated at home with a heavy 0:4 defeat. Pelister had to finish the match with 9 men, after Kitanovski and Hristov were sent off in 47th and 52nd minute and that surely helped Renova as it was 0:1 until then, but this defeat and the 13th round might be unlucky for Pelister’s manager Dragan Bocheski. Pelister had high ambitions before the start of the season, but in the last 4 matches only won 2 points and hasn’t celebrated a win in league matches in one month.

In Gjorche Petrov, the fans saw a match with two very different halves. While the first one was uneventful and with no real chances except some set pieces for the away team, the second half was a real pleasure to watch. The first half of the second half-time was definitely Rabotnichki’s period. Just 2 minutes into the second time, Krste Velkoski sent a strong shot from 16 meters and managed to put the ball behind Aleksovski’s net. When it was expected that the home team will step up, Rabotnichki had doubled their lead. A free-kick just outside the box was sent into the box and Kire Markoski was fastest to react and sent the ball into the net for 0:2. 3 minutes later, Krste Velkoski added his second goal and Rabotnichki’s third. He has received a ball after a fast counter attack, shot, Aleksovski blocked but the rebound came to Velkoski again and he put the ball into the empty net. When everyone thought the match was going to finish into a convincing away win, the home team found power to fight back. First Acevski scored following a corner kick when he headed a ball towards the far post and into the net. 7 minutes later, in the 80th, Makedonija GP’s captain Adem saw a penalty kick saved by the visitors’ keeper, but the rebound reached Adem again and he did not made a mistake again and lowered to 2:3. With 10 minutes to go, Makedonija pushed forward but they failed to equalized and visitors grabbed the three points.

Shkendija got the three points against Bregalnica at home with a brace by Jasir Selmani, while there was an exciting game in Kichevo where Napredok and Horizont Turnovo shared the points in a 2:2 draw. The visitors opened the scoreline first with Ejupi scoring in 7th minute but when Tenekedjiev was sent off in 27th minute, the home team saw an opportunity to get the win. Toni Veljanoski set the score straight before the end of the first half, and Krkeljić gave his team the lead in 52nd minute, but Naumchevski managed to score a goal for Horizont Turnovo three minutes later and set the final score of 2:2

Gostivar – Metalurg 3:1 (1:1)
45′ (pen) Fljamur Tairi, 59′, 89′ Eshtref Defari – 14′ Marko Simonovski

Vardar – Gorno Lisiche 2:0 (0:0)
54′ Stevan Reljić, 62′ Aco Stojkov

Pelister – Renova 0:4 (0:1)
8′ Izair Emini, 71′ Eljmedin Redjepi, 73′ Emran Ramadani, 78′ Ersen Sali

Makedonija Gjorche Petrov – Rabotnichki 2:3 (0:0)
73′ Andrej Acevski, 80′ Ermedin Adem – 47′, 68′ Krste Velkoski, 65′ Kire Markoski

Shkendija – Bregalnica 2:0 (2:0)
12′, 45′ Jasir Selmani

Napredok – Horizont Turnovo 2:2 (1:1)
45′ Toni Veljanoski, 52′ Đorđe Krkeljić – 7′ Muzafer Ejupi, 55′ Filip Naumchevski

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