Shkendija defeated Vardar in Skopje in the derby of the 23rd round, while Pelister and Horizont Turnovo continued with their winning ways.
Vardar’s poor form continues in the 23rd round. Shkendija defeated Vardar at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon by winning 1:2. The visiting team took the lead first through Bulgarian international Yordan Miliev. Filip Petrov managed to equalize the match in the 69th minute, but former Pelister striker Stênio Júnior scored on a rebound several minutes later to bring his team important three points, while at the same time sliding Vardar down to the 4th place.
(Highlights of the match)
Pelister was on the verge of losing their match in Bitola against Makedonija Gjorche Petrov after it was 0:1 until the 88th minute of the match. Makedonija GjP took the lead with Fahrudin Gjurgjevikj’s great lob goal, but the home team did not give up and managed to score two goals in the dying minutes of the match. Just as in round 22, Bulgarian duo Kovachev/Vodenicharov turned the game around for Pelister. Kovachev equalized the score in 89th minute after an assist from Ljamchevski, and minutes later Ljamchevski provided another assist when his cross was converted into a goal by Vodenicharov.
Horizont Turnovo noted a home win against Gorno Lisiche. Geogi Kakalov scored the first goal for Turnovo, while Filip Naumchevski confirmed the win in the second half.
Gostivar stunned Renova in Tetovo. Even though Gostivar are very close to securing relegation, they did not travel to Tetovo with a white flag. Instead, they took home all three points courtesy of a late goal by Zendan Alili in the 90th minute.
Metalurg had no major problems with Napredok by celebrating a 2:0 win. Sedat Berisha and Alen Stevanović were the goalscorers for the victorious side.
Pelister – Makedonija Gjorche Petrov 2:1 (0:0)
89′ Martin Kovachev, 90+2′ Dimitar Vodenicharov – 80′ Fahrudin Gjurgjevikj
Horizont Turnovo – Euromilk Gorno Lisiche 2:0 (1:0)
8′ Georgi Kakalov, 53′ Filip Naumchevski
Renova – Gostivar 0:1 (0:0)
90′ Zendan Alili
Metalurg – Napredok 2:0 (1:0)
14′ Sedat Berisha, 88′ Ljubomir Stevanović
Vardar – Shkendija 1:2 (0:1)
69′ Filip Petrov – 23′ Yordan Miliev, 72′ Stênio Júnior