First League

Macedonian First League – Round 16

First League Another loss for Rabotnicki, marking their eight consecutive defeat, while the spoils were shared in the Tetovo derby between Shkendija and Renova.

Shkendija opened brightly against Renova with Ferhan Hasani scoring an early goal in the 3rd minute, but defender Nenad Miskovski then earned a red card ten minutes later and the referee pointed to the spot.  Renova converted the penalty through striker Boban Jancevski to make it 1:1.  Shkendija kept battling and was also awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute.  Captain Nebi Mustafi converted the spot kick to make it 2:1 for the home team.  However, Shkendija was not able to hold on to their lead as Renova attacker Marjan Andonov equalized in the 86th minute to set the final score at 2:2.

Meanwhile, Horizont Turnovo piled on more misery to Rabotnicki by beating them 1:0 with the lone goal being scored by Tome Iliev in the 28th minute.  This was Rabotnicki’s eight consecutive defeat in league play and the club is currently in 9th place – a position that leads to the relegation play-off.

Yesterday, Vardar kept it late and needed two late goals to break down Ohrid’s defense.  In what was a rather poor match, Ohrid looked organized on defense and it seemed destined that the match would end in a goalless draw but Vardar player Toni Veljanoski quickly reacted in the box in the 89th minute and managed to score the opening goal just a minute after entering  the match.  Ohrid’s manager Dragan Antić then told his team to leave the field, only to return minutes later with the Ohrid players standing until the end of the match.  The first goal looked valid so it seems Antić overreacted once again.  While the Ohrid players were standing, Osa Guobadia scored another goal for Vardar to cement the final scoreline of 2:0.  It was the same score as the first meeting between these two clubs that was played in Ohrid when it took Vardar more then 80 minutes to score their first goal before scoring another goal towards the end of the match to make it 2:0, although manager Dragan Antić was most responsible for the second goal in yesterday’s game.  It remains to be seen how the Ohrid manager will react after this game and whether the first goal was indeed valid.

Metalurg stayed five points behind Vardar by also clinching a 2:0 win at home against Napredok with Metalurg scoring a goal in each half.  Cvetan Curlinov opened the scoring in the 24th minute while Baze Ilijoski confirmed the win in the second half with a goal in the 67th minute. 

In the other match that was played on Saturday, Bregalnica Stip noted a convincing win against Sileks with a dominating performance.  Recent new addition Genc Hyseni scored the first goal for the home club in the 9th minute, while a brace from Lazar Iliev in the second half (51′ and 77′ minute) brought Bregalnica the three important points as they extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.  Aleksandar Temelkov only scored a consolation goal for Sileks in the 88th minute.

Vardar – Ohrid 2:0
89′ Toni Veljanoski, 90′ Osa Guobadia

Metalurg – Napredok 2:0
24′ Cvetan Curlinov, 67′ Baze Ilijoski

Bregalnica – Sileks 3:1
9′ Genc Hyseni, 51′, 77′ Lazar Iliev – 88′ Aleksandar Temelkov

Shkendija – Renova 2:2
3′ Ferhan Hasani, 32′ Nebi Mustafi (pen) – 14′ Boban Jancevski (pen), 86′ Marjan Andonov

Horizont Turnovo – Rabotnicki 1:0
28′ Tome Iliev

On Monday, Teteks will conclude the round by facing 11 Oktomvri in a match between two struggling clubs near the bottom of the table.

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