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First League - Round 25

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Pelister players, archive photoPelister players, archive photoPelister kept its lead at the top of the standings, Vardar responded from its recent slum with an emphatic win, while Shkendija picked up an important road victory against Turnovo.

Rabotnichki was at the top of the table for just 24 hours as Pelister celebrated its 4th consecutive win to reclaim first place. The Bulgarian duo Lyubenov/Vodenicharov led the way by each scoring one goal to lead Pelister to a 2:0 victory over Gostivar. In the first half, Lyubomir Lyubenov attempted an audacious shot towards the Gostivar keeper who initially had the ball but then dropped it and it crossed the line for the opening Pelister goal. Meanwhile, in the second half, Gostivar pushed forward looking for an equalizer, but Pelister confirmed the win with Dimitar Vodenicharov's goal in the dying minutes of the match.

Vardar got back on track by demolishing struggling side Napredok 6:0. After a series of bad results, they were the beneficiary of facing a terrible opponent which allowed them to comfortably celebrate 3 points. Jasir Asani was the man of the match as he scored a hat-trick, Filip Despotovski notched a brace, while Antonio Bujchevski netted one goal.

Shkendija continued their winning ways by beating Horizont Turnovo on the road. In just three rounds, Shkendija has managed to defeat Rabotnichki, Vardar and Horizont Turnovo, all teams near the top of the standings. Mensur Kurtishi and Astrit Fazliu scored the goals for Shkendija and their task was certainly made easier when CB Dejan Mitrev was sent off in the 10th minute.

In the remaining two games on Sunday, Gorno Lisiche and Bregalnica shared the points in a goalless draw, while Metalurg and Renova also clinched one point apiece in a 2:2 draw.

Pelister - Gostivar 2:0 (1:0)
26' Lyubomir Lyubenov, 89' Dimitar Vodenicharov

Vardar - Napredok 6:0 (5:0)
21', 44' Filip Despotovski, 26' Antonio Bujchevski, 39', 41', 62' Jasir Asani

Horizont Turnovo - Shkendija 0:2 (0:1)
10' (pen) Mensur Kurtishi, 90' Astrit Fazliu

Gorno Lisiche - Bregalnica 0:0

Metalurg - Renova 2:2 (0:0)
 
61' Marjan Radeski, 70' (pen) Marko Simonovski - 64' (pen) Agron Memedi, 84' Saimir Fetai

Yesterday, Rabotnichki defeated Makedonija 2:0

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