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Overview of Round 24 in the Second League

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The players of Mladost CD celebrate the important point in the locker room; photo: Nikolche PanovskiThe players of Mladost CD celebrate the important point in the locker room; photo: Nikolche PanovskiMakedonija GjP and Mladost CD settled for a draw, Gostivar won narrowly over Vlazrimi 77, Gorno Lisiche squeaked past Napredok, while Drita and Skopje shared the points thanks to a late equalizer for the latter.

The derby of this round was played at the Gjorche Petrov stadium in Skopje where promotion candidates Makedonija Gjorche Petrov hosted second-placed Mladost Carev Dvor. The home side desperately needed a win to move within 3 points of today's opponent that currently holds the last promotion position. Mladost, however, defended strong and took home an important point, something that moves them a step closer to a historic promotion.

With the above draw, Gostivar now becomes the biggest challenger to Mladost for second place. Gostivar won 1:0 over Vlazrimi 77 today to close the gap on Mladost to three points. These two teams, Gostivar and Mladost, play against each other in the next round. The stakes will be high since second place guarantees automatic promotion, while third place leads to a promotion play-off against the 8th ranked club from the First League.

Moment of the Gostivar - Vlazrimi 77 game; photo: KF GostivarMoment of the Gostivar - Vlazrimi 77 game; photo: KF Gostivar

Gorno Lisiche made it harder than expected in their slim triumph over bottom side Napredok, already relegated. A lone goal by attacker Alen Jasharoski at the hour mark brought the 3 points, but everyone at the club should be worried with the team's display. If they don't improve, then Gorno Lisiche could be dragged into the relegation battle. Just as a reminder, Napredok has conceded 68 goals this season which is almost 3 goals per game. They lost 8:0 in the last round to Shkupi.

Drita, second from bottom, was heading towards a crucial win over Skopje, but a late goal by the visitors shocked the hosts. Driton Zeadini brought the lead to Drita in the 68th minute, but they could not hold on as Darko Milevski equalized in stoppage time of the 90th minute. With this result, Drita remains in the relegation zone, now 7 points away from the play-out place.

The round was completed on Sunday with the match between Kozhuf Miravci and Shkupi. The visitors needed a point to mathematically secure their promotion, but that failed to happen after they lost 2:0. They will now have the chance to achieve promotion in front of their own fans when they host Makedonija Gjorche Petrov in the next round.

Round 24 results:

Gostivar - Vlazrimi 77 1:0 (1:0)
11' Mujdin Nebi

Makedonija Gjorche Petrov - Mladost Carev Dvor 0:0

Napredok - Gorno Lisiche 0:1 (0:0)
61' Alen Jasharoski

Drita - Skopje 1:1 (0:0)
68' Driton Zeadini - 90'+2 Darko Milevski

Kozhuf Miravci - Shkupi 2:0 (2:0)
10' Mirche Popov, 36' Edin Mersovski

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