Overview of Round 15 in the First League


Marjan Altiparmakovski was on target; photo: RabotnichkiMarjan Altiparmakovski was on target; photo: RabotnichkiVardar suffered its first loss of the season, Rabotnichki and Shkupi exchanged late goals to settle for a draw, Sileks steamrolled Mladost, Metalurg downed Bregalnica, while Renova and Shkendija shared the points in an uneventful goalless affair.

Vardar picked the wrong time to have its worst showing of the season. Instead of capitalizing on the idle Shkendija, Vardar simply failed to show up. The team looked disinterested, expecting that just their mere presence was enough to beat Turnovo. Well, it doesn't work that way in football. Vardar left Turnovo empty handed by falling 2:1. It was their first loss of the season. Dejan Blazhevski missed a penalty in the 38th minute when he sent his effort over the goal. That was a precursor of what was to come. For Turnovo, veterans Sashko Pandev and Bojan Najdenov scored the decisive goals, while substitute Aco Stojkov notched the lone goal for Vardar.

Highlights of the game:

Turnovo: Stoilkov, Iliev, Tashev, Ivanov (76' Taipi), Milushev, Mavrov, Tafe, Tanushev, Najdenov, Imeri (65' Bozhinov), Pandev (81' Krstovski).

Vardar: Pachovski, Hambardzumyan, Mijušković, Grncharov, Popov, Gligorov, Velkovski (52' Stojkov), Juan Felipe, Romero (58' Dashyan), Blazhevski, Ivanovski (70' Ljamchevski).

Rabotnichki and Shkupi saw late drama, erasing what was to that point a rather forgettable affair. Not much was happening, but fireworks came in the final moments. Besar Imeri appeared to give Shkupi the win with a late goal in the 88th minute, but Rabotnichki responded shortly thereafter. Marjan Altiparmakovski was in the right place at the right time to grab the equalizer for Rabotnichki and thus deny a win by Shkupi. Rabotnichki then had a chance to win the game themselves in extra time, but their finishing let them down. In the end, both teams had to settle for one point.

Video of the goals:

Rabotnichki: Bozhinovski, Siljanovski, Ilievski, Ristevski, Cikarski, Vujčić (82' Jovanoski), Petrovikj (58' Trajchevski), Markoski (58' Mitrov), S. Sahiti, Altiparmakovski, Ilijoski.

Shkupi: Zendeli, Murati, Adili, Lazarevski, Bajrami, Zuka (84' Arif), Janevski (62' Bae), Osmani, Adem, Iseni (90' Maksuti), Nuhiu.

In Kratovo, Sileks made easy work Mladost, a side currently on a downward spiral. Sileks put the game away after only 17 minutes by scoring three goals, facing little resistence from Mladost in the process. Sileks got a goal from a defender (Blagoj Gucev), midfielder (Gligor Gligorov) and striker (Nikolcho Gorgiev) to snatch three points. Mladost, on the other hand, has lost six league games in a row.

Video of the goals:

Sileks: Mitrović, Timovski, Mickov, S. Rudan, Ivanov, Gucev, Gligorov, Djonov, Duranski, Gorgiev, Nedeljković.

Mladost: Petrovski, N. Veljanoski, Simjanovski, T. Veljanoski, Elmazovski, Dalcheski, Markovski, Cvetanoski, Konjarski, Sali, Kalanoski.

Metalurg got an important win over Bregalnica to close the gap at the bottom of the table. Metalurg still sits in last place, but they now trail both Bregalnica and Mladost by just two points apiece. Metalurg has actually beaten those two clubs in the past two rounds to put togeting a winning streak. Blagoja Naumoski and Riste Mitrevski made the difference on Sunday by finding the back of the net for Metalurg.

Bregalnica vs. Metalurg; photo: Stipski AsoviBregalnica vs. Metalurg; photo: Stipski Asovi

Bregalnica: Kolev (55' Davitkov), Blazheski (70' Iliev), Tonev, Mitrev, Hristov, Zdravkov, Kocev, Velkovski, Kostov (46' Ristovski), Stanković, Nacev.

Metalurg: Taleski, Gjorgievski, Leskaroski, Mitrevski, Ilieski, Krivanjeva, Jevtoski, Tanturovski (76' Danoski), Stojanovski (68' Bakracheski), Angelov, B. Naumoski (90' J. Naumoski).

The last game of the round, pushed back one day due to the inclement weather on Sunday, saw Shkendija and Renova share the points in a 0:0 draw. Renova defended very well and their keeper Andreja Efremov made the saves, when necessary, to deny the likes of Shkendija attackers Besart Ibraimi and Hristijan Kirovski.

Highlights of the game:

Renova: Efremov, Memedi, Musliu, Mishkovski, J. Selmani (87' Sadiki), Mojsov, Gafuri, Fetai (53' R. Selmani), Shabani (68' Skenderi), Ramadani, Nuhiu.

Shkendija: Jovanovski, Todorovski, Rech, Polozhani, Cuculi, Useini, Demiri, Alimi, Stênio Júnior, Ibraimi, Kirovski (79' Vručina).

Round 15 results:

Turnovo - Vardar 2:1 (0:0)
49' Sashko Pandev, 88' Bojan Najdenov - 78' Aco Stojkov

Rabotnichki - Shkupi 1:1 (0:0)
90' Marjan Altiparmakovski - 88' Besar Imeri

Sileks - Mladost 3:0 (3:0)
10' (pen) Nikolcho Gorgiev, 13' Gligor Gligorov, 17' Blagoj Gucev

Bregalnica - Metalurg 0:2 (0:1)
6' Blagoja Naumoski, 64' Risto Mitrevski

Renova - Shkendija 0:0

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