HC VARDAR 1961 – HC ALKALOID 24-21 (12-11)
Venue: SC Jane Sandanski in Skopje. Spectators: 1,000. Referees: Mihajlo Ilievski and Metodija Ilievski. Delegate: Aco Nikolovski.

HC VARDAR 1961: Tomovski, Gogov, Jagurinovski 2, Alarov, Georgievski 2, Karapalevski 1, Yasuhira 8, Rodriguez 3, Lazarevski 1, Gojkovic, Srdanovic 1, Nikolic 2, Petric 3, Djukic 1, Melo, Mishevski.
Seven-meter throws: 5/5. Suspensions: 10 min.

HC ALKALOID: Galevski, Trajkoski, Djonov 1, Petrov, Markoski, Mladenovikj, Serafimov 3, Karasmanakis 1, Stojkovic, M. Mitev 5, Velkovski, Simonoski 2, Bingo 2, D. Mitev 5, Savrevski, Dimovski 2.
Seven-meter throws: 5/6. Suspensions: 14 min.

The city derby kicked off with both teams displaying solid defensive performances, resulting in only a few goals. In the early stages of the first half, our team held a two-goal lead, with the score at 1-3 and 3-5. Vardar, however, stepped up their defensive efforts and managed to close the gap.

The home team capitalized on our offensive errors at one point, taking a 10-8 lead in the latter part of the first half. Nonetheless, we entered the break with a one-goal advantage, as the scoreboard showed 12-11. The opponent’s goalkeeper, Martin Tomovski, particularly stood out making five saves, while Blagojche Trajkoski had two.

Ten minutes into the second half, the score stood at 15-14 in favor of Vardar 1961. Our team faced a setback when Marko Stojkovic received his third suspension and a red card. The one-goal difference persisted (18-17, then 19-18), with Vardar maintaining a constant lead of one to two goals. This was partly due to our team receiving two suspensions as we entered the final ten minutes. A crucial goal by the Japanese player Yasihura, sealed the victory for the rival team with a score of 23-20.