Despite being without several standard players ,Vardar was favorite before the match versus Borac in SEHA GSS league round 9, and home team proved it by winning 28-24 (15-10). For home team game was important to raise the form before the upcoming match against city rival Metalurg in the EHF Champions League on Thursday, and also to give bigger chance to those players who usually spend more time on bench.
Left winger Dobrivoje Markovic used his chance, scoring 10 goals from 14 attempts, including two penalties, goalkeeper Strahinja Milic has also confirmed good form with 13 saves, 11 in the first half.
Vardar missed chance to end game with bigger goal deference due to occasional downs in guest team's performance and goalkeeper Mirza Haseljic’s 15 saves. Nemanja Bezbradica has in the second half kept Borac alive scoring six goals in a row from 46' to 56' minute .
Borac was not a true test for Vardar’s capabilities, and Macedonian champions played relaxed knowing the fact that Borac is not a team that they have to fear.
Twice Vardar even had 8 goals advantage ( 22-14, 24-16 ), but always allowing the opponent to come closer to 4-5 goals.
Jani Cop, Borac's coach:
- Vardar deserved victory. They used the quality they have in the team. For us next step is to continue to work and build our game. We are still at the beginning of process of creating a good team. It will take some time. It was obviously difference in quality of the teams.
Mario Blazevic, Borac's goalkeeper:
- We have given our maximum in this moment. We’re still creating a new team. We have a new coach and still need time to complete the mosaic. Tonight team gave a strong resistance against Vardar. Players fought till the end and showed character .
Andon Boškovski, Vardar's coach:
- I am pleased with the defence eventhough we've received more goals them we should which was due to lack of concentration. The realization in attack should be improved. Lazarov had stomach problems and therefore played less. We had to save Abutovic for duels with Metalurg , so he just played in defense.