FK Rabotnicki have lifted their third Macedonian Cup after seeing off city and title rivals FK Metalurg Skopje 2-0 at the National Arena Filip II Macedonian.
Playing in their fifth cup final in seven years, 2008 and 2009 winners Rabotnicki were celebrating once more thanks to goals in either half by Borche Manevski and Petar Petrov after Oliver Peev was dismissed for Metalurg. Igor Angelovski's charges have guaranteed themselves a UEFA Europa League first qualifying round berth as a result but will be hoping for more as they currently sit top of the pile in the Macedonian First League as the season enters the home straight.
A fortnight ago Metalurg defeated Rabotnicki 2-1 in the league, but Srgjan Zaharievski's team could do not repeat the feat this time around as Peev saw red on the half-hour mark. Rabotnicki quickly made the most of their numerical advantage, forging ahead through top scorer Manevski, who converted from the spot after Zoran Vujović was penalised for handball in first-half added time.
Metalurg missed a great chance to equalise when Sedat Berisha headed narrowly wide 13 minutes from time and their fate was sealed in added time when Petrov's fine solo effort put the result beyond doubt. "All credits goes to my players who were phenomenal tonight, and deservedly won this final," Rabotnicki coach Angelovski told UEFA.com. "We wanted this trophy very much and now when it is in our hands, our joy is endless.
"Tonight we are going to celebrate, but from tomorrow we are going completely focus on Sunday's game," added Angelovski whose team can seal the double if they beat Gorno Lisice on Sunday and FK Turnovo and Metalurg, second and third respectively, both fail to win. "We will do our best to finish the season with two trophies."
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