first semi-final was always going to be an epic
tie between two top quality teams with proven
eurofootballfives.com records. Defending champions
Athletico Do Hollande met 2008 Prague Masters
& 2010 Amsterdam Fives champions Goldsmith
Williams. Both teams has a 100% success rate in
Cup Semi-Finals, one team would maintain that
record whereas the other would see that record
go up in smoke.
teams had been free-scoring so far with Liam Currie
on 8 for Goldsmith Williams and the goals shared
around a bit more for Athletico Do Hollande with
Jerrel Fraenk and Toufik Haddouchi both riding
high in the goalscoring charts. If we were looking
at defences though then Goldsmith Williams could
boast the proudest record as Gary Dean had kept
5 clean sheets in this tournament and was on a
run of 7 consecutive shut-outs stretching back
to Amsterdam last year. Another clean sheet now
would be just what the doctor ordered.
was not to be though as Giorgio Fraenk gave Athletico
Do Hollande a vital lead. Pretty soon after, Toufik
Haddouchi made it 2-0. It was a double blow for
Goldsmith Williams and the fact that the goals
went it so quickly must have been demoralizing.
Athletico Do Hollande managed to keep the lead
through the second period Jerrel Fraenk made it
3-0 and the game was up for Goldsmith Williams…or
was it? Chris Williams reduced arrears to 3-1
but surely it was too late. The English team was
rejuvenated and there was some concern amongst
the Dutch side but the goal came too late. If
it had come earlier maybe they could have given
the Dutch a real scare and forced extra time.
Final score 3-1, Athletico Do Hollande were in
the final and Goldsmith Williams now had a watching
brief and were gallant enough to admit that the
best team had won on the day. Fair play lads.