The afternoon knock-out session began with the Cup Quarter-Finals. The final eight teams were assembled and all had a sniff of glory with the group stages yielding no clear favourites. We were expecting a very open challenge and some very close contests in deciding the destination of the 2009 Amsterdam Fives title.

First up we would see the 3 Lions tackle FC Biermeisters Nord as the best 3 rd placed team in the group stages. The teams had met earlier in the day and as Group A winners and with a 2-1 win already under the belt the 3 Lions would be favourites. This was not to be though as FC Biermeisters turned the tables on their opponents in a game that was the mirror image of the earlier game. Paul Jones scored the opening goal before John Warman established a two goal advantage. The supporters and cheerleaders went crackers! Chris Baginsky reduced the deficit before half-time with his fourth of the tournament to give his side hope.

The first half goal frenzy was replaced by a nervy second half with no further goals. 3 Lions tried to find the equaliser but were unable to do so as the Biermeisters held firm. 3 Lions captain Baginsky conceded that the Biermeisters were the better team in this game and it was they who progressed to the semi-finals.

Their opponents in the semi-finals would be the winners of Wafty Crankers versus Blazers Army. With a 100% record it would be the Wafty Crankers who were favourites although there proved to be little between the teams in the opening period and the 0-0 scoreline at half-time suggested as much. We did see goals in the second half and when the opening goal came it arrived from the Blazers Army's Liam Stein. The Wafty Crankers now had a real battle on their hands to keep their challenge going. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and it was James Rowland who equalized fro the Crankers. James Rowland now had an impressive record of scoring in every game played in. A total of 15 goals in 10 matches in the 2008 Prague Masters and 2009 Amsterdam Fives.

Normal time finished 1-1 as did the first half of golden goal extra time. With time running out and penalties looking inevitable we were to see a golden goal in the final minute of extra time. The hero was Jonathan Shemoon of Blazers Army and we'd seen a 2 nd minor upset in succession proving how open this competition was. Commiserations to Wafty Crankers and congratulations to Blazers Army.


3 Lions (Eng)




FC Biermeisters Nord (Eng)

Wafty Crankers (Eng)



2 *

Blazers Army (Eng)

* Blazers Army win by Golden Goal extra time.

Bull Heads (Eng)




Bartley Greeners (Eng)

Tom Tom One (Hol)

1 *



FC Biermeisters Sud (Eng)

* Tom Tom One win by Golden Goal extra time.


Next up was the Bull Heads versus Bartley Greeners. The Group C winners continued where they left off as they went into their Cup quarter-final. They quickly established a 2-0 lead through their leading marksman Jose Fernandes. If the Bartley Greeners task at the start was tough they now had a mountain to climb as the Bull Heads were yet to concede in the tournament. They would need to score twice just to give them the chance of forcing extra time. The third goal of the game went to the Bull Heads and put the game beyond doubt. Nicky Walsh with the final goal of the game that ended the Bartley Greeners dreams of glory.

The Bull Heads were looking strong and given the earlier two quarter-final results you could probably now call them favourites.

The two teams fighting for a place to meet them in the semi-finals were Tom Tom One and FC Biermeisters Sud. Having started strongly, Tom Tom One had only picked up one point in their previous two games. The Biermeisters Sud were sure to have been prepared by their sister ‘Nord' squad after they drew 3-3 with the Dutch side in the group phase. They must have been briefed well as they snuffed out all their opponents could throw at them.

However, despite vociferous support they were unable to break down Tom Tom One either and so the game finished all square at 0-0. We were treated to golden goal extra time again and the decisive moment was to the benefit of the Dutch as Yves Gaudouen chose the perfect time to score his first goal of the tournament. Tough luck for FC Biermeisters Sud who battled so well.


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Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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