2009 Amsterdam Fives would see two Dutch and two
English teams battle it out to become the Plate
winners. The semi-final draw threw up two England
versus Holland matches.
first of those semi-finals would see Plate veterans
the CSF take on
eurofootballfives.com debutants Wilhelmus
B. The CSF had an amazing record in Plate
semi-finals with a 100% record of 3 successes
out of 3. It was going to be an uphill task for
the Dutch team but they got off to the perfect
start taking the lead through Alain Do Rego. It
was the first lead that Wilhelmus had taken in
the competition and they were now in pole position
to make the finals. They held the lead until half-time.
was running out for the CSF to keep up their 100%
record. They needed a goal to draw level and they
got it when Chris Tuck bagged his second goal
of the competition. The goal was enough to earn
them extra time. The teams now had two halves
of extra-time to try and find a goal otherwise
it would be penalties to split these two sides.
Penalties would not be required though as Tom
Mottram struck the decisive blow from a free kick
and put the CSF into their 4 th plate final. The
day was sadly over for Wilhelmus.
second Holland v England tussle would decide which
team would complete the Plate final line up. Tom
Tom Go of Holland would go into the game
with confidence having won their last group game
whereas Amsterdamage would
need to bounce back from conceding a last minute
equaliser against the Bartley Greeners which ended
their Cup aspirations.
game was every bit as close as the first semi-final
as Amsterdamage did bounce back and fought hammer
and nail with Tom Tom Go. Amsterdamage were the
draw specialists in the tournament with two in
three thus far. They made it three in four as
neither of these teams could find a way through
their opposing defences. The game finished 0-0.
Into golden goal extra-time again and still a
goal could not be found so we would have our first
penalty shoot-out of the day.
was an incredible penalty shoot-out as well with
goalkeepers and woodwork being on top. You may
think this was poor penalty taking but you would
be a wrong. The first four penalties were saved
by the goalkeepers or the posts but all were superbly
struck and only narrowly missed the target.
at 0-0 and both teams found their shooting boots
to make it 1-1 and sudden death penalties began.
The first round of sudden death saw one success
and one failure. Let's focus on the positives
and the two heroes were Matt Slater in the Tom
Tom Go goal and Jean-Michael who struck the winning
had to say farewell to Amsterdamage who having
lost just once in the tournament would consider
themselves unfortunate to get knocked out at this
stage. The final beckoned for Tom Tom Go.