The 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.

The first of those semi-finals would see Plate veterans the CSF take on 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.

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.

A 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.

The 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.

It 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.

Still 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 penalty.

We 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.


CSF (Eng)

2 *



Wilhelmus B (Hol)

* CSF win by Golden Goal extra time.

Tom Tom Go (Hol)

0 *



Amsterdamage (Eng)

* Tom Tom Go win 2-1 on penalties.


Group Phase:

Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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