Goldsmith Williams (Eng)




Lozenetz City (Bul)

* Goldsmith Williams win 3-1  on penalties.

The final of the 2010 Amsterdam Fives football tournament was going to be an intriguing one for so many reasons.

•  Lozenetz City were looking to complete the 2nd part of a unique hat-trick of winning 3 tournaments in a month by adding the Amsterdam crown to the Manchester title they had already won and with the Prague Masters still to play for.

•  Goldsmith Williams were looking to avenge defeat in the 2009 Prague Masters final when they lost 2-1 to Lozenetz City . This defeat denied Goldsmith Williams the chance to become the first team to retain a title. This feat is still to be achieved although Lozenetz City will have the chance in Prague in 2 weeks time.

•  There is the sub-plot of the top goalscorer prize with Atanas Minev (6 tournament goals) and Liam Currie (7 tournament goals) chasing down Richard Walker's tally of 8 goals for the Dark Horses.

•  There was also the feeling that this rematch was a little overdue when Lozenetz City lost to France 's Luminy Wolves on penalties in the 2009 Barca Fives final it denied the Lozenetz City-Goldsmith Williams rematch in the Catalan capital.

The first half of the final proved to be a cagey affair with the teams looking as if they were sounding each other out. With both teams so determined to win it seemed to be the fear of losing in such a grudge match which dominated the play. It was perhaps no surprise then that we reached half-time at 0-0.

As the crowds gathered and the tension grew the second half of the final began to take shape and settle into a pattern. Goldsmith Williams seemed to be the team taking the initiative and taking the game to their opponents. Lozenetz City seemed quite content with this and happy to absorb the pressure and then hit their opponents on the break. Chances were still at a premium though as Lozenetz City defended stoutly and their chances on the break were thwarted on the counter attack by Goldsmith Williams' Kevin Smith who played the sweeper role. Just before the final whistle Lozenetz City had the best chance of the game as Bojidar Gorchev found himself free but Gary Dean narrowed the angle and forced Gorchev to slice the opportunity wide. The final score was 0-0 and we were into Golden Goal extra time.

In Golden Goal extra time the pattern followed that of the second half. Chances were at a premium once more but as we reached the end of the second period of extra time Chris Williams stole into the penalty area and put a particularly difficult volley, which arrived at an awkward height, high and wide of Genadiev's goal and with that we were destined for penalties.

This would be the third title to be decided by penalties and the first outside of Barcelona . Goldsmith Williams had finished runners-up in the last Cup Final to go to penalties.


So, the 2010 Amsterdam Fives title would be decided by the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Each team had played one, lost one in competition and both had lost to the same opposition Luminy Wolves of France. One team here would continue that losing record but one team would triumphantly put the horror of Barcelona penalties behind them.

Lozenetz City won the toss and put Goldsmith Williams in to shoot first:

Craig Ralph (Goldsmith Williams): Scored twice in the tournament so far and was to make no mistake from the spot, 1-0.

Alex Kyulev ( Lozenetz City ): Captain fantastic for Lozenetz City struck the ball true and with power but against the bar and over. Advantage Goldsmith Williams.

Kevin Smith (Goldsmith Williams): Yet to score in the tournament but playing the sweeper role maybe not surprising. Showed no fear in striding to the spot and converting to make it 2-0.

Atanas Minev ( Lozenetz City ): Real pressure on the Bulgarian number 10 who had already scored 7 in the tournament to date. If he missed they were out, simple as that. Minev handled the pressure well and found the back of the net to make it 2-1.

Liam Currie (Goldsmith Williams): Simple equation score and the title was heading to Liverpool . Currie was another man on 7 goals for the tournament and probably the perfect choice to take the penalty. He converted the penalty with aplomb and there was a pause from Currie, as if the reality of the moment took a second to sink in, before he headed off on a mazy run with the Goldsmith Williams squad chasing after him.

It was a cruel way for Lozenetz City to lose but both teams embraced and shook hands with mutual respect for their opponents. Both teams had represented their countries well in this final and could be proud of their team's achievements.

Well done to Goldsmith Williams who became only the third team to win two tournaments. They join Olympic Phil Babb and today's opponents, Lozenetz City , on that particular pedestal.

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