Goldsmith Williams (Eng)




Kings Old Boys (Eng)

Lozenetz City (Bul)




Duevi 1997 (Ita)


We began the day with 12 teams from 5 nations and in the elite Cup competition we had representatives of 3 of those nations in the final 4 teams. The first semi-final would guarantee English participation in the final when Goldsmith Williams met Kings Old Boys.


Goldsmiths Williams were looking to maintain their 100% Cup semi-final record whereas Kings Old Boys were making their first Cup Semi-Final after a Plate Semi-Final in the 2009 Barca Fives. After suffering an early scare, Goldsmith Williams were back on track and looking in imperious form. Kings Old Boys were also on a fine run of 3 wins and a draw since opening game defeat. With the game underway it was Craig Ralph's second of the tournament who gave Goldsmith Williams an early and valuable lead.


From here you may expect them to kick on but Kings Old Boys never let the team from Liverpool get away from them and they were right in this game. In fact an equalizing goal looked well on the cards and Kings Old Boys came closest to scoring the second goal in this game not once but twice. In a frenzied 30 second spell Kings Old Boys hit the bar and from the rebound with the Goldsmith Williams defence scrambling struck the bar again and Kings Old Boys could be forgiven for thinking this was not their day.


The sands of time eventually ran out with no further addition to the scores as Kings Old Boys pushed their opponents all the way. Goldsmith Williams kept up their 100% semi-final record with 4 wins out of 4 and their fourth final awaited them. Who would their opponents be though?


The second Cup semi-final would see Group A runners-up Duevi 1997 of Italy take on Bulgaria 's Group B winners, Lozenetz City . Lozenetz City were favourites as they were on a really strong run of results in 2010 competition. They won the 2010 Manchester Fives and with their Amsterdam results so far had won 11, drawn 1, scored 34 and conceded just 1 this year. Duevi 1997 would have to pull out an amazing performance to make the final especially with an outfield player in goal having lost their goalkeeper in their final group game.


When the referee blew his whistle to kick the game off Lozenetz City were on the front foot. Bojidar Gorchev's fourth of the competition broke the deadlock and made it advantage Bulgaria . Stoian Nenkov made it 2-0 before half-time and the game looked over already despite a hard-working performance from the Italians.


Duevi 1997 continued to work hard and never gave up. In the second half they continued to fight and try and drag back the two goal deficit. When Atanas Minev scored his 6 th of the day to make it 3-0 it really was game over and there was no way of coming back. Duevi 1997 were to gain reward for their efforts as Alessio Covella's 7th of the competition proved to be more than a mere consolation for two reasons. Not only did it put him level with Goldsmith Williams Liam Currie and Dark Horses Richard Walker on 7 goals at the top of the goalscoring charts but it also ended Evgeni Genadiev's quest to set a unique record.


That record was to be the first goalkeeper to go through an entire tournament without conceding a goal. In Manchester last weekend he went so close by keeping six clean sheets before conceding in the second half of the final. Close but no cigar. He looked destined to take his challenge to the final game in Amsterdam too until Covella's strike. At the end of the day though, Lozenetz City were in the final and what a final we had to look forward to!

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