Inter Women (Eng)




The Gunners (Eng)

RFM (Hol)




Athletico Do Hollande (Hol)


We were at the 2011 Amsterdam Fives Cup Semi-Final stage and from 13 teams who started the day we were down to the final 4.


First up was The Gunners versus Inter Women. Inter Women had stumbled a little in their opening games but had finished Group A in style scoring goals all over the place and had the best record going into the knock-out stage. The Gunners had produced some good displays giving Athletico Do Hollande a scare and also roared into this match with a 5-0 Quarter-Final win. As a result we were expecting a keenly contested match.


What transpired was completely different though. Maybe the Quarter-Final had sapped some strength or maybe Inter Women were just too strong. We will never quite know the answer but what we do know is that Inter Women had romped into the final by the sensational scoreline of 6-0. They led 2-0 at the break and showed a ruthless streak by adding four more before full time.


Daniel Powell was the chief architect of the victory with four goals taking him to 13 for the tournament a clear lead in the top goalscorer charts. Ronnie Powell and David Foran also scored in a tournament where they had also banged in the goals but they were outshone by their team-mate.


It was time to say farewell to The Gunners who were just one game away from a European Cup Final at the first time of asking. There were signs that on a different day with different opponents (not everyone is as tough as Inter Women) a place in the final could have been theirs.


So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? It was certain we would have Dutch team as RFM met Athletico Do Hollande. RFM certainly had a tough task as Athletico Do Hollande had never lost a game in the knock-out stage of a tournament and are the 2010 and 2011 Algarve Open champions.


Having said that, when the two teams met earlier in the day RFM pushed Athletico all the way and the teams were level at 1-1 until relatively late on when Athletico pulled away to claim a 3-1 victory. A repeat performance would do just nicely for Athletico but RFM would be hoping to get a little bit closer this time to dump their opponents out of the 2011 Amsterdam Fives.


As they had done so in the Group Phase, Athletico Do Hollande took the lead through Fernando Pique. In the last meeting they led 1-0 at the break but on this occasion they could enjoy a 2-0 lead as John Hanst doubled the advantage. From then on it was plain sailing for Athletico as maybe RFM tired. John Hanst made it 3-0, Pique made it 4-0, Brian Sno made it 5-0 and then finally goalkeeper Redouan El Hamidi got in on the act to make it 6-0.


It was sensational stuff and we have never had two such emphatic Semi-Final victories and what a Final awaited. It was tough on RFM who were much improved on last season we look forward to seeing them in 2012 to see how much they have progressed again.

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