Room 20 (Eng)




Wilhelmus (Hol)


The first final of the day would see Wilhelmus and Room 20 come head-to-head to lift the 2012 Amsterdam Fives Plate Title.

Who would emerge victorious? Well, we could look at their previous encounter in the group stage to give us a clue. On that occasion a closely contested game was decided in a frenetic few minutes when Room 20 scored three goals in quick time which put them on their way to victory. That was the group stages though and it meant nothing now.

With six games of football already under their belt the two teams would need to summon one last burst of energy to ensure they would be picking up winners and not runners-up medals in the presentation. The game itself was relatively sedate in the opening half as the amount of football and the Amsterdam sun was taking its toll on some tired legs and bodies. We reached half-time all square at 0-0 just as we were in the group game earlier in the day.

When the first goal came it was following a Room 20 corner. The English team had thrown men forward in search of a goal but they were caught on the break as Tomas Price coolly finished past the Room 20 goalkeeper. We were then back on level terms when a Josh Swallow corner was headed in at the back post by Calum Hopkins his third goal in two games at the business end of the tournament and his goals were proving vital. It was a fine downward header past the goalkeeper at the back post.

Room 20 were not level for long though as Tomas Prince scored his second of the game almost immediately. It was another fine finish on the turn with a left foot strike into the bottom corner of the goal. It was heartbreaking for Room 20 who had worked so hard to get back level. The goals had come so late in the game that virtually as soon we kicked off the final whistle went and it was all over.

We send our congratulations to Wilhelmus for a fine win and turning two Plate Semi-Final defeats (2009/2010) into Plate Final glory in 2012. Our commiserations go to Room 20 - they should not be too down though as they added a great deal to this tournament and sure success will come to them in future tournaments.

The 2012 Amsterdam Fives Plate Winners Wilhelmus.

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