JK Silvertown (Eng)




Melee FC (Eng)

Skidmarks (Eng)




Municipality of Raanana (Isr)


We were at the 2018 Amsterdam Fives Cup Semi-Final stage and from 18 teams who started the day we were down to the final 4.


Up first was JK Silvertown versus Melee FC. By reaching this stage JK Silvertown were matching their exploits from last year. Twelve months ago they lost to the eventual winners BSP FC. In the Fives, they now had 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from their 6 games. They had scored 20 goals along the way whilst conceding 14.


Melee FC were competing in their fourth Cup Semi-Final. In the previous 3 they had won two and lost one. They were aiming to reach their first Cup Final since the 2014 Amsterdam Fives. Melee FC had won 5 and drawn 1 of their games. They had scored 21 goals today so just the 1 more than JK Silvertown. Defensively though they were more solid having conceded just 5 goals compared with 14. Could this defensive strength prove the difference?


Fabio Zucchelli was on his way to another clean sheet as we reached half-time. At the other end David Stothard and Chris Pilsbury both found the back of the net. In the second half Chris Pilsbury went on to complete a hat-trick before Jack Dell completed his team's scoring.


Fabio Zucchelli was to be beaten in the second half. Chris Wright scored his twelfth of the tournament. He would go on to be crowned the top scorer in the Fives tournament – a fine personal achievement. Adem Hassan also scored what was to be his team's final goal. It was another good day for JK Silvertown but they couldn't quite make that first Cup Final.


So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle were Skidmarks against Municipality of Raanana.


This was a repeat of the opening game of Group C. On that occasion Skidmarks won 3-1. They would also go on to win Group C with Municipality of Raanana finishing in second position just two points behind.


Skidmarks had the joint best defence in the tournament so far (along with Melee FC) with just 5 goals conceded. With just 9 goals scored they were the lowest scoring of all the teams in the Cup – they were ruthlessly efficient as opposed to gung-ho but you felt they could move through the gears.


As Arsene Wenger may have said, they “released the handbrake” a little in this game and put four past Municipality of Raanana. The game was relatively close at half-time with Skidmarks holding a 2-1 advantage. In the second half they eased away from their opponents. There was 2 goals each for Luke Hatfield and Neil Taylor for Skidmarks. It took Neil Taylor to 7 goals for the day which made this tournament his highest scoring total.


Oren Tavor scored Municipality of Raanana's final goal of the tournament to finish as his team's joint top marksman with 7 goals (with Aninoam Bidani). Well done to him and all at Municipality of Raanana. It was an excellent debut for them and also for Israel in our tournaments.

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