Results
 

KPN Digital (Hol)

3

V

0

Drop It Like It's Scott (Eng)

LMH FC (Eng)

2*

V

2

SC Sylt (Ger)

* LMH FC (Eng) won 3-1 on penalties.

 

We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition with England, Germany and the Netherlands still represented. Well, we thought we had four teams.

The backdrop to this tournament was the England versus Sweden World Cup Quarter-Final which kicked off at 16.00 local time. We were doing our level best to rattle through the tournament and finish early so teams could watch the England game (which was being shown at the venue). However, Drop It Like It's Scott and their sister teams felt they could not wait and departed. It gave KPN Digital a swift route to the Plate Final.

 
 
 

The second Semi-Final was LMH FC versus SC Sylt. These were two teams who knew how to win at Plate level and both enjoyed success at this level in 2017. We had the 2017 Vilnius Tournament Plate winners playing against the 2017 Amsterdam Fives Plate winners.

LMH FC had the better form today with 3 victories so far compared to SC Sylt who had collected 2 wins.

This turned out to be a cracking game and the first half in particular was a very close contest. It was LMH FC who lead at the change of ends, 2-1. Rex Worth and Billy Henson had been in the goals for much of the day and they added a goal each to their haul here. Sebastian Kraus added his fourth and arguably most important goal of the day for the Germans.

In the second half SC Sylt levelled things up to make it 2-2 thanks to an Alexander Hohwieler strike. In our 99 tournaments to date (including the Fives & Sixes today) no team had retained a Plate title in the same destination. SC Sylt's chances of becoming the first were still very much alive. The game finished 2-2 and we would need penalties.

Both of these teams had superb penalty shoot-out records in our tournaments.

LMH FC played 2, won 2.

SC Sylt played 2, won 2.

One of these teams would lose that proud record here. First up was Simon Lewis who slotted home for 1-0. Sebastian Kraus scored in normal time but was unable to score against Johnny Lunn in the shoot-out. It was advantage LMH FC.

Rex Worth had scored in both penalty shoot-outs in Vilnius and he was to score again here to make it 2-0 to the English team. Marvin Gunther simply had to score to keep SC Sylt in it and he did, 2-1.

It meant Billy Henson had the chance to send LMH FC through and he duly obliged. LMH had now scored 9 out of 9 penalties in our penalty shoot-outs. Not only that, an English team had beaten a German team at penalties. The world has gone mad!

 
 
 
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