Colden Hommodore (Hol)




Real Sosobad (Hol)

Freshers FC (Eng)




London French FC (Fra)


We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition and we were guaranteed just one thing – a Dutch team in the final. The first semi-final would be contested by Colden Hommodore and Real Sosobad.

Colden Hommodore were on debut and so breaking new ground. They had finished third in Group A and had an impressive record of just 1 defeat in 5 games. They were favourites against a Real Sosobad team who had qualified for the knockout phase of our tournaments for the first time at the second attempt. They'd only recorded 4 points in the group phase but the crucial 4th point was achieved against the Group B winners who had a 100% record (4 wins from 4) up until that point. That showed they could compete with anyone in this tournament.

It was their opponents Colden Hommodore that hit the front in this fixture thanks to Callum Aitken's first goal of the day and what a crucial time to get it. It was 1-0 at half-time and they had one foot in the Plate Final.

After the break it got even better for Colden Hommodore as Manuel Krahe extended the lead to 2-0 and the debutants could almost celebrate…but not quite. Real Sosobad showed their powers of recovery again, just as they did in their final group game, as Lygel D'Mello reduced the lead to 2-1. Alas for him and his team it proved to be too little too late as Real Sosobad exited the tournament. Final score, 2-1.


So who would meet Colden Hommodore in the Plate Final? The two teams set to do battle were Freshers FC and London French FC.

This would be an intriguing contest between two teams who were closely matched on paper. There was only one point between the teams in the group phase. Freshers FC had 3 wins from 5 games and narrowly lost the other two. London French FC only lost the one game and had 2 wins and 2 draws from their other 4 games. Freshers FC had a goal difference of 8-7, London French FC 7-7 so it really was going to be a close call.

If the game was close on paper it also proved to be close on the field of play. There was to be just the one goal to separate the two teams. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and that man was Toby Porter. His third goal of the day and most important. His first half strike was the meaningful blow that sent his team into the Plate Final.

We sadly had to say farewell to London French FC. A good day's performance and we shall see them again on tour next time.

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