second Semi-Final was Maidenhead versus Klopp
& Co. If you'd have asked us before kick-off
that we would have Maidenhead versus Klopp &
Co in the knock-out phase we would have thought
that it would be in the Cup competition. Today,
this contest was in the Plate.
& Co could consider themselves unlucky not
to have finished higher in Group A. They had
the second best goal-scoring record of all 14
teams in the event (11 goals), the joint best
goal difference of all teams (+9) and the joint
best defence of all teams (with JNJ High Wycombe
& JNJ Turkey). Two 1-0 defeats had scuppered
their chances in the Cup.
would therefore start as favourites for the
Plate title. It was maybe no surprise when they
took a first half lead through Yannick Van Steyvoort.
In the second half Niall Dowling levelled things
up at 1-1. It meant a penalty shoot-out would
be required to settle this.
would take the first penalty kick and it was
Richard Parkinson (3 goals in the tournament)
versus Jelle Van Steenbergen. Parkinson went
straight and low down the middle but the goalkeeper
stuck out a leg and saved it. Maarten Sas was
the first man up for Klopp & Co. Andrew
Lewis in goal for Maidenhead got hands to it
but the penalty had too much on it and it was
1-0 to Belgium.
Dowling's goal got us to this penalty shoot-out
and he was up next for the English team. Dowling
went low and just evaded Van Steenbergen's outstretched
boot this time and it was 1-1. Yannick Van Steyvoort
had the chance to put Belgium back in front.
Andrew Lewis dived to his right, Van Steyvoort
went to Lewis's left and it was 2-1.
Lewis changed roles from goalkeeper to striker
as he would take his team's third penalty. It
was a beauty – top left corner and Van Steenbergen
had no chance. Andrew Lewis returned to goal
knowing he had to keep out the next Belgian
penalty for Maidenhead to stay in the tournament.
Bert Meeus was the man to step forward to the
penalty spot. He struck it into the bottom corner
and Klopp & Co were through.