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Basford United (Not)




FC Biermeisters (Lon)

Lozenetz City (Bul)




Bull Heads (Lon)

* Basford United won 2-1 on penalties.


We started out with 12 teams seeking glory and now just 4 remained with the chance to be crowned 2010 Manchester Fives champions. First up to do battle was Basford United and FC Biermeisters. The former were no doubt favourites having remained unbeaten in the group and beating 2009 Amsterdam Fives champions Bull Heads along the way (FC Biermeisters competed in that same tournament). The Biermeisters on the other hand had lost twice but were now on a roll with two consecutive wins.

Basford United were not to have an easy passage to the final as FC Biermeisters raised their game when it mattered most. In fact they took the game to their opposition and took the lead courtesy of Rob Eatough's 5th goal of the competition. A surprise was on the cards and Basford United had to dig deep to find a way back into this game. For a time it looked like they were going out of the tournament but they did find an equaliser through PJ Shiggins 4th goal of the competition. With honours even the rest of the game was played out with no further addition to the score. The teams now had to face Golden Goal extra time.

Two periods of extra time later and still no goal. The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 and we would now see the first penalty shoot-out of the tournament. It was FC Biermeisters to strike first but the penalty went narrowly wide. Basford scored their opening penalty to take the advantage. Biermeisters levelled and then goalkeeper Ollie Van den Broek made a world class save to deny Basford's 2 nd spot-kick to put the teams all level once again. In the 3rd round of penalties we had one goal and one save to split the teams in a decisive manner. It was Rob Palethorpe in the Basford United goal who made the save to send his team through to the final. It was harsh on FC Biermeisters but they had done themselves proud. If they show this level of performance in the 2010 Krakow Cup they may well be bringing the trophy home from Poland .


The 2nd semi-final had an awful lot to live up to and it was certainly going to be an intriguing battle as 2009 Prague Masters winners Lozenetz City met 2009 Amsterdam Fives winners Bull Heads. When two tournament winners come head to head there is always added spice in the battle for supremacy and this match was an evenly contested affair. The initial breakthrough came from Bulgarian Nenkov to put Lozenetz City in the driving seat. Bull Heads would now have to do what no-one else had managed in 5½ games which was to beat Evgeni Genadiev in the Lozenetz goal. It was a feat that was to prove beyond them as, when the game's 2nd goal came it was from Atanas Minev to seal a 2-0 victory. Speaking to Bull Head's captain Jose Fernandes after the game he described the match as very even although conceding a couple of soft goals cost them dear. Those are the fine lines at this stage of the competition. We look forward to seeing Bull Heads back on the European trail in 2011. Lozenetz City had qualified for their 2nd final.

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