With SATs drifting into the back of the students’ minds, the Frith Manor football team prepared for the last game of a very successful season when we travelled to The Orion School to face The Orion in the Munro Shield.
The Munro Shield is an 85 year old trophy that pits the best teams from the Barnet North West leagues against each other in a playoff competition. As we won our league we had a bye to the semi-finals and after dispatching with St Vincent’s (3-1) the week before, we knew we would have a much more challenging game against The Orion who have always dominated their tough league, and this trophy, for many years.
The team was focussed and in high spirits and came out hungry from the first kick of the game.
The first half was very evenly matched with The Orion showing us why they are one of the strongest teams in the Barnet North West leagues. Were it not for some exceptional saves from their goalkeeper, we could have been 3 or 4-0 ahead going into half time.
After a brief discussion at half time where the main topic of conversation was not to change what we were doing, we once again came out of the starting blocks fast and it was not long before Alistair slotted away our first goal. We continued to dominate the game and went 2-0 through Alistair again. Preston chipped in with a third and in the dying minutes, Leo saw his corner evade a number of defenders and nestle into the back of the net.
The final whistle could barely be heard over the cheers of the Frith Manor players and their loyal supporters. We had not only won the coveted Munro Shield, but also the league title, making it the first time Frith Manor had ‘done the double’.
This win signalled the end of a very rewarding season for this fantastic team. They have worked very well as a team, supporting each other throughout the season on and off the field, showing respect and patience to every team we have played and playing with pride every minute, of every game.
This season began in the shadow of some disappointing seasons in previous years and this year was filled with possibility. However no one could have predicted the outcome of this season. With 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss (on penalties) this team fulfilled the goals it set out at the beginning of the season; to bring trophies to Frith Manor and to make the school proud.
The football team followed 3 simple mottos this season that we feel helped us do so well this year:
“The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” - So we did not get complacent winning one game and thinking the next would also be easy
“We Will Protect This House” – Frith Manor is our home pitch, we would not allow another team to beat us on it"
“We Are One School. We Are One Team. We Are Frith Manor” – When we played every game we played with 600 pupils and adults alongside us as we represented Frith Manor proudly in every game we played.
We now enter next season with a new batch of players and 2 trophies to defend.