JUST recently a party of 40 pupils from St. Patrick’s Academy in Lisburn accompanied by 5 members of staff made the journey to Old Trafford for the weekend to see Manchester United take on Liverpool in the eagerly awaited clash between two of the Premiership’s fiercest rivals and they were not disappointed as the game turned out to be a thriller with Manchester United holding on to beat Liverpool by two goals to one.
The match had everything including a stunning strike from Robin Van Persie and goal mouth incidents galore which made the match wholly entertaining from start to finish.
Ciara McCorry a Year 9 pupil said the whole occasion was just fantastic, to be in a stadium with up to 80,000 people was just amazing and it was an experience which she would remember for a long time. Christopher Turtle a Year 8 pupil said the noise in the stadium was overwhelming and deafening at times especially when Manchester United scored but an amazing experience. Joseph Largey a Year 12 pupil was amazed at all the colour in the stadium especially with all the scarves and flags being waved around the ground and the red and white of the seats and the greenness of the pitch.
Mark McKee a Year 10 pupil was taken in by the quality of the football being played by world class professionals and the brilliance of Robin Van Persie who is such a great buy for Manchester United. As a Manchester United supporter he was glad they won in the end but it was a sweat after Liverpool scored and kept pressing for the equaliser.
After the match everyone enjoyed a few hours shopping in the brilliant Trafford Shopping Centre buying gifts for themselves and family members followed by dinner and then a fun-filled evening in the Trafford Centre entertainment complex.
Before heading for home on the last day all of the party returned to Old Trafford for a visit to the museum and a guided tour of the stadium which was an enthralling experience for all seeing inside the players’ changing rooms, walking down the famous red tunnel and being able to stand alongside the pitch.
Cormac McKenna, the teacher-in-charge of the trip, said all of the pupils had the time of their lives and that they would remember this weekend for the rest of their lives. He also said that he would like to express his gratitude to Ulsterbus Educational Tours for their expertise and professionalism in organising this unique experience for all the pupils and staff of the school. Already there are plans to organise another similar trip for the next school year.