For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the rider was lost
For want of a rider the battle was lost
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail
Frontliners 300 had every reason to end Penang League and walk out with their heads held high after their best performance ever.
It was as a team that 300 marched into the court that Saturday, it was as a team that they matched Phoenix stick for stick, and it was as a team that they crumbled and lost.
And how galling it must be for some, to be so close and yet so far to end up empty handed.
But that Saturday, they made it known that Frontliners 300 was not a one-man team.
In the first half, it was not Michael but Tristan who saw most of the ball. After being ticked off last week by Coach Jason for not running enough, he put in the game of his life, and should have capitalized on slack marking to stick in a few goals.
It was a miraculously organized 300 team that Phoenix were running into, and there was no way past them that half.
0-0 up to the break.
Play got rougher in the second half as Phoenix were looking for ways to get past a resilient 300. Temperatures rose, and some players were simmering up to boiling point.
Yet still the clocked ticked on, and somehow, somehow... could it happen?
But in the final six minutes, all it took was a moment of madness and burning tempers, and everything was shattered.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail, the battle was lost.
3-0 to Phoenix; an undeserved and bitter loss in 300's heroic final stand.