February 14 2019 14:11:02.
By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 9th/10th Feb 2019
Seven Junior Section teams managed to get their Salford and District League games played but there were as many games postponed adding to the fixture backlog list.
Creating the weekends headlines were Beechfield United Under 14's Storm who are one game away from collecting a winners trophy. Beechy booked their place in the final of the Challenge Tournament following a 5-2 semi-final victory over De La Salle Reds. The tie was played on a 3G Astroturf pitch at Ordsall Leisure Centre and the teams overcame the atrocious weather conditions to produce a fairly entertaining cup tie. Goals for the Storm came via Man of the Match Bailey Lloyd (2) Ishor Bajgai, Leo Hancock and Adam Rothwell.
The Under 12's Typhoon (9v9) played their Division 2 home game with Urmston Town at their opponents ground. Straight from the kick-off Beechy were forced to battle hard against a strong gusty wind but they were able to keep it goalless at the break. With the wind behind them Typhoon took control in the second half and opened the scoring when Reece James hammered the ball home from long range. Charlie Harris was on target to make the game safe for Beechy and though the conditions made playing pretty football very difficult Typhoon were worthy 2-0 winners at the final whistle.
Thanks to a deserved draw away against Salford City Juniors the Under 11's Tornadoes (9v9) made it thirteen games unbeaten. After making a good start Beechy gained a two goal advantage with both Finley Fairhurst and Oliver Percival on target but the Tornadoes struggled with the small dimensions of the pitch with most of the play stuck in the middle third. Salford City reduced the arrears just before half time and displaying renewed vigour after the break the hosts scored the next three goals and the Tornadoes unbeaten run stretching back to early September looked in serious danger of disappearing. But following a personal and formation change the Tornadoes fortunes turned around with every player adapting a winning mentality. The busy Oliver Percival with a volley netted his second goal and captain Joel Thorndyke brought the scores level with five minutes remaining. The teams settled for a share of the spoils and the lack of playing time in the last couple of weeks reflected on the Tornadoes overall performance. Edward Hughes was Man of the Match for his non-stop display of tackling and composure in the centre of midfield.
In the Under 10's Blue Group Beechy Hurricanes met Abraham Moss Warriors and had the privilege of playing on their opponents 4G Pitch. Against a solid Abraham Moss outfit the Hurricanes had to pass the ball with real accuracy and keep it on on the surface. Beechy continually tested the Abraham Moss keeper easily their best player and he made some fantastic saves especially in the second half. The Hurricanes were fully rewarded for their hard work and determination with a winning score line and leading the way was Man of the Match Henry Errington who helped himself to a hat trick.
Salford Sports Village was the venue for the Under 9's Lightning Blue Group Sunday fixture against Manchester Maccabi Lions. Both Teams were evenly matched all over the pitch and with enough chances on offer Beechy could easily have tasted victory. As Lightning seemed to lose their concentration in the last ten minutes Maccabi scored two goals to win the contest. Following an outstanding display Kaylon Salisbury received the Man of the Match award.
After the pitches at Beech Farm were once again considered unplayable the Under 9's Thunder took the opportunity to use the facilities at Manor 5's. Producing their before performance to date Beechy didn't deserve to lose this Yellow Group game with Winton Spartans. On target with goals for Thunder were Harry Norcross, Jaylen Jones and Caleb Horrocks who left his gloves at home to score a screamer of a free kick and a great individual goal that secured him Man of the Match. The future looks bright for the Beechy boys.
Also in action in the Yellow Group were the Under 9's Tornadoes who met local rivals Moorside Rangers Reds. The Tornadoes gave a battling display and were extremely unlucky not to earn at least a draw. Stewart Kay scored Beechy's consolation goal and the whole team got the Man of the Match award for their fantastic attitude and effort.