March 14 2019 14:42:37.
By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 9th/10th March 2019
Showing a massive improvement throughout the whole team were Beechfield United Under 7's and after they dominated the Supplementary Competition match against Deans Youth Sports their reward was a fully deserved victory. From start to finish Beechy played some great football and Jacob Wood opened the scoring while Man of the Match Oliver Cooper helped himself to a hat-trick plus Aiden Gradwell netted a great goal. Beechy conceded from a well struck free kick but other than that they defenced superbly with both Daniel Wharton and Thomas Brady producing excellent displays.
Playing on a small 4G pitch wasn't ideal for the Under 8's Storm lads who met Salford United Devils in the Supplementary Competition. Salford United were the better team but Beechy produced a much improved performance in the second half. Connor O'Sullivan was on target with Storm's consolation goal and Beechy keeper and Man of the Match Reuben Wardle prevented the game being over by half time.
Due to the windy conditions the Under 9's Tornadoes Yellow Group match with neighbours Moorside Rangers Red was never a classic and ended up as a game of two halves. In the first half Beechy had the wind in their favour and were three goals up at half time thanks to Josh Beddows and Logan McFeely. Moorside Rangers mounted a comeback in the second half and replied with three goals but following a great counter-attack Man of the Match Josh Beddows via his hat-trick goal just about guaranteed the Tornadoes the victory.
At the end of the Under 9's Lightning versus De La Salle Rangers Supplementary Cup game there was some confusion regarding the outcome of the tie when the teams finished level after sharing six goals. According the league rules regarding all cup competitions if the match ends in a draw the result will be decided by the taking of penalty kicks. The De La Salle manager and the referee were both adamant that this was not the case but forty eight hours later a league official informed Lightning manager Gareth Booth that his team had been awarded the game. The Weather conditions ruined the tie but it was Beechy who had the better chances to secure victory in normal time. Lightning's goals came via Deenraj Singh, Jeano Baker and Man of the Match Kaylon Salisbury who produced a brilliant display.
Dominating their Supplementary Cup tie with Monton Sports Dragons straight from the kick-off were Beechy Under 10's Lightning who went a goal up within five minutes. Despite some great play from Monton Sports throughout the match Lightning never looked like losing the game. There were ten Beechy heroes as every player fought for every ball and a sack full of chances were created and goals from Presley Smith and Man of the Match Charlie Bell were enough to secured Beechy a valid win. Honorary mention to Lighting's goalkeeper Jake Lewis who was outstanding.
Despite a brilliant all-round display the Under 10's Hurricanes were denied a victory by a fantastic performance from the Moorside Rangers goalkeeper plus the woodwork. Beechy's hard work throughout the match went unrewarded as this Supplementary Cup tie finished with the teams sharing two goals. Henry Errington scored the Hurricanes solo goal in normal time and Man of the Match Joshua Whitehead was the only Beechy player who was successful during a penalty shoot-out. Hurricanes squad for the games was: Daniel Robinson, Dillan Caldwell, Joshua Whitehead, Jamie Maher, Amaan Khan, Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Oliver Williams, Oliver Hall, Henry Errington, Alfie Rostron and Fabio Figueiredo.
In their Supplementary Cup home game with AFC Monton Dragons on Saturday the Under 11's Hurricanes (9v9) made a fast start to the tie and seemed to surprise their opponents with their fluent passing game. Regardless of the awful conditions Beechy went into half time with a five goal lead courtesy of Kane Wood, Seddik Saba, Dylan Walker and Ethan Mangwiro. Relaxing their grip on the game in the second period the Hurricanes added a sixth goal through Ethan Mangwiro in between a couple of goals for AFC Monton. Beechy keeper Alfie Gridlestone pulled off one brilliant save and the Hurricanes Man of the Match award went to Seddik Saba for a dominant midfield display.
Twenty four hours later the Under 11's Hurricanes were in action again when they played Manchester Maccabi Warriors in a previously postponed Supplementary Cup fixture. Starting slowly Beechy were forced to chase the game and Maccabi went a goal up when United were unable to defend against a long goal kick. The Hurricanes soon got back level after Oliver Sheridan added the perfect finish to a good team move to restore parity but Maccabi regained the lead and were still a goal ahead at the break. Looking better organised as the second half began Beechy kept it much tighter at the back and soon created chances but failed to capitalise. Hurricanes eventually
found another equaliser through a lobbed volley from Ethan Mangwiro and the tie finished all-square setting up a penalty-kick decider. Beechy keeper Alfie Gridlestone saved one spot-kick, Maccabi missed twice whilst Rian Haines and Dylan Walker were on target for the Hurricanes. Fittingly Alfie Gridlestone scored the winning penalty to cap a fine Man of the Match performance.
The old adage "A Game of Two Halves" was never more apparent when describing the Under 11's Tornadoes and Ladybridge Lightning Supplementary Cup tie played at Salford Sports Village. Like other teams on the day battling against the strong wind was the first obstacle and although the Tornadoes had the advantage of the wind in the first half they still found a well organised Ladybridge defence difficult to breakdown. Goals in the first half for Beechy came courtesy of Edward Hughes who's lofted shot went over the keeper who could only tip the ball into the empty net. Then a low hard strike from Oliver Percival found the inside of the left hand post but for all their territorial advantage would the two goals be enough for the Tornadoes to defend with in the second half. When play resumed the Beechy players had to contend with not just gale force winds but a hail storm and Ladybridge knew opportunities would come their way and the visitors deservedly via two goals got back level with ten minutes left. But to their credit the Tornadoes continued to play the ball out of the penalty area to try and get up the pitch but Ladybridge were now in the ascendency and taking advantage of a rare mix-up between keeper and defender scored what turned out to be their match winning goal. This was a hard working performance from all the Tornadoes players that went unrewarded but their attempt to play their impressive style of football in such difficult conditions should be a credit in their favour. Man of the Match for the second successive Saturday was Joel Thorndyke but the award could have gone to any of the twelve players involved.
Beechy Under 12's Typhoon (9v9) began their Supplementary Cup campaign with a win at Beech Farm over Winton Yellows. The visitors struggled to clear the ball against a howling gale and Typhoon opened up a 2-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Ronan Mullen and Reece James. It was a different story in the second half as Beechy faced the wind and a more determined Winton outfit who scored what proved to be their consolation goal. Typhoon's Man of the Match Reece James netted again to guarantee Beechy a 3-1 victory.
A strong gusty wind and heavy rain greeted the players for the Under 13's Storm's Section C away game against Chorley FC. Both teams struggled to cope with the conditions and goal scoring chances were limited to only a couple in the first half that ended 0-0. The weather failed to improve in the second half and following a missed penalty Chorley FC took the lead and keeping Storm under pressure the hosts went 2-0 up. A close range finish by Tawonga Chirwa reduced the arrears but Chorley quickly hit back to make it 3-1. After a stoppage due to heavy driving sleet Chorley added a fourth goal but Man of the Match Tawonga Chirwa was on target again when he punished a defensive mistake by rounding the keeper to complete the scoring. Final Score Chorley FC 4 v Beechy Storm 2. All the Beechy players battled hard and their effort was praised by Manager Graham Everall but on the day Storm were beaten by the better team.
Thanks to a solid all-round performance in the Supplementary Cup the Under 13's Tornadoes were 8-2 winners over local rivals Moorside Rangers Yellows. After a mediocre start and conceding the first goal the Beechy boys picked up the pace of the game and equalised. Continuing to move the ball around the pitch with real confidence the Tornadoes kept creating chances galore that led to another seven quality goals. Bradley Oliver (3) Adam Wood (2) Charlie Mulvenna (2) and Xander Effio were the players on target and for his continuous effort and great attacking play Charlie was named Man of the Match.
The bad weather did bother the high scoring the Under 14's Storm players who secured three more vital points that keeps their Division 1 title challenge very much on course. In the Salford and Districts League Beechy were at home to AFC Salford Juniors and following another dominant display celebrated a 5-1 victory. Goal scorers for the in-form Storm were Man of the Match Samuel Oludoyi (2) Ben Garlick, Charlie Molloy and Adam Rothwell.
In very difficult conditions Beechy Under 14's Thunder produced a gutsy performance against a very physical Whitworth Valley outfit. This North Bury Junior League Championship Division game was stopped on numerous occasions due to the inclement weather but despite suggestions to abandon the match the players were determined to carry on regardless. Not much intricate play was created due to the conditions but it was Whitworth Valley who made the breakthrough with the opening goal then long after Thunder hit back with an equalising goal courtesy of William Whipday. With ten minutes remaining the game was officially abandoned as the strong wind and hail made conditions unbearable for the players so both teams agreed to share a point each. Patrick Walsh produced a great display at centre back but Thunder's Man of the Match was goalkeeper James Quinn who pulled off some great saves form close range shots. Final score was 1-1.
For the second time in seven days the Under 15's Tornadoes met Astley Bridge Wanderers for a Section D fixture in the Bolton Bury and District League. Previously the Tornadoes cruised to a 6-0 away win but at Stott Lane Playing Fields in their home game Beechy faced a much tougher eighty minutes. United's opponents obviously didn't want a repeat of the previous result and the visitors producing an improved performance forced the Tornadoes to settle for a 2-2 draw. Following a goalless first half Man of the Match Fernley Davies was on target twice for the Tornadoes.