May 09 2019 10:21:03.
By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 4th/5th May 2019
Beechfield United Under 14's Tornadoes had no official North Bury Junior Football League fixture so they arranged a friendly match with fellow Division 2 outfit Bridge Eagles. When the teams met in their previous home and away encounters the Eagles outclassed the Tornadoes so Beechy expected another tough seventy minutes. Trailing 4-2 at half time Tornadoes feared the worst but producing a fantastic battling performance in the second half they scored three goals with the equaliser coming in the last minute. Bridge Eagles had added a fifth goal but Beechy were totally delighted with a share of the spoils courtesy of a 5-5 draw. Ethan Upton scored his first goal for the club and Man of the Match Max Chidgey netted the other four via a strikers masterclass display. Tornadoes Team Manager Oscar Courtney said he was very proud of all the players.
Playing their first competitive game in five weeks were the Under 14's Thunder who were in action at Bolton Road against Stretford Victoria. Continuing their improved all-round form Beechy notched up their biggest win of the season in the North Bury Junior Football League. Man of the Match William Whipday (4) Harvey Walker and Jake O'Sullivan scored the goals as Thunder recorded a 6-1 victory in the Championship Division.
Without a game for four weeks the Under 13's Storm were glad to be back playing again in the Bolton Bury and District League. In Section C Beechy met Swinton FC at Stott Lane and quickly finding a settled rhythm played some good football and chances came and went before Storm made the breakthrough. Following good work from Georgi Georgiev his pass was latched onto by Rafael Ceita who slotted the ball home at the near post. Dominating the final ten minutes of the first half Swinton FC who had the wind in their favour equalised after a mix-up in the Beechy penalty area. Storm now had the wind behind them in the second period and despite keeping Swinton pinned in their own half Beechy couldn't convert some great chances. But eventually Storm went 2-1 up when Tawonga Chirwa fired a shot on target and the Swinton failed to stop the ball from creeping into the net. Despite an all-out effort to increase their lead Storm were unable to score a third goal and were hit by a real sucker punch after Swinton made it 2-2 in the closing stages. It was a genuine knockout blow for Beechy who had played really well when with the final kick of the match Swinton FC snatched a 3-2 victory. Following a great individual performance Beechy's Man of the Match award went to Elliott McClurg-Taylor.
At home to De La Salle Hawks a depleted Under 12's Typhoon (9v9) outfit produced another excellent performance. In Division 2 Typhoon took an early lead via Ronan Mullen and though the Hawks put Beechy's makeshift defence under pressure Typhoon defended superbly. Hawks managed to find an equaliser just before half time and they continued in the same vein in the second half. Ultimately Typhoon's players tired and mistakes crept in and this allowed De La Salle the opportunity to add three more goals making the final score line a false one. With a bit more composure in front of goal Beechy could easily have won the match. Jamie Withington received the Best Player award plus there were top-class displays from both Cole Winstanley and Daniel Hesketh.
A 2-0 away win over Swinton Tigers earned Beechy Under 12's Lightning (9v9) three more vital points as they moved closer to promotion into Division 2. Currently Beechy who occupy second place in Division 3 had David Olidoy and Joel Idujusi on target against the Tigers. Liam Peers was Lightning's Star Player.
Leading marksman Oliver Cowley helped himself to another hat trick as the Under 11's Storm (9v9) beat Winton Wanderers Raptors at Beech Farm Playing Fields. In this Yellow Group home game also on target for Storm were Coby Cleary, James Cadwaladr and Andrew AcKernley. A massive thanks go to Freddie Wardle for taking on the keepers job and he helped set-up Oliver's opening goal.
Against their local rivals Moorside Rangers Yellows the Under 11's Hurricanes (9v9) made their usual slow start and found themselves a goal down. Hurricanes got back level when a great ball over the Rangers defence by Tanatswa Chirwa found Kane Williams who provided a clinical finish. Michael Munden added a second goal for Beechy who went further ahead with goals by Rian Hines and another from Man of the Match Kane Williams. But a combination of a loss of concentration and lack of confidence by the Hurricanes gifted Rangers a victory they probably never expected.
Rewarded for an outstanding all-round performance were the Under 10's Lightning players who met Monton Sports Dragons in the Green Group. From the first whistle Beechy dominated a strong and talented Dragons outfit and confident accurate passing quickly gave Lightning the upper hand. Beechy were unlucky to concede the opening goal after a goalmouth scramble but this spurred the Beechy lads on and a Lightning victory was never in doubt. Lightning netted three second half goals but it could easily have been a lot more and it was impossible to choose a Man of the Match because every player produced a superb display. Presley Smith and Nick Armstrong got the goals.
The Under 10's Hurricanes found themselves up against Manchester Bees a Division 1 team who have been dominating the Division all season. Despite knowing they faced a tough game Hurricanes went onto the pitch to play to their best ability and hopefully take their chances when they arrived. After a slightly nervy start Beechy settled into the game and could easily have taken the lead but Manchester Bees confidently took control and were two goals up by half time. The second half was just as good as the first for the Hurricanes who continued to create chances and tested the Bees keeper on a number of occasions but the Bees took their chances better on the day and secured a comfortable win. But the Beechy boys should be very proud of their total commitment against top quality opposition. Man of the Match went to Fabio Figueiredo for his fantastic performance.
Following a below-par performance the Under 9's Thunder lost their Yellow Group home game with Swinton Tigers. Looking somewhat slow and sluggish and wanting too much time on the ball Thunder's display was disappointing compared with recent performances. New edition to the team Jace Parker picked up the Man of the Match award.
Played on a cricket pitch the Under 9's Tornadoes Yellow Group away game against Monton Sports was a scrappy encounter. The Beechy boys got off to a nightmare start again conceding a very early goal but Stewart Kay replied to bring the Tornadoes back level. Eddie McDonough scored Beechy's second goal but Monton Sports found the back of the net on three more occasions and were ahead at the break. On target again Stewart Kay reduced the arrears then a brilliant goal gave Monton back their two goal lead. Both defences were on top for the majority of the second half and the Monton keeper denied Stewart Kay a hat trick plus he also robbed Logan McFeely of a goal with another smart save. Tornadoes Man of the Match was Dylan Courtney who gave a superb defensive performance in which he didn't miss a challenge for the ball throughout the game.
Away to Manchester Maccabi Bears on Sunday morning Beechy Under 8's Storm made a laboured start and went a goal down. With his first touch after coming onto the pitch Ryden Coward netted the equaliser that seemed to settle Storm and the boys started to pass the ball much better. Two second half goals from Kingsley Walters was reward for a more assured display and Beechy ran out comfortable winners.
Urmston Town Lions were the Under 7's opponents for Beechy's latest Division 1 fixture in the Salford and Districts League. As usual United got off to a shaky start and Urmston took advantage when they grabbed an early lead but Beechy fought back. Some tenacious forward play from Oliver Cooper and solid defensive work by Thomas Brady and goalkeeper Sophie Price ensured United held the lead at half time. In an evenly balanced second half the teams traded goal for goal with Adam Gradwell scoring courtesy of a fabulous free kick. Daniel Wharton and Patrik Doherty worked hard in midfield backed up by some excellent defending from Jacob Wood but unfortunately due to two late scrambled goals by Urmston Lions Beechy didn't manage to win the game despite a terrific performance.