May 22 2019 21:12:10. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 18th May 2019
Playing their final fixture in the North Bury Junior League on Saturday 18th May 2019 were Beechfield United Under 14's Tornadoes. Life this season in Division 2 has been tough but the Beechy boys have always played with a smile on their face. For their last game the Tornadoes were at home to Prestwich Dragons and following a poor first half Beechy found themselves 8-0 down however the Tornadoes players didn't lose heart and producing a much improved second half display netted three very good goals. Ethan Upton scored the first goal with Ethan Pritchard getting the other two and for the second successive fixture Lucas Madden was named Man of the Match.
Beechy Under 14's Storm were involved in a top of the table clash with Ladybridge Lions and victory would have given Storm a great chance of becoming Division 1 Champions. Manager Sean Cox was unable to name his strongest team due to a few players being unavailable and Beechy who faced their nearest rivals for the second time in seven days played throughout with just eleven players. On their opponents artificial pitch Storm played some decent football at times but they lacked the firepower when chances were created and eventually lost the game 3-0. Man of the Match was Zion Agbiji.
Away against Flixton Junior Cougars for their penultimate game of the season were Beechy Under 12's Typhoon (9v9) As Typhoon struggled in the first half of this Division 2 contest Flixton Cougars dominated the play and held a 2-0 lead at half time. But Beechy bounced back after the interval and taking control were fully rewarded with a stunning 3-2 victory. Reece James (2) and Daniel Hesketh fired home the goals and the Man of the Match award went to the whole team for their awesome comeback.
Turning good performances into victories seems to have eluded the Under 11's Tornadoes (9v9) in the latter part of the season and their trip to play Ladybridge Lightning was no exception. On a huge pitch Tornadoes started brightly and dominated possession for the first twenty minutes as they moved the ball around with accuracy and composure. But Beechy failed to test the Ladybridge keeper after their neat approach play got them within shooting range and that cost them dearly and following two counter-attacks Ladybridge were rewarded and the hosts held a 2-0 lead at half time. Although the Tornadoes found the back of the Ladybridge net twice in the second half via JJ and Edward Hughes the team couldn't muster a similar performance to the one seen in the first half. Unfortunately Beechy conceded four more goals and Ladybridge were able to run out the winners of this Red Group game. The Tornadoes first half display deserved a far better reward with individual performances of note from Alfie Ainsworth at the heart of the defence, Owen Hogben was a constant threat on the right side of midfield and Man of the Match Aiden Lawton who's whole game of positional awareness, tackling and particularly his distribution from the right side of defence earned him the award.
In a very entertaining Yellow Group game with Swinton Lions the Under 11's Hurricanes (9v9) opened the scoring through sheer hard work. Ethan Mangwiro got the goal and despite a missed penalty Beechy still held their slender lead at half time. In the second half Swinton Lions applied more pressure and were duly rewarded with three goals but the final score line doesn't show a true reflection on how evenly matched the teams were. Hurricanes Man of the Match award was shared between Seddik Saba and James Cadwaladr.
In action away at Winton Wanderers in a friendly match were Beechy Under 9's Lightning who controlled the game from start to finish and ended the season on a winning note. Goals for Lightning came via Man of the Match Brodie Mundy, Jeano Baker and Charlie Swift.
Beech Farm was the venue for Under 9's Thunder's last game of the season and their opponents in the Yellow Group were Stretford Victoria Albion. Holding a one goal lead at the break the Beechy boys displayed total commitment in the match but at the final whistle Thunder lost for the sixth time this season by the odd goal in seven. Hat Trick hero Charlie Smethurst and Jaylen Jones shared the teams Man of the Match award and all the players who have shown great improvement throughout the last nine months now look forward to a fresh challenge next season.