POSTED: April 21 2021 17:18:13. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 17/4/2021
Included in another busy Saturday for the Teams in Beechfield United's Junior Section were top-class displays from the U/13's Tornadoes, U/14's Typhoon, U/16's Thunder and U/17's Tornadoes.
The in-form Under 13's Tornadoes were rewarded with a hard fought home win when they beat Salford Lads 3-1. Beechy who made it four victories from their last five games had just eleven players available for this Division 1 fixture. Starting the game slowly Beechy failed to get control of the ball in the first five minutes but once the Tornadoes had found their rhythm they scored the opening goal when Farrell Williams-Smith battled his way past the Salford Lads defence to squeeze into the net. The goal gave Beechy real confidence and a second goal arrived soon after when once again Farrell Williams-Smith displayed his battling qualities when he forced an error from the Salford keeper and defender and walked the ball into the net.
The Tornadoes third goal came via Ashley Tonge who brilliantly got on the end of a rebound off the keeper and hammered the ball home. Beechy were then down to ten players when Farrell Williams-Smith was unable to continue due to an injury and with the extra player Salford Lads managed to reduce the arrears. Playing ten against eleven for the remainder of the game the Tornadoes dug deep as a team dominating possession and moving the ball around with great confidence and Salford Lads didn't get many further opportunities to spoil Beechy's victory celebrations. Voted Tornadoes Man of the Match was Aiden Lawton.
In the North Bury Junior League Beechy Under 16's Thunder were at home in Division 1 to Radcliffe Borough Bulls and earned themselves an overdue victory. Beechy made hard work of the first half squandering numerous chances until Max Chidgey gave Thunder the lead via a fantastic run down the left flank before neatly slotting the ball home. It was a real mystery why Thunder weren't four or five goals up rather than sharing a 2-2 score line when the teams left the pitch for the half time break. Gradually as the second half unfolded Beechy started to control the contest thanks to some delightful play and scored two quick goals followed by a third putting the game well out of Radcliffe's reach. On target for Thunder who won the match 6-3 were Prince Idusuyi (hat-trick) Samuel Oludoyi (2) and Max Chidgey.
At home to Astley and Tyldesley Panthers in the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 17's Tornadoes fully deserved their 4-2 victory. Dominating this Section C fixture from the kick-off Beechy at one stage were 2-0 down but four goals in the last fifteen minutes earned the win and the three excellent points. Leading the goal scorers was Jacob Jeffrey who helped himself to a hat-trick plus and also on target was Harrison Hughes. The whole team shared the Man of the Match award.
There was a confident start by the Under 13's Hurricanes in their Section C home game against Pennington Predators. Before the game Beechy Manager Kennedy Chirwa had to reorganise his team selection but despite a lack of cohesion the Hurricanes managed to play some decent football. But the issue that's plagued United in recent games was the lack of pressure on the ball and second best regarding the 50/50 challenges. Beechy who trailed 3-1 at half time improved dramatically in the second half and playing some good soccer reduced the arrears following a superb team move. The Hurricanes were back in the game when another brilliant move ended with Kane Wood supplying a quality finish but a bad mistake handed the advantage back to Pennington Predators who eventually won the match 6-4. Nicholas Britto-Walmsley was Hurricanes Star Player.
The Saturday lunchtime game between the Under 14's Typhoon and Culcheth Athletic Cobras was a feisty affair in the Bolton Bury and District League. Igor Osarinmwain opened the scoring and caused problems for the Cobras defenders with his off the ball movement and went close to adding to his tally before Ronan Mullen put Beechy in a good position with their second goal. Against the run of play Culcheth pulled a goal back following a defensive mistake then Typhoon lost a player due a minor incident and the visitors equalised. Beechy were then forced to play with greater energy and commitment and regained the lead when Ryan O'Sullivan was on target but back came the Cobras and levelled the game at 3-3.
The match became very niggly and Beechy lost Sonny O'Brien who unfortunately suffered a bad wrist injury plus there were other minor injuries when Igor and Milonga Mututa got kicks on the legs and Jamie Withington pulled his groin. Culcheth must have thought they were going to win this Section C game but showing great character Typhoon took a 4-3 lead when Igor Osarinmwain angled the ball to Reece James who's accurate low drive left the visitors keeper stranded. The action remained fast and furious and via a decisive finish from outside the area Culcheth's No9 made it 4-4 to set-up a tense final few minutes. But Beechy refused to be beaten and a move involving Ronan Mullen and Reece James ended when the latter produced a world class finish to guarantee Typhoon their 5-4 victory.
Thanks to a much improved all-round display Beechy Under 14's Lightning were 7-0 winners of their Salford and Districts League Division 2 home game with Winton Wanderers Vipers. The first half was fairly evenly balanced and at the break Lightning held a 1-0 lead but taking full control in the second half Beechy were able to secure a comfortable victory following six more goals. On target were Cherif Badjie (2) Jack Barrington (2) Cody Brady, David Olidoy and Man of the Match Matthew Corry.
At home to Cherrybrook Rangers the Under 15's Storm quickly played the ball around with confidence but it was the visitors who took the lead against the run of play. Beechy continued to play well and were rewarded with an equaliser when Jonny Walsh delivered a great cross for Harry Patterson to head the ball into the net off the far post. (HT 1-1) As they dominated the second half Storm added their second goal when Jonny Walsh was on target then Beechy were awarded a penalty and Ben Delaney made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick and Storm were home and dry. A great team performance by the Beechy lads and voted Man of the Match was Harrison Davies. Result Storm 3 v Pennington 1.
Salford Sports Village was the venue when the Under 12' Lightning (9v9) hosted Barr Hill Hearts and making a steady start Beechy dominated play in the early stages. As they slowly improved Hearts started to create chances and Beechy were lucky to be holding a 1-0 lead through George Rowbotham at half time. In glorious sunshine the teams were evenly matched in the second period as they displayed great attitude and spirit. Lightning conceded a couple of scrappy goals and after they had upped the tempo in a effort to get back level let in another goal. Hearts won 3-1 and Beechy who improve on a weekly basis start to build towards 11-a-side football in September.
Finding a bit of form on Saturday morning after a few tough weeks were Beechy Under 9's Storm who met a strong Moorside Rangers Reds team. In an even first half with both teams showing their attacking intent the action moving from end to end was of a frantic nature. Storm defended well and passed the ball with massive confidence with Aiden Gradwell and Daniel Wharton pulling the strings while up front Oliver Cooper, Robert Wagner and Thomas Brady were creative as they kept the Moorside goalkeeper constantly involved. Unfortunately for Beechy it was Rangers who raced into the lead with a couple of excellent finishes on the break but Storm reduced the arrears before half time then during a slow start to the second half Moorside stretched their lead prior to Beechy mounting a fantastic comeback. Patrik Doherty, Brodie Burns and Jacob Woods defended superbly backed up once again by the dependable Storm goalkeeper Sophie Price that enabled Beechy to dominate the majority of the second half. The tenacious Oliver Cooper scoring impressively on two occasions against an excellent Rangers keeper to earn Storm a well deserved draw.