POSTED: April 27 2022 18:40:54. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 23rd/24th April 2022
Highlight of the weekend in the Junior Section was created by Beechfield United Under 10's Thunder who booked their place in the final of the Supplementary Tournament.
*On Sunday 24th April 2022 Beechy were away against South Manchester Sports in the last of their group games and Thunder fully deserved their victory following a fantastic all-round performance. Due to illness Beechy were without a couple of players and in a tight first half Mohammed Edris gave Thunder the lead but South Manchester equalised just before half time. Several chances went begging for both teams and Beechy were rescued by Jermaine Rose and Ano Goora who made some match saving goal line clearances. After a reshuffle Ollie Sixsmith who is usually a defender went up front and scored Thunder's match winning goal. Sharing the Man of the Match award were Mohammed Edris and Ollie
*Beechy Under 10's Storm produced a solid performance in their home game with Salford Storm and were rewarded with a victory. For the first time in several weeks Beechy had a full squad available and every player contributed to the teams success. Following an eventful first half the second half came to life and Beechy stepped up a gear producing some great attacking play through Robert Wagner, Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell who were well supported in midfield by Kristian Georgiev, Thomas Brady and Daniel Wharton. Beechy scored two goals in quick successsion but Salford Storm responded and equalised despite the heroics from the back four Jacob Wood, Brody Burns, Patrik Doherty and Harrison Church plus goalkeeper and Player of the Match Sophia Price. Beechy's match winning goal arrived when a through ball from Aiden Gradwell allowed Oliver Cooper to race clear and finish in style from the edge of the area.
*In the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 15's Typhoon were away in Section D at high flying Aspull Juniors Athletic and nearly took an early lead when Will Bentham had a shot cleared off the line and hit the crossbar with the rebound. Aspull Juniors went ahead but Will Bentham netted Thunder's equaliser and the teams shared a 1-1 score line at half time. The Aspull Manager read the riot act to his players during the break and the hosts dominated the second half and scored two more goals to win 3-1. Full credit to the Typhoon players who displayed a great team spirit as the battled right up to the final whistle. Man of the Match was Joseph Bothamley for his disciplined and hard working stint in front of the back four.
*Also in action in the Bolton Bury and District League were Beechy Under 16's Storm who's opponents were Change Youth Blues. In Section C Change Youth's physical approach forced Beechy to rush their passes but Storm gradually found their rhythm and took the lead. A good ball over the top was controlled by Harry Patterson who squared it for Evan Hodson-Griffiths to open the scoring against the run of play. Change Youth equalised with a scrappy goal before half time while the second half was very competitive with both teams missing chances. Storm's second and winning goal was scored by Luka Ottiwell who punished a mistake by a Change Youth defender. Man of the Match went to goalkeeper Harrison Davies who made some good saves and commanded his area well. Storm hold top spot in the league table with one game to play.
*On a bright but cold windy Saturday Beechy Under 9's Hurricanes met Deans Youth Sports at Beech Farm and both teams on display played some very good football. Deans were full of praise regarding the way the Hurricanes play the game and the mutual respect was issued by the Beechy officials. It was a battle of two teams trying to win and some fair and honest tackles were on show especially from Beechy's Jenson Smyth. Deans took an early lead but the Hurricanes quickly stepped up a level with Kenny Copeland taking control of the midfield. Myles Harris was always direct with his wonderful balance but sometimes the final pass could have been delivered a little quicker by the whole team.
Hurricanes equalised through a truly wonderful by Finn Lee and in the second half Beechy used the ball better and Myles Harris brilliantly hit another twenty yarder into the roof of the net. Once again as he has done all season Hurricanes goalkeeper Charlie Berry made save after save but his performance in this game was his best yet making the correct decision to come off his line to command his area so effectively. Hurricanes Man of the Match was Lewis Adams who has been exceptional all season and like Charlie made the right decisions at the right time.