POSTED: January 02 2020 17:39:44. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 21/12/2019
The final games of 2019 were played on Saturday 21st December 2019 but just four Junior Section teams were in action. There were ten scheduled Salford and Districts League fixtures but six were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
Beechy Under 8's Storm ended the year with a fantastic win over Salford Hailstorm at Beech Farm Playing Fields. As they continue to improve week after week United's players are certainly looking forward to the second half of the season. Having never played their opponents before Beechy didn't know what to expect, but what Storm got was a very competitive game against an excellent footballing team. Both teams produced some great soccer and were very evenly matched in both defence and attack. Key players for Beechy were their ever improving goalkeeper Sophie Price, defenders Thomas Brady, Daniel Wharton and Brody Burns were superb as they broke up Hailstorm's attacks. Upfront the deadly Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell once again shared the goals, ably supported by the lively Patrik Doherty and Robert Wagner. At the final whistle Beechy celebrated a 6-4 victory.
Finishing their 2019 campaign with a victory were the Under 12's Storm (9v9) who met Winton Wanderers Dragons away for a Division 3 fixture and following a hard fought contest Beechy won 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half. Josh Rotherham made his debut for Storm and taking up a defensive role settled in well, but it was teammate Joshua Kilfoyle who was named Man of the Match for a complete midfield performance. Saul Tagoe and Oliver Cowley were Beechy's goal scorers.
Following a re-arranged Challenge Tournament tie the Under 11's Lightning (9v9) were beaten 6-2 at home by De La Salle. Via an own goal Beechy went 1-0 down but despite being the better team just couldn't convert some good chances. A goal from Man of the Match Sean Cosgrove eventually earned Lightning some reward for their efforts but while they chased the game Beechy on numerous occasions were caught out when De La Salle launched some swift counter-attacks. But this was another improved performance by Lightning and debut boys George Rowbotham and Matty Cox both produced top-class displays. Lightning's first win of the season is tantalisingly close and with the added ability of the ex-Tornadoes players it should arrive early in the new year.
At Beech Farm Playing Fields the Under 7's Storm entertained Flixton Junior Albion and produced a strong battling display in this Saturday Division fixture. The visitors inflicted a second successive defeat on the Beechy boys but it was clear for all to see that Storm are improving game after game. Roll on 2020.
The Under 17's Tornadoes Section A home game with Bolton Lads started with both teams looking confident as they created some end to end attacking football. Bolton Lads were awarded a penalty for handball but Tornadoes keeper George Leigh came to the rescue when he produced a brilliant save. The visitors eventually grabbed the lead following a corner then after a couple of defensive mistakes Beechy gifted Bolton Lads two more goals in quick succession. Playing with a bit more aggression the Tornadoes managed to reduce the arrears before the break when Ademola Olusanya was on target. Beechy knew what they had to do to get back into the match and were rewarded thanks to a goal from Jenny Le Blanc but their task became much harder when they were reduced to ten players after a harsh red card decision. Bolton Lads remained in control and guaranteed themselves a 6-3 victory with three more goals while Ademola Olusanya netted his second and Tornadoes third goal before the final whistle. (Match Played 7/12/2019)