POSTED: December 28 2016 17:37:11. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 17th/18th Dec 16
In their final game of 2016 Beechfield United Under 17's rediscovered the winning formula following their Youth Bundesliga Division away fixture with Boothstown Juniors. Leading 4-0 at half time Beechy totally dominated the second half and eventually hit double figures. Tom Walker (4) Ryan Curran (2) Bradley Hodges, Ben Dargon, Tom Haslem and Man of the Match Callum Frier scored the goals. United welcomed back Kai Leonard who made a twenty minute substitute appearance after being sidelined for thirteen weeks due to a broken collar bone.
At home to Bolton County Stormers the Under 16's Tornadoes needed a match winning goal two minutes before the final whistle to guarantee a narrow 2-1 win. In this Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture the Tornadoes took the lead via Lucas Morgan but the visitors equalised just before the break after being awarded a penalty. The second half turned out to be a closely fought affair and it was Joseph Furlong who secured the victory with United's late winning goal that guaranteed Beechy remained on top of the table by one point.
Local rivals Moorside Rangers Blue were the opposition for the Under 15's Storm final Salford and District League Division 1 match of 2016. Unfortunately Beechy ended the year on the losing side after suffering a 3-1 defeat. Callum Lomax fired home United's only goal and Malachy Woods was the teams Best Player.
The Under 14's Tornadoes kicked-off their Section B away game against Turton Tigers with only ten players but managed to make a positive start to the game. The missing players soon arrived but a full strength Tornadoes outfit conceded the opening goal following a piece of slack defending. Turton Tigers went 2-0 up forcing Beechy to step up a gear and United reduced the arrears when Derryn Harrison supplied a great through ball and Joe Horrocks made goalscoring look easy. Almost immediately Turton Tigers restored their two goal advantage but once again the Tornadoes showed their battling qualities and with a superbly executed overhead scissors-kick Ademola Olasanya scored a brilliant goal putting the pressure back on the home side. With ten minutes to go Beechy were level at 3-3 after Ademola Olasanya went on a solo run and slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper, the ball hitting the post before rolling into the net. Playing with total confidence the Tornadoes kept creating chances and ninety seconds remained when the Turton keeper fouled Leighton White in the area and taking the spot-kick himself Leighton hammered the ball into the bottom corner of the net to earn Beechy a 4-3 victory.
Previously the Tornadoes were involved in an action packed home game with Shevington FC. During the first fifteen minutes chances for both teams were few and far between with play situated mostly in the midfield area. But eventually Beechy enjoyed a greater share of the ball and following a superb quick passing move just outside the area Joe Horrocks fired the ball past the keeper to give United the lead. The visitors came more into the contest and forced an equaliser just before the referee blew for half time. Playing some lovely football early in the second period Beechy regained the lead when Joe Horrocks got on the end of a massive kick downfield by stand-in keeper Ademola Olasanya and powered the ball into the net. It stayed 2-1 until about seven/eight minutes from the end when Shevington FC looked to have snatched a well deserved draw but the Tornadoes had other ideas. At the end of a well crafted move Leighton White turned quickly on the edge of the area and curled the ball past the keeper. The goal earned Beechy who have played better this season and lost a 3-2 win. Edward Stenton and Joe Horrocks shared the Man of the Match Award.
Looking for a moral boosting victory were Beechy Under 13's Storm but following their latest Bolton Bury and District League Section A fixture the United suffered their a fourth successive defeat. Bobby Anderson scored a consolation goal for the Storm who lost 4-1 to Pennington FC. Voted Best Player was George Moorhouse.
Beechy Under 12's Thunder (9v9) played Division 2 leaders AFC Salford Juniors on an artificial surface at Eccles College in their last game before the winter break. United's opponents took the lead when they were awarded a dubious penalty after just five minutes. Beechy saw lots of the ball and played some good football but unfortunately they conceded a second goal following a decent strike from outside the area. Thunder produced a powerful performance in the second half and a goal by Jake O'Sullivan reduced the arrears. Then two goals from Prince Idusuyi put Beechy in the lead and it appeared as if United were on course for their first win in months. But instead of closing the game down Beechy pushed forward as they looked for more goals and were cruelly punished when AFC Salford equalised with five minutes to go and scored again in the last minute to grab a 4-3 victory. Thunder who had certainly done enough to have won the game voted full backs Louie Percival and Taonga Mututa as joint Man of the Match.
On Sunday afternoon at Beech Farm the Under 12's Tornadoes were involved in an eleven goal thriller with Manchester Maccabi Vipers. Both teams contributed to what was a breathtaking game of 9v9 football that ended up as a 6-5 win for Beechy. Ronan Courtney and Alan Kay who scored five goals including a last minute winner were the Tornadoes lads on target.
Man of the Match Harley Mullen was a hat trick hero for the Under 10's Hurricanes in their Dragons Division home game against FC Strikerz Bulletz. Beechy were impressive throughout the contest and held a three goal lead with ten minutes remaining. FC Strikerz produced a late fightback and were rewarded with two goals but the Hurricanes stayed strong and at the final whistle were worthy winners.