POSTED: February 09 2022 19:53:18. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 5/2/2022
There were several highly polished performances in the Junior Section on Saturday 5th February 2022. Despite more wet weather only three games were postponed.
*The rain had arrived when Beechy Under 7's Storm kicked-off their home game against Salford Storm Tornadoes but the Beechy Boys ingnored the poor conditions and producing a solid performance earned themselves a thoroughly deserved victory. In December last year Storm lost the previous match between the teams but showing a vast all-round improvement Beechy were worthy winners of this Salford and Districts League fixture. Goalscorers for Storm were Alfie Heighway and Oscar Pugh.
*Away to Boothstown Hornets the Under 8's Storm came out on top following a thrilling game on a pitch that resembled a mud bath. Beechy played really well with the whole team working hard for each other and thanks to goals from Jack Sinclair, Captain Scott Ellis-Smith, Kobe Glass and Barkley Pope Storm celebrated the win in fine style.
*On a wet Saturday morning the Under 9's Hurricanes travelled to play local rivals Moorside Rangers Blue and using a new formation the Hurricanes soon put pressure on their opponents. In the 6th minute Beechy took the lead when Team Captain Gino Fierro fired the ball home from just outside the area. Slowly Rangers began to get a greater share of the ball and were rewarded with an equalising goal after a long range effort found the top corner of the net. Both teams began to stretch the play and the Hurricanes and the Rangers goalkeeper produced some great saves before Rangers scored their second goal. Once again Beechy weren't fazed after conceding a goal knowing they were still very much in the game and Storm responed with more positive attacking play. A free kick taken by Gino Fierro went the wrong side of the post just before Kenny Copeland produced a darting run down the wing and added a fine finish to get Beechy back on level terms.
Shortly before half time Rangers fought back and scored a third goal when following a corner the Beechy defenders struggled to clear the ball out of the danger zone. The Hurricanes started the second half working hard all over the pitch and limited Rangers to just a few chances until another long range effort flew over the head of the Beechy keeper and into the net. More great attacking from the Hurricanes on the Astroturf Pitch almost reduced the arrears before Rangers added two more goals. The result didn't do justice to another first-class display by the Hurricanes.
*At home to Salford Storm Tornadoes the in-form Under 10's Thunder had to overcome the horrible conditions before they secured another victory in the Salford and District Junior League. Thunder made a good start and after keeping their opponents pinned in their own half were rewarded with the opening goal through Jackson Humm then shortly after Joshua Kellett gave Thunder a two goal lead. Gradually Salford Storm grew into the game but Beechy were able to add a third goal when Jackson Humm was on target again and though Salford Storm reduced the arrears Thunder added a fourth goal after Jackson Humm completed his hat-trick. In a tough second half there was another goal for Salford Storm before Teddie Harding came off the bench to net Beechy's next goal against his former team. Two more goals from Jackson Humm and a goal by Nataniel Wojciak guaranteed Thunder the win.
*Involved in an exciting home game with De La Salle Reds were Beechy Under 10's Storm who didn't quite get a win but at least they had found their form again. As usual Beechy made a bright start as they looked to attack with pace at every opportunity and the passing game that had deserted them in the previous fixture had returned. A lovely move of a least six passes involving Daniel Wharton, Aiden Gradwell, Robert Wagner and finished by Oliver Cooper saw Beechy open the scoring after ten minutes. De La Salle responded and Sophia Price, Patrik Doherty, Jacob Wood and Brody Burns were at their best as they defended resolutely as Beechy's opponents got a stronger foothold in the game. A couple of thunderous strikes and scrappy goals resulted in De La Salle holding the lead at half time. Beechy started the second half in a similar way they began the first half and as Beechy piled on the pressure Kristian Georgiev and Robert Wagner created trouble for the visitors with some great play down the wings. The pressure finally paid off when Man of the Match Oliver Cooper was fouled twice in the area and Oliver confidently converted both spot-kicks. As Beechy chased an equaliser in the dying minutes De La Salle added another goal with the last kick of the game.
*The 9v9 friendly match between the Under 12's Tornadoes and Under 11's Storm ended with a victory for the Storm. On target with goals for the Tornadoes were Josh Burrows, Finn Browne and Stewart Kay while Tornadoes Man of the Match was right back Dylan Courtney who had an excellent game.
*At Cheadle Hulme High School the Under 13's Hurricanes were in action against Juno United Pumas and Beechy were without three key squad players for this Division 1 away fixture. The Hurricanes went ahead when Owen Hogben battled hard to win possession in midfield and he sent a great pass to Oliver Nangle who set-up Henry Errington for a calm and accurate finish. Following another slick move which quickly turned defence into attack Oliver Nangle was in the right place to bend the ball from the edge of the area off the post into the net for 2-0. Juno United reduced the arrears after a long ball over the Beechy defenders was controlled by the hosts big striker who's amazing turn of pace sent him racing clear before he added a powerful finish.
An end to end first half which included numerous chances for both teams plus tackles flying in all over the pitch finished with the Hurricanes maintaining their 2-1 lead. After a tight and tense opening quarter hour to the second half Beechy had a goal disallowed for offside following a great piece of play from Henry Errington. Juno United won a free kick on the edge of the area and the ball appeared to be on it's way into the top corner of the net but Hurricanes keeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker superbly tipped the ball onto the crossbar before safely gathering the rebound. In the last minute Beechy were awarded another free kick and it was Joshua Whitehead who guaranteed the Hurricanes their 3-1 victory when he curled the ball over the hosts defensive wall and inside the far post. Oliver Nangle was voted Hurricanes Man of the Match.
*Weather conditions and the pitch weren't great for the Beechy Under 14's Hurricanes away game at Standish Junior Panthers but both teams attempted to play good football. The Hurricanes started this Section C match displaying improved poise and shape with Kane Wood and Ethan Mangwiro constantly linking-up superbly up front and on one occasion Kane went on a mazy run and after his effort was saved by the hosts keeper Ethan hit the rebound against the post. The Hurricanes made the vital breakthrough when their sustained pressure led to Shawn Ebosele scoring his first Beechy goal and what was so amazing was seeing his teammates celebrate with him. Following an injury to Michael Munden Beechy didn't have time to reorganise and Standish Panthers made it 1-1 a scoreline which remined the same as the referee ended the first half.
Continuing to play some great soccer in the second half the Hurricanes regained the lead via Dylan Walker who's left foot shot from outside the area gave the keeper no chance. However disappointingly Hurricanes conceded from a corner and this Bolton Bury and District League Section C match eventually ended 2-2 and following a total team effort it was difficult to choose a Man of the Match from four stand out players. Bradley West and Ausou Eltomseneen were immense in the midfield while the centre back pairing of Tanatswa Chirwa and Liam Woodward defended superbly throughout.
*Also in action in the Bolton Bury and District League were the Under 14's Storm had a Section E home game with Winton Wanderers Dragons. After taking the lead Beechy found themselves 3-1 down but Storm replied with a second goal and during a frantic last five minutes were denied an equaliser to force a draw. Goals for Storm came via Michael Walsh and Joshua Kilfoyle.
*The first ten minutes of the Under 16's Storm versus FC Bury Athletic Section C fixture was evenly balanced until Leo Barrett got on the end of a cross and smashed the ball into the net to give Beechy the lead. FC Bury Athletic equalised after the ball was crossed from the wing before Evan Hodson-Griffiths went close to scoring and Harry Patterson had a great chance but shot wide of the target. (HT1-1) In the second half against the run of play FC Bury Athletic went 2-1 up before Beechy kept their opponents pinned in their own half and on two occasions Evan Hodson-Griffiths went close via a couple of fine efforts. Just before the end of the game Harry Patterson was fouled in the area winning Storm a penalty and from the resulting spot-kick Evan Hodson-Griffiths scored to make it 2-2 at the final whistle. Storm's Man of the Match was Alfie Jones who played at the back and bossed the game.