POSTED: February 13 2020 20:39:52. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 8/2/2020

Beechfield United Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) maintained their recent good form with a well deserved 4-2 away win over Monton Sports in the Supplementary Cup.

Despite having to play with a depleted squad the Tornadoes started really well and took the lead inside the opening ten minutes following a corner taken by Oliver Percival, the ball found its way to Joel Thorndyke who's first touch on his knee set him up for a superb volleyed goal. The goal spurred the Tornadoes on and the players looked hungry knowing they had their opponents in trouble. Beechy turned on the style and played some lovely free flowing football from back to front that included several excellent passing combinations. The Tornadoes didn't gave to wait long for their second goal that came after another corner taken by Oliver Cooper who whipped the ball in with perfection and waiting at the back post was Freddie Wardle who scored via a brave header. This was a great moment for Freddie as this was his first full game as an outfield player, having predominantly been the Tornadoes goalkeeper. The Beechy boys were playing with so much confidence and looking to extend their lead before half time created a few decent chances that resulted in a few good saves from the Monton keeper.

Leading 2-0 the Tornadoes started the second half in the same vein as the first by dominating every aspect of the game. Edward Hughes bossed the midfield in his usual fashion getting his teammates on the attack thanks to some clever passing, Joel Thorndyke and Oliver Percival linked up brilliantly and the Monton defence were unable to stop their neat on-twos and intricate play. The Tornadoes celebrated their third goal when after a scorching free kick by Aiden Lawton the ball arrived at the feet of Oliver Percival and the coolly slotted it past the keeper. With the game firmly under control Beechy added goal number four through the hard working Joel Thorndyke who never gave Monton's defenders a minutes peace and his two goals earned him the Man of the Match. At 4-0 the game was won and the Tornadoes can be excused for relaxing their grip on this cup-tie and Monton Sports scored a couple of goals in a few minutes spell. Beechy kept creating chances and were unlucky not to add to their lead and at the end of this great game on football this was a well deserved win for the Tornadoes.

"WOW" what a game between Beechy U/7's Storm and Manchester Bees. Both sets of players were praised after they gave everything they had and for all the coaches involved it was great to see the effort and support received. The Beechy boys are starting to make a name for themselves and Manchester Bees were aware they would be in for a tough game of mini-soccer. There will always be lapses of concentration and in games at this age the players heads are not always on the match but that's OK. As time goes on the United's players will get stronger and against Manchester Bees a confident Storm outfit started much better showing more aggression with Kai Barker wearing the captain's armband leading by example. Storm's Manager Ian Lee said one thing he always wants from the players is to show courage and keep their heads up regardless, Ian added we have a special bunch of boys in this age group.

In the match against the Bees, Alfie Morris needs a special mention as the five minute spell when Gino Fierro left the pitch he was very good and listened to the instructions and stayed positionally aware at the back. Rian Cox once again displayed his dazzling skills that strikes fear into defenders when he's in full flow. Maxwell Omotayo and Kasope Ali at times together were unplayable and not many teams will stop them when they are on their game. Ian was very impressed with Archie Charles commitment and when he got his chance did exactly what he was asked to do. Finn Lee needs to learn the games at times but against Manchester Bees he did well and handled the ball better, while Gino Fierro for somebody learning the art of defending is still improving. Ian was gutted that Beechy didn't end up winners of this match that produced eleven goals but he is highly confident Storm can give any team a game in the Salford and Districts League.

Producing a quality display in the Supplementary Competition the Under 8's Storm earned a victory over De La Salle who are currently playing in a couple of Divisions above Beechy, and Storm knew they were in for a tough game. Beechy quickly found themselves three goals down after long high kicks from the De La Salle keeper caught them cold. However the problem was solved and Beechy started to play the kind of passing football seen in recent games and goals from Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell soon got Storm back in the game. A touch of encouragement at half time saw Beechy grow in confidence and Jacob Wood and Robert Wagner started to influence this cup-tie while Daniel Wharton, Brody Brady and Sophie Price defended superbly. With a couple of minutes to play the teams shared twelve goals but Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell combined and Beechy were back in front. Sophie Price and Daniel Wharton together managed to clear the ball off the goal line before Oliver Cooper raced clear and was on target to guaranteed the win.

In action in the Supplementary Competition were Beechy Under 9's Storm who met AFC Monton Ninjas on Saturday morning at Beech Farm Playing Fields. Man of the Match Connor O'Sullivan, Ethan Seddon and new signing Mikeal Omotayo were on target in a Beechy victory.

Kaylon Salisbury and Charlie Swift scored the goals for the Under 10's Lightning in their Salford and Districts League Supplementary Competition away game with Monton Sports. Chosen as Man of the Match was Brodie Mundy.

The Under 10's Tornadoes were also in Supplementary Competition action away to Manchester Bees. The whole Beechy squad put in a great shift and the players rotated well especially Josh Beddows (captain marvel) who favours playing upfront but he accepted a defensive role and showing maturity had a positive reaction. Eddie McDonagh was very consistent and fearless when making a 50/50 challenge and though the whole team were fairly solid throughout the level of the opposition was again a step up in class. The Tornadoes consolation goal came in the second half via Stewart Kay who once again produced a confident performance but one Beechy player who was a major influence on the pitch was Jack Lee. The Tornadoes goalkeeper was aggressive and dominant in his penalty area plus commanding in his instruction to his defenders and was justly named Man of the Match.

Against a more physical Winton Wolves outfit the Under 11's Lightning (9v9) were two goals down inside ten minutes. In the Supplementary Competition Beechy couldn't cope with their opponents more direct style of play - a lesson to be learned according to team coach Chris White. After a tactical change Lightning played better in the second half but chasing the game Beechy left gaps at the back and Winton took advantage running out worthy winners. Lightning's Man of the Match was George Rowbotham who was also credited with scoring all three goals.

Michael Walsh got both goals for the Under 12's Storm (9v9) who met local rivals Moorside Rangers Yellow in the Supplementary Competition but Storm who were beaten 4-2 definitely didn't deserve to lose this cup-tie. Man of the Match went to the whole team for a great all-round effort.

At Stott Lane the winner of Under 13's Lightning's Supplementary Cup game against Astley and Tyldesley Dragons was decided by the taking of penalty kicks. After seventy minutes the teams were level at 2-2 with Kyle Stafford and Cody Brady on target with the Beechy goals. In the shoot-out that Lightning won 3-1 goalkeeper Lucas Wood saved a penalty and spot-on with their penalties were Jake Barrington, Cody Brady and recent new signing Cherif Badjie.

Securing their first victory of 2020 were Beechy Under 13's Typhoon who's Division 2 home game was switched to their opponents ground. Typhoon who beat Barr Hill Clubs 3-0 put the effort in straight from the kick off that allowed coach Pete Latham the chance to rest his voice at half time instead of giving their traditional rollicking. Once the boys started to take a touch and passed the ball Typhoon looked a decent outfit and Ronan Mullen opened the scoring after beating the offside trap and outmuscling the Barr Hill defence. Milonga Mututa scored the second goal after great work following a corner then Man of the Match Igor Osarinmwain put the game beyond doubt when he dinked the ball past the keeper. Throughout the game Igor's pace caused Barr Hill all sorts of problems and with a bit more luck he might have scored a couple more goals. Congratulations to Beechy keeper Peter Ellis on a rare clean sheet.

Beechy Under 14's Storm were at home to high flying Blackrod AFC and in a tight game defended really well in the first half and limited the visitors to just a couple of shots. Tawonga Chirwa had a good chance after a mistake by a Blackrod player but miscued his attempt to open the scoring. The second half quickly developed a similar pattern as the first with both teams cancelling each other out before Blackrod took the lead following a Beechy error. Then a defensive mix-up gifted Blackrod a second goal and the visitors wrapped up the three points when they scored again to win this Section C fixture 3-0. The score didn't reflect the game after some good Beechy performances throughout and there's a special mention for Mason Murphy-McKiernan who did well on his debut. Man of the Match went to Ben Delaney for a brilliant performance.

An excellent all-round display by the Under 14's Tornadoes in the Supplementary Cup surpassed already high expectations this season. The Tornadoes had home advantage against Deans Sports and defended superbly while the midfield outplayed their opponents trio. Beechy's strike force caused problems galore and Tornadoes were a goal up in the first minute through Man of the Match Bradley Oliver who was rewarded with a hat trick. Also on target for Beechy who led 3-0 at half time and eventually won 6-0 were Charlie Mulvenna (2) and Theo Valentine.

Following a 4-1 home win over Littleborough Junior Blue in the North Bury Junior Football League Beechy Under 15's Storm moved into fifth place in the Premiership Division table. Included in Storm's solid all-round display were the match winning goals from Ben Garlick (2) Adam Rothwell and Prince Idusuyi. Voted Beechy's Best Player was Charlie Molloy.

Facing Barr hill Lads at home in the Players Cup were the Under 16's Tornadoes who played this cup-tie for most of the game with ten then nine players due to injuries and illness. Tornadoes Manager Stuart O'Brien was proud of all his players for never giving up so he awarded everyone Man of the Match. The score line was 0-0 after thirty five minutes but at the final whistle Barr Hill had booked their place in the next round of the competition though a 6-1 winning result must have flattered them somewhat. Fernley Davies scored the Tornadoes consolation goal.

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