POSTED: February 16 2023 09:23:35. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 11/2/2023

Following a very good all-round team performance in their Section D away game Beechfield United U/16's TYPHOON celebrated a resounding 7-1 victory over Breightmet Hawks.

*In the Bolton Bury and District League Beechy made a bright start and dominating the game opened the scoring when Ronan Mullen tapped the ball into the net from a pinpoint cross by Sonny O'Brien. It was Sonny who delivered a great through ball for Daniel Hesketh who outpaced the Hawks full back to score his first goal of the season and make it 2-0. At the end of another breakaway move Cole Winstanley was on target with the third goal to give Typhoon a comfortable lead at half time. Will Bentham added goal number four just after the restart to make the game safe however this led to complacency and sloppy defending by Beechy and Breightmet Hawks reduced the arrears.

Quickly regaining control Typhoon won a penalty after a foul on Sonny O'Brien and Jamie Withington despatched the spot-kick with aplomb for 5-1. The Hawks continued to conceded numerous free kicks and from one dead ball situation Sonny O'Brien's ace delivery was met by Jamie Withington who sent a magnificent header beyond the keeper for the sixth goal. Typhoon kept creating chances and the hard working Reece James got his reward when he completed the scoring. Beechy's Man of the Match award went to Sam Henderson for a great display in midfield.

*Beechy Under 7's THUNDER were at home to De La Salle Devils and what was expected to be a tough game proved to be the case. In a finely balanced first half Thunder who were arguably the better team took a deserved lead when George Kelly who was fouled in the area converted the subsequent penalty into the top corner of the net. There were chances for both teams and Beechy's goalkeper Oscar Spencer made some great saves helping Thunder preserve their lead but on the stroke of half time De La Salle equalised from a scrambled corner. It was the visitors to Beech Farm who controlled the second half and unfortunately Beechy conceded five goals without reply. Man of the Match was Harry Wright who stood up to be counted, he never gave in making nuumerous tackles and useful forward runs.

*There was a fantastic victory for the Under 8's THUNDER who were at home to Deans Tigers and Beechy would have won by a greater margin but the Deams goalkeeper was in great form. Brayden Taylor continued his fine scoring run when he gave Thunder an early lead with a close range tap in. After Beechy had missed some good chances Deans equalised with a well taken goal which Hugo Balogun had no chance of stopping. Just before half time Thunder regained the lead after a cross by Noah Aspen found Man of the Match Lyle Glass who got a faint touch on the ball and turned it into the net. Beechy's passing and movement was back on track in the second half and Sonny Phillips score Thunder's third goal via a brilliant low finish. The game was physical with a few challenges flying in from both teams but the Beechy Boys never shirked their responsibilities as they stuck together. Thunder's goalkeeper in the second half Cody Elwell-Eyres made a few good saves while Noah, Brayden, Sonny and Harley Cosgrove-Newby gave Beechy the physical advantage in the tackles.

*On Sunday morning Beechy Under 8's STORM had an away game with Manchester Maccabi Blues. Despite the absence of two key defenders Storm looked strong and determined as the game was pretty even in the early period. Both teams who displayed their battling qualities had chances and it was Maccabi who held the lead at half time. In a low-key second half it was rather frustrating because Beechy didn't click into gear as they wasted possession on numerous occasions. Storm roated their goalkeeper but at the end it wasn't a great day at the office. On target with goals for Beechy were Harry Heathcote-Clare and Bobby Lowe who was Storm's stand out player on the day.

*Getting back to winning ways were the Under 9's STORM following a top team performance away at Longford Park Black. Storm's players had worked hard in training and back to their brilliant best Beechy were rewarded with a fully deserved victory. Storm had the better moments during a close first half and despite missing a few early chances took the lead through Jack Sinclair after great work in midfield from Max Schofield and Barkley Pope. Close to half time Jack Sinclair won possession on the dead ball line and after beating two hosts players drilled the ball home into the bottom corner of the net. Making a positive start in the second half Storm created a few half chances before they added goal number three when a corner by Jack the ball was guided into the net by Barkley Pope.

Longford Park got back in the game and carving out a few chances managed to reduce the arrears but Beechy quickly put the pressure back on their opponents and scored a fourth goal when Kobe Glass volleyed the ball into the net after another great corner taken by Jack. The Kobe picked up the ball on the left wing and went past two opponents, nutmegged another before he was on the receiving end of a cynical foul. From twenty yards Man of the Match Jack Sinclair took the resulting free kick and fired the ball into the top corner of the net to complete his hat trick and the scoring.

*Playing away against Old Trafford Juniors the Under 10's TORNADOES made a great start to the game an took an early lead and the players energy level was good as Beechy produced some fast flowing football. After a couple of substitutions things went downhill and the Tornadoes suddenly found themselves trailing by the odd goal in seven at half time. Beechy displayed a bit more urgency in the second half but sadly nore mistakes gifted Old Trafford more goals. The Tornadoes fought back and managed to reduce the arrears with a couple of goals but this had been a poor performance compared to Beechy's usual high standard. Goalscorers for the Tornadoes were Kai Barker (Hat-Trick) Archie Charles and River Langford.

*Away for the third successive Saturday Beechy Under 10's HURRICANES were in action at Stott Lane against Salford Storm Blizzards. Trying out a new formation to get ready for next season the Hurricanes soon found their rhythm and pushed forward with some great attacking football. Beechy weren't forced to do much defending and as the midfield stood strong the Hurricanes made the breakthrough midway in the first half when Kenny Copeland won a great through ball from Myles Harris and opened the scoring. Now on top in the game the Hurricanes were eager to add to their goal tally and it was Ellis Jorgensen who was next on target for the visitors. During another Beechy attack Ellis regained possession and set-up Ethan Crocker who from the edge of the area netted his first goal of the season for the Hurricanes.

Reverting back to their usual formation in the second half Beechy got goal number four when an effort by Myles Harris hit the crossbar and after the ball rebounded to Mason McHugh-Davies he volleyed it into the net inside thirty seconds with his first touch of the game. Salford Storm did find a few gaps in the Hurricanes defence but Beechy keeper Charlie Berry remained focused and made a couple of great saves. Following a long throw by Kenny Copeland the ball found it's way to the feet of Mason McHugh-Davies and he netted his second and the Hurricanes fifth goal. Keeping the pressure on their opponents Beechy added goal number six when a powerful strike by Ellis bounced off the crossbar and again in the right place was Mason McHugh-Davies who via an identical volley was rewarded with his second hat trick in three games.

*The Under 11's THUNDER (9v9) were away to Flixton Wolves a team they shared a draw 2-2 with at the start of the season so a tough encounter was expected. This Yellow Group fixture was evenly balanced at the start as both teams fought hard and Beechy soon discovered that the hosts keeper was in good form. Once Thunder took control of the game they grabbed the lead with a goal from Ajab Fakeeh and Beechy were still 1-0 up at half time. In the second half Thunder stepped up a gear and added two more goals both from Ajab who completed his hat trick when he got on the end of a great throw-in by Mohammed Edris then rounded the keeper before adding a fine finish for 3-0. Thunder's goalkeeper Leon Heathcote-Clare had a superb game, both Samuel Sulmataj and Jermaine Rose were excellent in defence as they helped Beechy secure a third successive clean sheet. Theo McNulty was in good form in the midfield alongside Mohammed and the whole team worked extremely hard for each other.

*At home to Swinton Panthers the Under 13's TORNADOES made it three games unbeaten in the Salford and Districts League. In Division 2 Beechy went behind to an early goal following a rare defensive mix-up but the Tornadoes were soon back level when Enzo da Silva bundled the ball home from close range. Despite and overwhelming amount of possession and countless chances the Beechy Boys couldn't find that elusive match winning goal.

*After making a few forced changes the Under 14's HURRICANES faced a tough seventy minutes in their Division 1 home game with Roach Dynamos. It was the visitors who made the perfect start when they took the lead following a superbly executed direct free kick. Beechy came close to an equalising goal after a good forward move found Henry Errington in the area but the Roach keeper produced a great one-handed save following Henry's fine effort on target. Against the run of play the visitors doubled their lead via an excellent counter-attack and the Hurricanes were slightly deflated when Roach Dynamos went 3-0 up. Despite the scoreline it had been a competitive first half but the away team had been more clinical around the penalty area while Beechy had been unlucky not to score several times. The Hurricanes appeal for a free kick following a back pass was waved away and the Roach keeper started a move that resulted in the visitors increasing their led with their fourth goal. Beechy reduced the arrears when they were awarded a free kick and Joshua Whitehead's long range effort forced a diving save from the keeper but Oliver Nangle won possession and neatly set-up JJ Lowery who fired the ball home from close range. The visitors restored their four goal advantage after a slight goalmouth melee and Roach took a 6-1 lead thanks to great footwork from their main striker. Needing a boost from somewhere the Hurricanes pulled another goal back when good play in midfield from Jamie Maher released Henry Errington who displayed great skill and composure before adding a superb finish. A third Beechy goal was fully deserved after Man of the Match Oliver Nangle sent a cross into the area and Alfie Rostron volleyed the ball into the net from about the penalty spot. With the last kick of the game a seventh goal for Roach completed the scoring despite a brave attempt to keep the ball out of the net by Hurricanes goalie Oliver Dalton-Bunker.

*In their Bolton Bury and District League Section D away game with Monton Sports the Under 15's HURRICANES thought they could make their usual slow start and stage a major comeback. But after finding themselves 4-1 down at half time on this occasion the Beechy Boys were unable to produce their recovery act. This was a disappointing display by the Hurricanes who conceded all four goals from corners. Kane Wood scored Beechy's consolation goal and Tanatswa Chirwa was named Man of the Match.

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