POSTED: February 19 2022 09:49:06. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 12/2/2022


Despite more wet and windy weather earlier in the week there was almost a full programme of fixtures in the Junior Section on Saturday 12th February 2022.

*On a heavy pitch at Beech Farm Playing Fields Beechfield United Under 9's Tornadoes met top of their Division outfit Salford Storm and due to the underfoot conditions Beechy struggled to play their normal style of football. Both teams created chances early in the game but it was Salford Storm who took the lead and though the Tornadoes players made a few mistakes they kept going regardless. As they continued to play out from the back and down the flanks Beechy dominated the second half with some really good football. Though the Tornadoes lost the game the score line failed to reflect their excellent performance. Jack Hoatson scored the Tornadoes only goal.

*Beechy Under 7's Storm played Swinton Warriors in a league game before the teams meet again next Saturday in the Supplementary Tournament. Making a strong and positive start Storm passed the ball the way they had practiced in training and this created lots of chances. Beechy won the game only conceding two late goals due to tiredness caused by the poor weather conditions. On target with goals for Storm were Alfie Heighway, Oscar Pugh and Harry Heathcote.

*Involved in an eleven goal thriller in their away game with Fletcher Moss Rangers were Beechy Under 10's Storm. In difficult conditions similar to recent weeks Beechy produced an awesome second half performance but just falling short of getting a win. Play in the first half was end to end with the superior finishing from Storm's opponents the main difference. Oliver Cooper, Aiden Gradwell and Thomas Brady went close to opening the scoring for Beechy but quick on the break Fletcher Moss managed to find the clinical finish and this would be the theme throughout the game. With Man of the Match Harrison Church defending superbly alongside Daniel Wharton and the hard working Kristian Georgiev well supported by Goalkeeper Jacob Wood Beechy always had a chance to get back in the game.

In the second half Storm kicked into gear and gave Fletcher Moss a torrid time thanks to their quick decisive passing around the penalty area which the hosts struggled to deal with. Aiden Gradwell scored the goal of the game, Oliver Cooper and Robert Wagner netted from close range but a late counter-attack from Fletcher Moss resulted in a harsh winning goal for the hosts. Overall this was a great game of football.

*The Under 16's Tornadoes emerged as winners of their Bolyon Bury and District League Section D away game against Swinton Lions and a 5-4 victory meant Beechy retained second place in the league table. Playing some great attacking football as they kept the ball on the floor the Tornadoes raced into a 4-0 lead at half time. Swinton Lions fought back and reduced Beechy's lead to just one goal then both teams scored again but it was the Tornadoes who secured the three points. Goalscorers for Beechy were Jake Curry, Bradley Oliver, Harry Officer, Louie Khalil and Team Captain Jack Fitton who produced a commanding performance.

*Away to Astley Bridge Wanderers on a wet and muddy pitch the Under 15's Lightning boys started off on the front foot as they controlled the game. Beechy got the ball moving down the wings and it wasn't long before they took the lead when Cherif Badjie finished a good move on the right wing. Manager Scott Wood expected Lightning to take a tighter grip on this Section D contest but from their only decent attack Astley Bridge equalised. The hosts forward was clearly offside but the referee waved play on and the ball crept under Beechy keeper Lucas Wood who was obviously disappointed not to have done better. Lightning continued to be punished for not taking their chances and the score remained 1-1 when the referee ended the first half.

The second half was pretty much the same although Beechy went a goal down early on when Lucas Wood saved a shot on target with his knees and Matthew Corry sliced his clearance across the area leaving an Astley Bridge player with an easy tap in to put the hosts 2-1 up. Lightning kept battling and created chances and Cherif Badjie, Joel Idusuyi and Daniel Williams all had opportunities to score but poor finishing and bad decision making cost Beechy in the end. Lightning did get back level following some good play on the left wing by David Oludoyi who squared the ball across to Daniel Williams and he added a close range finish. More chances were missed and Beechy went behind again straight from a corner when a Lightning player deflected the ball into his own net. Beechy lost the match 3-2 and the pitch resembled a mud bath at the final whistle.

*In their Friendly Match against AFC Monton the Under 14's Storm created their best performance so far this season. Beechy ran out 5-0 winners with the goals coming from Joshua Kilfoyle (2) James Cadwaladr (2) and Rian Haines. There were three assists from Andrew Ackernley and named Man of the Match was Noah o'Connor.

*At home to Swinton Jaguars the Under 13's Hurricanes suffered their first defeat of the season in the Salford and Districts League. Thomas Robinson and Taylor Hales-Cummins were back in the squad following an injury but Jamie Maher, Fabio Figueiredo and Luca Mobey were unavailable. After making a positive start the Hurricanes went a goal down when a Jaguars player fired in a shot from outside the area and the ball squirmed under the Beechy keeper and into the net. In quick succession Swinton Jaguars went 2-0 up after the visitors won a corner which the urricanes failed to deal with and the ball was eventually bundled over the line. Beechy reduced the arrears when Thomas Robinson took a short corner playing the ball to Owen Hogben who delivered a dangerous cross and Sophiyulah Bakare waiting at the back post hit the ball first time giving the keeper no chance. The first half ebbed an flowed and an interesting second half was in prospect and against the run of play after the restart Swinton Jaguars scored their third goal when the ball managed to find the bottom corner of the net after a counter-attack. Voted Hurricanes Player of the Match was Sophiyulah Bakare. Result Hurricanes 1 v Swinton Jaguars 3.

*Roman Sandaji gave the Under 11's Storm (9v9) the lead in their SDJFL Red Group home game with Salford United Devils but the visitors fought back and equalised before taking a two goal lead. Producing their own fightback Storm were rewarded with goals from Elijah Knott and Roman Sandaji which earned Beechy a score draw.

*The Under 10's Thunder met Winton Catalans at Beech Farm Playing Fields and unfortunately their winning run came to an end. Thunder were missing a couple of key players and in tough conditions it showed during a low-key first half. But for some fine defensive performances from Jermaine Rose and Mohammed Edris and an heroic display by Goalkeeper Leon Heathcote-Clare the Catalans would have secured an easy win. Beechy who were two goals down at half time made a decent start to the second half but Winton Catalans added a third goal before Thunder got a goal back. Following a great run and stunning strike which gave the keeper no chance Nataniel Wojciak reduced the arrears then Teddie Harding netted Beechy's second goal. Towards the end of the game as Thunder pushed hard for an equaliser the visitors litterally stole their fourth goal. Mohammed Edris was named Man of the Match after producing some great moments plus a real assured performance.

*The heavens opened when Beechy Under 9's Hurricanes kicked-off their home game against AFC Monton Bulldogs with a depleted squad. Myles Harris was unavailable so Beechy down to a squad of eight players took on their opponents without their wing wizard. Team captain Kenny Copeland got all the support and mote from his teammates as the Hurricanes produced their finest display of the season. Every player gave a battling performance and were proud to be part of a family based community club. The first twenty minutes of the match were evenly balanced and it was AFC Monton who took the lead via a long distance effort. Most of the match was played within the midfield area where Beechy tried out a new formation and the Hurricanes were rewarded with the best goal of the game. Mason McHugh-Davies who worked hard throughout the game remained calm when he received the ball and fed Kenny Copeland a beautiful weighted pass for the new skipper to add a superb finish. Special mentions for Jenson Smyth who for twenty minutes was so strong and inspiring and Finn Lee for a dynamic performance in his new team role.

*Also in action at Beech Farm were the Under 8's Storm who's opponents in this mini-soccer fixture were Longford Park Black. The visitors were a very good team but another great all-round performance from Storm proved how much the players have improved since they joined the Salford and Districts League. Freya Quinn, Jack Sinclair and Barkley Pope scored the goals for Beechy who's Man of the Match award was shared between Goalkeeper Josh Lowery who made several great saves and Jack Sinclair after his top-class display.



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