POSTED: January 08 2020 19:44:45. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 4th/5th Jan 2020
Following the Christmas break the majority of Beechfield United's Junior Section teams were glad to be back in action in 2020 and a mixed bag of results was the final outcome.
Beechy Under 8's Storm were narrowly beaten at home by Urmston Town Lions following a scrappy game. In this Yellow Group fixture both teams struggled to get going, there were far too many missed placed passes and some below-par finishing. Both Aiden Gradwell and Robert Wagner were Beechy best players both doing great work at both ends of the pitch, that helped Storm stay in the game. A powerful finish from twelve yards by Oliver Cooper was the highlight in Beechy's 3-1 defeat.
In the North Bury Junior Football League the Under 15's Storm kicked-off the New Year with a 3-2 away win over Pennine Juniors Black. In the Premiership Division Beechy did it the hard way coming back from 2-0 down early in the second half. Man of the Match Luke Carr started the fightback when he scored a very good goal then further goals from Adam Rothwell and Prince Idusuyi guaranteed Storm the victory and three valid points.
Away to FC Bury Vipers the Under 14's Storm had to adapt to small pitch and deal with their physical opponents in the opening game of 2020. In this Section C fixture Beechy played against the wind and rain in the first half and struggled to adapt to the pace of the game as Bury Vipers produced the much better football. After a couple of near misses from corners Bury Vipers scored from another when the ball deflected off a Beechy defender to give the hosts the lead. Storm matched Vipers skill and commitment and had a good chance to equalise when Georgi Georgiev forced the keeper to make a good save. Bury Vipers were 2-0 up at half time following yet another corner then in the second half the hosts played with six defenders and Beechy were unable to find a way through the Vipers back line. Pushing players forward left Storm open and be caught out by Vipers counter-attacks and the hosts added a third goal near the end. Storm's Man of the Match award was shared by Luke Bedforth and Jonny Walsh.
Maintaining their Division 4 unbeaten run in the Salford and Districts League were the Under 14's Tornadoes who beat Davyhulme Park 8-0. Tornadoes took the lead after ten minutes via Bradley Oliver who's assist led to the second goal four minutes later when Jake Curry found the back of the net following a pinpoint cross. Goals three and four followed in quick succession that resulted in Bradley Oliver completing a well deserved hat trick. The second half started much the same way as the first had finished with Beechy continuing to dominate the match and Luke Moss arrowed the ball down the touchline onto Charlie Mulvenna and his cross found Bradley Oliver who made it 5-0. Following more great teamwork and total confidence on the ball Tornadoes were able to add further goals from Adam Wood, Oliver Lomas and Ryan Lewis. Man of the Match went to Luke Moss for his impressive all-round performance.
Playing at home in their first Division 3 match of the New Year against Deans Panthers the Under 13's Lightning won a one sided game 7-2. Centre back and man of the Match Cody Brady who was given a free role helped himself to four goals while also on target for Beechy with a goal apiece were David Olidoy, Jake Barrington and Charlie Harris.
At David Lewis Playing Fields the Under 13's Typhoon first match of 2020 didn't go according to plan. Beechy were in action against Salford Lads who outfought Typhoon and secured a 6-0 victory. Typhoon produced an impressive display in the second half but despite creating a few chances never really troubled their opponents. Beechy's Star Player was Ryan O'Sullivan.
On a heavy pitch the Under 12's Storm (9v9) earned themselves a hard fought 8-2 victory over Winton Raptors at Beech Farm. Goal scorers for Storm in this Division 3 home game were Oliver Cowley (4) Man of the Match Thomas Hawkins (2) (a fine left footed finish and a bullet header) Mikey Walsh and Joshua Kilfoyle. Storm are now uneaten in their last three games.
Involved in what was for the neutral a pulsating Division 3 match the Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) who met neighbours Moorside Rangers Yellows. A New Year but the same old Hurricanes who were punished for a slow start and though Dylan Walker and Rian Hines netted goals for Beechy a jubilant Rangers outfit led 4-2 at half time. Hurricanes upped the tempo and were rewarded with a well worked third goal when Rian Hines went on a run down the right wing and his cross was met by Dylan Walker who added a neat finish. A defensive lapse allowed Rangers to go 5-3 up and despite a fourth Hurricanes goal through Kane Wood Beechy failed to score again and lost their first game of the New Year.
Achieving a winning start to 2020 were the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) who beat local rivals Moorside Rangers Reds 3-1. Although both teams struggled on a heavy pitch at SSV it was the Tornadoes who had the better chances in the opening twenty minutes. But those chances were not taken and Rangers took the lead with a fortuitous goal against the run of play but the Tornadoes replied instantly via Oliver Percival who dispatched a crisp shot into the corner of the net past the resolute Moorside keeper.
(HT 1-1) In the second half possession was pretty even but Tornadoes were more threatening in front of goal and Jack Duff latched onto a neat through ball and confidently slotted past the onrushing keeper. Joel Thorndyke capped off a fine performance with goal of real class when he took the ball past three Rangers defenders and hammered it over the keeper into the net to put Tornadoes 3-1 up with ten minutes to go. Sensible play from Beechy saw out the remaining minutes with growing maturity to claim a fully deserved victory. In a hard fought game this was another good all-round Beechy performance that helped them overcome a stubborn Moorside Rangers outfit. Tornadoes joint keepers Freddie Wardle and Daniel Ward were rarely troubled thanks to some quality defending from Beechy and one player who stood out was Ryan Crosby who despite playing in an unnatural left back position was faultless throughout. Ryan was strong, determined and accurate with his passing and he deservedly won the Man of the Match award.
On Sunday Beechy Under 11's Lightning (9v9) continued to suffer from bad luck in their Green Group away game with Manchester Maccabi Eagles. Despite being short of match practice Lightning came quickly out of the blocks and matched a talented Maccabi outfit all over the pitch. The first half ended 1-1 and the second continued in the same vein until Maccabi hit Beechy a number of times via the swift counter-attack. Lightning's Man of the Match was Rafa Peres-Rios for an outstanding goalkeeping performance and on target with goals for Beechy who lost 6-2 were Jai Devani-White and Sean Cosgrove.