POSTED: January 24 2023 19:55:15. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 21st/22nd Jan 2023

A heavy overnight frost plus low temperatures forced more games in the Junior Section to be postponed but a few games went ahead on Astroturf pitches.

"Beechy Under 14's Hurricanes were back in Salford and Districts League action in 2023 against local rivals Swinton Jaguars. The Hurricanes who had thirteen players available for this Division 1 fixture made a bright start and took an early lead via Finlay Unsworth who supplied a great close range finish for the opening goal. Finlay was on target again when he made it 2-0 with another cracking in-form strikers finish from inside the area. A brilliant move started by Sophiyulah Bakare and also involving great interplay between Henry Errington and Joshua Whitehead ended when Oliver Nangle fired the ball home at the back post for Beechy's third goal. Swinton Jaguars reduced the arrears with a fine headed goal following a corner then Jaguars made it 3-2 from the penalty-spot. The Hurricanes used both substitutes JJLowery and Owen Hogben and in a dominant second half performance Beechy secured a 4-2 win and the three points when Man of the Match Henry Errington completed the scoring with a brilliant solo goal.

*In action on Sunday were the Under 11's Thunder (9v9) who played a friendly match away at South Manchester Warriors. Knowing their opponents were in a higher division in the SDJFL the Beechy Boys were ready for the challenge. During a cagey start neither side got a proper grip on the game until Thunder started to impose themselves on the contest and took the lead courtesy of Maddox Taylor. Beechy quickly added a second goal after a corner which saw the ball flicked on by Samuel Sulmataj for Joshua Kellett to add a back post finish. But Thunder were punished for defensive mistakes towards the end of the first half and South Manchester scored twice to make it 2-2 at the break. In a very tightly congested second half Beechy regained the lead through Ajab Kakeeh who produced a fine finish into the bottom corner of the net. South Manchester equalised with a great strike from virtually the last kick of the game.

*For the second time in seven days the Under 10's Tornadoes met Monton Sports and Beechy used the same team formation as in the previous game. As expected the quality on show was very good from both teams and enjoying most of the ball Beechy had a few decent chances while Monton also had chances but their efforts were limited to shots from long range and the first half ended without any goals. The second half produced a similar pattern with more top-class play from both teams and after the Tornadoes stepped up a gear they grabbed the lead with a goal from Kai Barker following a corner. After a surging run down the left flank Kai Barker cut inside and slotted the ball home for his second and Beechy's guaranteed match winning goal. Once again Tornadoes Manager Ryan Pugh praised all the players for an outstanding team performance. Sharing the Man of the Match award were Kai Barker and River Langford.

"The Under 9's Storm were away to Salford Storm Lightning a team who had beaten Beechy in a cup game earlier in the season. This game was played at a top standard with lots of great skill on show and Beechy scored the opening goal when Jack Sinclair beat an opponent and his cross was volleyed home by Scott Ellis-Smith. Leading by the single goal Beechy took control in the second half and the boys were first to every ball as they put the pressure on their opponents. After displaying great skill on the left wing Kobe Glass unleashed a rocket of a shot which went into the net off the post for the second goal. Then Man of the Match Max Schofield won the ball in midfield and during a mazy run beat at least four players before hammering the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Beechy's fourth goal arrived via Jack Sinclair who after a piece of superb skill blasted the ball into the net and Jack was on target again scoring the fifth goal with another top-quality finish. After the game Beechy Manager Matthew Wharton said his team produced a proper performance and the Boys keep pushing the level and standard up all the time and it's a real pleasure to be their coach.

*Against Urmston Eagles one of the top teams in the Red Division the Under 8's Storm expected a tough game and Beechy kicked-off with a slightly different formation. During an evenly balanced first half that included lots of good football from both teams Storm were more defensive and compact and Beechy worked hard not allowing Urmston enough time on the ball. After one effort hit the post Storm shared two goals when the teams took a well earned half time break. During the second half Beechy's energy level dipped slightly and Urmston Eagles had several chances (which they took) though Storm continued to create a battling display. Beechy managed to reduce the arrears but the scoreline wasn't a true reflection on this performance by Storm who continue to improve with every game. Joint Man of the Match awards went to Alfie Heighway and Harry Heathcote-Ciare and goalscorers for Beechy were Alfie and Oscar Pugh.

*After their home pitch was deemed unplayable the Under 7's Thunder moved their game to Salford Sports Village onto the 3G pitch. Beechy's opponents were Winton Vikings and Thunder's coach Darren Owen made a guest appearance as stand-in referee. Winton Vikings took the lead but Thunder came roaring back with two identical goals from George Kelly who after winning possession fired the ball into the corner of the net. Winton equalised but a close range finish from Antonio Embalo and an angled shot by Harrison helped restore the lead. This was just rewards for both the energy and hard work displayed by the Beechy boys but just before half time Winton scored again and the Vikings added two more goals after the break. Thunder thought they had got back level via a free kick from George Kelly but following a confrontation on the touchline regarding a Winton player tying his bootlaces the goal was ruled out. George was denied a hat-trick on another occasion after having the ball in the net just before the final whistle and though he had been ill during the night was adament he was playing and was named Man of the Match. Special mention to Harry Wright whose composure and ball playing ability at the back were exceptional.

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