POSTED: January 26 2022 19:58:49. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 22nd/23rd Jan 2022

Thanks to much better type of weather there was almost a full programme of fixtures in the Junior Section on Saturday & Sunday 22nd/23rd January 2022.

*In the Salford and Districts League Beechy U12's Tornadoes (9v9) made it three games unbeaten following a 7-1 away win over Swinton Panthers. After a low-key first half the Tornadoes found their form and created some spells of good passing football. Man of the Match Stewart Kay was on target with five goals plus there was a goal apiece for Josh Beddows and Finn Brown. Oscar Mather had an excellent game and delivered several quality crosses two of which were converted by Stewart and Finn while Beechy's goalkeeper and the defensive quartet were superb in their individual roles.

*A full strength Under 13's Hurricanes were away to top of Division 1 table team Barr Hill Diamonds at Duchy Road Playing Fields and following a brilliant battling performance celebrated a 2-1 victory. Owen Hogben was on the receiving end of a couple of reckless challenges early in the game before Barr Hill opened the scoring via their tall team captain who after displaying neat footwork curled the ball into the net from a tight angle. What had been an entertaining first half packed full of strong tackling and quality football ended with the hosts still leading by the one goal. The Hurricanes equalised when Joshua Whitehead from a corner curled the ball into the danger zone and under pressure a Barr Hill defender conceded an own goal. Another excellent corner taken by Joshua resulted in Beechy's match winning goal scored with a superb volley by Man of the Match Oliver Hall.

*On Saturday morning the Under 15's Lightning had a friendly match away at Astley Bridge Wanderers. On a big pitch which was muddy in places the Beechy boys faced a tough test but they responed with a superb display that included some decent football. Lightning won the match 1-0 and on target was Cherif Badjie who scored the games only goal midway through the first half with a neat finish via his left foot and Beechy had several opportunities to increase their lead but they couldn't find the required finish. Astley Bridge had a couple of pacy wingers who caused Lightning's defence problems but playing out of position Man of the Match Jake Barrington held the back four together. Lightning's keeper Lucas Wood was forced to make only two important saves during the match and the whole team who were brilliant throughout were totally exhausted after producing this amazing performance.

*Beechy Under 15's Typhoon were away to Flixton Junior Cougars in the 3rd Round of the Players Cup. Typhoon might have expected a fairly easy game against a team from a Division below in the Bolton Bury and District League but the home side battled for everything during the whole eighty minutes. After an unsteady start on the very uneven playing surface Beechy took the lead through Milonga Mututa who found the back of the net following a corner. Typhoon wasted several good chances to go further ahead before they were hit on the break not once but twice and found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break. Not much improved in the second half and once again despite having a greater share of the ball Beechy lacked composure when the chances arrived. But in the dying seconds central defender Milonga Mututa was on target again when he made it 2-2 to force a penalty shoot-out. Typhoon's goalkeeper Peter Ellis saved Flixton Cougars first effort and Beechy were guaranteed their place in the next round of the competition when Jamie Withington, Ronan Mullen, Ryan O'Sullivan, Sonny O'Brien and Will Bentham were all successful with their spot-kicks.

*Playing their first game in 2022 were the Under 16's Storm who met De La Salle in a top of the table clash. In this Section C fixture De La Salle had three good chances before Beechy grabbed the lead against the run of play when Alfie Jones scored with an overhead kick but De La Salle were quick to respond and were rewarded with an equaling goal. Storm struggled to get a foothold in the match and De La Salle took a tighter grip on the game when the visitors led 3-1 at half time after they added two more goals. The second half produced a similar pattern of play and dominating the match De La Salle scored another five goals. Georgi Georgiev was named Storm's Star Player and despite this defeat Beechy remain joint top of the Section C table.

*There was an early kick-off for Beechy Under 10's Thunder in their Salford and Districts League away game against Cadishead Town. In a very one-side contest Thunder ran out easy winners even though they had one player less than the opposition. Both Jackson Humm and Josh Kellet scored five goals while Teddie Harding was on target four times plus there was a hat-trick for Theo McNulty. The whole team shared the Man of the Match award.

*At Beech Farm the Under 9's Hurricanes met Salford Storm Cyclones and a tough game was always on the cards. Theo Davies made his second start at right back as the Hurricanes were without their no nonsence defender Lewis Adams. From the kick off the Cyclones tested the Hurricanes keeper Charlie Berry and he responded with several heroic saves and when Beechy made numerous attempts to build some decent attacks the visitors were fast and strong all over the pitch. Cyclone won a corner and after the ball was curled into the area it caught the hand of Theo Davies and the referee instantly awarded the visitors a penalty and from the spot-kick Cyclones No11 lofted the ball over the crossbar. Soon after the Hurricanes took the lead when a pinpoint through ball from Kenny Copeland went straight into the path of Mason McHugh-Davies who fired it with real accuracy into the bottom corner of the net. But the Cyclones wasted no time in finding an equaliser when a ball knocked into the area caused confusion amongst the Hurricanes players and ended up in the back of the net. Hurricanes substitute Raheem Raji made an instant impact winning the ball and quickly moving it onto Mason McHugh-Davies who sent it into the area where Kasope Alo saw it bounce off a visitors defender before he hammered it past the keeper to restore Beechy's lead.

Salford Storm kicked-off the second half pressurising the Hurricanes defence forcing an excellent save from Charlie Berry but the visitors eventually equalised for a second time. Beechy almost regained the lead after captain Gino Fierro supplied a cleverly disguised pass onto Mason McHugh-Davies who's effort was saved by the alert Cyclones keeper. Setting the tone in the second half the visitors continued to attack and got a slightly lucky third goal followed by a fourth Cyclone goal. Charlie Berry continued to show his bravery with more good goalkeeping while Finn Lee and Myles Harris worked hard in midfield and the Hurricanes went close to another goal after an attempt by Kasope Alo. During the last few minutes the Cyclone No7 at the end of a surging run down the wing fired home his teams fifth goal from a narrow angle. The Hurricanes had met their toughest opponents to date but every player described how much they had enjoyed the game. Special mention for Hurricanes Man of the Match Raheem Raji who covered every blade of grass with his terrific speed, winning the ball back, playing with aggression but more importantly staying very calm under pressure.

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