POSTED: January 30 2019 22:29:37. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 26th/27th Jan 2019
A spell of wet weather forced the postponement of thirteen fixtures involving teams in Beechfield United's Junior Section. The Under 15's Saturday team had no game and a couple of those games that did survive were played on Astroturf Pitches.
Beechfield United Under 16's Tornadoes booked their place in the Semi-Finals of Chairman's Cup after they beat leigh United Tigers following a penalty shoot-out. This Bolton Bury and District League Quarter-Final tie was officially Beechy's home game but their pitch at Stott Lane was deemed unplayable so the match was switched to Leigh United's ground. In the first half of this cup tie there was some great defensive organisation from the Tornadoes that saw off any kind of threat the Tigers could offer. Beechy changed their formation slightly for the second half and while the players adjusted to the new system mistakes were made and Leigh United grabbed the opportunity to take the lead. Despite chances on offer Beechy couldn't add the required finish until the 72nd minute when a corner taken by Leighton White was met by Ademola Olusanya who's header nestled in the back of the net. A couple of minutes later the Tornadoes went 2-1 up when a perfectly timed through pass sent Jeanny Le Blance on a clear run and he neatly slotted the ball past the keeper. Beechy thought that was the match winning goal but Leigh United had other ideas and during the last period of play they made it 2-2 following a corner. As per the competition rules extra time was not required so the teams were suddenly faced with a the shoot-out and Dillon Barnes took the first spot-kick to give the Tornadoes the lead then Beechy keeper George Leigh produced a great save to put Beechy in the driving seat. Next up was Leighton White who netted his penalty followed by the Tigers second taker and he was successful from the spot. Aiden Anderson sent his effort over the crossbar then Tigers scored again to get back on level terms and as the pressure mounted Jack Rodgers scored to regain the advantage but Tigers next taker made it all square. Looking highly confident and relaxed was Jeanny Le Blance and he made no mistake with his resulting spot-kick forcing Tigers to score to stay in the tie but George Leigh became an instant hero when he made a superb match winning save and celebrated amongst joyous scenes with his teammates.
Away to Stretford Victoria the Under 13's Tornadoes were looking to end a three match losing streak in the Salford and Districts League but despite a very good performance Beechy suffered a 3-1 defeat. Man of the match Justin Suele score the Tornadoes consolation goal and after this Division 2 fixture Beechy Manager Chris Wallis said all the players were excellent in a great all-round display. The Parents can do the warm up every week the boys just need to concentrate on playing the football. It was only a couple of mistakes that gave Stretford Victoria two of their goals and that changed the players attitude to arguing with everyone again. If the Tornadoes remain focused and play with the same commitment every game they can give any other team a run for their money.
Davyhulme Park were the Under 11's Hurricanes (9v9) opponents in the Yellow Group and the teams had an equal share of a scrappy first half. Beechy did manage to fashion a couple of decent chances but on both occasions the ball was blazed over the crossbar. The Hurricanes stepped up a gear in the second half and passing the ball with much more accuracy took the lead via Dylan Walker. A second goal for Beechy soon followed courtesy of a powerful shot by Rian Haines and Rian repeated the feat with another terrific finish. Hurricanes clean sheet was in jeopardy when Davyhulme Park almost got a consolation goal but a wonder goal line clearance from Lexi Hiles kept it intact. Man of the Match Award was shared between Seddik Mbaye and Rian Haines.
The Under 10's Tornadoes Blue Group away fixture versus Flixton Junior Lions proved to be a great all-round game of mini-soccer. A superb move that included several good passes produced Beechy's only goal of the contest scored by Blake Kerrigan. The Tornadoes Star Player was Thomas Robinson.
On Sunday the Under 9's Lightning boys faced awful weather conditions in their away game with South Manchester Sports Club. In the Blue Group a strong gusty wind continually blew the nets over and on their opponents artificial surface Beechy played against the wind in the first half. South Manchester held a two goal lead at the break and on a ground Lightning always seem to struggle playing on they were not at their best. Goalkeeper Brandon Booth who was outstanding was an automatic choice for Beechy's Man of the Match.
Still adapting to life in the Red Group are the Under 8's Storm who made the worst possible start to their Saturday morning match at AFC Monton Sports Panthers. After conceding four goals within the first five minutes Beechy adapted well and defended better plus they created a few decent chances. Storm's Team Manager Martin Wardle said after the game adjusting to playing in the top Division is more important than losing to an impressive Monton team. Named as the Storm's Best Player was Kingsley Walters.