POSTED: January 28 2020 19:21:21. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 25/1/2020
The in-house Under 12's 9v9 derby game between Beechfield United Storm and Hurricanes was a real end to end encounter full of pace and power and this Division 3 fixture was highly entertaining throughout.
The Hurricanes took the lead through a well taken goal by Nicholas Brito-Walmsley but Storm fought back and thanks to two goals from Michael Walsh were 2-1 up at half time. Kane Wood was a persistent threat to Storm and he was rewarded in the second half when he netted Hurricanes equaliser. Chances were always on offer for both teams and it was the Hurricanes who clinched a 3-2 victory when Nicholas Brito-Walmsley completed the scoring with his second goal of the game. Storm's Man of the Match went to Joshua Kilfoyle for a non-stop performance and voted Hurricanes Best Player for his tireless work was Michael Munden who formed a formidable defensive partnership with Tanatswa Chirwa.
A last minute goal by Jack Brodie earned the Under 16's Tornadoes a 2-1 home win over Lostock Junction. In the Bolton Bury and District League the visitors led 1-0 at the break but Reda Alhumaidi netted the Tornadoes second half equaliser and the match was evenly balanced until Jack's last gasp winner. Callum Rhodes received the Man of the Match award.
Beechy Under 15's Thunder played local rivals Barr Hill hearts and looked full of confidence in the opening period of this North Bury Junior League Championship Division away game. Thunder produced some good defending as they dealt with the intense pressure from their opponents. A well taken free kick resulted in Barr Hill going 1-0 up but Thunder equalised via a goal of the season contender by Dominic Lawton who hammered the ball past the keeper from twenty yards. Barr Hill hit back and regained the lead when a ball whipped in from the left flank caught Beechy's players napping and was slotted into the net. Producing a positive reply Thunder were level again with a very good goal from Max Shaw then a wonderfully executed free kick by Jacob Lacey gave Beechy a 3-2 lead. The action was fast and furious and Barr Hill equalised before they were awarded a very dubious penalty and the spot-kick was converted that handed the hosts a 4-3 lead at the break. It was mostly one way traffic in the second half as Barr Hill enjoyed more of the ball and some great defending plus a well accomplished performance by keeper and Man of the Match Reiss Miller helped Thunder stay in the game. Beechy struggled to create many clear cut chances and with seven minutes to go Barr Hill were awarded another penalty and once again the spot-tick was converted that secured the hosts a 5-3 victory.
Charlie Molloy was named the Under 15's Storm's Man of the Match following their Premiership Division home game with Oxford Grove. In the North Bury Junior League Beechy who were 1-0 down at half time eventually suffered a 3-0 defeat.
At home to second placed outfit Bolton United the Under 14's Storm made a poor start in this Section C fixture. It was the visitors who were on the attack straight from kick-off and against the run of play Beechy took the lead when Harry Patterson got on the end of a through ball to score into the corner of the net. The visitors to Stott Lane equalised following a free kick that was initially saved but a Bolton United forward netted the rebound and play was evenly balanced for the next ten minutes before Bolton United led 2-1 when they were awarded another free kick. The visitors took their one goal advantage into the second half and Storm started the second period well going close to a goal through Leo Barrett and Pedro Filipe-Costa before Pedro was on target when he made it 2-2. Pedro again went close and Bolton United missed a couple of chances and a score draw looked a likely result but the visitors snatched a 3-2 victory with the last kick of the match. Jude Bedforth had a very good game and was voted Storm's Man of the Match.
Involved in a rollercoaster game with neighbours Moorside Rangers Black the Under 13's Typhoon found themselves 3-1 down at half time. In Division 2 Beechy dominated the second half and fought their way back to make it 3-3 but somehow with only seconds remaining Rangers scored from a highly contentious free kick then managed to add another goal that gave them a hugely flattering 5-3 victory. Cole Winstanley was Typhoon's Man of the Match for his full hearted performance and goals for Beechy came via the excellent Reece James (2) and Sonny O'Brien.
Following their fourth successive home game Beechy Under 13's Lightning secured a 4-0 win over Prestwich Dragons. In a low-key affair Lightning were always the better team despite not playing to their full potential. Jake Barrington, Charlie Harris, Cody Brady and Daniel Williams got the goals and Kyle Stafford was named Lightning's Star Player.
Outplayed and a goal down inside the first five minutes following a well worked De La Salle move most of the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) spectators were apprehensive about what was to follow in the next fifty five minutes. But they didn't need to worry because as recent performances have shown the Tornadoes have a large amount of character and they set about the task of getting back into this Division 1 home game and equalised before taking a lead into the half time break. Owen Hogben fired Tornadoes level smashing the ball home from eight yards after great interplay between himself and Joel Thorndyke. Three more goals of the same quality were to follow as the Tornadoes front three of Oliver Percival, Owen Hogben and Joel Thorndyke ripped the oppositions defence apart. Oliver scored twice from Joel's pinpoint crosses then Joel himself capped a fine first half performance finishing neatly from an assist by Owen Hogben. The first half was by no means one way traffic but going into the break with a 4-1 advantage left Tornadoes in a strong position.
Pressure from the restart from De La Salle was to be expected and Tornadoes midfield of captain Edward Hughes and Morgan Dunne worked tirelessly, complemented by an aggressive and determined stint from Jack Duff alongside the sublime footwork of JJLowery they managed to stifle much of the visitors threat to take control. There were also fine performances from Tornadoes two goalkeepers Freddie Wardle and Dan Ward who only let their goal be breached a single time in each half allowing Beechy to claim all three points in this entertaining league fixture. Edging the Man of the Match award was Joel Thorndyke for his first performance alone and the Teams Management were keen to point out that this was probably Tornadoes best performance of the season. Beechy were mature, committed and devastating at times against a very capable De La Salle side.
Winning their second (9v9) game in succession in the Salford and Districts League were the Under 11's Lightning boys. Away to Deans Tigers in the Green Group Lightning deserved their victory after another impressive all-round display. Beechy conceded the opening goal but soon found an equaliser and the teams went in at half time on level terms. The recent introduction of George Rowbotham and Matthew Cox have completed the Lightning jigsaw and Beechy took the lead with great link-up play all over the pitch. Deans threatened briefly to take control during the second half but Lightning stepped up a gear and added three more goals to guarantee the win. Daniel Robinson, Jai Devani-White, Daniel Keene and Matthew Cox scored the goals and receiving the teams Star Play award was Eesa Afzal following his impressive defensive performance.
Not for the first time this season the Under 10's Tornadoes faced much stronger opponents. From the first whistle against Swinton Lions in the Blue Group Beechy found themselves under pressure and playing uphill in the first half created just a few chances. Swinton Lions had more of the ball but the Tornadoes played much better in the second half and were rewarded with a consolation goal courtesy of Oscar Mather.
Away to Barr Hill Aces in the Yellow Group Beechy Under 10's Lightning produced a solid performance and earned themselves a convincing win. Goal scorers for Beechy were Man of the Match Deenraj Singh and Harvey Lancaster.
There was another very good performance by the Under 8's Storm who were involved in an even Yellow Group contest with Winton Titans and after recovering from a slow start Storm produced some positive and attractive football. In attack Oliver Cooper, Jacob Wood and Aiden Gradwell combined really well displaying some quick passing and accurate shots on target and they received great support via Daniel Wharton, Patrik Doherty and the ever improving Robert Wagner. There was also some superb defending from Thomas Brady and Sophie Price plus the always dependable Brody Burns. Storm who won the game scored five goals the best of the bunch was a spectacular finish by Oliver Cooper.