POSTED: March 11 2022 10:03:55. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 5th/6th March 2022
Despite a few more postponements due to the weather there were several games played in the Junior Section on 5th & 6th March 2022.
*Producing the highlight of the weekend were Beechfield United Under 7's Storm who reached the Final of the Supplementary Tournament after finishing top of Section C. This is a fantastic achievement by the Beechy Boys in only their first season in the Salford and Districts League. On Sunday Storm played their last Group game against Manchester Maccabi Rangers and three successive wins guaranteed Beechy their place in the final. Producing some first-class football straight from the kick-off Storm dominated the play but the finishing touch was missing after Beechy created some good chances.
Storm's Manager Ryan Pugh was always confident that the goals would eventually arrive and working hard for each other Beechy were rewarded with an excellent victory. Alfie Heighway (Hat-Trick) Oscar Pugh and Harry Heathcote-Ciare plus an own goal made up Storm's tally while Man of the Match went to Carson Rowlands who was outstanding in his defensive role. All the Beechy players have done really well after starting the season in the lower division and working their way to the top division. Watching their confidence and development grow Storm's officials will be hoping the team can extend their unbeaten run so far this year.
*Following another nail biting eighty minutes Beehfield United Under 16's Tornadoes were rewarded for a fantastic display with a 4-2 away win over Leigh Genesis and thanks to the three points Beechy went back to the top of the Section D table. In the Bolton Bury and District League some of the football played by the Tornadoes would stand out in a Premier League game. Beechy created enough chances to have hit double figures and during the game the referee made several curious decisions. Harry Officer (2) Roman Hoy and Man of the Match Bradley Oliver got the goals for the Tornadoes.
*In the Bolton Bury and District League the Under 15's Typhoon produced a top-class performance in the Players Cup. Beechy were away to Moston Valley who are runaway leaders of the Division above Typhoon but you wouldn't have known as Beechy matched their opponents throughout the first half. Sonny O'Brien's diagonal passes to Will Bentham to run onto caused all sorts of problems for the hosts. It was 0-0 at half time mainly due to one magnificent save by the Moston Valley keeper following a header from Daniel Hesketh. Typhoon began the second half really well but Moston's class started to tell and Beechy's keeper and Man of the Match Peter Ellis made some great saves behind a hard working Typhoon defence. The hosts scored three times to win the tie and though Beechy continued to work hard up to the final whistle they were denied a deserved consolation goal. The whole team should be proud of their overall display.
*After five Saturday's without a game the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) were delighted to be back in action in the Salford and Districts League. Beechy beat AFC Monton Sports in the Supplementary Cup at Ellesmere Park High School following a penalty shoot-out. After sixty minutes the match finished 3-3 with Stewart Kay, Josh Beddows and Oscar Mather on target for the Tornadoes and following six penalties apiece Beechy won the shoot-out 4-3 guaranteeing themselves a place in the next round of the competition. George Wadeson converted the decisive penalty.
*The Under 11's Supplementary Tournament tie between Beechy Storm and Old Trafford Juniors ended after normal time with the teams sharing six goals. Man of the Match Ethan Seddon and Timoty Badewa were on target for Storm who held a two goal lead at half time. Throughout the game the Beechy Boys displayed some great teamwork and were unlucky to suffer a defeat following a penalty shoot-out.
*Also delighted to be playing again were Beechy Under 9's Hurricanes who were away against Winton Wanderers Matadors in the Supplementary Tournament. Special mention goes to Head Coach Ian for organising the game on the 3G Pitch at Salford City College and Assistant Steve for co-ordinating the squad. Winton Wanderers kicked off the match and quickly put pressure on the Hurricanes defence but there was plenty of resistance from Beechy's back three made up of Jenson Smyth, Raheem Raji and captain Kenny Copeland. There was also lots of resistance from the Matadors in the opening ten minutes but gradually the Hurricanes made the breakthrough when Player of the Match Finn Lee used his pace and set-up Kenny Copeland who gave Beechy the lead. The Matadors looked rattled and the Hurricanes took full advantage when Kenny Copeland delivered a through pass onto Mason McHugh-Davies and his shot on target deflected off the keeper and bobbled into the net and Mason obviously felt the need to show his teammates his goal celebration after he put Beechy two goals up. Assistant coach Steve felt confident enough to make substitutions and the Matadors did the same and their tall No15 could possibly cause problems for the Hurricanes but this threat didn't faze Lewis Adams who timed his tackles to perfection and his clever football brain always worked in his favour.
Beechy kicked off the second half and though the Matadors looked more resilient some intelligent play in midfield by Miles Harris created the Hurricanes third goal when he produced a blistering run and sent a great pass for Finn Lee to hammer the ball home. Lewis Adams, Ethan Croker and Raheem Raji all found space to make darting runs through the middle of the pitch and had several efforts on target. With probably their first real attempt on target the Matadors got their consolation goal but Beechy's opponents always found it a tough task to unsettle Hurricanes keeper Charlie Berry who had an excellent game. Despite conceding the goal the Hurricanes didn't allow their confidence to wane and a fourth goal for Beechy guaranteed their fully deserved victory. Myles Harris made another Messi/Maradonna jinking run past several Matador defenders before firing the beyond the keeper into the bottom corner of the net. The whole Hurricanes team share the Man of the Match award.