POSTED: March 09 2023 10:51:42. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 4/3/2023
Four Junior Section teams had no fixture plus there was one postponement but eleven games went ahead nine of these in the Supplementary Cup.
*The Supplemenatary Cup tie between Beechy Under 12's STORM (9v9) and Old Trafford Juniors was an exciting game of football. All the Beechy Boys fully deserved their fantastic win due to the sheer amount of determination and passion they displayed. Old Trafford proved to be strong opponents but throughout the game Storm showed their aggressive nature with some tough ball winning tackles. Beechy who also produced some brilliant football in all areas of the pitch fought back superbly after going 2-0 down. Storm's fightback was rewarded with two fantastic goals in the final fifteen minutes the last one with seconds remaining a candidate for goal of the season. During the spot-kick decider Beechy scored all their five penalities and Storm's goalkeeper Reuben Wardle made one excellent save. Man of the Match Amir Ahmadipour and Roman Sandaji were Beechy's goalscorers in normal time.
*Beechy Under 15's HURRICANES played their fourth successive away game in the Bolton Bury and District League when they were involved in a high quality and tightly contested Section D encounter with Turton Tigers. During the first half which ended 0-0 Beechy defended superbly plus they created multiple chances which weren't capitalised on. As the second half kicked off the Hurricanes continued to display the same 100% committment and great play from Oghenekaro Igboje set-up Joshua Rotherham who's goal gave Beechy the lead. Slight hesitation in the Hurricanes defence failed to deal with a cross from the wing and the ball deflected off a Beechy player into the net for Turton Tigers equalising goal. Briefly the Hurricanes lost their momentum and conceded another goal but suddenly Beechy found fresh energy and after applying pressure on their opponents created more chances but once again the desired finish was missing. Hurricanes Man of the Match was Tanatswa Chirwa who was absolutely outstanding in defence, chasing everything and simply refusing to be beaten. Special mention to Michael Walsh for a steely performance in midfield. Result Turton Tigers 2 v Beechfield Hurricanes 1.
*The Under 7's THUNDER had a tough home game in the Supplementary Cup against De La Salle Devils and Beechy made the worst possible start when they conceded the opening goal just seconds after kick-off. Thunder fought back and in the next ten minutes played some good football as they controlled the game but they missed a few decent chances though Beechy eventually equalised through Harrison Spencer who fired a long range strike into the roof of the net. Goalkeeper Oscar Spencer made a miraculous double save but was injured in the process and due to concussion had to leave the pitch. De La Salle then added four more goals but Thunder recieved a glimmer of hope when Man of the Match Harrison Spencer was twice on target as he completed a brilliant hat-trick. Putting the pressure back onto Beechy the visitors scored again to guarantee themselves the win. Special mention to stand-in keeper Grayson Owen who saved a last minute penalty.
*At Beech Farm Playing Fields the Under 11's THUNDER (9v9) met Flixton Junior Wolves and during an even start to the game both teams battled hard to take control. Flixton took the lead and though it was one way traffic Thunder rallied superbly and equalised after a solo run and stunning finish from Ajab Fakeeh. Following a corner Beechy went 2-1 up when Maddox Taylor was on target and Thunder were still a goal ahead at half time. A similar pattern developed in the second half and Beechy added their third goal after good work between Martin Pankov and Ajab Fakeeh resulted in Maddox Taylor adding a composed finish. But after hardly posing a threat Flixton Wolves suddenly stepped up a gear and scored three goals without reply to snatch a 4-3 victory.
*A brilliant all-round performance by Beechy Under 10's HURRICANES was unrewarded following their Supplementary Cup tie with Deans Youth Tigers. In a close game it was Deans who held a one goal lead at half time but the Beechy Boys fought back in the second half and a dramatic last minute equaliser from Ellis Jorgensen forced a penalty shoot-out. This was the Hurricanes last game in the competition after they lost the penalty kick decider but all the Beechy players should be proud of their individual performance. In this hard fought tie that included fantastic saves from both goalkeepers the Hurricanes were the better team.
*According to Beechy Manager Ian Lee the late drama in this game was some of the most intense viewing he has witnessed and he added good teams are formed when they are under pressure but never stop playing the type of football they believe in. It is easy to be negative when getting beat but it's all about how to react via a positive response and in the next few years whatever happens nothing will ever beat that last minute goal.
*In their final game in the Supplementary Cup the Under 9's TORNADOES went out of the competition when they lost away to Boothstown Hornets. Every Beechy player produced a superb display and in the first half the Tornadoes had a valid goal disallowed fo what appeared to be a foul on the hosts keeper. In the final ten minutes Boothstown scored to win the tie but this performance from the Tornadoes showed exactly how much the team has improved because Beechy suffered a heavy defeat when the teams met on the opening day of the season. Tornadoes Man of the Match was Aiden Thompson.
*Getting back to winning ways were the Under 9's STORM who met AFC Burnden Park at Beech Farm. This was a hard fought Supplementary Cup tie with lots of play focused within the midfield and Beechy's keeper didn't have a save to make in the first half. Storm opened the scoring when a good move developed and during a goalmouth melee Kobe Glass hammered the ball home from close range. After the goal Beechy looked more settled and starting to create more chances increased their lead via Kobe Glass who was positioned on the left flank before he cut inside and smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Following a poor bit of Beechy defending Burnden Park reduced the arrears with their only shot on target in the game and during a tense last ten minutes Storm played the game out without being under anymore pressure. Man of the Match went to Scott Ellis-Smith who's performance helped Beechy secure their fully deserved victory.
*Another Beechy team re-discovering the winning formula were the Under 8's THUNDER who's Supplementary Cup game with Parkwyddn Phoenix was played in totally the right spirit. Parkwyddn took an early lead but going a goal down sparked Beechy into life and the five players who started the match applied themselves well. Lyle Glass got Thunder back level following a great through ball from Brayden Taylor who had worked hard to regain possession. Thunder's Man of the Match Sonny Phillips gave Beechy the lead after battling well before supplying a composed finish. Braydon Taylor got in on the act with Beechy's third goal taking his record of scoring to eleven games in a row when he blasted the ball into the roof of the net. After Parkwyddn scored their second goal Sonny Phillips was on target again to restore Thunder's two goal advantage then a converted penalty to Parkwyddn put late pressure on Beechy. But after a few tactical changes Thunder kept a tight grip on the game and secured a well earned victory.
*After their recent success in the Supplementary Cup Beechy Under 8's STORM made some positional team changes for their league game away at Old Trafford Diamonds and producing a bright start it was the hosts who created a couple of early goalscoring opportunities. Storm's stand-in goalkeeper Alfie Heighway made a few good saves but he couldn't prevent Old Trafford from opening the scoring via an effort from the edge of the area. Using their substitutes Beechy managed to pull a goal back after Old Trafford had added to their goal tally. The first half was fairly evenly balanced the only difference being that Old Trafford took their chances. Storm changed their goalkeeper in the second half and were chasing the game when the hosts added their fourth goal. Beechy didn't really get going after the break apart from a few half chances and another goal but the players worked hard throughout the game and gave a good account of themselves. Storm's goalscorers were Seth Barber and Alfie Heighway and Kade Doyle who is improving with every game was named Man of the Match.