POSTED: March 10 2020 17:13:00. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 7/3/2020 & 8/3/2020
Five Junior Section teams had no fixture while five games were victim of the current erratic weather. In the Supplementary Cup Beechfield United Under 13's Typhoon met De La Salle Hawks at David Lewis Playing Fields and were rewarded with a 3-2 victory.
Typhoon started like a rocket and took the lead when Reece James slotted the ball home following an accurate cross by Igor Osarinmwain. De La Salle forced their way back into the game and against the run of play Ronan Mullen was on target with the first of his two goals when he put Beechy 2-0 up. The Hawks got a goal back then after a decisive breakaway move Reece James via a wonderful half volley forced a great save from the visitors keeper but Ryan Law crossed the ball back into the area and Ronan Mullen from close range knocked it into the net. The second half was equally as tight and it was squeaky bum time when De La Salle got their second goal and Typhoon had goalkeeper Peter Ellis to thank because his fine saves guaranteed Beechy the win. Joseph Bothamley was awarded Man of the Match for his magnificent efforts against Hawks star players in the middle of the pitch.
Without a game for three weeks the Under 8's Storm players were delighted to be back in action in the Salford and Districts League. In their final Supplementary Competition fixture Storm required a win against Winton Wanderers Titans to force a three way play-off but it wasn't to be as a lack of match activity and Winton playing very well saw Beechy lose the tie despite a fantastic effort all-round. A Player of the Match performance by goalkeeper Sophie Price and a couple of cracking finishes from Oliver Cooper just wasn't enough on the day.
On Saturday morning at Beech Farm the Under 10's the Yellow Group in-house derby game between United's Lightning and Tornadoes teams ended with a victory for Beechy Lightning. The Tornadoes were missing key players and this gave Lightning a slight advantage but despite being outplayed the Tornadoes showed great character. Both teams displayed real sportsmanship throughout and Lightning won the tie after scoring goals in both halves. Lightning's Man of the Match honour went to Brandon Booth and collecting the award for the Tornadoes was Jack Lee. Tornadoes consolation goal came via Logan McFeely.
Beechy Under 11's Hurricanes (9v9) played their first home game in the top division on their opponents 3G pitch due to their own pitch being declared unplayable. The Hurricanes faced a strong South Manchester Sports outfit and despite taking the lead found themselves trailing by the odd goal of three at half time. Beechy went ahead when a lovely through ball down the middle of the pitch from Alfie Rostron found Oliver Williams who rounded the keeper and netted the opening goal. South Manchester were well organised and dangerous going forward and severely tested Hurricanes back three of Thomas Robinson, Dillan Caldwell and Fabio Figueiredo who had to work hard as they soaked up the pressure. Beechy also depended on their goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker who produced another outstanding Man of the Match performance but despite his heroics he couldn't stop South Manchester finding the back twice in the first half.
At half time the Hurricanes players were reminded that they were not out of this game and making a confident start in the second half were the better team but South Manchester managed to catch Beechy off guard and took a two goal lead. The Hurricanes lost their central defender who after a 50/50 tackle came off second best when he landed awkwardly and was replaced by Jamie Maher who had a massive impact in the game. Beechy's heads didn't drop and as they fought back were awarded a penalty for handball and striker Alfie Rostron made no mistake with the spot-kick. This goal turned the game around and sparked the Hurricanes into life again that resulted in some fantastic runs down the flanks by Oliver Williams and Alfie Rostron plus solid and fully aggressive play in midfield from Oliver hall and Reece Cartwright. South Manchester were still a threat on the counter-attack but the Hurricanes were totally determined to get an equalising goal that eventually arrived in spectacular style.
Captain for the day was Thomas Robinson who after spotting the South Manchester goalie off his line produced a piece of sheer brilliance when from his own half perfectly lobbed the ball over the keeper for a goal even David Beckham would have been proud of. This goal sent the Hurricanes into a frenzy and the lads had to immediately compose themselves because the game wasn't over yet. Fully committed to winning the game Hurricanes earned another corner and after a superb delivery into the area by Alfie Rostron big Jamie Maher was waiting and he powered the ball home via a bullet header. South Manchester replied and put Beechy under pressure forcing some superb defending from Henry Errington and Joshua Whitehead while Oliver Hall and Reece Cartwright in midfield worked their socks off and tracked back to help defend. This was a fantastic performance from all the Beechy boys and they fully deserved their victory.
When the Under 13's Lightning met Flixton Junior Cougars in the Supplementary Cup neither team needed to win but according to Beechy Manager Nathan Hawthorne it didn't feel like that. Following some poor defending Lightning went a goal down but managed to score an equaliser during the last few minutes via Cody Brady. The teams were then involved in a penalty kick decider and on target for Lightning who won the shoot-out 4-3 were Cherif Badjie, Zane Davies, Jake Barrington and Cody Brady plus there were two top-class saves from keeper Lucas Wood that helped Beechy secure the victory.
Playing at home against Winwick Athletic the Under 14's Storm soon realised they faced a tough seventy minutes and in this Bolton Bury and District League Section C fixture Winwick scored two quick goals as Beechy struggled to get a foothold in the game. The visitors added a third goal to give themselves a comfortable lead at half time and the pattern of the match was much the same after the break as Winwick who proved to be a strong and hard team to beat scored five more goals to win the game 8-0. Storm's players need to get this result out of their heads and hopefully get back to winning ways soon. Pedro Filipe Veiga La Costa was Storm's Man of the Match.
Looking to end a run of five defeats in the North Bury Junior League were Beechy Under 15's Thunder who were away to Stretford Victoria. When the teams met earlier in the season Thunder secured a 4-2 victory over their opponents and obviously Beechy were hoping for another winning result. Clear cut chances were few and far between and at 0-0 Thunder were in control of this Championship Division game but it was Stretford Victoria who took the lead against the run of play. The hosts went 2-0 up following a free kick though Thunder clawed a goal back through Jacob Lacey who caught the keeper by surprise. With five minutes still to play Beechy put Stretford Victoria under sustained pressure but the hosts survived and picked up the three points with a 2-1 victory. Thunder's Man of the Match award went to Taonga Mututa.
Ben Howard was the Under 15's Storm's Best Player when Beechy played top of the Premiership Division side Ladybridge FC. On an artificial surface the teams shared a 0-0 score line at half time but Ladybridge raised their game in the second half and won this North Bury Junior League fixture 4-0.