POSTED: March 16 2022 17:14:48. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 12/2/2022

Continuing their recent run of good form Beechy Under 16's Tornadoes secured a place in the next round of the Players Cup with a 4-0 away win over Moss Bank Blues.

*In the Tornadoes cup tie both teams had to deal with a difficult pitch but it was Beechy who quickly settled into a good attacking rhythm. Following a superbly executed free kick by Jack Fitton the Tornadoes went 1-0 up via a brilliant header from Jayden Holland. Moss Bank had lots more chances than the Tornadoes but the quality of Beechy's finishing was the difference between the teams and three fantastic goals in the second half from Louie Khali, Jack Fitton and Sam Kearns guaranteed this excellent Tornadoes victory. Beechy's Man of the Match was goalkeeper Lewis Wallis who produced a great performance.

*Following four Saturday's without a game the Under 16's Storm players were delighted to be back in action in the Bolton Bury and District Football League. In Section C Storm were away at Cherrybrook Rangers and in blustery conditions Beechy played against the wind in the first half and making a bright start had a couple of chances with Evan Hodson-Griffiths going close to opening the scoring. The game was tight with both teams defending well before the hosts took the lead via a neat finish from inside the area then following a corner Cherrybrook went 2-0 up. The next goal was crucial and Leo Barrett nearly reduced the arrears but his efffort flew over the crossbar before the hosts added their third goal and though Storm had played well they ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line. Storm's goalkeeper Harrison Davies was named Man of the Match.

*The Under 15's Section D game between Beechy Typhoon and Winton Yellows that ended with a 5-4 win for Winton was ruined by a shambolic display from the match referee. The two teams were evenly matched but due to the referee and bumpy pitch this BBDFL fixture turned out to be a lottery. Daniel Hesketh gave Typhoon the lead when the ball hit his chest before bouncing into the net but Winton equalised from a ludicrous penalty and the hosts led 2-1 following a free kick. Sonny O'Brien got Beechy back level via a free kick and the referee continued to baffle everyone with more bizarre decisions that continued in the second half.

A corner to Winton hit the post and the ball bounced into the arms of Beechy keeper Peter Ellis but the hosts were awarded a goal. Via another free kick Sonny O'Brien made it 3-3 though Winton somehow regained the lead and tempers frayed due to the refrees incompetence when Milonga Mututa was victim of a nasty challenge. Chasing the win Beechy unfortunately conceded again and despite a couple of lengthy stoppages no additional time was added. Ronan Mullen was on target with Typhoon's fourth goal and despite being provoked throughout the match Ryan O'Sullivan showed real maturity and deserved the Star Player award.

*An uneven playing surface caused problems for the players in the Under 14's Section E game Beechy Storm and Old Rivingtonians played at Littleton Road. Joshua Rotherham opened the scoring with a glancing header following a free kick taken by Joshua Kilfoyle. The second half began with Rian Haines doubling Beechy's lead but as the wind increased in strength Storm's defenders struggled to clear the ball out of the danger zone. Old Rivingtonians reduced the arrears via a breakaway attack to set up a frantic last five minutes but Beechy stayed strong and held on for their 2-1 win. Man of the Match was Karam Eshaya who produced a strong defensive performance.

*In the Supplementary Cup the in-form Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) were away to De La Salle Rangers and won the tie 3-2 in normal time. Stewart Kay (2) and Oscar Mather were on target for the Tornadoes who named Josh Beddows as their Man of the Match for his brilliant workrate throughout the game. Tornadoes Coach Oscar Courtney praised all his players after they had produced another excellent all-round display.

*Back in action after a three week lay off the Under 10's Thunder met local rivals Moorside Rangers Blues in the Supplementary Tournament and in a tightly contested first half both teams were evenly matched. Beechy keeper Leon Heathcote-Caire saved a penalty and made several fine saves while the back four Ollie Sixsmith, Theo McNulty, Mohammed Edris and Ano Goora defended admirably. Rangers held a one goal lead at the break and the first ten minutes of the second half produced a similar pattern of play and after Thunder conceded two goals in quick succession a goal back from Jackson Humm was a brief respite. Voted Beechy's Star Player was Theo McNulty who displayed real endeavour from start to finish.

*Following four away games Beechy Under 10's Storm were back at Beech Farm Playing Fields where they met neighbours Moorside Rangers Reds. In a super competitive Salford and District Junior League fixture the first half was very even with limited chances for both teams. Rangers had the best chance from the penalty spot but Beechy goalkeeper Sophia Price made a superb save diving to her right to parry the ball to safety. It was a different story in the second half as Beechy's solid all-round play began to create chances and Daniel Wharton, Aiden Gradwell and Robert Wagner all went close before a ball over the top of the Rangers defence from Jacob Wood was expertly finished by Oliver Cooper.

A second Beechy goal quickly followed when both Brody Burns and Kristian Georgiev played key roles in setting up Oliver Cooper who was on target again. United's third goal came via Robert Wagner who added a neat finish at the back post after a great cross from Man of the Match Oliver Cooper. Rangers used their substitutes to great affect as the game went into it's final stages and the visitors managed to pull back three goals with their equaliser coming with the last kick of the game. Beechy's players were obviously disappointed not to win the match but they had the satisfaction of knowing they had created one of their best performances of the season.

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