POSTED: March 31 2023 10:42:33. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 18th/19th March 2023

At home in the Players Cup Beechfield United U/15's Hurricanes held a 6-1 lead before they secured a place in the 3rd Round following a 7-5 victory over Little Lever Sports.

*Straight from the kick-off the HURRICANES were quickly into their stride and playing some good football moved the ball around impressively and thanks to goals from Oghenekaro Igboje and Ethan Mangwiro Beechy held a deserved 2-0 lead at half time. Starting the second half dictating the game the Hurricanes went 3-0 up through Ethan Mangwiro then Karo netted Beechy's fourth goal before Little Lever reduced the arrears from the penalty spot. The very impressive Man of the Match Kane Wood earned the Hurricanes two successive penalties scored by Mason Gowenlock and Mikey Munden respectively. But Beechy relaxed their grip on the tie and were suddenly under pressure after conceding four goals during a fifteen minute spell. A combination of complacency and lack of organisation being the main contributors but a Josh Rotherham goal settled the nerves and guaranteed Hurricanes the win.

*At Ordsall Leisure Centre Beechy U/14's HURRICANES were in action on the Astroturf Pitch when they met Salford Lads Reds in a friendly match. Beechy who won the match 6-2 made changes to their previous line-up and opened the scoring when Matthew Cox curled a brilliant ball forward from the halfway line which released Daniel Robinson who took one touch on the ball before firing it into the roof of the net. Against the run of play Salford Lads equalised after the hosts lone striker controlled a through ball and holding off a defenders challenge coolly added a neat finish. Producing a quick response the Hurricanes regained the lead thanks to a smart finish under the keeper by Oliver Nangle. Beechy continued to dominate possession but the hosts were always a threat on the counter-attack and at the break the Hurricanes still led 2-1.

Salford Lads equalised again after a high looping ball into the area wasn't dealt with and a hosts striker rolled the ball into the net. Alfie Rostron sent a great cross into the area creating a foul on Henry Errington who won the Hurricanes a penalty and JJLowery took the resulting spot-kick and edged Beechy 3-2 up. Following a long kick by the Salford Lads keeper Alfie Rostron produced a magic moment when he rifled the ball back over the keepers head into the net from inside the centre circle for the Hurricanes fourth goal. Goal number five arrived when Henry Errington went on a mazy run beating several opponents before adding a superb finish into the bottom corner of the net. Man of the Match Daniel Robinson completed the scoring slotting home the rebound after the hosts keeper had saved a great strike from Henry Errington.

*In the Salford and Districts Junior League there are no easy games in the U/12's (9v9) Second Division. Beechy U/12's STORM who have the ability to beat most teams were involved in a nail biting home game with Monton Sports Wolves. Beechy need to show a bit more desire if they want to win more games and after making a slow start against Monton Wolves gave the visitors a three goal advantage. The talent and effort was on display as Storm fought back and Beechy who were rewarded with two goals went close to getting a winning result. Harry Wallis scored both Beechy goals in the second half both from free kicks.

*The Under 11's THUNDER (9v9) were away to Salford Storm Tornadoes in the Supplementary Tournament and Beechy used to game to try different players in different positions. Under pressure from the start Thunder struggled to match their opponents workrate and Salford Storm held a 3-0 lead at the break. Beechy made several team changes in the second half when Theo McNulty, Maddox Taylor and Kristian Georgiev were introduced into the action. These changes made a huge difference to Thunder's overall performance and the game was more evenly balanced with both teams creating chances but there were no more goals in the final half hour.

*Beechy U/10's HURRICANES welcomed Salford Stom Cyclones to Beech Farm and a hard fought game was predicted. On a heavy pitch the Cyclones made the early breakthrough when they took the lead after a mix-up between between the Beechy defence and the keeper. The Hurricanes replied and created some great passing moves but struggled to get a shot on target and following a counter-attack Cyclones added their second goal. As they pushed hard to get back into the game Beechy who had no luck on their side conceded a third goal before half time. Following a strong half time team talk the Hurricanes showed their battling qualities and created a wave of attacks while defending with real grit and determination. Midway through the second half Finn Lee delivered a fabulous cross and Beechy's top goalscorer Mason McHugh-Davies supplied the finish when he reduced the arrears. Stepping up a gear the Hurricanes continued to produce some beautiful football and were rewarded with their second goal when an effort by Kenny Copeland hit the crossbar but Mason McHugh-Davies fired home the rebound. Beechy's confidence was sky high and after some great saves by keeper Charlie Berry the Hurricanes equalised when Finn Lee went on a solo run and saw his shot hit the post but once again Mason McHugh-Davies was in the right place and he completed his hat-trick when he netted the rebound. If there had been another five minutes left to play Beechy could have won the game.

*For their final Supplementary Cup Group B game the U/10's TORNADOES were at home to Winton Wanderers. Having produced a poor display seven days earlier the Beechy Boys wanted to do better and if Winton won the tie they would go to the final. The Tornadoes made an improved start than previously and though Beechy looked solid throughout the team there was no early goal. But eventually the Tornadoes took the lead with a long range strike from Daniel Badewa and Beechy held their one goal advantage at half time. A similar pattern of play developed in the second half and the Tornadoes reward for playing more good football was provided by Jack Hoatson who scored the goal of the game. The goal was created after some one touch passing out of defence and Jack Hoatson was on target again via a close range finish before he hit the crossbar from a free kick. Winton scored their first goal but River Langford quickly added Beechy's fourth goal then another goal for Winton after a corner completed the scoring. Following a superb display Jacob Rowland was named the Tornadoes Man of the Match.

*The agony of conceding a last minute goal resulted in defeat for Beechy U/9's STORM who met Longford Junior Blues at Beech Farm. Making a strong start Beechy played some good football and created several decent chances but couldn't add the required finish. A defensive mistake led to Longford Blues taking the lead but Storm showed their fighting spirit and dominated the remainder of the first half but once again missed at least four good chances to equalise. In the second half Beechy finally got their reward when inside the area the ball broke to Barkley Pope who hammered it into the net. Storm continued to control the game but the visitors were always dangerous on the break and via a great finish Longford Blues regained the lead. Pushing hard for another equalising goal Beechy missed a few more good chances until Jack Sinclair was on target with a close range finish but as they worked hard to take the lead Storm just couldn't find that elusive third goal.

*Also in action at Beech Farm were the U/9's TORNADOES who's opponents were AFC Burnden Park. In this Salford and Districts Junior League the Tornadoes who missed two penalties should have hit double figures and the scoreline flattered Burnden Park who won the match. Beechy's Man of the Match was Crewe Reeves who scored both goals and defended from the front during a hard working performance.

*On Sunday morning at Beech Farm Playing Fields the U/8's STORM entertained Manchester Maccabi Blues. During a positive start to the game Storm's passing and skills were in full flow and looking solid dominated the first ten minutes and though Maccabi had a couple of scoring opportunities the first half belonged to Beechy. Seth Barber gave Storm the lead and Harry Heathcote-Ciare was on target when he scored the second goal. Beechy who changed their goalkeeper in the second half pushed hard to increase their lead but despite enjoying most of the ball Storm conceded a couple of goals. Harry Heathcote-Ciare added Beechy's third goal before Maccabi Blues equalised late in the game. Storm's Man of the Match was Harry Chambers who produced some first-class defending.

*There was an early Saturday morning kick-off for the U/8's THUNDER in their top of the group Supplementary Cup clash with Salford United Warriors. Straight from the first whistle Beechy were on top as they forced mistakes from their opponents and the hosts goalkeeper denied Thunder at least three goals within the first few minutes. Eventually the impressive Harley Cosgrove-Newby forced an error from a Salford defender high up the pitch and won Beechy a penalty. Brayden Taylor stepped up to take the spot-kick and gave Thunder the lead when he blasted the ball into the bottom corner of the net to continue his run of scoring in twelve successive games. As they controlled the match Beechy kept their opponents pinned in their own half and Harley got himself in on the act with a well taken goal and one he deserved for his fine performance. Making his Beechy debut was Isaac Alden who with his weaker foot netted Thunder's third goal before half time. The second half started much the same before Salford United pulled a goal back and the hosts scored again shortly after. A few tactical changes gave Beechy a stronger look before the excellent Sonny Phillips guaranteed Thunder the win with a great goal. Thunder's goalkeeper Hugo Balogum who made some brilliant saves was voted Man of the Match but the award could have got to any of the forward trio.

*Earning themselves some well deserved points from their last Supplementary Cup game were Beechy U/7's THUNDER. In the home game against Winton Wanderers Vikings it was mostly one-way traffic from start to finish with great performances from every member of the team. Captain Antonio Embalo was named Man of the Match and it was Harrison Spencer who put Thunder ahead with a low drive then Winton missed a penalty before Harrison Spencer doubled Beechy's lead before half time. Chase Sixsmith got on the scoresheet shortly after the restart and Harrison Spencer completed the scoring and his hat-trick of strikes with his weaker foot. This cup competition has produced penalty shoot-out losses and injuries along the way but the Beechy Boys were thrilled with their respectable finish in the end.

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