POSTED: March 22 2018 21:44:31. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 17th March 2018
Despite the atrocious weather conditions the players and officials of sixteen Beechfield United Junior Section teams braved the elements to fulfil their fixtures in the Salford and District League and the Bolton Bury and District League.
Creating the headlines on Saturday 17th March were Beechfield United Under 16's Storm who booked their place in the final of the Challenge Cup. Beechy's opponents in the semi-final tie were De La Salle Devils and thanks to a 5-1 victory the Storm took another step nearer to securing a winners trophy. United scored goals via Callum Lomax (2) Aaron Gartley, Kaiden Craven and Man of the Match Tom Gorton. Congratulations to all the Beechy players and team officials.
Following an excellent first half performance the Under 15's Tornadoes held a 2-0 lead at the break in their Section B home game with Aspull Junior Latics. Beechy had chances early in the second half to increase their lead before the visitors reduced the arrears from a corner then Aspull Juniors were awarded a couple of soft penalty decisions. Aspull equalised direct via the first spot kick, the second spot kick was saved by Tornadoes keeper and Man of the Match George Leigh but unfortunately the Aspull penalty taker netted the rebound putting his side ahead. Somehow Beechy lost their self-belief and Aspull added two more goals to secure a 5-2 victory. Jeanny Le Blanc was on target with both goals for the Tornadoes.
The Under 14's Tornadoes were in total control of their Section E away fixture against Bury Junior Panthers. Conditions were horrendous throughout the match and Beechy made it ten goals scored in their last two league games plus another clean sheet. Man of the Match was Lucas Allen and goal scorers in United's 6-0 win were Mathew Bennett (Hat-Trick) Charlie Wallwork (2) and Fernley Davies.
In their highly competitive Division 2 away game with Deans Tigers the Under 13's Thunder produced a stellar performance. Constantly working hard to limit their opponents time on the ball plus well disciplined in defence Beechy's first half display was top-class. Though Deans Tigers grabbed the lead close to half time Thunder began the second half looking even more determined and had three really good goal scoring opportunities. Against the run of play Deans added their second goal but Beechy continued to apply pressure on their opponents and eventually got a goal back when great play by William Whipday set-up Prince Idusuyi who made it 2-1. As they pushed forward more looking for an equaliser Beechy left gaps in defence and Deans took advantage when they scored a third goal. With five minutes to go Konstantin Hristova fired home a second goal for the Thunder from a delightful corner whipped in by Jacob Lacey. During the next few minutes Beechy just couldn't find a way to breakdown a solid looking Deans defence and the hosts via a counter-attack scored again in the dying seconds to clinch a 4-2 victory. United's Man of the Match award went to the whole team for the total effort shown by all the Beechy players. The lads gave 100% commitment in blizzard conditions and were they very unlucky not to have earned at least a draw.
Away to De La Salle Reds the Under 13's Tornadoes secured their second Division 2 win of the season. There were hat-tricks by Alan Kay and Keelan Jones who's third goal was a penalty which regular taker Max Chidgey allowed Keelan to take so he could claim his first hat-trick for the club. Also there was a goal apiece for Andrew Woodward, Joe Hope, Patrick Walsh and Ronan Courtney. The teams Man of the Match went to birthday boy Joe Hope who almost got himself another goal but this effort hit the post.
Showing great team spirit were the Under 13's Storm who at one stage were 3-1 down in their Division 1 home game against De La Salle Devils. With fifteen minutes left to play Beechy created a superb fightback and earned themselves a fully deserved 3-3 draw. Man of the Match Adam Rothwell, Luke Carr and Finley Share scored the goals.
Unable to cope with the stress and excitement of their Supplementary Cup C away game with neighbours Moorside Rangers Red were the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) parents. Beechy went a goal up on ten minutes via Jacob Sayburn but Rangers came back to equalise though the Tornadoes found another gear and two goals from Bradley Oliver gave Beechy a comfortable lead at the interval. But two goals in the last eight minutes from Rangers forced a penalty shoot-out which Beechy won by the odd goal in nine. Named Man of the Match was Rafael Silvera and after a physical game the Tornadoes players were praised for a disciplined display, well done lads the whole club is proud of you.
Following a game of two halves the Under 11's Storm (9v9) were beaten by AFC Salford Juniors in the Supplementary Cup. Despite dominating play in the first half Beechy failed to take advantage of several good chances on offer. In the second period Salford Juniors scored two quick goals but on their opponents Astroturf pitch Beechy looked rather jaded and conceded three more goals. Harry Backhouse was the Storm's Best Player.
The Under 10's teams were involved in Supplementary Cup games played in poor conditions but both the Storm and Tornadoes ended up as winners. The Under 10's Storm met Stretford Victoria Reds at Beech Farm and the teams shared two goals at the end of normal time with Saul Tagoe on target for Beechy. Saul Tagoe, Noah O'Connor and James Cadwaladr were all successful with their penalties as the Storm won a spot-kick decider. Voted Man of the Match was Damien Derbyshire.
Beechy Under 10's Tornadoes met Parkwyddn Phoenix away and comfortably won their cup tie. The goals came courtesy of Man of the Match Oliver Percival, Joel Thorndyke, Edward Hughes, Finley Fairhurst and Sam Rowbotham.
Alfie Gridlestone collected the Under 10's Hurricanes Star Player award after the away match at Bury Amateurs. Lewis Royle netted a consolation goal for Beechy who still seek their first official win of the season.
Winton Wanderers Ospreys were the Under 9's Hurricanes opponents in the Supplementary Cup. Beechy enjoyed a two goal victory following this away game with Man of the Match Presley Smith getting both goals.
The Under 9's Tornadoes switched their Development Group Blue Division fixture with Swinton Junior Pumas to Beech Farm and this decision proved to be the right one. The Tornadoes went a goal down and though Oliver Nangle equalised Swinton Pumas were back in front before half time. Despite having no substitutes available Beechy battling well and working really hard eventually won the match. The main feature of the second half was a hat-trick for Man of the Match Ethan Harris that guaranteed the victory.
Conditions were awful when the Under 8's Lightning fought out a very close Supplementary Cup game against neighbours Moorside Rangers Red. Kaylon Salisbury and Broadie Mundy got the goals for Beechy as the teams finished with two goals each after normal playing time. Lightning won the tie following a penalty shoot-out during which goalkeeper and Man of the Match Brandon Booth saved four penalties from five attempts.
There was a comfortable win in the Supplementary Cup for Beechy Under 7's Storm but the match with Urmston Town Piranhas was cut short when United's opponents decided to end the contest at half time due to the extremely cold weather. Goal scorers for the Storm were Harry Wallis, Connor O'Sullivan, Ryden Coward, Charlie Pugh, plus an own goal. Callum Norris was again voted Man of the Match. Seven days earlier the Storm were in action against Ladybridge Tigers but lost this Development Group Blue Division home game. Callum Norris was Man of the Match and on target with the goals were Connor O'Sullivan, Harry Wallis and Ryden Coward.
Games involving the Under 8's Storm, Under 8's Tornadoes, Under 11's Typhoon, Under 11's Lightning, Under 17's Tornadoes were postponed.