POSTED: April 02 2022 22:49:51. By Keith Long
- Vital Three Points for First Team
In the Manchester Football League Beechfield United First Team secured a vital three points in their quest to move out of the Premier Division relegation zone. (26/3/2022)
United kicked-off their away game with Pennington FC and making his Beechy debut was goalkeeper Prince Kojo Osei Attah. Pennington forced the games first corner in the 3rd minute and a header by the hosts No8 went wide of the target then the action moved into the hosts half and United wing back Tyler Cooke produced a great ball winning tackle and his forward pass almost created a chance for Callum Davies. Free kicks galore were awared to both teams in the opening fifteen minutes and during this period United made a substitution when the injured Zar Jordan was replaced by David Opiyo. Continuing their impressive start Beechy worked hard in all areas and Keenan Switzer, James Olanya and Aaron Wilson were key players in midfield.
On the half hour mark Pennington's No9 had the ball in United's net but an assitant's raised flag ruled out the goal for offside. Prince Kojo continued his impressive debut with some brilliant saves prior to United taking a dersrved lead in the 40th minute. James Olanya controlled a pass from Keenan Switzer and advanced into the area before being fouled by a Pennington defender and from the resulting spot-kick Callum Davies slotted the penalty low past the keeper. Pennington made a confident start in the second half and a chance fell to the hosts No9 following a free kick and United's back four David Opiyo, Joe Poser, Kurtis Lee and Danny Royle had to deal with some heavy pressure.
Periods of scrappy play developed and attacking up a slight slop on the pitch Beechy had a few chances to increase their lead. Far too many stoppages threatened to ruin the game and following more excellent defending United's superb second goal guaranteed their 2-0 victory. Callum Davies and Keenan Switzer combined in a move on the left flank and after timing his run into the area Zach Booth supplied a magnificent sidefooted finish. Two more vital saves by Prince Kojo and an effort by Pennington's No10 that hit the post were the last bits of action before the final whistle. James Olanya and Prince Kojo shared the M-O-M award.