POSTED: May 19 2021 22:14:47. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 15/5/2021

There was another busy Saturday morning in the Junior Section and included in those games played were winning results in the Salford and District League and North Bury Junior League.

In their Bolton Bury and District League Section C home game against Blackrod AFC a disappointed Beechy Under 17's Tornadoes wasted the chance to claim all three points. Goals by Max O'Brien, Jacob Jeffrey, Harrison Hughes and Jack Broadie gave Beechy a healthy 4-1 but somehow the visitors recovered to force a 4-4 draw. Goalkeeper Lucas Allen was Tornadoes Man of the Match.

The Under 16's Thunder had no official NBJFL fixture so a friendly match was arranged with Milnrow Junior Falcons. Despite home advantage Beechy were slow off the mark against a Milnrow outfit who moved the ball around the pitch with pace and accuracy. As Thunder looked rather disjointed and chasing shadows in the opening twenty minutes Milnrow raced into a 2-0 lead and looking likely match winners. But five minutes later Beechy finally got their act together and following a good passing move were awarded a penalty and Max Chidgey gave the keeper no chance with the spot-kick. Thunder were soon back on level terms after winning a second penalty when once again Max Chidgey duly obliged with another confidently taken spot-kick.

After a few stern words at half time Beechy looked a completely different team as they started to create the type of football witnessed during their previous three match unbeaten run. Star striker Prince Idusuyi helped himself to a hat-trick which included a super header and a thunderous shot from outside the area while Dominic Lawton was also on target with a fantastic solo run and superb finish. Milnrow produced a spirited fightback when Thunder led 6-3 and two more goals from the visitors set-up a tense finish but Beechy absorbed the late pressure and celebrated a narrow 6-5 victory. Samuel Oludoyi for a non-stop all over the pitch performance and Prince Idusuyi for his clinical display up front shared the Man of the Match award.

In terrible conditions the Under 15's Storm were involved in a close fought BBDFL Section C away Game with Cherrybrook Rangers. The hosts took an early lead though Beechy struck back and equalised when Reuben Gill scored following a good pass from Jude Bedforth. (HT 1-1) Storm battled well in the second half and led 2-1 when Jonny Walsh was fouled in the area and Ben Delaney netted the resulting spot-kick. But just when it looked as if Beechy were going to win the game the referee made a shocking decision when he awarded a free kick to Cherrybrook with a minute left to play and when the ball was crossed into the area the hosts scored to grab a share of the spoils. Storm had produced a really good performance with Jonny Walsh getting the Man of the Match award for his tireless running throughout the game. Result: Cherrybrook 2 v Beechfield Storm 2.

Away to Cherrybrook Celtic the Under 14's Typhoon made a great start in this BBDFL Section D fixture when Igor Osarinmwain gave Beechy the lead via a fine finish with his left foot. But Typhoon struggled to play at the level of performance shown by their opponents and Cherrybrook equalised before half time then the hosts went 2-1 up after the break. Chasing the game proved to be a tough ordeal for Beechy who were without a couple of influential players and as tiredness crept in Typhoon conceded a third goal. This had been a decent display but Typhoon need to be more clinical if they want to climb the league table. Jamie Withington who had been asked to play out of position in midfield was named Man of the Match.

Goals by Cody Brady (2) Daniel Williams plus an own goal were enough for the Under 14's Lightning to secure a 4-3 home win over Swinton Cobras. The three points kept Beechy in third place in the SDJFL Division 2 table but with much better finishing Lightning would have earned an easier victory. Zane Davies was voted Man of the Match. The teams meet again on Saturday 22nd May.

In the BBDFL Beechy Under 13's Hurricanes who travelled to play North Walkden were winners of a fairly one-sided contest and the greatest thing about this Section D game was how spread out the Beechy goal scorers were. Man of the Match Coby Cleary (2) Ethan Mangwiro (Rare Right Footed Goal) Nicholas Britto-Walmsley, Kane Wood (2) Mason Gowenlock, Oliver Sheridan and Shawn Ogaselie all got in on the act.

Playing their remaining fixtures in Division 2 in the SDJFL the Under 13's Tornadoes suffered only their second defeat in this disrupted 2020/2021 season. But this defeat was undeserved because during the game Beechy were victim of several questionable refereeing decisions. In what proved to be a very scrappy and high intensity seventy minutes against Reddish North End clear cut chances were few and far between but it was Reddish who took the lead via a twice taken penalty. Freddie Wardle had made a perfectly good save following the first attempt but the referee said Beechy's keeper had moved off his line and ordered a retake and this time the Reddish player converted the spot-kick. Within a couple of minutes Tornadoes found an equalising goal then Reddish regained the lead but Beechy fought back to make it 2-2 at half time. The second half was played in much the same vein, scrappy and very intense and Reddish took the lead for a third time then with the game going into the closing stage the Tornadoes were robbed of an equalising goal by another bad decision. Beechy's Man of the Match was leading marksman Farrell Williams-Smith who scored both goals.

There was a local derby fixture for the Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) who were in action against neighbours Moorside Rangers Blues. Making his debut for the Hurricanes was Sophiyulah Bakare who lined-up in midfield and Beechy made a bright start as they put early pressure on their opponents. Moorside gradually settled into this Division 1 match and relied heavily on their defence to deal with the Hurricanes counter-attacks before taking the lead. As play moved quickly from end to end both goalkeepers made some very good saves that brought generous applause from the touchline.

Hurricanes equalised when the Moorside keeper saved a great attempt by Oliver Hall but the rebound ran kindly to Joshua Whitehead who's effort was blocked though the ball found it's way to Man of the Match Sophiyulah Bakare and after a quick turn he made it 1-1 with a deserved debut goal. The game retained a frantic pace as both teams strived for the all important next goal and when it finally arrived it proved to be the Hurricanes match winner. A perfectly weighted pass from Joshua Whitehead found Henry Errington who showed great awareness before he rounded the visitors keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net. Final Score: Hurricanes 2 v Moorside 1.

At Stott Lane the Under 12's Lightning (9v9) boys met Division 3 leaders Salford Storm who are unbeaten so far this season. Lightning's Man of the Match was goalkeeper Lucas Mobey who produced an outstanding performance. To their credit Beechy battled to the final whistle a quality recognised by the Referee and opposition Manager who both praised the Lads attitude and determination.

Stewart Kay, Oscar Mather, Reece Smith, Logan McFeely, Finn Browne and Josh Beddows were on target for the Under 11's Tornadoes (9v9) who were away to Deans Youth. In this SDJFL Blue Group game it took Beechy about ten minutes to find their rhythm but slowly the Tornadoes passed the ball with more authority as they played some really good football. Deans were a threat on the counter-attack and early in the match Beechy keeper Man of the Match Jack Lee saved a penalty and during the game the Tornadoes coaches were able to play the players in unfamiliar positions.

Weather conditions were ideal and the pitch was in good condition when Beechy Under 9's met De La Salle Reds at Beech Farm Playing Fields. Beechy who produced their best performance of the season got off to a fantastic start against a very accomplished De La Salle outfit when Patrik Doherty who was fouled in the area opened the scoring from the penalty spot. This Blue Group fixture was end to end but the visitors found Beechy goalkeeper Sophia Price in great form and her exhibition of safe handling was a big feature throughout the match. Brody Burns, Jacob Wood and Daniel Wharton defended superbly digging in to make tackles and block crosses and shots but unfortunately De La Salle managed to score an equalising goal before the break. The second half was all about the forwards of both teams and for Beechy Oliver Cooper, Aiden Gradwell and Robert Wagner combined to put together a move which resulted in Oliver skilfully beating two defenders before a fine finish from twelve yards gave United the lead again. De La Salle bounced back to equalise once again and when the game entered the final five minutes a draw looked on the cards De La Salle scored a third goal and as Beechy chased the game added another in the dying seconds.

Officially the Under 8's Tornadoes had no SDJFL fixture but a match with Flixton Cobras was arranged and this thrilling end to end encounter produced eleven goals. Every Beechy player contributed to a super team performance that included some excellent football and at one stage Beechy who held a three goal were unlucky not to celebrate a victory. Man of the Match was Kai Barker who got a hat-trick plus there was a goal apiece for Harvey Pugh and Archie Charles. Tornadoes goalkeeper Daniel Badewa saved a penalty and the boys also did a minutes applause in memory of Jordan Banks.

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