POSTED: November 13 2019 22:15:21. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 9th/10th Nov 2019

On a cold Saturday morning it was great to witness a quality game of mini-soccer between Beechfield United Under 8's Storm and Urmston Town Lions. This was Beechy's final Challenge Cup fixture and when the teams met a few weeks ago Urmston enjoyed a comfortable victory.

Within ten minutes it looked like they would repeat their previous success after racing into a three goal lead following a combination of slack defending and excellent finishing. However a superb run and thunderbolt finish from Thomas Brady provided the perfect confidence booster for Beechy just before half time. After the break a quick fire brace by Oliver Cooper brought the scores level but Urmston Town edged in front again. A goalmouth scramble got Storm the equaliser following great play between Jacob Wood and Daniel Wharton and superb defending from Brody Burns, Robert Wagner and keeper Sophie Price kept Urmston at bay. Beechy eventually got a match winning goal from the penalty spot when the referee spotted a handball and though Daniel Wharton's spot-kick was saved he followed up and slotted the ball between the keepers legs. An excellent game that could have gone either way.

On a small sided Astro Pitch at Salford Sports Village Beechy Under 10's Lightning came up against Stretford Victoria Albion in the Challenge Cup. Throughout the game Lightning were solid in defence while playing some lovely attacking football and thanks to goals from Brodie Mundy and Oliver Eckersley who produced the highlight of the tie Beechy celebrated victory. Lightning will now play in a three team Round Robin after the teams in the group finished on equal points.

The Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) Division 3 home game with Davyhulme Park was switched to the oppositions ground. Facing each other for the second time in seven days the teams settled for a 5-5 draw. The match was refereed by the Davyhulme manager who appeared to add on more time in the second half during which his team equalised. Hurricanes Man of the Match was Nicholas Green and the goals came via Kane Wood (2) William Schofield, Rian Haines and Dylan Walker.

Also in action in Division 3 were the Under 12's Storm (9v9) who suffered their first defeat of the season away at Barr Hill Clubs. Goal scorers for Beechy who lost 4-3 were Man of the Match Michael Walsh, Oliver Cowley and Joshua Kilfoyle.

Aiden Lawton fired the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) into the lead in the first few minutes of their Division 1 home game with Old Trafford Jaguars. Aiden stepped up and hit a long range direct free kick around the Old Trafford wall and past the outstretched hand of the visitors into the far corner of the net, a rare goal from the Beechy defender but well worth the wait. Quite how Tornadoes found themselves 3-1 down after playing some neat and composed football was a real mystery. But Tornadoes reduced the arrears to just one goal going into the break courtesy of Jack Duff who seems to be finding his feet and the back of the net with regularity. A couple of goals from the in-form Oliver Percival restored Tornadoes lead for the first time since the opening minutes but once again back came Old Trafford to make it 4-4.

A corner taken by Oliver was swung into the Old Trafford six yard box and was met firmly by an in-rushing JJLowery and his bullet header netted the fifth goal to give the Tornadoes the lead again.
There were only two minutes left according to the referee's watch when Old Trafford somehow snatched an equaliser and both teams would have settled for a draw at this time but there was late drama as the Tornadoes conceded with the last kick of the game. After just one touch of the ball at the restart the referee ended this thrilling encounter with Tornadoes being on the end of a 6-5 defeat. The shared goalkeeping duties from Dan Ward and Freddie Wardle didn't go unnoticed, Freddie pulled off some magnificent saves and Dan's decisive clearances and better distribution meant both players shared the Man of the Match award.

Beechy Under 13's Lightning made it three games unbeaten in the Salford and Districts League when they drew 2-2 away with Astley and Tyldesley. At one stage Lightning found themselves 2-0 down but displaying real determination got back on level terms and should have gone on and won this Division 3 match. The goals came from David Olidoy and Jake Barrington and named Best Player was Matthew Corry.

On Saturday at Stott Lane the Under 14's Storm were at home against Pennington Youth and this Bolton Bury and District League proved to be a hard fought contest. Beechy who conceded a clumsy goal to go 1-0 down quickly started to play some good football without creating any real chances and this was due to Pennington's crude choice of tactics. When a Beechy player went on a clear run Pennington deliberately stopped his progress with fouls of a cynical kind. Storm finally put a good move together and equalised when Jayden Okoli played the ball onto Leo Barrett who squared it to Jude Bedforth and he added the finish for 1-1. In the second half Pennington decided it was time to play proper football and the visitors scored a good goal to regain the lead. But Beechy were soon back in the match when Aaron Pettigrew made it 2-2 firing the ball home after it had bounced off the crossbar. Just before the final whistle Pennington sole the three points with a third goal that meant Storm suffered a disappointing end to the game. Beechy had played the right way while their opponents persistent fouling should have been dealt with more severely. Man of the Match for Storm was goalkeeper Adam Lord.

Chadderton Park Lions were the Under 15's Storm's opponents for Beechy's latest North Bury Junior League Premiership Division fixture. Storm who lost 4-0 away named Adam Rothwell as their Man of the Match.

Thanks to another solid all-round display Beechy Under 15's Thunder secured the three points following their home game against Stretford Victoria. A 4-2 victory saw Thunder retain second place in the North Bury Junior League's Championship Division. United's opponents just like Thunder had moved from the Salford and Districts League and Stretford Victoria had taken on the mystique of being a 'bogey team' but after the win Thunder's Assistant Manager Oscar Courtney was glad to report that the 'hoodoo' was thwarted. The Beechy boys got off to a good start, keeping possession and creating a few chances with Ronan Courtney giving Thunder the lead after about fifteen minutes. But instead of settling into the game Beechy suddenly wasted chances and gifted possession to their opponents therefore it was a surprise when Stretford Victoria equalised after a swift counter-attack just before half time.

Manager Wayne Miller was on hand to calm the players down and reminded them of their team roles plus shape and positions on the pitch. In the second half Thunder started to keep the ball better and moving it around much quicker opened up the Stretford defence thus creating lots of chances. Two excellent through balls from midfield saw Max Shaw capitalise and each time he found the back of the net to put Thunder 3-1 up. Shortly after Andrew Woodward bundled the ball home following a Jacob Lacey corner and Beechy were well on top at 4-1. But Thunder's concentration did momentarily slip and this allowed Stretford Victoria to reduce the arrears with just minutes remaining. Beechy's defending had been fantastic overall for eighty minutes and once the midfield players got a foothold on the game they were able to feed the forwards who converted enough chances that eventually guaranteed the win. This was a good result for Beechy who's superior fitness was a key factor in this very encouraging performance. Ronan Courtney picked up the Man of the Match award following his first ever goal for Thunder and there was a special mention for Dominic Lawton after a dynamic midfield display.

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