POSTED: November 15 2022 20:12:55. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 12th/13th Nov 2022
In the Salford and Districts Football League Beechfield United Under 11's THUNDER (9v9) had a Sunday morning fixture with Manchester Maccabi and won a fourteen goal bonanza.
*Thunder's performance in the opening twenty minutes in this Yellow Group game was outstanding as Beechy raced into a five goal lead. Ajab Fakeeh helped himself to a hat-trick while both Kristian Georgiev and Martin Pankov were on target with a goal apiece. Unfortunately the Beechy Boys relaxed their grip on the game as they stopped running and stopped tackling and though Maccabi produced a strong fightback Thunder recovered their grip on the contest. Goals by Samuel Sulmataj. Ollie Sixsmith and two more from Ajab Fakeeh were enough to guarantee the victory.
*In action in the Bolton Bury and District League were the Under 15's HURRICANES who were at home to astley Bridge Tigers. In this Section D fixture the Hurricanes started off on the front foot as they created chances and though the finishing touch deserted eventually Beechy took the lead. Oliver Sheridan and Ethan Mangwiro combined and carved out the opportunity for Kane Wood to open the scoring with a close range header. After the goal the Hurricanes seemed to lose their rhythm allowing Astley Bridge back into the game and the visitors forced some amazing saves from Beechy keeper Callum Hanvey. Taking advantage of an Hurricanes mistake Astley Bridge made it 1-1 and that's how it finished at the end of the eighty minutes. Choosing a Man of the Match proved a difficult decision but the award was shared between the stellar defensive centre back partnership of Liam Woodward and Tanatswa Chirwa.
*Back in Division 2 action in the Salford and Districts League were the Under 13's TORNADOES who's Saturday morning game was away at Swinton Panthers. In a closely fought first half the Tornadoes took the lead when Radwan Fakeeh punished a mistake by the Panthers keeper but almost immediately the hosts equalised and the teams shared a 1-1 scoreline at half time. Beechy got a tighter grip on the game in the second half and created several good chances but the Tornadoes suddenly faced a Panthers keeper who made some great saves. Finally the Tornadoes persistence was rewarded after an effort by Sonny Barrett rebounded to Enzo Da Silva who to poked the ball into the net for Beechy's match winning goal.
*Under 14's HURRICANES boss Ben Robinson had a full strength squad available for their Division 1 home game against Swinton Jaguars. Produly wearing poppies on their shirts the Beechy players along with the team coaches, parents and supporters observed a minutes silence in memory of Armistice Day. The Hurricanes thought they had taken an early lead but the referee ruled out the goal following a controversial offside decision. Beechy's goalkeeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker made the save of the season to deny Swinton Jaguars what looked an almost certain goal. Despite dominating the first half based on possession and and chances the Hurricanes were forced to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at the break. What proved to be Beechy's match winning goal arrived when Joshua Whitehead took a quick throw-in and after Finlay Unsworth had flicked the ball on with his head it was moved onto Jamie Maher who controlled it perfectly before firing it low past a diving Jaguars keeper. The Hurricanes collected the three points thanks to their battling performance and after the game Oliver Dalto-Bunker was named Man of the Match.
*Anika Wojciak and Sam Omoregie with his first very Beechy goal were on target for the Under 9's TORNADOES who lost their away game with Boothstown Hornets. Man of the Match was goalkeeper Jayden Royle who also won the award seven days earlier when the Tornadoes were in action against Deans Sports.
*Beechy Under 9's STORM maintained their run of great form with a hard fought away win over Winton Wanderers Falons. This was another dominant display from the Beechy Boys and but for an own goal and an incredible headed goal Storm would have been out of sight. Thanks to a sublime finish by Max Schofield who hammered the ball home from the edge of the area Beechy took a deserved lead. Following a counter- attack Winton equalised but after a well worked corner the ball fell to Scott Ellis-Smith and he smashed into the net to put Beechy back in front a lead they still held at half time. Again it was one way traffic in the second half but Storm lacked the quality in the final third until an error from the Winton keeper was punished by Scott Ellis-Smith who put Beechy two goals clear. Winton responded and got back level but as the game moved into the final few minutes Barkley Pope won a corner that he took himself and found Jack Sinclair who from the edge of the area fired the ball home to guarantee Storm the victory.
*Involved in a six goal thriller with Salford United Juniors were the Under 8's THUNDER and after both teams gave 100% throughout the game a draw was possuibly a fair result. Salford United made a great start and took a two goal lead as Beechy's defence struggled due to normal centre back Noah Aspen voluteering to be the deputy goalkeeper. Following a few tactical changes Lyle Glass became Thunder's keeper and he made several great saves. Kade Doyle continued his run of fine form when he scored a great half volley after a quickly taken throw-in by Brayden Taylor had spit open the Salford defence. As Thunder's opponents became more physical tempers frayed but Beechy responded with an equalising goal when Hugo Balogun scored from a free kick. Salford United regained the lead but following a well worked move Sonny Phillips was on target when he completed the scoring. Thunder pushed hard to try and find a match winning goal an almost got it when an effort from Carter Eyres went narrowly wide of the target.
*At Beech Farm the Under 7's THUNDER made hard work of their home game against AFC Monton Sharks but eventually ran out winners in the end. Beechy were below their best in the first half and AFC Monton took a deserved lead but a long range effort by Harrison Spencer and a good finish from Chase Sixsmith after a breakaway attack gave Thunder the lead at half time. Beechy keeper Oscar Spencer had a major part to play in Thunder starting the second half a goal ahead and the introduction of Man of the Match Grayson Owen in defence settled the team down and this allowed the Beechy Boys to play better attacking football. A couple of goals from Milo McNulty plus a goal by George Kelly gave Beechy a commanding lead but AFC Monton fought back and gave Thunder a nervy end to the game.