POSTED: October 08 2019 20:54:47. By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 5th/6th October 2019

At Stott Lane Playing Fields Beechfield United Under 14's Storm met Oxford Grove for a Players Cup tie and progressed to the next round following an 8-4 victory.

Beechy raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Georgi Georgiev (penalty) and Harrison Davies who scored with a great header from a corner before Oxford Grove reduced the arrears. Thanks to Leo Barrett Storm went 3-1 up but once again the visitors responded with their second goal then two good finishes by Harry Patterson just before half time gave Beechy an healthy three goal advantage at the break. Storm started well in the second half and Pedro Filipe-Costa finished a great team move when he made it 6-2 but Beechy quickly conceded two sloppy goals. Then in the last ten minutes Josh Everall scored via a superbly executed free kick and Harry Patterson completed the scoring with his hat trick goal. This was a really good performance but Storm are still making silly mistakes and gifting their opponents far too many goals. Rewarded for a great individual display was Elliott McClurg-Taylor who was named Man of the Match.

A goal from the penalty-spot in the second minute from Jace O'Brien set the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) on their way in the Challenge Cup home game with De La Salle. Despite the fingertips of the De La Salle keeper Jace confidently despatched the spot-kick after Oliver Percival had been scythed down as he attempted an effort on target. Tornadoes forward play was relentless and within fifteen minutes they had increased their lead courtesy of the lively Jack Duff then Joel Thorndyke. De La Salle pulled a goal back when a visitors forward somehow managed to stab the ball into the net through a mass of Tornadoes defenders and keeper Freddie Wardle. Quickly recovering from the slight setback Beechy regained their composure and Jack Duff's accurate low cross found JJ Lowery inside the six yard box and he confidently finished off a great counter-attacking move and when the whistle blew for half time the Tornadoes led 4-1. Following a slow start by Beechy in the second half De La Salle reduced the arrears and the visitors sensed a comeback. But JJ Lowery produced an immediate response scoring the best goal of the game with a delightful shot from outside the area that flew into the top right hand corner of the net. Once again the visitors reduced the arrears but with about ten minutes left Jack Duff capped off a great individual performance when he hammered home his second goal of the game. Both Jack Duff and JJ Lowery were unlucky not to walk away with the Man of the Match award that went to Freddie Wardle who produced a composed and efficient sixty minutes.

In the Challenge Cup Beechy Under 12's Storm (9v9) suffered their first defeat of the season. Against Salford United Juniors a team from a higher Division in the Salford and Districts League Beechy conducted themselves in an excellent manner against their physical and intimidating opponents. Andrew Ackernley with a top corner screamer and an own goal made up Storm's two goal tally and following a top-notch performance Michael Walsh received the Best Player award.

Playing twice within twenty four hours were the Under 12's Hurricanes (9v9) and Beechy celebrated victory on both occasions. On Saturday the Hurricanes were involved in a Division 3 local derby with Moorside Rangers Green and in true Hurricanes fashion they allowed the opposition to score the opening goal. Beechy quickly got their act together and a well taken finish from Dylan Walker made it 1-1 at half time. Lewis Royle via a neat turn and low drive put the Hurricanes ahead then Beechy added a third goal through a Seddik Saba thunderbolt. Hurricanes had chances to extend their lead before Rangers grabbed their second goal but Beechy held on for the win. For his endeavour and tireless work in defence Michael Munden collected the Man of the Match award. Manchester Maccabi Warriors were the Hurricanes opponents in the Challenge Cup game on Sunday and after a dominant first half display Beechy led 4-0 at the break via goals from Rian Haines, Oliver Sheridan, Lewis Royle and Dylan Walker. Hurricanes defensive unit remained well organised and were unlucky to concede an own goal. Best Player for Beechy was Seddik Saba.

The Under 13's typhoon played Division 1 outfit Baguley Athletic in a friendly match and produced an excellent display against a very good team. Once again every Beechy player stood up to be counted, goalkeeper Peter Ellis brushed off a cut eye, full backs Will Bentham and Daniel Hesketh covered every blade of grass as did striker Jamie Withington who helped himself to a goal. The Man of the Match award went to Reece James who scored four goals including a penalty and despite suffering a 9-5 defeat Typhoon are confident of a good season ahead.

At home to Flixton Junior Cougars the Under 13's Lightning boys hit double figures in a one-sided Division 3 contest at Stott Lane. Named as Lightning's Star Player was Leo Gradwell and on target with the goals were Jake Barrington (3) Zane Davies (2) Cody Brady, Charlie Harris, Joel Idjusi, Kyle Stafford and Daniel Williams.

For the second successive Division 2 fixture Beechy Under 14's Tornadoes achieved a high scoring victory. At home to Flixton Junior Panthers just three minutes had been played when the Tornadoes took the lead and with the whole team showing a great attitude Beechy were 4-0 up at half time. The second half retained a similar pattern with the Tornadoes stepping up a gear and demonstrating the full strength of the team but credit to Flixton Panthers who never gave up and pulled back three goals in the second half. Choosing a Man of the Match was a tough decision and it could have gone to the whole team but with the help of the players parents the award was shared by Charlie Mulvenna and Adam Wood. Goals for the Tornadoes came via Bradley Oliver (4) Charlie Mulvenna (3) Adam Wood (2) Rafael Silveira (2) and Jake Curry (2)

The main highlight of the Under 15's Storm versus Pennine Juniors North Bury Junior Football League Premiership Division fixture was a fourth successive hat-trick for Beechy's star marksman Archie Cooper. At Littleton Road Storm secured a 5-3 win and it was two superb finishes by Benjamin Garlick that set Beechy on their way to victory. Storm who moved into second place in the league table voted Adam Rothwell as their Man of the Match.

Close Park was the venue for the Under 15's Thunder's Championship Division away game with Radcliffe Borough Aces. In the first half Borough had more of the play but Beechy defended well and although Thunder were kept busy at the back they still managed to create chances. After a foul on Dominic Lawton the referee awarded Beechy a penalty but the spot-ick was fired over the crossbar. Borough continued to put Thunder under pressure assisted by Rory Delap style throw-ins and dangerous corners but Beechy held firm until just before half time when Borough took the lead with a header from a corner. There were a few more chances for Borough as the second half unfolded but some good defending plus a couple of fine saves by Beechy keeper Reiss Miller kept the hosts lead to just one goal. Andrew Woodward scored another stylish goal when he chipped the ball over the keeper to get Thunder back on level terms prior to the hosts being reduced to ten players due a sin bin offence. This seemed to spur Borough on somewhat and on one occasion at the end of a counter-attack a Beechy defender lost the ball and Thunder found themselves 2-1 down. Quickly recovering from the setback Beechy were soon back in the game and both Dominic Lawton and Ronan Courtney featured heavily in harassing Borough players into giving the ball away. A move on the left flank ended with the ball finding James Quinn-Allcock who had a simple finish for 2-2. In the final ten minutes both teams had numerous chances and with their very last attack Borough almost won the game but some good goalkeeping by Reiss Miller forced a home team player to shoot wide. At least five Beechy players were contenders for the Man of the Match award that went to James Quinn-Allcock.

Beechy Under 11's Lightning (9v9) lost a closely contested game at Deans Tigers. After some effort this Green Group fixture was switched Deans ground after Beechy's pitch was deemed unplayable. Making a strong start Lightning dominated possession in the early stages but against the run of play Deans took the lead. Beechy battled back and equalised though Deans regained the lead and were still ahead at half time. After two swift counter-attacks Lightning found themselves trailing by three goals but the lads heads did not drop and Beechy scored a scrambled goal to give hope of a possible comeback. Daniel Robinson and Jai Devani-White netted the goals for Lightning who Best Player was Rafa Perez-Rios following his sterling performance at the heart of the defence.

Still searching for their first win of the season are the Under 11's Tornadoes (9v9) who met Monton Sports at Salford Sports Village. The Beechy boys have had some tough games in the Red Group but they continue to work hard as a unit and always try and play good football. Man of the Match went to the whole team and the Tornadoes consolation goal came courtesy of Thomas Robinson.

Against opponents Prestwich Raiders who have moved from the North Bury Junior Football League the Under 10's Lightning had a stern test in this Yellow Group match. The first half was evenly balanced and Beechy had chances to go in at holding the lead but Prestwich Raiders scored two goals in quick succession and eventually ran out comfortable winners. Beechy Manager Gareth Booth said after the game his team had some bad luck facing this new team to the Salford and District League.

In a match of missed chances Beechy Under 9's Storm shared six goals with AFC Monton Ninjas and two goals from Conner O'Sullivan and one by Roman Sandaji earned Beechy the draw. There were strong performances from goalkeeper Reuben Wardle and defender Nathan Kay and praise from Manager Martin Wardle to all the players for a great footballing display plus 100% effort in this Red Group game.

Maintaining their impressive start to the season were United's Under 8's Storm. In the away game against Cadishead Town in the Yellow Group Beechy went a goal down early on but dominating the rest of the first half held a two goal lead at the interval. Playing some very good football in the second period Storm could and should have won by a bigger score line. Conceding a couple of soft goals plus a missed penalty and shots hitting the woodwork kept the score down. Man of the Match Nathan Haines, Aiden Gradwell, Oliver Cooper and Eiman Sandaji scored the goals.

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