POSTED: October 16 2022 11:35:23 By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 15/10/2022

A busy Saturday morning in the Junior Section produced some great team performances which earned winning results for Beechy's Mini-Soccer, 9v9 and 11-a-Side teams.

*Beechfield United UNDER 12's STORM (9v9) were away to Winton Wanderers in the Challenge Cup and eventually won the tie following a penalty shoot-out. On top in the first half Storm had raced into a 2-0 half time lead with Man of the Match Roman Sandaji scoring both goals. Winton fought back and equalised then the hosts grabbed the lead but with five minutes to go Beechy made it 3-3. Ethan Seddon delivered a great cross and Timothy Badewa controlled the ball before firing it into the top corner of the net. Storm won the penalty kick decider during which Beechy keeper Reuben Wardle became an instant hero when he saved three spot-kicks.

*The UNDER 13's TORNADOES had no official Salford and Districts League fixture so Manager Oscar Courtney arranged a friendly match with local rivals Moorside Rangers. Following a well fought contest the Tornadoes celebrated a 5-2 victory thanks to goals from Dylan Cervenak (2) Josh Beddows, Radwan Fakeeh and Oscar Mather (Penalty)

*With a full strength squad available the UNDER 14's HURRICANES faced a tough task in their Division top of the table clash against current leaders Hough End Lions. Beechy who had home advantage had to deal with a spell of early pressure before taking the lead through Joshua Whitehead who scored from a direct free kick. Hough End equalised after they were awarded a free kick and a visitors player was on target when he fired the ball home just under the crossbar. A tight and tense first half which included just a few decent chances ended 1-1 so the teams enjoyed a well earned break before looking forward to another action packed thirty five minutes.

The Hurricanes regained the lead when a great move developed down the right wing as Thomas Robinson sprints forward and moves the ball onto JJ Lowery who sent a cross to the back post for Finlay Unsworth to power a header into the net. After a dominat period of play by Beechy the visitors equalised for a second time after creating a clinical length of the pitch counter-attack. Beechy almost won the game when a brilliant effort by Finlay Unsworth hit the crossbar after great work down the right wing from Oliver Nangle. Final Score Beechy Hurricanes 2 v Hough End Lions 2

*In their Section D away game at Astley and Tyldesley Dragons the UNDER 16's TYPHOON started fairly well but due to a couple of mistakes conceded the opening goal. Thankfully Beechy's opponents were in a generous mood and gifted Typhoon an equaliser via a calamitous own goal. While Beechy were nowhere their best and struggled to make much impact upfront the Dragons were profligate in the extreme. The defining moment in the game came when the Dragons keeper conceded a penalty and Jamie Withington put Typhoon ahead from the resulting spot-kick. Typhoon's opponents felt aggrieved regarding the penalty decision and some of the Dragons players lost their heads.

The excellent Reece James was victim of a late, high and malicious challenge but the referee only deemed it worthy of a yellow card. The Dragons player who committed the very bad tackle was soon shown the red card after he wrestled Jamie Withington to the ground when last man. Despite not taking fully advantage of the extra player Typhoon made sure of victory and the three points when Jamie Withington scored again to secured Beechy their 3-1 victory. Daniel Hesketh who produced an hard working display was voted Man of the Match.

*In Section D action in the Bolton Bury and District League were Beechy UNDER 15's HURRICANES who were at home to East Leigh Avengers. Quickly dominating possession the Hurricanes created several chances but couldn't add the required finishing touch and following a defensive mix-up Beechy conceded the opening goal. Kane Wood scored from the penalty spot to make it 1-1 and then the floodgates opened as the Hurricanes dominated the game. On target with goals for Beechy were Man of the Match Oghenekaro Ibodje who scored four goals while Kane Wood netted a hat-trick and Alfie Gridlestone, Rian Haines, Tanatswa Chirwa Liam Woodward all contributed with a goal apiece. Full credit to East Leigh who put on a brave performance and never stopped battling all the way to the final whistle.

*Away to Deans Sports in the Challenge Tournament every Beechy UNDER 11's THUNDER player did what was asked of them as the teams (9v9) match pattern continued meaning all the Boys got at least 50% game time. Ajab Fakeeh, Martin Pankov and Sam Sulmataj with a screamer were on target for Thunder who unfortunately lost the game. Beechy were denied a victory due a superb display by the Deans keeper who had an outstanding game.

*A tough game was in prospect when the UNDER 10's TORNADOES met Moorside Rangers Yellows for a Challenge Tournament tie. During a tight start to the match Beechy quickly adpoted their high pressing game and took the lead after ten minutes. The goal settled the Tornadoes down and Beechy scored again shortly after though Rangers helped themselves to a goal the Tornadoes deserved their half time lead. Beechy soon got their passing game into gear in the second half and the contest became a one-sided affair as the forwards and midfield linked up really well while the Tornadoes looked solid at the back. Luke Bennett, Kai Barker, River Langford and Jack Hoatson scored the goals for the Tornadoes who's Man of the Match was Blake Salmon who is new to the team and he had a great game in his defensive role. Tornadoes Manager Ryan Pugh was pround of his players following their excellent all-round performance.

*Beechy UNDER 9's STORM got back to winning ways with a solid display in their Challenge Tournament home game against a decent Winton Wanderers outfit. Jack Sinclair opened the scoring from the penalty spot while Storm's second goal was a coaches dream. Max Schofield won the ball in midfield and threaded it through to the right for Bradley Pope who delivered a superb cross and Kobe Glass added the vital finishing touch. Keeping the pressure on their opponents Beechy added their third goal via Max Schofield following some great skill and Storm held their comfortable three goal advantage at the break. Beechy totally dominated the second half and once again Max Schofield gained possession in midfield and bulldozed through before producing a great finish for goal number four then Harvey King completed the scoring with the fifth goal after some great work down the right wing. Sometimes in a great team display the defenders don't often get a mention but in this game both Harry Wharton and Man of the Match Seb Jones produced excellent performances.

*Another Beechy mini-soccer team getting back to winning ways were the UNDER 8's THUNDER who did it in style against Ordsall Juniors. This was a fantastic team effort and the players carried forward what they had worked on in training during the past few weeks. A superb Man of the Match hat-trick for Kade Doyle two excellent goals by Harley Cosgrove-Newby and first ever goals for Beechy by Lyle Glass and Hugo Balogun capped a brilliant team performance.

*Following their first defeat of the season seven days earlier the UNDER 7's THUNDER bounced back and created a top-class display in their home game with AFC Monton Wolves. Oscar Spencer and Jude Bond were outstanding at the back and a well taken goal by the latter gave Thunder a slender lead at half time. Joint Player of the Match George Kelly and Harrison Spencer were introduced at the start of the second half and both players grabbed a hat-trick during a ten minute spell of brilliant attacking football. A goal by Milo McNulty sealed Beechy's victory but it wasn't always one-way traffic because Thunder's goalkeeper Grayson Owen produced a great save near the end of the game.

*At home to AFC Urmston Meadowside in the Challenge Tournament Beechy UNDER 8's STORM knew they faced a tough game against a team in the top Division. When Storm made a slow start Urmston Meadowside took the lead via an early free kick then suddenly Beechy found themselves three goals down. Despite the setback Storm responded and efforts hit both crossbar and post before a penalty was missed leaving the Beechy Boys feeling rather frustrated. The AFC Meadowside keeper made some fantastic saves and according to Storm's Manager Ryan Pugh he was one of the best he'd seen at this age. Following words of encouragement at half time Storm produced an unbelievable second half display as they dominated the match as they played some very good football. Beechy scored three goals thanks to Man of the Match Seth Barber which created a great atmosphere and the momentum was with the Storm. After all their efforts the match produced a cruel ending for Beechy when AFC Urmston Meadowside grabbed a last minute winning goal. Storm didn't deserve to lose the game following their fantastic fightback but the Boys will definately be ready for their next Salford and Districts League fixture.

*Producing a hard working performance were the UNDER 9's TORNADOES who met Bootstown Hornets at home in the Challenge Tournament tie with Boothstown Hornets. The Tornadoes might have lost the match but the players are showing real improvement in every game. Man of the Match for Beechy was their new goalkeeper Jayden Royle who was outstanding in his first game for the Tornadoes.

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