POSTED: September 16 2021 12:59:27. By Keith Long
- Junior Section Match Details 11/09/2021
The 2021/2022 Grassroots Football season got underway on Saturday 11th September and except for the U/14's Hurricanes all other teams in the Junior Section were in action.
Beechy's new team the Under 8's Storm kicked-off their season in the Salford and Districts League at Beech Farm Playing Fields with a home game against Flixton Junior Phoenix. According to Manager Dean Quinn the whole team contributed to a superb all-round display and a hat-trick from Jack Sinclair secured Storm and opening day victory.
Having worked hard in preparation for the new season the Under 9's Tornadoes opened up their campaign away to Ordsall Park Predators' Just six players were available for this 7v7 encounter but playing some brilliant football Beechy celebrated a deserved victory. Sharing the Man of the Match award were Daniel Badewa and Archie Charles.
An excited Under 7's squad had played just one pre-season friendly before their first official fixture in the S&DFL. Away to AFC Burnden Park a hard working Beechy outfit defended well and had lots of chances including five one v ones with the hosts keeper. Man of the Match Alfie Heighway was on target for Beechy who conceded a goal in the last minute. All the players were praised for their individual performances.
Last seasons Under 8's Storm now the Under 9's Hurricanes also met an AFC Burnden Park outfit away. A nervous and anxious Team Manager Ian Lee was proud of his players at the final whistle because he was worried about confidence levels if things didn't go according to plan. Ian and his Assistant's have worked hard to shape and bond this team together and with the help of the parents hopefully they have found a winning formula. The match with AFC Burnden Park was end to end and at one stage the hosts held a three goal lead but in a ten minute spell the Hurricanes did enough to suggest they could still win the game. All Beechy's goals were scored by Kasope Alo who's speed on the big pitches will cause most other teams problems. Squad captain Gino Fierro slotted into his new midfield role while there were special mentions for Myles Harris who gave 100% and Kenny Copeland a real team player.
Making an excellent start to the new season were the Under 10's Storm who won their home game with Swinton Jaguars. The hard work on the training ground definately produced a positive result as Beechy created some fantastic passing and movement off the ball. Straight from the kick-off Storm controlled the match and dominating the first half created a glut of chances. At times Swinton Jaguars were a threat via the counter-attack but central defenders Brody Burns and Jacob Wood were in great form. Beechy went into the half time break with a two goal lead and a similar pattern developed in the second period with Man of the Match Robert Wagner unplayable and he scored the pick of Beechy's six goals. On one occasion he controlled a long pass before casually rounding the keeper before adding a stylish in-form strikers finish. This was a top-class all-round performance from Storm with every player making a major contribution.
Producing a superb performance in their Red Group away game at AFC Monton Reds the Under 11's Storm (9v9) recovered from two goals down after ten minutes to earn themselves an emphatic victory. Goalscorers for Beechy were Man of the Match Roman Sandaji (3) Connor O'Sullivan and Ethan Seddon.
At home to Parkwyddn Predators the Under 12's Tornadoes (9v9) were on the wrong end of a 6-3 scoreline following this Division 2 fixture. Finn Browne, Stewart Kay, and Josh Beddows fired home the goals for the Tornadoes who's keeper and Man of the Match Jack Lee pulled off some incredible saves.
Making their debut in the Bolton Bury and District League were the Under 13's Hurricanes who faced a tricky away game against Atherton Town Hurricanes. Despite a great team effort from the Beechy boys who dominated the second half they just couldn't find a way to beat the hosts keeper who delivered an outstanding performance. Enzo Patrick was Beechy's Star Player. Result Atherton Town 3 v Beechfield United Hurricanes 0.
Also playing their first game in the BBDFL the Under 14's Storm lost their Section E away fixture with Oxford Grove Tigers 6-1 but the score line didn't reflect on Storm's overall display. Beechy battled hard throughout the match and deserved more than a mere consolation goal scored by Michael Walsh. Making his Beechy debut was Callum Haney and he was voted Storm's Man of the Match.
Another Beechy team joining the BBDFL are the Under 15's Lightning and they travelled to play Horwich St Marys in Section D. The hosts were a very good footballing team and deserved their 5-0 win. Matthew Corry was Lightning's Best Player.
The Under 15's Typhoon started their new season with a tough home game against neighbours Moorside Rangers Blue. Sam Henderson and an own goal gave Beechy a slightly lucky 2-0 lead at half time but when Rangers stepped up a gear in the second half Beechy heads dropped even when they were still winning. Typhoon keeper Peter Ellis was suddenly the busiest player on the pitch before Rangers got back on level terms. Ryan O'Sullivan was on target as Typhoon regained the lead then two more goals put the visitors 4-3 up but Ronan Mullen took advantage of a goalkeeping error and equalised deep into stoppage time. Beechy's Man of the Match award went to Milonga Mututa for a classy defensive display.
East Leigh Eagles were the Under 16's Storm's opponents in Section C and on a small pitch the Beechy boys knew they wouldn't have much time on the ball with tackles flying in from all directions. Storm's keeper Adam Lord made one good save as the Eagles bossed the game and it was the hosts who opened the scoring. Evan Hodson-Griffiths went close to getting Beechy back level before East Leigh went 2-0 up following a direct free kick. Beechy improved in the second period with an effort from Luka Ottiwell hitting the crossbar and Harry Patterson just failing to get on the end of a great pass from Evan. Eventually Storm reduced the arrears when Alfie Jones scored via a header and the match was more evenly balanced until the Eagles added a third goal to guarantee themselves the victory. Storm's Man of the Match was Ben Delaney.
Away at Astley Bridge Dynamos the Under 16's Tornadoes produced some brilliant football in this Section D fixture and raced into a 4-1 lead at the break. Unfortunately Beechy lost their way slightly in the second half and somehow Astley Bridge scored three goals to draw level plus they were awarded a questionable penalty which clinched the hosts a 5-4 victory. Tornadoes Man of the Match was Christian Idusuyi for a his strong defensive performance and on target with goals for Beechy were Sam Kearns, Jack Fitton, Bradley Oliver and Charlie Mulvenna.
In the North Bury Junior League Beechy Under 17's Thunder were at home for their first Championship Division fixure of the new season. In a below-par performance Beechy gifted opponents Chadderton Park Dragons four goals through unforced errors. Max Chidgey, Reiss Miller and Prince Idusuyi were on target for Thunder who suffered an 8-3 defeat.