POSTED: September 23 2022 20:52:48 By Keith Long - Junior Section Match Details 24/9/2022

There was a mixed bag of results in the Junior Section on Saturday 24th September 2022 plus goals galore were on the menu.

*Beechy Under 15's Hurricanes played their first game of the 2022/2023 season in the Bolton Bury and District League travelling for an away fixture with Standish Panthers. In Section D the Hurricanes made a bright start carving out chance after chance but unable to add the required finishing touch. As they continued to play some amazing football Beechy eventually took a deserved lead through Kane Wood then soon after Rian Haines got in on the act and doubled the Hurricanes lead. Standish Panthers reduced the arrears via an own goal but the Hurricanes bounced back and went 3-1 up courtesy of a magical free kick by Kane Wood.

Complacency set-in during the second half and Beechy conceded a penalty that was converted suddenly inviting pressure onto the Hurricanes and following more careless play Standish were gifted and equaliser. The match finished 3-3 a disappointing result for Beechy who according to Manager Kennedy Chirwa should have been out of sight by half time. Hurricanes Man of the Match was goalkeeper Callum Hanvey who made some world class saves.

*At Littleton Road the Under 14's Hurricanes were involved in an eleven goal thriller with Salford Storm and it was Beechy who came out on top winning this SDJFL Division 1 contest 6-5. The Hurricanes grabbed the lead when a great through ball from Henry Errington released Finlay Unsworth on a solo run and after he used his strength to go past the visitors centre half Finlay fired the ball beyond the keeper for 1-0. Beechy added their second goal following a great flowing move that saw Henry Errington deliver a pinpoint cross and Finlay flicking the ball onto Oliver Nangle who added a decisive finish. Salford Storm got a goal back via their lightning quick striker who ran onto a long ball over the top and tapped the ball home against the run of play.

Another route-one long ball resulted in Salford Storm's equalising goal but the Hurricanes regained the lead following a corner. Joshua Whitehead took the flag kick that caused a real goalmouth scramble and somehow Storm's defenders blocked several attempts on target before the ball found it's way back to Joshua who from a tight angle hammered it into the net. Storm made it 3-3 and that's how a frenetic first half ended with both teams after a well earned break ready for another pulsating thirty five minutes. Enjoying the best of early exchanges in the second half the Hurricanes went 4-3 up after a move down the right flank led to the ball moving onto the unmarked JJ Lowery and he fired it low under the diving keeper.

But once again Salford Storm equalised when an excellent solo run from midfield by a visitors player forced a great save from Oliver Dalton-Bunker but the rebound was netted for 4-4. The action remained highly competitive and it was Beechy's turn to adopt the long ball tactic which paid dividends for the Hurricanes who led 5-4 via Finlay Unsworth who from the halfway line went past three Storm defenders before hammering the ball into the top corner of the net. Hurricanes sixth goal arrived when JJ Lowery's long range effort caught the Storm keeper out completely when the ball bounced over him and into the net. Beechy had to survive a nervy last five minutes following Storm's fifth goal but the Hurricanes held firm and celebrated the victory.

*At home to Swinton Sharks the Under 13's Tornadoes suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat following this SDJFL Division "2 fixture. On a huge pitch the Tornadoes were always in the game but lacked the cutting edge after creating several good chances and hampered by three injuries Beechy battled till the final whistle and deserved at least a draw. In only his second competitive game for the club Sonny Barratt was outstanding and named Man of the Match. On target with goals for the Tornadoes were Josh Beddows (2) and Oscar Mather.

*The Under 12's Storm faced a tough task in their Division 1 (9v9) away game with Monton Sports Tigers. Following a low-key first half Beechy were 4-1 down but after a much improved second half performance Storm who lost 5-3 almost won the game. Roman Sandaji, Eiman Sandaji and Mikeal Omotayo fired in the goals for Beechy who's Star Player was Callum Norris.

*Following a subdued start in their away game against Flixton Junior Wolves in the Yellow Group the Under 11's Thunder (9v9) had their opponents pinned in their own hal. Beechy created enough chances to take an early lead but the outstanding Flixton keeper pulled off some great saves. Sam Sulmataj eventually opened the scoring for Beechy stooping low after a corner to slot the ball into the net then against the run of play Fkixton equalised leaving the teams sharing two goals at half time. The second half turned quite physical before Ajab Fakeeh after a great run down the left wing restored the Tornadoes lead when he powered the ball home after the Flixton keeper had saved his initial attempt. After a bit of a goalmouth scramble Flixton Wolves grabbed a second equaliser towards the end and the match ended all square.

*Beechy Under 10's Hurricanes welcomed Manchester Bees to Beech Farm Playing Fields for their second game of the season. The Hurricanes won the toss and both teams fought hard for possession straight from the first whistle. Manchester Bees took the lead via a lucky goal when the ball was crossed from the flank and ended up in the Beechy net following an attempted clearance. Despite the setback the Hurricanes responded and tested the Bees defence with a quick attack but the vistors soon added another goal. Jenson Smyth went close to a goal before Manchester Bees following another counter-attack scored again. Suddenly Beechy found a second gear and creating some tackling and accurate passing put their opponents under pressure but just couldn't find the back of the net.

The Bees kicked-off the second half but Beechy continued to create some great play only to find the Bees goalkeeper standing strong and not let anything get past him. Halfway through the half the Bees scored another goal then after a corner the visitors were on target again. The scoreline definately didn't reflect the Hurricanes hard working display as Beechy produced more decisive attacking play and both Mason McHugh-Davies and Jenson Smyth almost got the Hurricanes a fully deserved goal. Throughout the match Hurricanes goalkeeper Charlie Berry made some cracking saves and during the last five minutes Mason McHugh-Davies nearly added the finish to a well delivered cross from Myles Harris.

*Maintaining their impressive winning start to the season were Beechy Under 10's Tornadoes who were at home to neighbours Moorside Rangers Reds. Playing some great football the Tornadoes who's Man of the Match was River Langford produced another very impressive performance.

*In their home game with Deans Sports the Under 9's Storm made a fast start and threatened to take an early lead. After five shots had hit the crossbar Beechy finally broke the deadlock after fifteen minutes when Jack Sinclair left the keeper with no chance via a great long range strike. After the goal Storm dominated the match and Jack Sinclair was on target again before Max Schofield netted Beechy's third goal and Storm kept the pressure on their opponents as the second half developed. Man of the Match Jack Sinclair scored the fourth goal this was followed by a great goal by Kobe Glass after good play down the right wing. Following a corner Barkley Pope flicked the ball into the net then Scott Smith hammered the ball home from the edge of the area to complete the scoring and round off a near perfect team display.

*Also at home were Beechy Under 8's Thunder who's mini-soccer game against Salford United Juniors produced some great football and nineteen goals. The visitors took an early two goal lead but Thunder reduced the arrears via Kade Doyle who equalised then levelled the score from the penalty spot. After an amazing solo run from his own half Lyle Glass gave Beechy the lead then Lyle scored again just before half time. Salford United made a bright start in the second half and scored a number of goals but Thunder's players continued to work hard all over the pitch and after winning the ball Brayden Taylor was rewarded with a goal. Kade Doyle completed his hat-trick then topped off his Man of the Match performance with a well executed free kick into the top corner of the net.

*Under 8's Storm Manager Ryan Pugh praised the players for a superb all-round performance following their home game with Horwich St Mary's but after holding a two goal lead Beechy had to settle for a score draw. Man of the Match Alfie Heighway and Seth Barber scored the goals.

*In action away at Flixton Junior Athletic the Under 7's Thunder opened the scoring after a well contested opening ten minutes when Harrison Spencer bent the ball into the top corner of the net from a tight angle. Thunder then settled down and scored four goals in quick succession before half time which resulted in Harrison Spencer scoring another three goals to take his total to eight in two games while George Kelly netted the teams fifth goal. In the second half both Chase Sixsmith and Oscar Spencer were on target as Beechy continued to control the game and Thunder's final goal came via Oscar Spencer who superbly beat three Flixton players before adding a close range finish.

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