Due to the abysmal weather just four games went ahead in the Junior and Senior Section during the weekend of Saturday & Sunday 22nd/23rd February 2020.
Away to Abraham Moss Blue in the Challenge Tournament Beechfield United U/10’s Lightning’s cup run came to an end despite an impressive overall performance in this quarter-final tie. The teams were equally matched for most of the game but a couple of unstoppable goals helped Abraham Moss on their way to winning the game. Defender Charlie Swift produced a brilliant display and goals for Beechy came via Man of the Match Jeano Baker who netted a hat trick and Brodie Mundy.
On Sunday Beechy U/11’s Lightning (9v9) were also involved in the Challenge Tournament when they met Manchester Maccabi Wolves on the Astroturf Pitch at Salford Sports Village. Playing against a gale force wind in the first half Beechy went a goal down following a very dubious penalty decision and as they attempted to keep the ball on the ground a well organised Maccabi side made it difficult for Lightning to find an equalising goal. With the wind behind them in the second half Beechy dominated the tie as they created some great attacking football and with ten minutes to go the teams shared eight goals, but Maccabi twice hit United on the break and were able to seal the victory. On target for Lightning were Sean Cosgrove, Scott Howarth and Matt Cox who shared the Man of the Match award with Eesa Afzal. Theo Hayward deserves a special mention after he took on the role of goalkeeper at the very last minute.
In the Manchester Evening News Cup United’s Saturday Morning Senior team met Manchester North End at home in the quarter-finals and celebrated a 5-3 victory. After a shaky start and conceding the opening goal United gradually took control of the game and held a 4-1 lead but North End scored again before half time. In the second half the visitors were awarded a highly debatable penalty that made it 4-3 and North End kept the pressure for long periods on United’s back four Man of the Match Anhmy Le, Ben Donohue, Anthony Wallis and Adam Boakes plus keeper Chris Pollock but a fifth goal for Beechy in the 87th minute booked their place in the semi-finals. Max Leonard (4) and Wes Pierce got the goals.
Beechy Reserves stretched their unbeaten run to eight games after they beat Atherton Town Reserves 3-0 in the Open Trophy. The awful weather failed to take the gloss off this brilliant all-round performance and United fully deserved their victory. Keenan Switzer gave United the lead from the penalty-spot then Danny Lee added the second goal with an accurate side footed finish. Atherton Town couldn’t find a way to breakdown United’s superbly organised defensive quartet of David McCarthy, George Switzer, Lucas Morgan and Man of the Match Deren Saunders and Callum Davies guaranteed the win when he scored the third goal.