Maintaining their recent good form were Beechfield United U/12’s Tornadoes (9v9) who secured a deserved 4-2 away win over Monton Sports. Joel Thorndyke gave Beechy the lead and producing some superb free flowing football the Tornadoes went 2-0 up via Freddie Wardle the regular Beechy keeper who was given a role as an outfield player. The third goal arrived when a free kick by Aiden Lawton found Oliver Percival who calmly slotted the ball past the keeper. Man of the Match Joel Thorndyke made it 4-0 before Monton Sports replied with two goals in the latter stages.
Producing a quality display in the Supplementary Competition the U/8’s Storm were rewarded with a victory against De la Salle who play in a couple of Division’s above Beechy. Recovering from three goals down Storm gradually worked their way back into the game and late in the tie the teams shared twelve goals. But the win was guaranteed thanks to goals from Oliver Cooper and Aiden Gradwell in the last two minutes.
In action in the Supplementary Competition Beechy U/9’s Storm met AFC Monton Ninjas and celebrated a winning score line. Man of the Match Connor O’Sullivan, Ethan Seddon, Mikeal Omotayo and Ryden Coward scored the goals.
Kaylon Salisbury and Charlie Swift got the goals for the U/10’s Lightning who beat Monton Sports away in the Supplementary Competition. Named as Lightning’s Man of the Match was Brodie Mundy.
Also in Supplementary Competition action were the U/10’s Tornadoes and they faced a tough test against Manchester Bees. There were some fine individual performances in the team including Josh Beddows, Eddie McDonagh, goalkeeper Jack Lee and Stewart Kay who fired home the Tornadoes consolation goal.
The U/11s Lightning (9v9) lost for the first time in four games when they played Winton Wolves. Unable to cope with their opponents more direct style of play Beechy’s best period of possession came in the second half. George Rowbotham who was named Man of the Match also helped himself to a hat trick.
Michael Walsh netted both goals for the U/12’s Storm (9v9) in their Supplementary Cup game with neighbours Moorside Rangers Yellows. Following a great all-round effort Storm certainly didn’t deserve to lose the game and therefore the Man of the Match award went to the whole team.
Beechy U/13’s Lightning won their Supplementary Cup tie with Astley and Tyldesley Dragons following a penalty kick decider. The teams were level 2-2 after seventy minutes with Kyle Stafford and Cody Brady on target for Beechy who won the shoot-out 3-1. Goalkeeper Lucas Wood saved a penalty and spot-on with their penalties were Jake Barrington, Cody Brady and new signing Cherif Badjie.
At home to high flying Blackrod AFC the U/14’s Storm played well in the first half and shared a 0-0 score line at the break. Blackrod opened the scoring after a defensive error then another piece of slack defending gifted the visitors a second goal. Despite conceding a third goal Beechy continued to produce some good football and the result might have flattered their opponents. Special mention for Mason Murphy-McKiernan who was making his debut but Man of the Match was Ben Delaney for a brilliant performance.
An excellent all-round performance by the U/14’s Tornadoes in the Supplementary Competition surpassed already high expectations this season. Man of the Match Bradley Oliver (hat trick) Charlie Mulvenna (2) and Theo Valentine were Beechy’s goal scorers in a 6-1 home win over Deans Sports.
Due to injuries and illness the U/16’s Tornadoes faced Barr Hill Lads in the Players Cup with ten players. Despite a 6-1 defeat Team Manager Stuart O’Brien praised all his players for their tremendous effort and named them all Man of the Match. Tornadoes consolation goal came via Fernley Davies.