March 22 2017 17:07:57.
By Colin Duff
- TORNADOES BUSY WEEKEND
The Under 9's Tornadoes had a busy weekend playing twice within twenty four hours starting with a Supplementary Cup tie with Barr Hill Hearts. At Salford Sports Village Beechy took an early lead thanks to a well worked goal scored by Finley Fairhurst but Barr Hill responded with an equaliser. Goalkeeper Freddie Wardle made two top-draw saves just before Edward Hughes restored Beechy's lead. There was more brilliant passing and movement off the ball from the Tornadoes in the second half and Beechy were gifted a third goal when the Barr Hill keeper misjudged a back pass. A swift move down the left wing resulted in a second goal of the game for Finley Fairhurst when he put Beechy three goals clear. Following a quick counter-attack the ball bounced awkwardly in front of the Beechy keeper and into the net reducing the arrears for Barr Hill. Suddenly from being in a winning position the Tornadoes found themselves under pressure after two quick goals from Barr Hill levelled the score then with five minutes remaining Barr Hill took the lead for the first time in the contest. Earlier in the season Beechy would have surrendered the game but not on this occasion because the Tornadoes confidence and ability paid dividends when a fifth goal for United from Edward Hughes made it all square. A penalty-shoot took place that Beechy narrowly won thanks to spot-kick success by both Joel Thorndyke and Edward Hughes.
Then on Sunday the Tornadoes were in action at Salford Sports Village against Manchester Maccabi Falcons in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup and this was another excellent game of mini-soccer. Beechy started stronger than their opponents and Oliver Percival opened the scoring with a fine goal. Once again the passing and movement from the Beechy players was a joy to watch and Finley Fairhurst put the Tornadoes two goals up quickly followed by goal number three from Edward Hughes. The defensive duo of Aiden Lawton and Ashley Tonge kept attempts from Maccabi Falcons to long range efforts though the visitors could have drawn level but they were denied by an inspired display from Beechy keeper Freddie Wardle. Another goal by Edward Hughes, a long rage effort from Aiden Lawton, a great follow up by Ellis O'Brien-Walsh plus an own goal completed the scoring. Ashley Tonge was voted Man of the Match.