Beechfield United's Saturday Morning Open Age Team added the CFFL Shield to their Manchester Saturday Morning League Second Division title thanks a 3-2 victory over Chadderton FC on Wednesday night.
United's performance was lethargic especially in the first half and according to Manager Graham Rothwell his team are hoping they produce a better display when they meet Manchester Medics in the final of the Manchester Evening News Cup on Saturday 7th May.
In the CFFL Shield final Beechy looked disorganised straight from the kick-off and Chadderton dominated possession for almost twenty minutes. They deservedly took the lead when United's defence failed to deal with an inswinging corner and Chadderton's No 8 had the easy task of hitting the target from about ten yards. United keeper Dan Lee made a couple of great saves before Beechy got a scrappy equalising goal in the 34th minute.
Following a corner a goalmouth scramble developed and an attempted clearance hit Wayne Davies in the chest and he watched as the ball rolled slowly into the net but the joy was short lived because three minutes later Chadderton regained the lead and once again United were guilty of some woeful defending.
As the second half developed United enjoyed more of the ball but didn't show enough conviction until they were back level again after 56 minutes.
It was substitute Dean Quinn who did the hard work getting the ball under control and supplying a brilliant pass that sent Roy Owen sprinting clear and he made goalscoring look easy with a decisive left footed finish.
United continued to concede far too many free kick's and Chadderton always looked dangerous when they sent high crosses into the area but central defenders Wayne Davies and Chris Lucas stood firm and made several important headed clearances.
United's winning goal arrived in the 78th minute when the ball was moved quickly down the right flank and Gareth Burns curled it towards the far post where the unmarked Roy Owen was waiting and he headed it past the keeper from close range. As expected Chadderton created a late attacking surge and had a couple of decent chances as they looked to force extra time but United survived a tense last ten minutes and at the final whistle both teams received generous applause from a decent size crowd. The players were presented with their individual trophies and the league committee's Man of the Match Award went to Roy Owen.
The First Team ended their 2010/2011 season in the Bridgewater Office Supplies Manchester Football League when they lost 5-3 at home to Monton Amateurs. A strong gusty wind created extremely difficult conditions but both teams still managed to produce a very entertaining ninety minutes. Monton took the lead in the 13th minute despite their goalscorer clearly standing in an offside position when he recieved the ball. It took United only six minutes to find an equalising goal when Brad Loughrey met Jamie Sinnott's well delivered corner and he neatly sidefooted the ball into the roof of the net. Eddie Carroll was a key figure in midfield as United created enough chances to go infront but it was Monton who got the next goal when they regained the lead after 25 minutes thanks to their No7's close range looping header. United continued to work overtime in a effort to find another equaliser and close to half time there was a lengthy delay when the Monton keeper required treatment on the pitch for a serious injury. Ten minutes into the second half it was 2-2 after Jack Fitzgerald sent an accurate long ball to Tom Carroll who's superb piece of skill set-up the chance for Dave Leach to beat the keeper from just inside the area. The fast end to end action continued and there was some excellent defending by Man of the Match Luke Martin just before Monton went 3-2 up on 71 minutes but back came United and ninety seconds later Jamie Sinnott lobbed the ball over the keeper for 3-3. Following a free kick Monton went 4-3 ahead and the visitors sealed the victory courtesy of another slick counter attack.
United's final position in the Division 1 table has still to be confirmed.