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Beechy Reseves battle their way to semi – final of the Open Trophy

Beechfield United’s Reserves faced a tough challenge when they entertained Wythenshawe Amateurs Reserves in the quarter-final of the Open Trophy.
The match was fiercely contested throughout but United were able to overcome their opponents physical and aggressive tactics and reach the semi-final’s courtesy of a 4-0 victory.

In the early minutes both teams used the long ball tactic but it was a jinking run by Jack Walsh that set-up the first clear scoring opportunity for Alan McNally who fired the ball wide of the target.

Long range efforts from two of Wythenshawe’s midfield trio curled over the crossbar then Dave Leach was denied a goal by a fine reflex save.

Despite a lengthy protest from the visitors Beechy were awarded a penalty in the 39th minute and Alan McNally opened the scoring when he easily beat the keeper with a well executed spot-kick.

During the early stages of the second half Wythenshawe Amateurs won numerous free kicks but United back four defended superbly especially keeper and Man of the Match Ethan Birds who had an excellent ninety minutes.

Beechy went 2-0 up on 64 minutes through Dave Leach who finished off a stylish move involving Alex Bloomer and Lee Grimshaw and any hopes of a comeback by the visitors were shattered when United added their third goal.

The referee angered Wythenshawe’s players again when he awarded Beechy their second penalty of the match and this time it was Dave Leach who took the spot-kick and he casually side footed the ball home for 3-0.

Just two minutes later Matthew McNally and Lee Grimshaw combined and Dave Leach produced the highlight of the tie when he completed his hat-trick and the scoring after he spectacularly volleyed the ball into the net from just inside the area.

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