A sunny Sunday lunchtime on the St Bedes 3G pitch saw the Langho U12 girls take on Feniscowles.
Langho U12 girls after another strong team performance
Langho looked small compared to the opposition, but they proved fast, strong and determined at the back with good defending from Aleasia, Charlotte J and Ely with help from midfield of Molly, Heather and Lillie. Going forward the girls looked threatening and Molly scored twice to open the account from runs from the left wing and Jade put in a great cross that Molly just put over the bar. Heather combined well with Charlotte J down the right and Emily made some brave saves and dealt well with some tricky bounces.
After a half time chat and Charlotte W and Annabel came on. Charlotte J put a ball wide after a run. Feniscowles had a goal ruled offside. Issy, having looked a real threat throughout put a brilliant through ball to Jade who surged half the length of the pitch to make it 0-3. Charlotte J had 2 runs and shots saved and Heather made another run before driving the ball past the keeper for another Langho goal. Aleasia was pushed further forward and Molly then racked up her hat trick to give a final score of 0-5 for an impressive win on a seemingly huge and tiring pitch. Well played girls and thanks to the coaches Jason and Ste.
On Saturday morning the sky opened up on the way to Euxton, ready for Langho U15 girls to play a friendly welcoming Euxton Villa team in the Challenge Cup. The pitch was very boggy but just playable, so the girls kicked off 9v9 with no subs against a home team with 2. Both teams started strongly with Laura, Rebecca and Amber defending well with Laura clearing up efficiently and surging forward. Hazel in net showed great command of her area from crosses, corners and against frequent outfield threats. Amelia was all over the park brilliantly again. Iola surged down the left and unleashed a great shot from a tight angle, hitting the underside of the cross-bar and bouncing out as Annie and Ella charged in for Ella to put Langho ahead. The pitch cut up and got heavier as the game progressed. Hazel made some superb saves catching, diving to her left and right and pushing a bullet shot over the bar. A direct free kick outside the box was gathered well too. The girls had to deal with physical challenges but battled on. From net Hazel’s restart went straight to Amelia over half way then she surged down the middle through the defence, was seeming herded to the right of the net only for her to smash home shocking of everyone from a seemingly impossible angle; 0-2. More exchanges then Amelia hit the bar and Ella made a run and put a ball in the side netting from the left. Another tight angle saw Amelia put yet another away for 3-0 and Iola hit the right hand post after a battling run under pressure all the way.
Langho U15 Girls after a muddy encounter with Villa
After halftime decisions where the pitch was agreed playable but match shortened slightly by the teams and referee, Langho opted for a more defensive line up, then the girls were away again. The subs had an effect as the girls tired and the home team had more of the ball than before the break. Laura surged forward on several occasions and Ella, now alone upfront, came crashing down in the box a few times as she broke clear threatening to extend the lead. After more fine saves, Euxton Villa pulled a goal back but Amelia continued to threaten and help out in defence. Annie made a fantastic run down the right and unleashed another thunderbolt, but the keeper saved well.
A cracking match and a great performance from all 9 Langho girls with some nice passing in tough conditions and against a physical side. Well done girls.
Last Sunday the U15 Langho girls team took on Formby JSC in the West Lancs Girls League Challenge Cup at Northcote. With 1 Langho sub, and the loan of Rebecca, this allowed the away team, who won the U15 West division undefeated, to play 7v7. This was going to be a challenge on a hot sunny afternoon.
Formby played a lot of through balls but the defence played the offside trap well with Hazel clearing up and making dives behind in net. The away team’s passing was well timed and they used their physical size well. Despite this Langho took the lead from Amelia and held on well pushing forward, but did not shoot from distance quite as much as normal. Eventually Formby equalised and then put away a second for 1-2 at halftime.
Hazel came out of net and went upfront and Katie went in after the break. Langho’s attacking passing in seemed to settle, but the away team’s defence tackled fiercely down the wings and down the middle. Annie pulled Langho level, then Hazel put a great through ball to Amelia and she volleyed home to put the girls ahead 3-2. Then Formby equalised again and went 3-4, which held for a while before Annie drove a bullet shot in from the right for 4-4 and the game seemed looked settled for a draw. Harshly 2 late goals gave the girls an undeserved 4-6 defeat, but Formby were the fittest, most physically strong and organised team the girls have encountered to date. This was a fantastic achievement for Langho. Well played girls.
Euxton Villa away next Saturday morning.
Last early Saturday morning saw a very defence depleted U15 Langho girls team travel all the way to Southport to play Hesketh Colts in the first match in the West Lancs Girls League Challenge Cup. With no subs it gave all the girls who could make it a chance to play the full match, but against a team that Langho had played a close game in the league cup earlier in the season. The home team were strong across the park, used the pitch and space very well and punished some backing off from Langho playing into a strong wind just above head height.
There were pleasing performances from many Langho players, Amelia scored and Hazel smashed one over the bar from distance, Langho had one claimed goal scooped out by the keeper from over the line, but that’s the game. Rebecca continued to make remarkable strides, Amber made some dogged tackles chasing down players and Misty made some saves bravely volunteering to go in the net to allow Hazel to come out and play in front of defence and help Amelia, Iola and Annie out in midfield. Ella continued her pleasing endeavours upfront growing in confidence and ability. Freya, with her usual happy ways, played her all too. Annie had another great game down the right wing and there were some fantastic interchanges and vision between her, Hazel, Annie and Ella.
A final score of 8-1 was rather harsh and the girls’ biggest defeat in over 3 seasons, but with 3 key players unavailable and a very balanced second half the girls were all smiles and will try to turn this round next Sunday at home against the other league winners Formby.
Sunday saw the U15 girls’ last league game of the season away against Myerscough, generously hosted by our friends at St Annes at the last minute due to the recent poor weather and a waterlogged pitch. The girls started strongly this week, both in defence and attack, threatening from the off. A few chances went begging until Ella scored from a defected lob. A run and cross from Ella saw Katie connect well to put Langho 2-0 up at the far post. Laura was masterful at the back again and surged forward too and with Hazel in net and Rebecca and Amber the defence played clinically. Continued pressure saw Annie launch in a cross for Amelia to beautifully volley home close in.
Katie went in after half time and Hazel upfront as the rain settled in. Early on Hazel intercepted a goal kick and crossed to Amelia who racked up her second, then a great run and cross from Annie on the right wing was put in by Hazel pressurising the keeper. Hazel then stepped through the defence to score her second. A sliding low left foot volley from Hazel made it 7, then she scored her fourth despite the coaches pushing her back in defence! Amelia then scored a final corker lobbing the keeper from way outside the box: Didn’t see that coming!
So a final score of 9-0 finished the league fixtures for the Langho U15 girls and meant they deservedly leapfrogged Wigan Athletic into third place in the table with only the top 2 playing next week. The whole team has been brilliant this season in terms of how they play, the level of individual improvements shown and the way they all get on so well; one and all. The team have stepped up to play in a tougher league after last season’s outstanding success and the loss of several players, taken on-board a lot of new faces and still done so well. They are just a pleasure to coach. Now they move on the league Challenge Cup competition then the summer tournaments….
Sunday saw the U15 girls travel to St Annes for a hastily arranged friendly after the Myerscough away league match was postponed with a waterlogged pitch. Guest star Chloe made her old team comeback to make up the team of 9 Langho girls facing our good friends at St Annes.
Langho team Shout
The pitch started very heavy and then the rain came…. After a ‘Langho’ shout, the fixture started very even with the home team having the first shot with Katie in net making a good save. Rebecca unfamiliarly started upfront but had 2 shots that the team could no ‘will over the line’. Ella hit the post and Hazel blasted the rebound in again which the keeper saved well. Langho had a number of squared balls and chances go begging and St Annes broke well the other way and created great thwarted opportunities too. Langho were not as fluid as normal and a deflection off Chloe could not quite be held by Katie and this put St Annes ahead. Chances both ends continued and Bella was having a great game. Pushing Ella upfront strengthened the attack and Hazel continually tried to break through from the right. Iola was having a great tussle with the St Anne’s winger on Langho’s left too.
After a halftime chat, a swap of keepers with Hazel going in and some players reverting to more familiar positions the girls pressed the ball better but St Annes continued to create chances forcing Hazel to make a great dive to the right into a 70s muddy puddle and later a superb high full stretch dive to deny a well-crafted bullet shot. Bella and with Hazel sweeping dealt with many problems helped by Laura, Rebecca and Chloe and goal kicks found their target driving the home team back. When it seemed the girls were not to strike it lucky as the cold and wet bit home, a home coach shouted 12minutes remaining. With the finishing line in sight the passes started to flow better between Amelia, Katie, Bella, Chloe, Ella and Iola. Amelia stepped through the defence again and smashed home the equaliser. Both teams battled and Langho continued to pass and move in the way we have seen again throughout the season. Then more passes and Amelia jinked her way around the defence and smashed home the winner.
Happy but cold, muddy and soggy U15 Langho girls
Today was a classic ‘victory clinched from the hands of defeat.’ Rebecca had her best game yet passing, beating players and tackling and the girls showed great spirit to keep going despite the harsh conditions and with no subs. Credit should also go to St Annes for their efforts, controlling the aerial ball and for hosting us at short notice in their usual welcoming ways. Thanks to Stu for the time check, which seemed to wake Langho up! Nice brew again Patrick too!
At the start of half term Langho U12 girls travelled over to Fleetwood Town to play their Sharks team. On this bitterly cold and windy Sunday, the girls came out 6-1 winners after a hat trick from Molly, 2 from Jade and a goal for Eva. Well done girls as the team continue to cement their second place in the North Valley and Burnley U12 girls Blue league.
Last Sunday, at the start of half term, saw a depleted Langho U15 girls visit AFC Darwen for their last but one main league fixture of the season. Rebecca was given the captaincy for the day and everyone except Katie in who played in the net were subbed as the team played 7v7 and Tony gave everyone a game and a short break. Laura opened Langho’s scoring, long overdue for her great efforts in defence again this season, then Amelia put one in before Charley brought up 3-0 before the break.
After the restart Charley then put in 2 more to bring up her hat trick and then Amelia buried 2 more. This was followed by the now regular Ella goal and finally Amelia notched her account up to 4 so at the final whistle the score was 9-0 to Langho. Rebecca was credited with doing an awful lot of running as her skills continue to grow, Iola had a few good efforts and Amelia had a goal disallowed for offside as well. The Darwen keeper made some good saves too. It is great that the match’s 8 Langho girls, despite missing some key players for holidays and sickness, did so well. It is a real credit to the strength of the U15 squad. The next fixture is away to Myerscough.
The U12 girls faced Pendle Forest in the first round of the League Cup at home at The Rydings. Langho were under pressure from the whistle and struggled to find their rhythm and normally characteristic passing. Aleasia came off with an injury, Ellie on and Anabelle made her debut for the team. The girls defended doggedly, including with Amber even heading, Charlotte W making tackles and Emily making several brave saves; so Forest remained frustrated. The home team found their form towards the end of the half and started to threaten, but the score remained goalless at the break.
Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive
After the whistle Eva put Langho ahead, but the girls conceded after a mistake from a restart. The game was more finely balanced and both teams threatened. Heather and Charlotte J made some good runs down the opposite wings and Ellie had a couple of shots from distance. Lillie forced a save from the Forest keeper off a free kick after clearing the wall and Jade continued to threaten but still the score was 1-1 at full time.
So on to two halves of 7minutes of extra time. Langho came out on fire and found their fluid passing. Charlotte J made a pass to Jade who buried the shot as the girls surged down the hill. After the turnaround the girls continued to look dangerous. Aleasia had a looping top corner shot saved but Pendle equalised in the dying minutes. As nails were gnawed to the bone, a run and perfect pass from Charlotte J saw Jade pick the ball up and bury the winner 3-2: Phew!
A gripping game to watch and even better with a pint in hand with the clubhouse open! Well played girls – Onwards into the final 8 (quarter finals). Thanks to the coaches Jason and Ste as well as the volunteers running the tuckshop and bar.
After a slow start to the season for Langho U13s girls they have been improving every week and are on an unbeaten three match run as they visited Euxton in the cup. When the two teams met in October it was a 7-0 victory for Euxton. Recent new signing Brooke was making her debut in the noon kick off. After recent rain the pitch was heavy so it was going to be an energy sapping day for the girls.
After an even start to the game where both sides created chances Euxton took the lead. However, Langho continued to get shots on goal with Juliet and Brooke both going close. Somewhat slightly against the run of play Euxton doubled their lead. It wasn’t long before Langho hauled themselves back into the game with a great solo goal by Niamh who ran down the left wing before cutting inside into the penalty area and firing into the roof of the net. The score remained 2-1 to Euxton at half time but at this point Euxton knew they were in a game.
The second half started with Langho causing problems for the Euxton defence and the Euxton keeper who was playing a great sweeper keeper role called into action on a number of occasions. However, it was long before Juliet with her electric pace latched onto a through ball before knocking it under the advancing keeper to make it 2-2. It was now anybody’s game, Bailey in goal and the defensive trio of Chloe, Lexie and Olivia were proving very difficult to break down. Alice, Scarlett, Niamh and Amelia were covering every blade of grass in midfield to support the attackers and provide cover for the defenders. However, neither team could get that winning goal and the tie finished 2-2 at the end of normal time.
The game went into 5 minutes each way extra time with both teams creating chances, but again the scored remained at 2-2. The game would now be decided by a nail biting penalty shootout. The girls had practised penalties at the end of Friday’s training session so were slightly prepared. The penalty shootout was as nerve wracking as the rest of the game with Euxton edging it 3-2.
This was an amazing contest and a great advert for girls’ football. The Langho girls should be incredibly proud of their performance and the improvements they are showing each week. The Euxton manager’s text said it all “All credit to your girls, they have improved immensely since we last met. If it wasn’t for our sweeper keeper, I think it would have been a different result”.