In May the U11 girls and a Langho U13 girls team, taken from the younger U14s and the U12s, travelled to the St Annes tournament. For both squads this was their first ever tournaments.
Langho U11 girls at St Annes Tournament
The U11 girls in their group they beat Academy 1-0 and Cadley 2-1, before drawing with Burnley Girls 2-2 and St Annes 2-2 to jointly top their group. They then met an imposing team in the quarter final and the girls gallantly bowed out. The team of Aleasia, Jade, 2 Charlottes, Heather, Lillie, Emily and Issy played fantastically. The team has come so incredibly far in their first season since the early results. Well done girls!
The U13 girls, specially formed only for the tournament, started really well beating St Annes with a goal from Katie having brought on Chloe into defence which helped spread the game out and push the opposition back. Hazel scored against both Cadley and Haslingden to secure their third straight 1-0 victory. A draw against Fillies guaranteed progress to the final stages and Fife beat the girls in the final fixture with freak goal. Langho won the 6-team group and secured a bye to the semi-finals. They faced the daunting prospect of Bootle, the stand-out team who, in the semi, knocked out Burnley Girls and were full of Liverpool Academy players. Langho held their nerve and all the girls bravely battled well with standout performances from Katie and Hazel plus Bailey between the sticks and Amber in the gritty mix on the goal-line. The girls were only 1-0 down at halftime and after conceding another goal Hazel was brought down outside the box. She launched a curling shot over the wall, but didn’t quite dip enough to sneak in under the bar. This was the team’s best performance and they all should be justifiably proud of what they achieved at St Annes.
U13 girls Langho v Cadley
The day was really enjoyable with footie stalls, a bouncy castle, Langho colours daubed on many of the smiling girls’ faces and great company all round. Dive of the day came from Claire off one of Hazel’s practice crosses knocking her off her clean off feet. Sorry Claire! Thanks also go to St Annes for organising a superb tournament on a lovely sunny seaside day.
Last Thursday it was great to see almost all the Langho U11 girls playing in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Year 5 and 6 tournament for different local schools. To help grow girls participation in girts football at the club a group of about 14 girls from St Leonards in Langho have been regularly attending Monday lunchtime since the new year coached by Langho FC coaches on the club’s 3G pitch.
The St Leonards team with goals from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte beat both schools in their group (1-0, 7-0) and proceeded through quarter finals 2-0 and 2-0 to reach the final. A terrific display of concerted attacking and passing from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte was plain to see and solid defence from Lillie and Heather keeping threats largely away from their goal although Emily made a few important saves. In the final St Leonards put loads of pressure on the St Mary’s Osbaldeston goal which featured 3 more Langho players (Ellie, Aleasia and Eva) but could not quite put the ball in the net and so the match went to a penalty shoot-out. With both Aleasia and Ellie confidently converting their penalties St Marys took the crown. It was fantastic to see so many skills on display and such a brilliant team spirit between the players at different schools. Langho FC had bred some lovely friendships.
Free girls football training from 6pm Friday night at The Rydings Langho throughout the summer for all Ages – Contact the coaches or just come on down and join in.
Back to the 70s – Halftime Oranges all round
Today’s U11 girls game was a combined home match with Charlotte’s post-confirmation party, so it was off with the fancy shoes and on with the footie boots to play St Annes at the Rydings! The girls had a record turnout of 11, so Jason was faced with the fun and games of substitute dilemmas for 7v7. Langho started off on the front foot, but both sides kept attacks at bay for a fashion. Heather had tussles on the right with her opposite number and Emily made some good saves and a sweeper clearance. Aleasia and Jade were their characteristic battling selves and Sanya made 2 goal-line clearances and at the other end she made a superb overhead kick which lobbed the keeper for goal of the season probably. Issy got on the score sheet, as did Eva upfront and Charlotte buried a shot in the corner of the net from an angled pass across the goal mouth from Jade. St Annes had goals too and Langho survived several goal mouth scrambles to add to the nerves. Ste resurrected halftime oranges from the 1970/80s and the girls gobbled up the lot; this could be a feature going forward. It was an exciting game to watch and Charlotte was awarded man-of-the-match which completed her day.
St Annes parents, coaches and girls joined in the party in the clubhouse afterwards as well as the bouncy castle Grand National as did the coaches – completely non-competitively of course! This was a great day girls’ football between 2 really friendly community teams. Thanks go out to Gavin and all at St Annes for helping complete this a really enjoyable day for the kids and parents. Thanks also to Dawn for all her cooking and organising plus Jason for opening the bar!
Langho attack moments before a cross and goal
Last Sunday the Langho U11 girls went to play in the North Valley and Burnley League fun day tournament at The Prairie. This was the girls’ first taste of a tournament. There were 4 teams in their age group and the girls played an unfamiliar 9v9 format for 12miute games to decide the semi-final places.
The girls attacked for the majority of the first match against Clitheroe. The second was against Bispham, a nervy game which the girls played bravely but the other team were dominant. The final group match was against Cadley where Charlotte had an early shot saved and Heather hit the crossbar: The girls on balance deserved a win, but this too ended honours even. The girls’ pool third place earned them the toughest semi-final against Bispham and this time, after a pep talk from Jason, showed more confidence in the face of further physical tactics but this was was to be the end of their campaign.
The U11 girls enjoyed the experience despite the biting wind and kept going until the end. With no subs they all played for each other and have made great strides since the start of their first season. Today they spotted passes and were even putting the occasional square ball across the box. Ellie did a terrific job in goal against Bispham making numerous good saves and Emily came out and critically made dives on the ball. Alicia, Jade and Eva were amongst those making some determined tackles and Lillie unleashed her now familiar clearances. Smiles were all around again and they each got a trophy for their efforts. Well done girls! Now just 3 matches left in the season and at least a tournament at St Annes on 22nd May.
Today’s Langho U14 girls league match was away at Myerscough on a chilly yet sunny morning. Langho started strongly but just couldn’t find the back of the net today early doors despite some great passing and prolonged pressure. Deadlock was broken by a decisive squared pass from Amelia which Issy drove home. Katie was playing a key connecting role in front of the back two. A relatively rare attack from the home team saw Hazel hitting a keeper’s sweeper’s clearance into the opposite box bouncing in front of their keeper and forcing a save. A couple of Langho goals were rightly ruled out for offside, before Amelia had a probing run and the shot well saved. Issy’s run and pass to Amelia was then put away low down in the corner of the net for 0-2, but Myerscough pressed down the left themselves to pull one back just before the break.
Katie and Hazel swapped positions. Langho continued to pile on the pressure, but the home team seemed to keep the ball out and the girls could not quite put away crosses in front of the face of the goal. Myerscough had a corner which was well defended and Hazel and Katy showed a good understanding at the back defending against breaks where they were outnumbered with help from other team members. Freya made a terrific run, passed to Issy who laid off the ball to Amelia who made it 3 and then Issy made a more individual effort to stretch the lead further. Hazel made a piecing run down the left but smashed her shot over the bar. A lay off from Hazel to Issy went the same way before a mistake from the restart at the back saw the ball intercepted and a consolation goal giving a final winning score of 2-4.
Katie was voted man-of-the-match and the result racks up the 12th straight win for the Langho girls and sets up a thoroughly deserved trip to Turf Moor to collect the league trophy on 12 June as well as a first for girl’s football in the history of the club.
Today’s Langho U14 Girls league match was a sunny afternoon home fixture against Barrowford Celtic at the Rydings. The girls won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half. As the visitors only had 7 we shortened the pitch slightly and played 7v7 with 3 rolling subs. Langho had the lion’s share of the possession and attacks but the game was tight for the first 10minutes until finally the deadlock was broken with a strike from Katie. Amelia made it 2 shortly afterwards and she also was doing a sterling job helping covering with Laura and Tyla in defence against a strong away team striker who the girls picked up was relying on picking up the long ball. Apart from a slight slip just outside the box which gave the striker a chance but Hazel recovered, the home team’s net was increasingly secure and she distributed the ball from restarts beautifully. Annie came on with Amy and Annie made her mark down the right burying a rebound. Amelia ran and played her through to rack up Annie’s second. Amelia next squared a ball for Issy to open her account too and a surging run from Amelia from inside the Langho half, jinking the defence only to sadly find the side netting. A throw-in to Annie saw a great burst from the right which she smashed home for her hat-trick and then Amelia made it 7. A goal kick from Hazel picked out Issy which she put away to make it 8 up at the break.
After the restart, another shuffle of players and positions including Issy going in the net saw Amy battle her way through for 9-0. One of the opposition players twisted her knee and had to come off: We wish her a swift recovery. Both teams dropped to 6-a-side and agreed the result. The remainder was played out as a friendly and the changes seemed to stem the tide until Issy came out again and Annie went into goal. Issy scored again, Freya was denied on the line and after hitting the bar and post, Hazel put in one from a powerful run and one from a great pass from Katie, then Katie got her second from distance and Hazel put away her hat-trick.
It was enjoyable but a bit of strange game today, having to play so many substitutions but it did allow the girls to try to play less familiar positions. None-the-less the girls bossed the game and won convincingly racking up 11 wins from 11. Next week the U14s are away at Myerscough.
Today’s Langho U11 Girls game was a home game against Bispham (BJFC). 7 Langho girls were available against an away team with 2 rolling subs that are notoriously good. Ellie played brilliantly in goal and Heather and Lillie defended doggedly with support from Eva and Charlotte down the left and right wings respectively and Aleasia down the middle. Jade led the line and after wobbles at the beginning the girls initial nerves seemed to subside as they began to pressure the opposition. Although Langho went behind the Aleasia levelled. Charlotte made numerous good runs had several chances saved including one cleared off the line having beaten keeper. Bispham put a couple more away including a really nice strike from tight angle. Lillie made some good powerful clearances and bold tackles. Ellie’s goal kicks were huge and she made a great save with her fingertips from a powerful driven shot. Jade brilliantly pulled one back leaving the game on a knife edge at halftime, although the girls were tiring under pressure from rolling subs.
In the second half the game seemed to get more physical or as Mick called it – ‘Feisty’. With Aleasia now in nets, Ellie ended in a ‘battle of the giants’ (well compared to some of our other girls anyway) with their captain. The pressure mounted and Heather made some impressive runs out of defence and Aleasia took a great catch pulling the ball into to her body like a pro. Sadly she got hit in the face saving another screamer and as she collapsed Lillie picked up the ball just making sure her teammate was OK but giving away a penalty! Eva stepped up as keeper and saved the penalty. BJFC scored with Langho down to 6 before sportyingly pulling a player off until iron-clad Aleasia came back on in front of the back 3. Langho were flagging a little now and lost their shape a bit but kept on grafting and smiling to the end.
Heather was voted Langho man-of-the-match for her brave defending against girls twice her size and for some terrific runs and passes. The U11 all played really famously again and pressured the ball for most of the game and giving this Blackpool feeder team a proper run for their money and it really rocked them. Ellie gave the best ever performance we have seen for the U11 girls in goal against the standout team in the league. The Langho U11 team has come so far from the start of their first season and not a cartwheel in sight – bit of chatting, but this is well rooted! Thanks go out to Mick again.
Langho Girls Attack down right
Today meant a morning trip to a sun drenched St Annes for 8 of the Langho U11 girls welcoming Sanya to the team. After a ‘Langho Shout,’ the girls started off a little out of shape and numerous forays for both teams the girls conceded at the hands of an organised and strong St Annes team. Langho gained confidence and passing skills as the half continued. Determined runs saw Jade chip the keeper just before the break, then Charlotte made a good save with her feet in the net at the other end.
Mick’s Langho U11 girls post match round up
After the restart, Heather continued to show some lovely footwork in defence and Lillie’s well flighted big boot turned pressure at the back into attack on several occasions picking out Jade and Emily. A burst of running down the right from Charlotte, pass to Jade and on to Sanya saw a great finish as the tide swung to Langho. Sanya hit the inside of the near post and then launched a lovely flighted ball into the top left hand corner from outside the box. Issy made her mark and Ellie made a great save in goal the other end, plus she unleashed 2 enormous drop kicks clearing halfway. A battling cross from Charlotte was driven home by Sanya before the final whistle.
A fun penalty shoot-out completed the lovely day with a really welcoming U11 St Annes team and coaches. Sanya got man-of-the-match, but all of the girls played very well today and kept going to the last earning their Subway treat on the way back! Thanks go out to Mick again for all his efforts.
Derby Day once more at the Rydings as we hosted Wilpshire U11’s again. Wilpshire were keen to avenge the previous Halloween mauling; Langho keen to extend their 8 game winning run.
It was a cagey start, but played almost entirely in the Wilpshire half as Langho worked hard to keep them pinned back. Early probing runs from Sean down the left were defended well, but Langho moved the ball round and created chances that unfortunately didn’t hit the target. On the couple of occasions the Langho defence (Connor, Jack and Will) were tested, they were up to the task. Midway through the first half, Theo slid a lovely ball through from midfield that Noah ran on to, beating the offside trap he slotted home to break the deadlock. Strong work from Harrison in midfield and a similar pass for Noah gave us our second shortly after. Noah netted his hat-trick with a lovely looping free kick and Langho cruised into half time. The second half saw Langho kicking down hill. Wilpshire came out fighting, and netted an early goal to deny Thomas a deserved clean sheet, but Langho responded well. It was from a Sasi throw-in, Theo cross and Harrison finish that Langho netted a fourth. Max battled hard in midfield, reading the game well and intercepting several Wilpshire passes. Meechai tackled tenaciously, but was denied a goal after receiving another Sasi throw and unleashing a sweet shot, Myles in the Wilpshire goal parried the shot but Sean followed in to smash the ball home. Wilpshire had more attacks in the second half, but Jack put in a really solid full back performance to clear our lines. Wilpshire were having no joy on the wings either as Will and Connor closed down quickly forcing errors or winning tackles. A bursting run from Harrison through the middle, then released Theo who dragged the defence over before releasing Noah who finished cooly for his fourth and Langho’s sixth. Bragging rights remained firmly with Langho this Derby Day too :)
Today the U14 Langho girls went off to Bolton Arena to play Academy Juniors on a 3g pitch. The girls started off brilliantly on the front foot. Amber put in an early important tackle and pass which typified her performance in her best game in a Langho shirt so far. The girls won their first corner taken by Issy but this fizzed tantalising across the goal mouth. Annie’s first shot was saved from the right and later a great move was started from Amber’s interception, a pass to Katie, playing in front of the back 3, and on to Amelia but her shot was well saved. Amy put a shot wide from the left after a bursting run. The deadlock was broken by an inspired quick throw from Issy to Annie who crossed for Amy to convert with her left boot. At the other end in the net Hazel was acting as a sweeper and Laura was cool as usual with both girls communicating and dealing with any danger. Annie put in another cross from the right which Issy then put away to make 0-2. Amber made some great long throws including one to Laura who unleashed Amelia down the right. Freya tackled, held the ball up well under pressure at left back and Hazel put in a series of superbly accurate goal kicks to Issy and Amy which were well controlled turning defence into attack. Just before the break came the freak event of the day: Hazel took a well flighted goal kick which hit an overhead pitch netting cable square on and rebounded straight to the feet of the striker who buried her shot well. So that made it 1-2 at the break and the begging question: – Where are a good pair of bolt cutters when you need ‘em?
The second half started with an early shot from Amy. After a few exchanges Katie won the ball in the home team half and lobbed a ball into the box but the bounce foxed the keeper for another goal for Langho. Amelia picked up a well-deserved rebound for 1-4 and she was involved in yet another set of passes between the girls which Issy put away for her second. More great passing allowed Issy another shot which their keeper did well to keep out, but Annie smashed in the ricochet. Issy notched up a terrific hat trick before the final whistle starting from another quick throw.
So a truly amazing display of football from the whole team of 10 girls today. Langho were a marvel to watch and played like an academy themselves despite the home team being strong, well organised and second in the league. With this 1-7 win and 5 different goal scorers, Langho have notched up 10 league wins from 10 and lead the division with a +50 goal difference with 5 to play. Well done girls.