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The U13 girls were away at Brandlesholme Warriors today on a well-worn and fairly heavy end of season pitch after the overnight rain. The girls fielded a depleted team of 8 and the home team the same with a substitute.
Langho started well and held the balance of play, although there were shots at both ends, saves and good defending from Laura down the middle supported by Tyla and Chloe either side. All 3 played calm balls out and Hazel’s kicks were regularly clearing the half way line. On the break Issy scored a great goal from a tight angle on the right. More good interplay, tackling and harrying saw her break again racking up her second. A menacing cross was well put away by Brandlesholme and after further denials of chances at both ends they squared the score-line. Rolling substitutes were being used by now. A pass through the Brandlesholme defence, despite some claims for off-side, saw Issy bring up her hat-trick with a shot to the bottom left, but the home team equalised before the break 3-3.
After the break Langho were playing slightly uphill, but continued to make chances but seemed a little outnumbered in midfield. Passes between Misty, Issy and Freya and demon, but seemingly effortless, busts from Laura featured with Tyla battling against 2 accomplished home team forwards. Chloe seemed to be connecting well with powerful long balls from the opposition returning them with equal venom. Hazel made a series of great saves, coming out her box occasionally to help clear their counterattacks. Chloe hit a powerful low drive from distance which was saved. Brandlesholme continued to press and then took the lead for the first time; 4-3. It was about then we realised that since half-time the Langho girls had been playing a team of 9! This explained the overload. Freya pressed 2 defenders and came out with the ball smashing in a shot hard into the right-hand upright and later put another chance tantalisingly wide. Only in the dying minutes did the home team take off there extra player so the game finished 4-3.
Hazel was given man-of-the-match and in fact so was the opposition keeper who also played a key role in their victory today. Langho girls played really well, battling for the ball and not letting their heads drop despite being short-handed for half the match, a trick we would not do. The girls just kept going and the result guarantees their second place in the league with 1 to play next Sunday at Northcote (12.00 KO). Thanks also to Carl for stepping in to ref today.
Today was a first for girls’ football at Langho Juniors since Mick started practices, with the U13 Girls playing in the League Cup final at The Prairie in Burnley. The girls were excited, if a little apprehensive after what the team went through on Thursday, but we were all pleased to see Alice ever-smiling, caste-n-all, from the side-lines.
The girls kicked off into a strong wind with 4 along the back. After a lot of pressure which the girls absorbed, 10mins in Cadley took the lead from a well struck corner. Cadley retained the balance of play with Langho hitting on the break and the girls flashed a corner across the face of goal which Langho could not quite convert. Cadley scored a second and further battling saw a great run from Annie her cross and Charlotte hit the cross-bar before the break.
Donuts all round and a pulling a player in front of the back 3 to strengthen the midfield and retain cover down the middle. This immediately gave more punch pushing forward from midfield, although Cadley put a third after some defensive standing off and what appeared to be a missed offside decision; but that’s the game. Charlotte’s misfortune and ‘magnetic attraction’ to the cross-bar continued and Issy unleashed a cracker too. Another flashing shot across their goal mouth and a scramble, was somehow cleared then saw Cadley break straight to the other end which was put away; 4-0 leaving the feeling ‘the force was not with us’ today. The girls’ heads still did not drop. Annie had a shot just wide, then finally some great interplay was rewarded with a goal from Amelia. More chances created and ‘oos’ from the faithful, then in another attack Amelia smashed home a second, 4-2. In the dying minutes nearly a third and even more chances as the girls better fitness and determination shone through.
Given a 45minute half Langho looked more than capable of pulling the deficit back. The girls played fantastically today and coaches and parents were so proud of their efforts against this bigger side both in numbers and stature. All the girls contributed to this accomplishment and showed sportsmanship throughout. The girls are runners up in both the League Cup and also in the League competition itself. We were also told Hazel has been awarded Keeper of the Season again by the other teams in the League. The twelve U13 girls are a great team and a credit to the club and its ever growing involvement in Girls football. So 2 more fixtures (home and away) remain in the league against Brandleholme then the League presentation at James Hargreaves Suite at Burnley FC on 14th June.
Last night’s instalment was a league game trip over to Cadley on a warm evening ahead of the League Cup Final on Sunday. The pitch was huge and Langho started with 9 players and 2 subs and Cadley a full squad of 14.
The girls were very much on the defensive from the off with, almost the whole team behind the ball except Issy for most of the first half. Cadley had clearly set out to play the physical card strongly, punctuated with the occasional break from Langho. The home team also used the width of the pitch to their advantage, but Langho gallantly fought for the ball playing up the slope. Hazel was under heavy pressure and put in some great saves and goal kicks clearing the half way line helped by Laura too. Alice, Tyla, Freya and later Chloe plus the midfield of ‘nibble feet’ Katy, Amelia and Annie dug in, but shots at the other end were relatively few. Misty came on to help pull away from the goal which helped provide more of a striking partnership and relieved some of the pressure, but after many well defended corners the girls finished the half 2-0 down playing against rolling substitutions and after Alice went down heavily whilst grittily clearing from just outside the box that brought Chloe on and left the girls sadly an enthusiastic player down.
A swap of Misty to the front and Issy behind was an inspired move and the girls were in the game playing downhill now, pressuring Cadley more with the ball and Langho started playing a higher line. The girls again showed some lovely passing and dribbling skills and forced more saves out of their keeper. Issy had a free kick just outside the box which fizzed over and a series of corners were won. Issy went down heavily and this began 2 periods when the girls had to play 8v9 and the ‘Dog of Doom’ legend, of which parent was to hold Barney, was born as Alice went to hospital. The girls had 2 more goals against them, one well-placed in the left corner but still their heads did not drop. Annie had a great run and went wide. With some frantic pressured dog lead passing between the crowd on the side-lines, saw Amelia trickily burst through only to find Tracy holding the ‘curse’. Amelia became a sandwich and went down hard in the box. Annie stepped up to avenge the goal scoring opportunity denial and beautifully converted the penalty. Laura burst out from the back and ran almost the full length of the pitch only to put it wide. And the girls were threatening to the end.
So ended the game 4-1 with a brave and battered team we are all so proud of. Katy was man-of-the-match and we look forward to a depleted final on Sunday. We wish all Alice a speedy recovery and will all sign her pot I am sure.
So this week’s U13 girls football ‘boot camp’ was launched with a rescheduled away fixture against Brandlesholme Warriors in Ramsbottom.
Langho started well and both sides were probing, but the teams defence was characteristically solid with Laura, Alice and Tyla battling for the ball, backing one and other up assisted by an energetic pressing midfield of Amelia, Katy and Annie. This left a physical Brandlesholme team little time on the ball. Issy with Misty behind faced a strong opposition defensive line, but with Langho midfield’s support attacks were dangerous and corners were won including one from Issy that tantalisingly fizzed across the face of their goal. At the other end Hazel had to make a series of strong saves and catches and dished out many calm goal kicks clearing the half-way line. The team and Amelia’s efforts were rewarded with opener and then after a fashion an attack down the right and a cross from Annie was well directed in at close range by Misty to bring up 2-0. Charlotte came on in for Misty and joined the fray harassing and winning the opposition’s ball.
There was no faulting the team’s performance, so the vultures cheerily demolished the half-time box of choc-chip cookies! After the whistle Brandlesholme put 2 up front and pressed harder down the slight slope creating more opportunities which were dealt with by Langho and forcing a brave dive on the ball by Hazel right in front of their determined striker. Langho continued to pass and move brilliantly and fittingly a series of midfield passes by tide of Langho players was deservedly converted by Issy to rack up 3-0. More cut and thrust with Laura pushing forward and then another attack saw a space open up for Issy to unleash a great dipping shot from outside the box which their keeper parried away above her head: A predatory Annie picked it up with a 1 touch dink to her left around the defender and buried her shot 4-0. Another substitution from Langho, but the dying minutes saw a Brandlesholme shot bobble up off the pitch and over our keeper giving a final score of 4-1.
The team were brilliant today and were not phased by the physical side of the game. They played for one and other which was mirrored in the spread of the scorers. Amelia was voted man-of-the-match by the opposition but there were great performances across the park. So the team march on to Thursday’s away fixture at Cadley, after deservedly securing second place in the league with 3 to play and after that the League Cup Final on Sunday 10.30 in The Prairie in Burnley.
Langho FC Ladies Night
Friday 15th May 2015, 7.45pm
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We turned up to Northcote with the last match of the season in the offing. Our final opposition were Earby town who we did have a good result against last visit. With Dan doing the picking the line up was Tom in goal, Joel, Matthew & Zac in defence. Jacob & Max on the wings, Ben Neilson in midfield with Marco & Drew up front. As usual we were slow off the mark with Earby town scoring the first goal. We eventually got a goal back thanks to Marco 8 mins in assisted by Drew, then another at 10 mins. We still struggled to get a firm grip in the game, half time 2-1 with Ishy & Joseph on and Marco & Jacob off, and a swap with Max going in the nets with Tom coming out. We started the second half with a lot more intent but still they scored a 2nd goal to make it 2-2. But we did seem to get a little more composer and more attacking on their goal paid off with Joseph soon getting his 1st. Not long after Marco was back on swapping with Ben Neilson. Then we did start taking control of the game, Joseph got his 2nd on 40mins then Mathew got tackled in their box and won a penalty. Not sure what he was doing up there getting a nose bleed. But Matthew took the penalty kick but the keeper made a good save. But with some fate not 2 minutes later Matthew did indeed score his 1st of the season and sadly his last. Matthew will not be playing next season for us, as he is moving to Manchester. He has been a fantastic and reliable defender throughout the last two seasons. He will be hard to replace. Anyway Joseph soon got his hat trick and not long after Marco did too. Finishing 7-2, many thanks to all the lads for the great efforts with us finishing 2nd in the league. In addition Marco is the top goal scorer for the second year with Joseph not far behind. All in all not a bad season.
Man of the match Marco
A major £200,000 project to improve the drainage at both our Rydings and Northcote pitches started today at the Rydings, it is anticipated that this part of the project will consist of a two week work programme before they move onto Northcote.
After a good win on Tuesday night the under 11s Greens were in good spirits but todays match was against Burnley. And after the last encounter with them there was a little bad blood. With almost a full squad Paul did the picking. Ishy was in goal after Barney’s injury on Tuesday night, Joel, Matthew & Zac were the back 3, Ben Nielson & Max as the wingers, Tom in midfield, Joseph & Marco the strikers. Straight from the off Langho looked the better team, the memories of the last visit were soon forgot. Joseph soon got his 1st 8 minutes in and soon after a 2nd and 3rd taking us into half time at 3-0. With very little pressure on our goal Ishy stayed in for the second half, Jacob subbed Ben Neilson and the second half continued much of same with more pressure from Marco which resulted him scoring his 1st on 35mins. Matthew Curry got a knock and had to be subbed by Joseph filling his role in defence. The Burnley lads did seem to get a little desperate in frustration with the constant pressure. Marco maintained the tension which resulted in a penalty which their keeper saved. However Max scored his first of the day after the keeper dropped it after a good save, and not long after a run from Joel past 3 or more players resulted in a foul in the box, giving Joel the chance to score. And Joel did indeed convert the penalty into a goal taking it to 6-0. A fantastic result and our boys did not descend into dirty play even under some testing tackles from the Burnley lads. A real team display and just one more match to play to round off a great season.
Man of the match Joel
Following the girls knocking out Red Stars earlier in the season, today’s match was the League Cup Semi-final against Myerscough over at the Prairie in Burnley. As the other side were short we played 8v8 with 4 rolling substitutes.
Following a ‘Langho shout’ the girls started strongly, but there were chances created in front of the Myerscough net which their keeper frustratingly kept out. Katy was playing really well down the left, Amelia dazzlingly down the middle and Annie battling on the right with, Issy up front running at their high-line defence. Laura was having a fantastic game in central defence with Tyla and Alice. The distribution and passing was great from the keeper right through to the striker. The deadlock was broken on 12minutes with a huge drop kick out from Hazel, the slightest touch by Annie onto Amelia who dribbled her way through to smash the ball home 1-0. Charlotte came on for Katy, then more chances went unconverted including a goal mouth scramble before a beautiful attack saw Amelia square the ball round the keeper for Issy to calmly pass into the net as a textbook version of a Friday night training drill 2-0. Hazel made a brave dive on the ball under pressure at the other end and supported the defence by using her whole box to assist the defence. Annie took the ball off 2 players on the right and surged into the box only to put the slightly ball wide. Charlotte harshly had a goal disallowed and Chloe came in for a growingly impressive Alice. The girls held up well against physical play across the park and Freya came on for Tyla who’s game is also coming on leaps and bounds.
At half-time Katy moved into the net and the game continued to sway end to end with midfield backing up defence and putting in their characteristic effort at both ends with Misty holding the ball up nicely on the right. Chloe hit a goal-bound big probing clearance from the halfway line which a defender glanced with her head over their keeper 3-0. Issy then scored her second with 18mins to go. With a switch of Alice and Chloe then bringing on Hazel the game went into the final 10minutes and both teams continued to probe, but the final score was settled at 4-0 setting up a winnable cup final clash against the league leaders – Cadley.
Katy was again awarded man-of-the-match. Apart from a deserved score line, the whole team should take credit today for the effort and countless examples of beautiful football. They also coped really well with the substitutions attempting give everyone a run. A stunning performance girls: – We are so proud of you all.