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.
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.