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”.