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.
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.
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!