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U15 Girls – Hesketh Colts v Langho FC – A Battling Performance

Last early Saturday morning saw a very defence depleted U15 Langho girls team travel all the way to Southport to play Hesketh Colts in the first match in the West Lancs Girls League Challenge Cup. With no subs it gave all the girls who could make it a chance to play the full match, but against a team that Langho had played a close game in the league cup earlier in the season.  The home team were strong across the park, used the pitch and space very well and punished some backing off from Langho playing into a strong wind just above head height.

There were pleasing performances from many Langho players, Amelia scored and Hazel smashed one over the bar from distance, Langho had one claimed goal scooped out by the keeper from over the line, but that’s the game. Rebecca continued to make remarkable strides, Amber made some dogged tackles chasing down players and Misty made some saves bravely volunteering to go in the net to allow Hazel to come out and play in front of defence and help Amelia, Iola and Annie out in midfield.  Ella continued her pleasing endeavours upfront growing in confidence and ability.  Freya, with her usual happy ways, played her all too.  Annie had another great game down the right wing and there were some fantastic interchanges and vision between her, Hazel, Annie and Ella.

A final score of 8-1 was rather harsh and the girls’ biggest defeat in over 3 seasons, but with 3 key players unavailable and a very balanced second half the girls were all smiles and will try to turn this round next Sunday at home against the other league winners Formby.

U15 Girls Myerscough 0 – 9 Langho FC – A final league flourish

Sunday saw the U15 girls’ last league game of the season away against Myerscough, generously hosted by our friends at St Annes at the last minute due to the recent poor weather and a waterlogged pitch. The girls started strongly this week, both in defence and attack, threatening from the off.  A few chances went begging until Ella scored from a defected lob.  A run and cross from Ella saw Katie connect well to put Langho 2-0 up at the far post.  Laura was masterful at the back again and surged forward too and with Hazel in net and Rebecca and Amber the defence played clinically.  Continued pressure saw Annie launch in a cross for Amelia to beautifully volley home close in.

Katie went in after half time and Hazel upfront as the rain settled in. Early on Hazel intercepted a goal kick and crossed to Amelia who racked up her second, then a great run and cross from Annie on the right wing was put in by Hazel pressurising the keeper.  Hazel then stepped through the defence to score her second.  A sliding low left foot volley from Hazel made it 7, then she scored her fourth despite the coaches pushing her back in defence!  Amelia then scored a final corker lobbing the keeper from way outside the box:  Didn’t see that coming!

So a final score of 9-0 finished the league fixtures for the Langho U15 girls and meant they deservedly leapfrogged Wigan Athletic into third place in the table with only the top 2 playing next week. The whole team has been brilliant this season in terms of how they play, the level of individual improvements shown and the way they all get on so well; one and all.  The team have stepped up to play in a tougher league after last season’s outstanding success and the loss of several players, taken on-board a lot of new faces and still done so well.  They are just a pleasure to coach.  Now they move on the league Challenge Cup competition then the summer tournaments….

U15 Girls St Annes 1- 2 Langho – A close run thing!

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.

Langho team Shout

Langho team Shout

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.

Happy but cold, muddy and soggy U15 Langho girls

Happy but cold, muddy and soggy U15 Langho girls

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!

U12 girls – Fleetwood Town Sharks 1 – 6 Langho FC

At the start of half term Langho U12 girls travelled over to Fleetwood Town to play their Sharks team. On this bitterly cold and windy Sunday, the girls came out 6-1 winners after a hat trick from Molly, 2 from Jade and a goal for Eva.  Well done girls as the team continue to cement their second place in the North Valley and Burnley U12 girls Blue league.

U15 Girls – AFC Darwen 0 – 9 Langho FC

Last Sunday, at the start of half term, saw a depleted Langho U15 girls visit AFC Darwen for their last but one main league fixture of the season. Rebecca was given the captaincy for the day and everyone except Katie in who played in the net were subbed as the team played 7v7 and Tony gave everyone a game and a short break.  Laura opened Langho’s scoring, long overdue for her great efforts in defence again this season, then Amelia put one in before Charley brought up 3-0 before the break.

After the restart Charley then put in 2 more to bring up her hat trick and then Amelia buried 2 more. This was followed by the now regular Ella goal and finally Amelia notched her account up to 4 so at the final whistle the score was 9-0 to Langho.  Rebecca was credited with doing an awful lot of running as her skills continue to grow, Iola had a few good efforts and Amelia had a goal disallowed for offside as well.  The Darwen keeper made some good saves too.  It is great that the match’s 8 Langho girls, despite missing some key players for holidays and sickness, did so well.  It is a real credit to the strength of the U15 squad.  The next fixture is away to Myerscough.

U12 girls League Cup 1st Round – Langho 3-2 Pendle Forest

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.

Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive

Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive

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.

U13 Girls – Euxton v Langho (League Cup)

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”.

James

U15 Girls 11v11 Friendly – Langho 5-0 St Annes

Yesterday afternoon saw the Langho U15 girls take on St. Annes on the Senior’s pitch at the Rydings in a friendly match with the clubhouse invitingly open for the families for snacks and drinks.  This was the girls’ first game at the 11v11 format trying to give as much playing time as possible for both teams’ players.

Iola opened the home team’s account early into the fixture: 1-0.  The girls broke well down the left and right and won numerous corners as the game progressed.  A range of shots went wide, a post was hit and Katie found the side netting a few times.  Freya and Rebecca played well at the back in combination with Laura and Bella to snuff out danger. Hazel made a fine dive to her left to save a shot in the far corner, plus came out sweeping and distributing the ball well from huge kicks and throws to her team mates. Langho’s passing was on form again and the vision between Amelia, Katie, Annie, Laura and others was impressive again.

After the half time chat around the dugouts, the substitutions continued to roll across 6 of the team, through strikers, midfield and defence and Katie went between the posts.  The space was again used well with varying runs down the right from Annie and often from deep Hazel from the left. Annie  made it 2-0 with a shot from distance and after further exchanges at both ends she scored another.  Ella and Charley just missed getting on the end of 2 crosses before Ella made it 4-0 with her second for the team since she joined earlier this season.  Misty defended well down the left and showed vision with some perfect passes to Annie amongst others.  Amelia continued to connect passes between the midfield and Laura made some surging runs herself.  Katie made a dive to help keep a clean sheet and a rare opportunity for Freya to play upfront saw her get her 1st goal this season and bring up the final score of 5-0.

Another enjoyable match against our friends at St Annes on a heavy and big pitch. Well played again girls with great effort and team spirit.  Thanks to all those that helped out opening the bar and running the popular tuck shop too.

U15 Girls – Barrowford Celtic 1-10 Langho FC

This Sunday the Langho U15 girls travelled to Barrowford Celtic on a bitterly cold morning. The pitch was very heavy and the goal mouths rather boggy puddles.  The U15 girls started strongly and the home team defended doggedly with Langho playing a high back line.  Annie put in the rebound from a save for 0-1.  Charlotte battled hard on the left and the keeper made some brave saves.  A jinking run from Amelia was smashed home for the team’s second.  Barrowford were settling and came more into the game, putting more demands on the back 3 and forcing well-timed sweeps from Hazel in the net.  A powerful long dipping shot from an angle saw Hazel dive at full stretch to gather the ball before landing with a splat in the ice-cold mud underneath; to score the first points in the ‘who can turn the brownest’ competition!  The home team continued to press and Laura and Bella did a fine job clearing up with Freya pressing forward when the ball went down the right, straight out of Friday’s training drill as Bella did on the left.  The passing and vision of the players today were superb.  With Misty and Amber subbed on for Ella and Freya the good work continued.  Amelia made another run and crossed for Katie to put in at the far post and later she did the same for Misty to make it 0-4 before the break.

With a swap of keepers Hazel went behind the striker and Katie between the sticks plus Ella and Freya subbed on the team was off again. A great throw from Misty to Hazel, pass to Annie then to Amelia for her to rack up her second.  A good run down the left saw the home team get a well-earned goal and Katie join the mud-pack competition.  Another string of passes from Hazel to Annie then Amelia saw her make her hat trick.  Bella now joined the mud tumbling completion with some tasty tackles that saw her scissor in the air and practice her roly-polies!  Annie’s run put a ball squared across the goal mouth for Hazel to guide home for 1-7.  Next a pass from Charlotte to Hazel then another break from the left beating a few players then she unleashed a scorcher from distance dipping over the keeper for her second.  The home team’s heads commendably didn’t drop and a great run down their left saw Amber, Laura and finally Bella clear up the serious danger with some fine support work at the back.  Langho won a series of well taken corners, but a comedy one saw Hazel slide on flat her back next to the flag digging a trench, the ball to find its way somehow through a forest of Barrowford players for Ella to determinedly scramble home.  The final major action of the game saw Hazel beat 3 players then wrong-foot the keeper to bring up her hat trick and 1-10.

Today the girls played really well.  Back up by the wing backs came straight out of Friday night training.  The communication and passing was wonderful from defence, through the midfield to the attack and great to see such a spread of scorers across the team.  Brilliant girls!

U12 girls – St Annes 1 – 4 Langho

A team of 14 Langho U12 girls travelled through the Sunday morning fog to the always welcoming St Annes. Early on there were chances at both ends and Emily cleared some danger.  Persistence paid off for Jade as the home team keeper fumbled and Jade put Langho ahead.  Charlotte J picked up a loose ball on the left but the keeper deflected the shot off to the left of the upright.  With Eva, Charlotte and Jade off, on came Molly, Heather and Evie.  A golden chance for Molly was put wide as she pushed it onto her favoured left just giving enough time to St Annes to recover, but minutes later  her speed put the ball on her left and she made it 0-2.  Aleasia battled for the ball supporting defence as the home team right hand side was strong as they connected some well-placed passes and crosses.  A cross the other end saw Issy make it 3, then St Annes finally pulled one back from the right.  Just before the break Issy hit the post and the shot was scrambled away.

In the second half Charlotte W went in the net and put in some confident kicks and saves, the team was rotated again and Molly scored a real scorcher from distance to make the final score 1-4 and confirm the U12 girls second place in the league. Well done again!

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