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Announcement: Girls Under 10/11s – Years 5 and 6

Managers: Mick Ellison – Contact: 0787 659 0325 and Michael@ellison.ms

Sponsors: Great Harwood Reclamation

League: North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League – U11 Girls

Training: Fridays 6-7pm on floodlit 3G Pitch

Matches: Sunday on Grass 7v7 at The Rydings Langho

Team History: Team formed from Langho Girls development squads joining the league for the 2015-16 season.

The club has formed a Code of Practice which players, managers, volunteers, parents and spectators should follow. Michael Cook is the Child Welfare Officer and can be contacted in confidence by players or parents.

Announcement: Girls Under 12s – Year 7

Managers: James Buckley and Michael Buckley

Contact: 07967 039001 or jebuckley68@gmail.com

Sponsors: Napthens Solicitors 

League: North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League – U12 Girls

Training: Fridays 6-7pm on floodlit 3G Pitch and Matches Sunday on Grass 7v7 at The Rydings Langho

Team History:  Team formed from Langho Girls development squad with the addition of new players from outside joining the league for the 2015-16 season.

The club has formed a Code of Practice which players, managers, volunteers, parents and spectators should follow. Michael Cook is the Child Welfare Officer and can be contacted in confidence by players or parents.

Announcement: Girls Under 13/14s – Years 8 & 9

Managers: Steve Jenkins and Tony Cooper

Contact: 0778 099 3286 stephen.jenkins@lpdlabservices.co.uk or 07896 090887

Sponsors: SB Tippers

League: North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League – U14 Girls

Training: Friday 7-8pm on floodlit 3G Pitch and Matches Sunday on Grass 9v9

Team History: U13 League runners up & League Cup finalists 2014-15, League Goalkeeper of the season 2014-15 and 2013-14, 

The club has formed a Code of Practice which players, managers, volunteers, parents and spectators should follow. Michael Cook is the Child Welfare Officer and can be contacted in confidence by players or parents.

Announcement: Girls Under 15/16s – Years 9 and10

Managers: Neal Isherwood

Contact: 07563 649066 and neil.isherwood@btinternet.com

Sponsors:

League: North Valley and Burnley Unity Youth League – U16 Girls

Training: Wednesday 7-8pm on floodlit 3G Pitch and Matches Sunday on Grass Northcote Pitches 9v9

Team History:

The club has formed a Code of Practice which players, managers, volunteers, parents and spectators should follow. Michael Cook is the Child Welfare Officer and can be contacted in confidence by players or parents.

Langho U11 and U13 Girls at St Annes Tournament 22 May

In May the U11 girls and a Langho U13 girls team, taken from the younger U14s and the U12s, travelled to the St Annes tournament. For both squads this was their first ever tournaments.

Langho U11 girls at St Annes

Langho U11 girls at St Annes Tournament

The U11 girls in their group they beat Academy 1-0 and Cadley 2-1, before drawing with Burnley Girls 2-2 and St Annes 2-2 to jointly top their group. They then met an imposing team in the quarter final and the girls gallantly bowed out.  The team of Aleasia, Jade, 2 Charlottes, Heather, Lillie, Emily and Issy played fantastically.  The team has come so incredibly far in their first season since the early results.  Well done girls!

The U13 girls, specially formed only for the tournament, started really well beating St Annes with a goal from Katie having brought on Chloe into defence which helped spread the game out and push the opposition back. Hazel scored against both Cadley and Haslingden to secure their third straight 1-0 victory. A draw against Fillies guaranteed progress to the final stages and Fife beat the girls in the final fixture with freak goal.  Langho won the 6-team group and secured a bye to the semi-finals. They faced the daunting prospect of Bootle, the stand-out team who, in the semi, knocked out Burnley Girls and were full of Liverpool Academy players.  Langho held their nerve and all the girls bravely battled well with standout performances from Katie and Hazel plus Bailey between the sticks and Amber in the gritty mix on the goal-line.  The girls were only 1-0 down at halftime and after conceding another goal Hazel was brought down outside the box.  She launched a curling shot over the wall, but didn’t quite dip enough to sneak in under the bar.  This was the team’s best performance and they all should be justifiably proud of what they achieved at St Annes.

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

The day was really enjoyable with footie stalls, a bouncy castle, Langho colours daubed on many of the smiling girls’ faces and great company all round. Dive of the day came from Claire off one of Hazel’s practice crosses knocking her off her clean off feet.  Sorry Claire!  Thanks also go to St Annes for organising a superb tournament on a lovely sunny seaside day.

Langho U11 Girls at Year 5-6 Schools Tournament

Last Thursday it was great to see almost all the Langho U11 girls playing in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Year 5 and 6 tournament for different local schools. To help grow girls participation in girts football at the club a group of about 14 girls from St Leonards in Langho have been regularly attending Monday lunchtime since the new year coached by Langho FC coaches on the club’s 3G pitch.

The St Leonards team with goals from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte beat both schools in their group (1-0, 7-0) and proceeded through quarter finals 2-0 and 2-0 to reach the final. A terrific display of concerted attacking and passing from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte was plain to see and solid defence from Lillie and Heather keeping threats largely away from their goal although Emily made a few important saves.  In the final St Leonards put loads of pressure on the St Mary’s Osbaldeston goal which featured 3 more Langho players (Ellie, Aleasia and Eva) but could not quite put the ball in the net and so the match went to a penalty shoot-out.  With both Aleasia and Ellie confidently converting their penalties St Marys took the crown.  It was fantastic to see so many skills on display and such a brilliant team spirit between the players at different schools.  Langho FC had bred some lovely friendships.

Free girls football training from 6pm Friday night at The Rydings Langho throughout the summer for all Ages – Contact the  coaches or just come on down and join in.

U11 Girls – Langho v St Annes Match and Party

Back to the 70s - Halftime Oranges all round

Back to the 70s – Halftime Oranges all round

Today’s U11 girls game was a combined home match with Charlotte’s post-confirmation party, so it was off with the fancy shoes and on with the footie boots to play St Annes at the Rydings! The girls had a record turnout of 11, so Jason was faced with the fun and games of substitute dilemmas for 7v7.  Langho started off on the front foot, but both sides kept attacks at bay for a fashion.  Heather had tussles on the right with her opposite number and Emily made some good saves and a sweeper clearance.  Aleasia and Jade were their characteristic battling selves and Sanya made 2 goal-line clearances and at the other end she made a superb overhead kick which lobbed the keeper for goal of the season probably.  Issy got on the score sheet, as did Eva upfront and Charlotte buried a shot in the corner of the net from an angled pass across the goal mouth from Jade.  St Annes had goals too and Langho survived several goal mouth scrambles to add to the nerves.  Ste resurrected halftime oranges from the 1970/80s and the girls gobbled up the lot; this could be a feature going forward. It was an exciting game to watch and Charlotte was awarded man-of-the-match which completed her day.

St Annes parents, coaches and girls joined in the party in the clubhouse afterwards as well as the bouncy castle Grand National as did the coaches – completely non-competitively of course! This was a great day girls’ football between 2 really friendly community teams.  Thanks go out to Gavin and all at St Annes for helping complete this a really enjoyable day for the kids and parents.  Thanks also to Dawn for all her cooking and organising plus Jason for opening the bar!

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

Langho U11 Girls at North Valley and Burnley League Fun Day Tournament

Last Sunday the Langho U11 girls went to play in the North Valley and Burnley League fun day tournament at The Prairie. This was the girls’ first taste of a tournament.  There were 4 teams in their age group and the girls played an unfamiliar 9v9 format for 12miute games to decide the semi-final places.

The girls attacked for the majority of the first match against Clitheroe. The second was against Bispham, a nervy game which the girls played bravely but the other team were dominant.  The final group match was against Cadley where Charlotte had an early shot saved and Heather hit the crossbar:  The girls on balance deserved a win, but this too ended honours even.  The girls’ pool third place earned them the toughest semi-final against Bispham and this time, after a pep talk from Jason, showed more confidence in the face of further physical tactics but this was was to be the end of their campaign.

The U11 girls enjoyed the experience despite the biting wind and kept going until the end. With no subs they all played for each other and have made great strides since the start of their first season. Today they spotted passes and were even putting the occasional square ball across the box.  Ellie did a terrific job in goal against Bispham making numerous good saves and Emily came out and critically made dives on the ball.  Alicia, Jade and Eva were amongst those making some determined tackles and Lillie unleashed her now familiar clearances.  Smiles were all around again and they each got a trophy for their efforts.  Well done girls!  Now just 3 matches left in the season and at least a tournament at St Annes on 22nd May.

Myerscough 2 – 4 Langho U14 Girls

Today’s Langho U14 girls league match was away at Myerscough on a chilly yet sunny morning. Langho started strongly but just couldn’t find the back of the net today early doors despite some great passing and prolonged pressure. Deadlock was broken by a decisive squared pass from Amelia which Issy drove home.  Katie was playing a key connecting role in front of the back two.  A relatively rare attack from the home team saw Hazel hitting a keeper’s sweeper’s clearance into the opposite box bouncing in front of their keeper and forcing a save.  A couple of Langho goals were rightly ruled out for offside, before Amelia had a probing run and the shot well saved.  Issy’s run and pass to Amelia was then put away low down in the corner of the net for 0-2, but Myerscough pressed down the left themselves to pull one back just before the break.

Katie and Hazel swapped positions. Langho continued to pile on the pressure, but the home team seemed to keep the ball out and the girls could not quite put away crosses in front of the face of the goal.  Myerscough had a corner which was well defended and Hazel and Katy showed a good understanding at the back defending against breaks where they were outnumbered with help from other team members.  Freya made a terrific run, passed to Issy who laid off the ball to Amelia who made it 3 and then Issy made a more individual effort to stretch the lead further.  Hazel made a piecing run down the left but smashed her shot over the bar.  A lay off from Hazel to Issy went the same way before a mistake from the restart at the back saw the ball intercepted and a consolation goal giving a final winning score of 2-4.

Katie was voted man-of-the-match and the result racks up the 12th straight win for the Langho girls and sets up a thoroughly deserved trip to Turf Moor to collect the league trophy on 12 June as well as a first for girl’s football in the history of the club.

U14 Girls – Langho 9 – 0 Barrowford Celtic

Today’s Langho U14 Girls league match was a sunny afternoon home fixture against Barrowford Celtic at the Rydings. The girls won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half.  As the visitors only had 7 we shortened the pitch slightly and played 7v7 with 3 rolling subs.  Langho had the lion’s share of the possession and attacks but the game was tight for the first 10minutes until finally the deadlock was broken with a strike from Katie.  Amelia made it 2 shortly afterwards and she also was doing a sterling job helping covering with Laura and Tyla in defence against a strong away team striker who the girls picked up was relying on picking up the long ball.  Apart from a slight slip just outside the box which gave the striker a chance but Hazel recovered, the home team’s net was increasingly secure and she distributed the ball from restarts beautifully.  Annie came on with Amy and Annie made her mark down the right burying a rebound.  Amelia ran and played her through to rack up Annie’s second.  Amelia next squared a ball for Issy to open her account too and a surging run from Amelia from inside the Langho half, jinking the defence only to sadly find the side netting.  A throw-in to Annie saw a great burst from the right which she smashed home for her hat-trick and then Amelia made it 7.  A goal kick from Hazel picked out Issy which she put away to make it 8 up at the break.

After the restart, another shuffle of players and positions including Issy going in the net saw Amy battle her way through for 9-0. One of the opposition players twisted her knee and had to come off:  We wish her a swift recovery.  Both teams dropped to 6-a-side and agreed the result.  The remainder was played out as a friendly and the changes seemed to stem the tide until Issy came out again and Annie went into goal.  Issy scored again, Freya was denied on the line and after hitting the bar and post, Hazel put in one from a powerful run and one from a great pass from Katie, then Katie got her second from distance and Hazel put away her hat-trick.

It was enjoyable but a bit of strange game today, having to play so many substitutions but it did allow the girls to try to play less familiar positions. None-the-less the girls bossed the game and won convincingly racking up 11 wins from 11.  Next week the U14s are away at Myerscough.

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