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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.

U15 Girls Langho 2-5 Hesketh Colts – Cup Quarter Final

This Sunday a full squad of 14 Langho U15 girls took on Hesketh Colts in the league cup quarter-final at Northcote. The team warmly welcomed the debuts of Bella and Ella plus Amelia back from injury.  The opposition were known to be doing very well in the West division of the league and had 3 Merseyside county players so this was always going to be a tough ask.

Hesketh proved to be a strong team and pushed Langho back forcing some great saves out of Hazel as she demonstrated true command of her box. Laura and Bella defended robustly and with confidence and Amelia and Katie wheeled in with some good support for their back line.  Langho pushed forward with Charlotte boldly leading from the front and Iola and Annie down the wings.  Amelia broke the deadlock in a great break and the girls hung onto the lead for some time before Hesketh equalised.  More cut and thrust and after bringing Amber for Freya at the back and Charley for Charlotte, then Ella for the workhorse Iola, Annie scored a scorcher from the right to leave Langho 2-1 up at halftime and the coaches feeling so proud of the team (Tony was bouncing – think he must have raided the Trick or Treat box).

The away team came out with a more attacking lineout after the restart, and Hazel had gone out on the left with Katie going in between the sticks. Misty came on at right back and made some important clearances, but Hesketh scored a well worked goal down their left and then took the lead from a lob.  Amelia put a great pass through for Annie to run onto, but the attempt went wide. After Langho failing to clear, the away scored a soft goal.  Hazel jinked a few players and put Charlotte into a fantastic position with a run 1-on-1 with the keeper, but sadly the keeper stood up well and it was saved.  The girls battled on with Rebecca at left back making her mark.  Hesketh scored a final time to leave a final score of 2-5.

The whole team stepped up today and they have been laughing and joking throughout; well especially when the linesman landed with a splash sideways in a puddle at the corner of the pitch to rival Garry’s legendary Mud Angel last season! There were some great individual performances, but the team spirit was the best I ever have seen so far with the U15 team:  The team photo says it all!  So, well done again girls.  Barrowford Celtic at home next Sunday postponed from last week.

Langho FC U15 Girls - One happy team

Langho FC U15 Girls – One happy team

Advantage Langho! – U12 girls Cadley 7 – 8 Langho

A bright but really early start in Fulwood for the Langho U12 girls at Cadley this Sunday. A nice welcome from the home parents, then from the whistle we saw Cadley make the first attack.  Jade pulled Langho ahead and then doubled the lead a while later.  Both Cadley’s keeper and Charlotte W were kept busy in the nets at either end.  She made a vital clearance as the ball was loose at the edge of the box. More cut and thrust from both teams, then the home team pulled one back then equalised for 2-2.  Jade’s cross was narrowly put narrowly wide from the edge of the Cadley box by Eva.  Jade reached her hat-trick from a surging break, before it was all square again as the Langho defence were feeling the effects of a birthday sleepover!  Jade then converted another for a 4-3 lead at the break.

Most of Langho U12 girls before a corker of a match at Cadley

Most of Langho U12 girls before a corker of a match at Cadley

Fired up by a round of Smarties and with a change of keeper to Emily the girls sprang into action again. Issy chipped Langho into a 5-3 lead, before Cadley clawed back another 2 making it 5-5.  There seemed to be no end to the twists and turns of this thrilling game.  Charlotte J had a shot saved, but Jade hungrily buried the rebound.  Emily made a crucial save with her knees in a 1 on 1, then Jade racked up her sixth for 7-5.  Could this be the end? – Oh no!  7-6 then 7-7 as Cadley fought back again.  ‘They think its all over….  It is now’ as Lillie made it 8-7 to Langho in the dying minutes.

Again battling performances from Aleasia and Charlotte J plus several piecing runs and crucial saving tackles from Heather with Fran making some timely clearances too. This was an amazing match to watch; with a score line like watching a Wimbledon tiebreak.  Well done girls!

St Annes 2- 4 Langho U15 Girls

Sunday saw the U15 girls’ first game of the season was away at St Annes: New to the West Lancs Girls League, but still a Ground Hog Day opener as in the last 2 seasons!  It was another beautiful sunny day on the coast, so backed by air show jets screaming behind the pitch and landing at Blackpool airport, we were treated to an end to end game with chances thwarted at both ends by Hazel, our defence and the St Annes keeper.  There were a few nervy moments, a 2-on-1 which Hazel made herself big and saved, chances squandered and good corners won but the girls were not quite so confident or fluid in their passing as has become the team’s trademark, but completely normal so early in the season.  Then in another Langho attack, Amelia drove down the right and smashed in her season opener from an impossible angle.  Just before the break the home team broke brilliantly from a Langho corner and equalised:  On balance this was a fair score at the turn-around.

A switch of keepers at halftime saw Hazel behind the striker and Katie between the sticks. This marked a turning point in the game with visionary passing and better use of the wide channels.  Annie opened up down the right and Charlotte down the left with Amelia and Hazel up the middle with the support of the whole team.  Annie racked up a hat-trick as the girls showed their class.  Laura had a shot from miles out well saved and her distribution also helped open up the home team.  Hazel put a volley over the bar and one wide and Katie made a fine finger-tip save wide which earned her man-of-the-match.  Amber defended strongly, Misty played well too and Freya’s connected seamlessly with Annie in front of her.  St Annes got a conciliation goal towards the end to bring up a 4-2 win for Langho, and a second half performance to be particularly proud of across the squad once the rust / cobwebs from the summer match break were blown off.  A solid start to the season for the girls – well done.

U11 Langho Girls v Clitheroe Wolves – Best League Performance So Far

Today’s Langho U11 Girls game was a home game against Clitheroe Wolves. Wolves sportingly agreed to play 6v6, with 4 rolling subs for the away team.  Ellie played the first half really solidly in the net with Lillie and Heather in defence, Emily and Aleasia in midfield and Jade leading the line.  The game started end to end with a goal for both teams, but as the game developed Langho played a higher line and spent the majority of time in the Wolves half with sound defence from Heather and Lillie (once she had deprived Jason of his gloves)!  Langho girls took a hold of the game with some great play from Aleasia and Jade down the wings and with goals from Jade and Emily before the break.

A swap of keepers with Emily going in with Ellie up front and the team were away again. Ellie and Jade notched up more goals including a beautiful looping shot from distance into the far top corner and Wolves converted a couple themselves.  Aleasia was awarded man-of-the-match for Langho for her efforts. It was a good game on lots of levels with some neat passing and determined tackling.  Well done girls.  Next week will be at home to Cadley – Can’t wait!

There is no justice – Langho U12 Girls 2 Cadley 3

At last we are back playing football and Langho U12 Girls welcomed Cadley to The Rydings who are riding high in second place in the league. We had a squad of nine players available today, just missing Cailin who suffered an injury on the ice last weekend. Get well soon Cailin. As expected Cadley started the game strongly and took an early lead after five minutes. However as the first half progressed the Langho girls confidence grew and they came more into the game. Scarlett in the centre of midfield seemed to cover every blade of the grass in the first half making a number of excellent tackles. At the back Olivia, Alice, Danielle and Chloe created a strong barrier in front of Bailey to keep Cadley at bay for the rest of the half. We also started to create chances of our own with Amelia, Niamh and Eloise working hard in attack.

After a very positive half team talk the girls went out with a lots of confidence. The Langho girls were now matching the Cadley counterparts and eventually Chloe made a fantastic run down the left before cutting inside a firing the ball into corner of the Cadley goal. As the half continued both teams created chances and Bailey pulled off an excellent save tipping one Cadley effort over the bar. Eventually Cadley regained the lead but that didn’t stop the Langho girls and after some hard work by Eloise, Chloe gained possession on the by line before driving the ball home from a very tight angle. It was now anybody’s game and it did look like the Langho girls were going to be rewarded for the efforts with a draw. However with 30 seconds to play, a shot from the Cadley no.9 found its way into the back of the net to take the victory.

This was by far the girls best performance of the season, all nine of them were excellent. The Cadley manager was very complimentary about how well they had played.

James.

Myerscough 1 – 8 Langho U14 Girls

Today’s league match was away at Myerscough. With some key players unavailable, this was a weaker Langho U14 team than usual and they only had enough to play 8v8. The home team played sportingly with 2 subs. The game kicked off and Issy created and converted an early chance after a pass from Misty. Issy unluckily looped one over the bar shortly afterwards. At the other end Hazel made some fine saves and was acting sweeper too supported by the ever-dependable Laura. Tyla demonstrated some nice touches showing how far she has come in her first full year, beating some good players and laying off passes to Katy and her other team mates. Katy played really well down the right demonstrating some close ball skills, passing and supplying crosses to Issy. She put a tantalising ball, almost in slow motion, right across the goal mouth which the girls somehow missed in one of those ‘Noooo’ moments. Our latest recruit put a shot narrowly wide of the left hand stick. Issy created and converted 2 more great goals, racking up her hat-trick, leaving the girls 3-0 up at the half-time whistle.

Hazel and Katy then swapped positions for the restart. Laura hit the post in an early attack from a corner and then shortly after a well weighted pass from Misty to Hazel was buried for 4-0. Issy then put in her forth and then Hazel ran the whole length of the pitch for a wonderful solo second. A well taken lob from the home team clawed back a deserved goal. A long throw from Amber, who was having a real tussle with the opposing team’s man-of-the-match, saw another shot saved from Hazel. The Myerscough keeper was having a good game. Inter-passing between the girls saw Issy then smash in her fifth and then Hazel picked off a fumble from their keeper for her hat-trick. There was more sound defence on display from Laura, Amber and Tyla and Katy made some brave dives plus dribbled the ball round an attacker after a pass-back. The final action was Hazel hitting the post and the rebound was put over the bar from the keeper’s outstretched leg.

So a final score of 8-1 maintained the U14 girls 100% record and Katy was voted man-of-the-match. The girls all played fantastically again today with a high tempo with all the players played their part; experienced and new. And this was a weakened team!……

Brandlesholme Warriors 4 – 3 Langho U13 Girls

The U13 girls were away at Brandlesholme Warriors today on a well-worn and fairly heavy end of season pitch after the overnight rain.  The girls fielded a depleted team of 8 and the home team the same with a substitute.

Langho started well and held the balance of play, although there were shots at both ends, saves and good defending from Laura down the middle supported by Tyla and Chloe either side.  All 3 played calm balls out and Hazel’s kicks were regularly clearing the half way line.  On the break Issy scored a great goal from a tight angle on the right.  More good interplay, tackling and harrying saw her break again racking up her second.  A menacing cross was well put away by Brandlesholme and after further denials of chances at both ends they squared the score-line.  Rolling substitutes were being used by now.  A pass through the Brandlesholme defence, despite some claims for off-side, saw Issy bring up her hat-trick with a shot to the bottom left, but the home team equalised before the break 3-3.

After the break Langho were playing slightly uphill, but continued to make chances but seemed a little outnumbered in midfield.  Passes between Misty, Issy and Freya and demon, but seemingly effortless, busts from Laura featured with Tyla battling against 2 accomplished home team forwards.  Chloe seemed to be connecting well with powerful long balls from the opposition returning them with equal venom.  Hazel made a series of great saves, coming out her box occasionally to help clear their counterattacks.  Chloe hit a powerful low drive from distance which was saved.  Brandlesholme continued to press and then took the lead for the first time; 4-3.  It was about then we realised that since half-time the Langho girls had been playing a team of 9!  This explained the overload.  Freya pressed 2 defenders and came out with the ball smashing in a shot hard into the right-hand upright and later put another chance tantalisingly wide.  Only in the dying minutes did the home team take off there extra player so the game finished 4-3.

Hazel was given man-of-the-match and in fact so was the opposition keeper who also played a key role in their victory today.  Langho girls played really well, battling for the ball and not letting their heads drop despite being short-handed for half the match, a trick we would not do.  The girls just kept going and the result guarantees their second place in the league with 1 to play next Sunday at Northcote (12.00 KO).  Thanks also to Carl for stepping in to ref today.