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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 – 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.

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 – Langho 3-2 Fleetwood Town Anchors

Today’s Langho U12 girls’ game at the Rydings saw the team take on the might of league leaders and to date unbeaten Fleetwood Town – Anchors.

Langho U12 girls vs Fleetwood Anchors

Coaches and Langho U12 girls vs Fleetwood Anchors

Langho kicked off downhill and although a little nervy started for find some shape even with unusually 4 playing across the back.  To the crowd’s astonishment Langho took the lead with a good goal from Issy.  Molly and Sanya featured strongly and the home team won a series of corners.  The defence held out with dogged efforts from Aleasia, Charlotte J, Heather, Ellie and Francesca as the subs rolled on and off across most of the park.  Molly then scored her first.  A corner the other end saw Sanya brilliantly clear a ball off the line and again Langho retorted with several shots but they went wide of the posts including one from Eva.

Shortly after Jason’s team talk at the break, the match was off again. Langho remained in the ascendancy.  The U12 strung some lovely passes together and Molly pulled the ball round a defender and smashed in the team’s third.  A Fleetwood break saw a shot wide of the left post.  Another attack from the visitors led to Emily save well with her feet.  Lots of tussles in the middle of the park saw Lillie and Charlotte W and other block and hack balls away as the opposition fought back.  A Langho corner was saved then a break saw Fleetwood make it 3-1.  They had the ball in the net again only to be ruled well offside and as the nervy minutes ticked by they made it 3-2.  Langho fought on and to the relief of the crowd of onlookers the whistle went.

So another nail biter for the U12girls, but brilliantly played against a side seemingly like giants to many of the smaller in stature Langho team. Molly got man-of-the-match after a great performance.  This result meant not only have Langho smashed the unbeaten record, but they have now managed to get wins against all of the teams in the league!  Roll on 2017…..

U15 Girls – Burnley 2-1 Langho

The Langho U15 girls were away at Burnley Girls on Saturday morning on a heavy Prairie pitch. The team of 10 kept their shape and width under early pressure and going forward.  After a tight game largely against the run of early play, Langho hit the home team superbly on the break with Amelia smashed the girls into a lead.  Amber lapped up the physical tactics on the left and Bella covered really well in central defence in Laura’s injury absence.  Annie, Amelia, Katie helped defend from the midfield and Hazel had a faultless half sweeping, saving, kicking from her hands and from the ground.  She commandingly rose above both teams picking the ball out of the air from a well flighted Burnley corner.  Just a moment of standing off saw the home team’s striker skip round 3 defenders to equalise.  A scything rapid passing attack from Langho saw the girls tear through Burnley’s defence with a well-timed final pass to Charlotte then saw her bury the shot but sadly the flag went up.

A swap of keeper at halftime saw Charlotte and Hazel upfront and Katie going in the net. Langho had a shot scraped off the line and made some great passing moves between Amelia, Hazel, Annie and Charlotte plus great individual moves from all 4.  Misty had another shot from distance and Katie made a top corner save distributing the ball out well.  Bella had a great match making determined critical tackles including one in the box that sent her barrelling through the mud.  Ella too made some solid defensive moves with the same spirit she rode 2 fouls in the first half.  Burnley took the lead after a goal-mouth melee, then Langho pressed hard for the equaliser with Hazel stepping through 3 challenges to put the shot wide, plus Amelia landing another quality shot.  Despite Langho being increasingly on top, the home team clung on so the 2-1 score stood.

The match deserved at least a draw, but it was not to be. The girl’s performance was summed up by a comment from the Burnley coach: – ‘The best match they had all season.’  So well played Langho U15 girls – we are really proud of you all.  Next match in the New year against Wigan Athletic.

Langho U15 Girls 4-1 St Annes – Late report!

Last Sunday saw an unusually depleted Langho U15 girls team take on their old friends St Annes. The early exchanges in the first half saw a great cross from Annie that Charlotte smashed into the post but the girls were a bit too deep and narrow to play their normal pleasing to the eye expansive game.  A corner was determinedly bundled over the line deservedly by Iola for 1-0.  The away team pressed, Bella and Freya defended soundly and Hazel commanded her box from the net keeping St Annes at a distance sweeping and organising the back line.  A break saw a strong shot unluckily deflected off Bella to bring up the equaliser and the honour of a first OG for the home team, but smiles all round.

After the break Langho used the width much better. Iola and Amelia turned defence into attack and Annie put the girls into the lead again from the right wing.  Annie bossed the right side with her pace and a well-timed pass to Amelia saw her extend to 3-1.  Hazel made a superb dive low to her right as Bella tried to clear some danger.  Rebecca beat her first player as pleasingly her experience, skills and confidence grows from a netball player in the Summer.  She even had a shot well saved by their keeper as everyone willed it over the line!  Amelia brilliantly made it 4-1 jinking her way through the defence.

An enjoyable match again with St Annes and sweets swapped as a gesture of goodwill. Langho dominated the game in the second half and created loads of chances.  Well played again girls showing the team’s ever-growing strength in depth.  Proud coaches once more!

U13 Girls Langho 3-1 Whitworth Valley – Points Reward

The first girls game last Sunday at Northcote saw the Langho U13 girls, still lacking their keeper Bailey from injury with Amelia again stepping in, take on Whitworth Valley. Despite playing well this season, they have been unlucky not to get a point.  Would today be the turning point?

The girls all played well with big contributions and threats down the wings from Niamh and, bravely stepping up an age group and coping, Charlotte. There was battling all over the pitch including in defence from Danielle, Olivia and particularly Chloe clearing up at the back.  Alice skilfully played a massive key role and Lexie played a blinder at both ends of the pitch.  Juliette took on the defence with her efforts rewarded with a goal.  Alice scored a corker of a free kick and Niamh made a third whilst the team only conceded a single goal when the away team drew level for a period.

The girls achieved their first, and deserved, win of the season; 3-1 and brought smiles to the Coaches James and Tony together with the faithful parent posse! Well done girls:  Patience is rewarded.

The team is still looking for a couple more players.  Contact Langho Girls or come along free to Friday training if you are interested.

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

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