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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 Wigan Athletic 6-0 Langho

Saturday morning meant a depleted team of eight U15 Langho girls travelled to Wigan Athletic. Disapprovingly our hosts thought it appropriate to play 9v8 from the off.  It still seems some teams or coaches desire to win trumps following LFA and League fair play guidelines even when appeals are made to conform the same week.  None-the-less Langho battled bravely but the extra player and their speed down the flanks meant a lot of pressure down the wings which led to a 5-0 at half time.

Rather than give up, the girls came out more on the attack in the second half with Katie coming out to join Hazel out field and Misty bravely went between the sticks. With Wigan now having dropped to 8, the game became closer to the match it should have been.  Laura surged forward with Katie filling in for her.  Hazel looked very dangerous, Charlotte, Katie and Iola came close, forced saves and won corners.  Misty made some saves herself and Charley and Amber with their teammates held Wigan at bay until finally the home team scored for a last time.  Langho boldly battled on against ‘physical’ tactics until the final whistle.

Very proud of our U15 girls team today: When playing on a level playing field, even with key players away and injured, the girls held their own and should be able to reverse the result when they visit later in the season.

The next 3 weeks see a run of home fixtures against AFC Darwen, Barrowford and then a cup fixture against Hesketh Colts all on Sunday afternoons for the U15 girls. The team is still looking for a couple of extra players.  All welcome from Year 9 and Year 10. Please contact Steve on 07780-993286.

Langho U15 Girls at 5-a-side Burscough Tournament

After Langho Girls winning the U14 league last season so convincingly and then loss of a few players, the now U15girls welcome some new faces and the return of 8 girls as they move over into the West Lancs Girls League. The team welcomes Charley and Iola plus the return of Charlotte after a season’s break.  This Sunday the girls were invited to play in a 5-a-side Chairman’s Cup tournament at Burscough Sports Centre.  7 Langho girls stepped out today with Hazel and Katie sharing the keeper and striker roles in the tournament’s 5 mini-league fixtures, Laura as rock at the back and rotating Amber, Charlotte, Iola and Charley to involve all the girls and help them develop into the sqaud.

First up, after a ‘Langho shout,’ were Myerscough where the girls went behind but Katie equalised well to finish 1-1. Langho went behind against FUSC Panthers, then for Hazel to smash 2 in and rack up the team’s first win.  A 1-0 loss against Dynamo Rangers red followed, then another 2 for Hazel racked up a second 2-1 win with a well-deserved late winner after being on the receiving end of some physical tactics.  The girls lost their final fixture heavily, but finished third in the league meaning a quarter final against Dynamo Red.  Charlotte smashed Langho into an early lead, then Katie made it 2.  Hazel frustrated their attack and Iola scored her first for the team and narrowly missed out on another with an impressive 2-touch control, turn and volley narrowly over the bar.  Katie made it 4 before the opposition got a constellation for 4-1 avenging the earlier league defeat in style.  Amber was battling again and showed some good footwork and Charley made determined runs slotting impressively into the team shooting and narrowly putting a rebound over the bar.  The semi-final was goalless at full-time after numerous Langho opportunities and the team only narrowly lost to a golden goal in 3 minutes extra-time to the eventual tournament winners.

This was an astonishing performance from the girls, despite missing some of their key teammates. The aim today was just to help forge ‘one team’ and they achieved this brilliantly and so much more:  Smiles all round, players, coaches and parents.  Well done girls – Tony and I were very proud of you all and a credit to the maroon and Blue shirt.

Training on this Friday at half 6:30 joint with the U13 as it. Any Years 8, 9 and 10 girls welcome free of charge to see if you enjoy it.

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.

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.

Langho U11 Girls v Bispham Junior FC – A Performance to be Proud of

Today’s Langho U11 Girls game was a home game against Bispham (BJFC). 7 Langho girls were available against an away team with 2 rolling subs that are notoriously good.  Ellie played brilliantly in goal and Heather and Lillie defended doggedly with support from Eva and Charlotte down the left and right wings respectively and Aleasia down the middle.  Jade led the line and after wobbles at the beginning the girls initial nerves seemed to subside as they began to pressure the opposition.  Although Langho went behind the Aleasia levelled.  Charlotte made numerous good runs had several chances saved including one cleared off the line having beaten keeper.  Bispham put a couple more away including a really nice strike from tight angle.  Lillie made some good powerful clearances and bold tackles.  Ellie’s goal kicks were huge and she made a great save with her fingertips from a powerful driven shot.   Jade brilliantly pulled one back leaving the game on a knife edge at halftime, although the girls were tiring under pressure from rolling subs.

In the second half the game seemed to get more physical or as Mick called it – ‘Feisty’. With Aleasia now in nets, Ellie ended in a ‘battle of the giants’ (well compared to some of our other girls anyway) with their captain.  The pressure mounted and Heather made some impressive runs out of defence and Aleasia took a great catch pulling the ball into to her body like a pro.  Sadly she got hit in the face saving another screamer and as she collapsed Lillie picked up the ball just making sure her teammate was OK but giving away a penalty!  Eva stepped up as keeper and saved the penalty.  BJFC scored with Langho down to 6 before sportyingly pulling a player off until iron-clad Aleasia came back on in front of the back 3.  Langho were flagging a little now and lost their shape a bit but kept on grafting and smiling to the end.

Heather was voted Langho man-of-the-match for her brave defending against girls twice her size and for some terrific runs and passes. The U11 all played really famously again and pressured the ball for most of the game and giving this Blackpool feeder team a proper run for their money and it really rocked them.  Ellie gave the best ever performance we have seen for the U11 girls in goal against the standout team in the league.  The Langho U11 team has come so far from the start of their first season and not a cartwheel in sight – bit of chatting, but this is well rooted!  Thanks go out to Mick again.

Langho U11 Girls v Cadley – Another Impressive Performance

This week’s Langho U11 girls league match was a weather reversed fixture at Langho against Cadley. After last week’s performance the girls, parents and coaches were anticipating what next.  The game kicked off closely matched with shots for both teams.  As the half progressed Langho became increasingly camped in the opposition half and the girls’ timely passing and tackling paid dividends with a determined goal from Ellie and an accurate longer range dipping shot from Alicia defected in off a defender.  Emily made some brave saves and some determined battling defence from Lillie, Charlotte and Heather kept a skilled Cadley out.  Jade, Issy, Eva, Allicia and Ellie dazzled down the wings and in front of goal.

The second half saw Lillie step up to go in net and Cadley started stronger but the girls held their nerve. Cadley put one inside the corner post and the keeper scored straight from a goal kick.  Jade deservedly notched one up and Cadley squared to complete an exciting game.

The Langho U11 girls have developed so much since the summer in terms of a team, skills, passing, confidence, pressing to regain possession, shooting and following rebounds. Their understanding of the game has developed phenomenally and there was a great cartwheel from Eva too!  Terrific – Well done girls and thanks to Mick, Ste and assorted other coaches.

At last the much deserved U12 Girls victory – Langho Juniors 1 AFC Darwen 0

After an earlier morning pitch inspection the match was given the go ahead. Earlier in the season in the reverse fixture at Witton Park we were on the wrong end of a 7-0 defeat so we knew it was going to be a difficult game. However, after the excellent performance in the last game against Cadley and the application shown in recent training sessions we were hopeful of good performance.

The game started with Darwen putting the Langho girls under some pressure which resulted in Bailey making a couple of great saves and the ever dependable Alice together with Olivia rock solid in defence. As the half progressed the Langho girls came more into the game and created a number of chances with Danielle and Scarlett excellent in midfield and Eloise and Amelia busy in attack. However, neither team managed a goal and the half time score remained at 0-0.

The second half commenced with Niamh, who looked dangerous every time she got the ball, on the attack straight from the kick off with her shot going narrowly wide. As the half continued both teams created many chances during a nail biting second half and it looked like the game was heading for a draw. With a minute to go the ball was played forward to Niamh who ran into the Darwen penalty area before having her shot saved by the Darwen keeper, however Amelia was following up and fired the ball into the net from a tight angle. The girls kept their concentration for the final minute to gain their well-deserved victory. The man of the match was awarded to Chloe for another excellent display in defence and midfield.

All the girls deserve so much credit for not letting their heads drop early in the season and today they got their reward in what was an excellent team performance. – James

Langho u11 Girls Away at St Annes

After several weeks without a match, thanks to the weather, the U11 girls trooped over to St Annes for an early morning kick off. The 8 Langho girls faced a home team of 13, so were up against plenty of substitute fresh legs.  The generally bigger more physical home team proved the most threatening, although Langho held the own and had several shots wide or saved, but most attacks were well shepherded out by a well drilled home team.  Eva fought bravely up front and Charlotte chased and battled down the right wing.  Ellie and Lillie held firm in defence with Issy behind in the net initially.  Concerted pressures lead to a home two goal lead scored in fairly quick succession before halftime.

The second half saw some good runs from Heather, long balls from Emily and Issy was involved in a goal mouth scramble the home team clawed away.  Langho had a series of corners, but St Annes held firm once again with a sound keeper which has been a feature of the opposing teams in the league. Aleasia fought hard throughout the game, but despite the team’s efforts a couple of lapses saw the home team find the back of the girls net twice more.  Once again the girls came off smiling.  The opposition team was well drilled, skilful and seemed to have more strength to put away their chances.  Langho are definitely improving and learning match by match.  They were a little rusty but the results will come for sure.  Well done girls for a brave and battling performance.  Next week the girls are away at Clitheroe Wolves.

U14 Girls – Academy Juniors 0 – 3 Langho: 8 from 8

As most games across the area were postponed with all the rain, we all waited for the chance to stay in the warm rather than having to trundle early doors off to the Bolton Arena. With no such luck, off we all went to play a top of the table clash with Academy Juniors on a flat but very heavy pitch.

The game was very tight from the off, with chances both ends. Amelia couldn’t quite connect with a cross and good passing from Academy forced an important pickup from Hazel in the net.  Annie had a wonderful shot saved with the keeper’s feet and the home team launched one over the bar.  The girls were playing rather deep leaving Issy a bit isolated, although there was some nice interplay between Annie down the right wing with Issy.  Katie was battling for the ball down the left and the defence, well led by Laura, held firm with determined tackles from Tyla and Amber with Misty playing ahead of the back three laying off forward passes. Hazel made a few dives and one nearly slipped through which she snuffled out in time and she played sweeper well again this week.  Amelia made a neat run and passed to Issy, who then put one over the bar the other end.  Then as Langho continued to probe, Amelia made yet another characteristic jinking run through the Academy defence to have a good shot well saved putting the rebound just outside the left hand upright.  Laura launched in a tasty free kick after Katie was brought down. Some great passing followed by a superb lob from Annie finally put the girls ahead, on balance deservedly, before the break.

A swap of keepers with Katie going in and a more attacking formation signalled the start of the second half playing with the wind as the sky got even more angry! Academy launched a shot over the bar and then Hazel had a drive well parried the other end.  Langho started turning the screw winning more corners and Annie’s cross went begging.  Hazel swung a corner in that the keeper had to block on the line in almost a carbon copy of Laura’s classic goal last season and Eden’s – for those who’s memory goes back that far!  Laura continued to make some vital tackles, clearances and through balls and Issy put a great angled long loopy pass for Annie to get onto which the home team somehow kept out.  Katie, after a couple of wobbles in the conditions at the beginning of the half, made a crucial diving save at the edge of the box as the lead still was a narrow one.  Annie then made a long run down the middle and smashed home her second to extend the lead and put some space between two teams.  Issy had a goal unfortunately disallowed for offside, before she got a deserved third.  In a comedy moment a loan of my drink saw the poor keeper’s face washed with Ribena in a misunderstanding. A long ball from defence saw Issy’s shot saved and Hazel and Amelia both also hit the side netting. Katie came out sweeping from the net in the dying minutes and Langho finished the match attacking.

This was a really tight game and a well fought 3-0 win in particularly tough conditions. Annie was awarded man-of-the-match again but the girls were all brilliant again; racking 8 wins from 8.  What a team!  Next a week is a home game against Barrowsford.

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