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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….

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!

U15 Girls Langho 5-2 Wigan Athletic

Sunday afternoon saw Langho U15 girls take on Wigan Athletic at the Rydings after the Christmas break. With a nearly full squad of 13, the girls came out of the blocks strongly and early on Ella had a good shot saved and Laura took a long range free kick which flew narrowly wide.  Particularly great defending from Laura and Bella and fantastic goal keeping from Hazel kept Wigan out, including commandingly picking corners out of the air and punching away too.  Another home team attack saw a mistake by their keeper and a predatory Annie put Langho ahead.  The current subs joined the coach in my cheesy mini-Mexican wave.  Iola smashed a beautifully crafted volley on the full narrowly wide of the left hand post and Freya continued to make a difference in the left of defence.  Annie doubled the lead from a tight angle as Langho proved so dominant on the break and Amelia stretched the lead to 3-0.  Katie throughout continued to battle for the ball in front of defence both on the ground and in the air.

After the break Wigan came out strongly, but the girls’ nerve held despite playing up the slope.  Wigan clawed a goal back when Hazel made a save with 2 hands on the ball but the attacker’s fall on her released the ball for it only to be nudged over the line.  Hazel’s kicking and distribution continued on song and Amelia had a great strike from the right well saved.  Then a well-executed attack down the Langho left to beat the home team midfield and defence saw Hazel get a hand on the bullet crafted shot to bring up 3-2.  Nerves wobbled!  Amber and Charley battled down the left against a fast and determined away team pairing.  In response a few more substitutions followed and the game turned again in favour of Langho then Amelia restored a 2-goal cushion.  Rebecca came on with some terrific throws and with Iola took on the might of the Wigan right.  Ella came back on and with virtually her first touch she made it 5-2:  Thoroughly deserved for her efforts before.

This was how the game finished. The post-match team photo says it all:  A proud and together team.  Away to AFC Darwen next Sunday….

Langho U15 girls after Wigan match - A great team

Langho U15 girls after Wigan match – A great team

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!

U15 Girls Langho FC 5-1 AFC Darwen

This Sunday the Langho U15 girls took on AFC Darwen at Northcote on a bright but chilly afternoon. The game was end to end with Langho looking particularly dangerous, with Iola surging down the left and Katie behind Charlotte in midfield.  Katie proved a handful for the away team, despite their size and hit a great dipping shot from well outside the box into the top corner for 1-0.  Hazel looked really solid as usual in net from corners and open play and Laura mopped up gaps down the wings with Freya and robust support from Amber and later Misty and Rebecca playing her part holding up a break and clearing well to the side line.  Darwen fought on, but despite a number of fantastic chances for Langho and Annie ‘megs’ 2 players and then a further 2 more before pushing the ball wide of the sticks, the away team equalised before the break; 1-1.

A swap of Katie for Hazel in net and a few other shuffles saw a determined Langho quick out of the blocks. Hazel surged through the defence from the right and unselfishly squared the ball past the keeper to Charley who had moved into the perfect position and hit the ball home for a 2-1 lead.  Hazel was brought down on the edge of the box for a free kick, which she flighted over the wall and dipped narrowly over the bar.  Charlotte opened her Langho account with a third and Annie followed in her parried shot skilfully burying the rebound.  Iola seemed to be doing everything today (but unluckily score) and we saw headers from Charlotte, Iola and particularly Hazel and Katie (in the 1st half).  Laura strode forward from defence running half the length of the pitch, but sadly the team could not make that attack count.  Another great cross saw Misty wonderfully volley home her first this season.  Hazel this week seemed again to be magnetically attracting late challenges  throughout the half and was brought down yet again at the edge of the box  for a final free kick before the whistle.  The free kick was well saved by the Darwen keeper.

Great result today in a hard game and brilliant to see goals from 5 of the 11 players, with only Annie having scored before: Charley’s first league goal for the team too.  A real team performance today without our central midfielder Amelia with leg muscle strains.  Great to see her turn up to support her teammates even though she spent the game (rightly) correcting names of my shouts to congratulate individual player’s efforts – too many brown pony tails for me to cope with!  Barrowford at home next Sunday.

Langho Girls – U13, U12 and U10 Matches

Today the Langho U13 took on Cadley at home at Northcote over lunchtime today with Juliet making her debut. She marked this with her first goal for the team and despite lots of effort and impressively clawed their way back from 3-0 down to commendably lose 4-2.

The Langho U12 girls played St Annes at home at the Rydings. Despite a warm-up thumb injury to Emily ruling her out of playing in net, the team surged to a 6-3 win making 4 wins and 2 losses this season and an even happier Jason!  This is a great team with buckets of team spirit across the squad.

The Langho U10 girls were away at Cadley and marked the occasion with their first match goal of the season by Keisha and prompted and explosion of joy over the parents’ WhatsApp! Well done girls!

New girls continue to come down to training at the Rydings on Friday nights to the club’s floodlight 3G to see if they enjoy it as girls football continues to grow nationally and locally. Week by week new girls are joining Langho FC which is great to see; all with smiles on their faces.

U15 Girls Feniscowles 2 – 0 Langho FC

Today a team of ten U15 girls were away at Feniscowles on an intermittently rainy fast St Bede’s 3g pitch. This home team have beaten all the strongest teams in the league so far and came with 4 subs.  Apart from being a local derby, Freya faced her cousin, so family rivalry too!  The girls fought hard and Hazel was kept busy in the net making some fine saves and Laura accelerated to the aid of Freya and Amber in defence.  Amelia was driven back from midfield to help out and  Katie battled down the left.  Katie put a shot wide and Laura launched one from distance.  The girls were struggling to play their usual game on a fast pitch not suited to their strengths.  Annie put a shift in down the right and Iola and Charley battled with a very solid home defence.  Fenny won the aerial battle and Langho conceded a penalty after an accidental hand ball in the box which they dispatched before the break.  Rebecca came on for Freya and she coped well with her first real taste of a physical side of the game too.

Hazel and Katie swapped positions again as the home side continued to rotate various team members. Langho started stringing more passes together and continued to contend, winning corners but their defence sadly held.  A mistake saw the home team double their lead but Langho fought on. Hazel beat 3 players only to lose it to the forth as the ball ran away slightly and she had a driven shot clatter the joint between the upright and the inner cross-bar and somehow stay out. Iola too forced a save from their keeper.

At the final whistle we applauded a solid performance from the girls and the best result any team has had against Fenny this season. This was the first league defeat in about 17 months so I don’t think anyone could ask any more! More experience for the new girls and a christening of Jackie’s bonnet in the car park from a stray ball!

No match next Sunday as Langho has a cup buy to the quarter finals but Friday winter training moves onto the Langho 3G starting promptly at 8-15 under floodlights. New Year 9 and 10s always welcome to just come down too FoC to see if they enjoy it.

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.

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.

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.

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