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Langho U16 Girls Away vs Blackpool – Season opener

For the first match of the season the Langho U16 girls trekked over to Blackpool for a tough first fixture. The team was depleted of 3 cracking players through injury and other engagements, had no subs, but were happy and friendly as ever!  This was their first outing 9v9 on a full size pitch and Caitlin’s debut for the team.  Loads of effort from the girls against a well drilled team saw lots of pressure on Langho, but the girls battled hard in an unfamiliar formation.  Caitlin and Izzy defended well and Iola helped them out and shot up and down the left wing brilliantly.  Rebecca made some key tackles and Misty made a great run down the right, winning the ball under pressure from 3 Blackpool players. Hazel made a whole series under fine saves in net.

To try to release some pressure away from our goal and give the team more teeth, Hazel came out in the second half and Misty bravely stepped in again as keeper. Passes started to connect better and Annie fought well down the right wing unleashing another of her stingers.  The girls began to win more corners with Ella and her teammates pushing forward against determined Blackpool back line.  Hazel started to cut holes in their defence and after being fairly brought down in the box, scored a blinder with curl directly from the corner flag to give the team just reward for all their efforts! Blackpool continued to cycle their subs and threaten relentlessly and Amber showed her metal as she does so well.  In the dying seconds Hazel mistakenly brought down a player in the box, then put on her gloves again (well one of them!) and promptly dived and saved the resultant penalty. Priceless!

Despite the result and awful weather, Langho fought to the end and were laughing and joking despite being cold and wet. Truly the mark of a fantastic team that makes Tony and I proud to both coach.

Still looking for a couple more year 10 and 11 girls to add to our team. Contact langhogirlsfootball@gmail.com or just come down to training on Friday nights.

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

U12 girls Langho 0-2 Pendle Forest

After 2 wins and a loss for Langho U12 girls, Pendle Forest visited the Rydings on Sunday afternoon. The team welcomed Evie D for her first game.  Langho won the toss and elected to play up the Eiger first.  The game started pretty end to end and both teams had shots.  Emily made some saves and Aleasia was solid in front of defence again.  Pendle seemed to have the edge backing one and other up and broke the deadlock before the break.  Langho had a range of shots including a long range effort from Evie.

The second half saw Charlotte W go into the net and she put in a couple of saves and some very solid goal kicks. Despite the girls conceding a second goal their heads did not drop. Heather, Charlotte J and Jade ran at the opposition and Lillie, Issy as well as Jade had a good chances saved as Langho continued to press and win corners.  In fact Langho had the bulk of the shots over the game, but the Pendle defensive 4 held well, cleared several desperate goal mouth scrambles and their keeper was really on form.

Today was just not the U12s day; perhaps feeling a little rattled after last week’s ‘experience’. The girls were smiling as usual whatever the result. Well done girls.  So the season rolls on to Cadley away next Sunday.

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 Away at Sunny St Annes

Langho Girls Attack down right

Langho Girls Attack down right

Today meant a morning trip to a sun drenched St Annes for 8 of the Langho U11 girls welcoming Sanya to the team. After a ‘Langho Shout,’ the girls started off a little out of shape and numerous forays for both teams the girls conceded at the hands of an organised and strong St Annes team.  Langho gained confidence and passing skills as the half continued.  Determined runs saw Jade chip the keeper just before the break, then Charlotte made a good save with her feet in the net at the other end.

Mick's Langho U11 girls post match round up

Mick’s Langho U11 girls post match round up

After the restart, Heather continued to show some lovely footwork in defence and Lillie’s well flighted big boot turned pressure at the back into attack on several occasions picking out Jade and Emily. A burst of running down the right from Charlotte, pass to Jade and on to Sanya saw a great finish as the tide swung to Langho.  Sanya hit the inside of the near post and then launched a lovely flighted ball into the top left hand corner from outside the box.  Issy made her mark and Ellie made a great save in goal the other end, plus she unleashed 2 enormous drop kicks clearing halfway.  A battling cross from Charlotte was driven home by Sanya before the final whistle.

A fun penalty shoot-out completed the lovely day with a really welcoming U11 St Annes team and coaches. Sanya got man-of-the-match, but all of the girls played very well today and kept going to the last earning their Subway treat on the way back!  Thanks go out to Mick again for all his efforts.

U14 Girls – Academy 1 – 7 Langho – Where’s the bolt cutters?

Today the U14 Langho girls went off to Bolton Arena to play Academy Juniors on a 3g pitch. The girls started off brilliantly on the front foot.  Amber put in an early important tackle and pass which typified her performance in her best game in a Langho shirt so far.  The girls won their first corner taken by Issy but this fizzed tantalising across the goal mouth.  Annie’s first shot was saved from the right and later a great move was started from Amber’s interception, a pass to Katie, playing in front of the back 3, and on to Amelia but her shot was well saved.  Amy put a shot wide from the left after a bursting run.  The deadlock was broken by an inspired quick throw from Issy to Annie who crossed for Amy to convert with her left boot.  At the other end in the net Hazel was acting as a sweeper and Laura was cool as usual with both girls communicating and dealing with any danger.  Annie put in another cross from the right which Issy then put away to make 0-2.  Amber made some great long throws including one to Laura who unleashed Amelia down the right.  Freya tackled, held the ball up well under pressure at left back and Hazel put in a series of superbly accurate goal kicks to Issy and Amy which were well controlled turning defence into attack.  Just before the break came the freak event of the day:  Hazel took a well flighted goal kick which hit an overhead pitch netting cable square on and rebounded straight to the feet of the striker who buried her shot well.  So that made it 1-2 at the break and the begging question: – Where are a good pair of bolt cutters when you need ‘em?

The second half started with an early shot from Amy. After a few exchanges Katie won the ball in the home team half and lobbed a ball into the box but the bounce foxed the keeper for another goal for Langho.  Amelia picked up a well-deserved rebound for 1-4 and she was involved in yet another set of passes between the girls which Issy put away for her second.  More great passing allowed Issy another shot which their keeper did well to keep out, but Annie smashed in the ricochet.  Issy notched up a terrific hat trick before the final whistle starting from another quick throw.

So a truly amazing display of football from the whole team of 10 girls today. Langho were a marvel to watch and played like an academy themselves despite the home team being strong, well organised and second in the league.  With this 1-7 win and 5 different goal scorers, Langho have notched up 10 league wins from 10 and lead the division with a +50 goal difference with 5 to play.  Well done girls.

U14 Girls – Langho 6-0 St Annes

Today’s Langho U14 Girls league match, the first since November, was at home against St Annes on a heavy Northcote pitch. The 9 girls started very strongly with a shot wide from Amelia.  Shortly afterwards Langho opened their account with a goal from Katie taking a slight deflection.  Annie hit a beautifully crafted volley which was skilfully parried by the St Annes keeper and a well-positioned Misty put the ball narrowly over the bar. An away team break was determinedly chased down and tackled by Tyla.  Amelia doubled the lead and then she thwarted an attack up the other end conceding only a corner.  Amelia racked up her second with a great shot from distance and Annie later had another blast after taking on 2 players down the wing again.  A terrific corner from Annie was smashed home by Amy with her left for the team’s fourth.  Amber made important tackles in defence chasing down the St Annes standout attacker and Hazel made a couple of saves from the net before falling in the ditch behind the goal to liven up her involvement in the half.  In virtually the last action of the half Amy put away a predator’s second for 5-0 at the break.

First Half Midfield U14 Action

First Half Midfield U14 Action

Hazel and Katie swapped keeper and striker roles and Misty and Amber exchanged to give the girls a chance to play in less familiar positions. Langho lost their shape for a while and the team suffered a little having no substitutes with St Annes rolling substitutes on and off.  Katie had to make some saves and play in a sweeper role plus St Annes hit a terrific shot over the bar.  Laura was rock solid in defence again blunting some attacks with the support of Tyla and Misty.  Amber and Misty reverted into their original positions which settled the team instability and Misty continued to put in some good connecting passes.  Amy battled hard down the left and an put a cross right across the goal mouth, before Hazel broke down the middle from just inside the opposition half surged through several players and smashed one home to make it 6-0.  Amelia had the last shot of the match to close out the game.

So a good and solid performance today with a little experimentation. Misty had her best game yet and Amy played particularly well.  Amelia was deservedly man-of-the-match for her efforts all over the park.  This made 9 wins from 9 league matches and the team move onto an away game against Brandlesholme next week.

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!

U12 Girls – Euxton12 – 1 Langho Juniors

Today saw the U12 girls return to league action after a five week break with a tough trip to Euxton. We have been on the look out for new players since the season started and today’s game saw Bailey, Danielle, and Cailin all making their debuts for Langho. Welcome to the team girls! Euxton started the game strongly playing some neat football and were soon leading 3-0. However, Langho created some really good chances with Eloise and Niamh both going close and Scarlett getting some great tackles in in midfield. As the half continued Euxton continued to be clinical in front of goal, but Langho created further chances with Chloe having a chance that just went wide and Niamh having a good chance saved by the keeper as Eloise followed in for the rebound. All the new girls were introduced during the first half and all worked really hard as Euxton pressed forward with a comfortable 8-0 lead at half time.

The second half saw Bailey replace Amelia in goal. All the girls displayed lots of character in the second half and continued to work very hard. The start of the second half was fairly even with Chloe, Olivia, Danielle and Cailin all performing well in defence in front of Bailey who was performing really well to keep Euxton out. Eventually Euxton scored a further four goals but Langho continued to create chances of their own with Alice hitting the post. With two minutes remaining Langho got just reward for their efforts with Alice firing the ball into the Euxton goal. The final score was 12-1 but all the girls should be really proud of their efforts, they never once let their heads drop and continued to work hard right until the end. Bailey was awarded the opposition’s man of the match for an excellent second half goal keeping display.

James Buckley

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