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U15 Girls St Annes 1- 2 Langho – A close run thing!

Sunday saw the U15 girls travel to St Annes for a hastily arranged friendly after the Myerscough away league match was postponed with a waterlogged pitch. Guest star Chloe made her old team comeback to make up the team of 9 Langho girls facing our good friends at St Annes.

Langho team Shout

Langho team Shout

The pitch started very heavy and then the rain came….  After a ‘Langho’ shout, the fixture started very even with the home team having the first shot with Katie in net making a good save.  Rebecca unfamiliarly started upfront but had 2 shots that the team could no ‘will over the line’.  Ella hit the post and Hazel blasted the rebound in again which the keeper saved well.  Langho had a number of squared balls and chances go begging and St Annes broke well the other way and created great thwarted opportunities too.  Langho were not as fluid as normal and a deflection off Chloe could not quite be held by Katie and this put St Annes ahead.  Chances both ends continued and Bella was having a great game.  Pushing Ella upfront strengthened the attack and Hazel continually tried to break through from the right.  Iola was having a great tussle with the St Anne’s winger on Langho’s left too.

After a halftime chat, a swap of keepers with Hazel going in and some players reverting to more familiar positions the girls pressed the ball better but St Annes continued to create chances forcing Hazel to make a great dive to the right into a 70s muddy puddle and later a superb high full stretch dive to deny a well-crafted bullet shot. Bella and with Hazel sweeping dealt with many problems helped by Laura, Rebecca and Chloe and goal kicks found their target driving the home team back.  When it seemed the girls were not to strike it lucky as the cold and wet bit home, a home coach shouted 12minutes remaining.  With the finishing line in sight the passes started to flow better between Amelia, Katie, Bella, Chloe, Ella and Iola.  Amelia stepped through the defence again and smashed home the equaliser.  Both teams battled and Langho continued to pass and move in the way we have seen again throughout the season.  Then more passes and Amelia jinked her way around the defence and smashed home the winner.

Happy but cold, muddy and soggy U15 Langho girls

Happy but cold, muddy and soggy U15 Langho girls

Today was a classic ‘victory clinched from the hands of defeat.’ Rebecca had her best game yet passing, beating players and tackling and the girls showed great spirit to keep going despite the harsh conditions and with no subs.  Credit should also go to St Annes for their efforts, controlling the aerial ball and for hosting us at short notice in their usual welcoming ways.  Thanks to Stu for the time check, which seemed to wake Langho up!  Nice brew again Patrick too!

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”.


U12 Girls – Pendle Forest 3 – 5 Langho

A lovely clear morning at Nelson Cricket club ground saw the Langho U12 girls take on Pendle Forest. With the clubhouse open and plastic seating what more could the enthusiastic Langho parents ask for?  Langho started strongly with some excellent passing against Pendle’s stronger kicking.  A pinball session around the goalmouth saw Eva opening the scoring somehow?  Aleasia’s goal that followed was an unstoppable corker launched from outside the box.  Langho ran their luck in defence, before a great pass from Molly to Lillie saw her bring up 3-0.  Langho’s luck finally ran out as the home team pulled one back before halftime.langho-u12-girls-at-pendle-f

After the restart Langho continued to battle but the home team clawed their way back to 2-3, then 3-3 and they even came close to taking the lead as the crowd started to feel defeat looming from the jaws of victory. But in the girls bit back in the last 5 minutes with a second goal from Lillie surgically following in the rebound from Charlotte’s shot and then a final shout from the girls in the dying seconds as Charlotte J put the ball in the bottom corner for 3-5.

A great game to watch again for the U12 girls with Molly voted man-of-the-match for Langho. The result brought the girls equal second on points in the league.  Well done girls and smiles all round as usual.

Langho U11 and U13 Girls at St Annes Tournament 22 May

In May the U11 girls and a Langho U13 girls team, taken from the younger U14s and the U12s, travelled to the St Annes tournament. For both squads this was their first ever tournaments.

Langho U11 girls at St Annes

Langho U11 girls at St Annes Tournament

The U11 girls in their group they beat Academy 1-0 and Cadley 2-1, before drawing with Burnley Girls 2-2 and St Annes 2-2 to jointly top their group. They then met an imposing team in the quarter final and the girls gallantly bowed out.  The team of Aleasia, Jade, 2 Charlottes, Heather, Lillie, Emily and Issy played fantastically.  The team has come so incredibly far in their first season since the early results.  Well done girls!

The U13 girls, specially formed only for the tournament, started really well beating St Annes with a goal from Katie having brought on Chloe into defence which helped spread the game out and push the opposition back. Hazel scored against both Cadley and Haslingden to secure their third straight 1-0 victory. A draw against Fillies guaranteed progress to the final stages and Fife beat the girls in the final fixture with freak goal.  Langho won the 6-team group and secured a bye to the semi-finals. They faced the daunting prospect of Bootle, the stand-out team who, in the semi, knocked out Burnley Girls and were full of Liverpool Academy players.  Langho held their nerve and all the girls bravely battled well with standout performances from Katie and Hazel plus Bailey between the sticks and Amber in the gritty mix on the goal-line.  The girls were only 1-0 down at halftime and after conceding another goal Hazel was brought down outside the box.  She launched a curling shot over the wall, but didn’t quite dip enough to sneak in under the bar.  This was the team’s best performance and they all should be justifiably proud of what they achieved at St Annes.

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

U13 girls Langho v Cadley

The day was really enjoyable with footie stalls, a bouncy castle, Langho colours daubed on many of the smiling girls’ faces and great company all round. Dive of the day came from Claire off one of Hazel’s practice crosses knocking her off her clean off feet.  Sorry Claire!  Thanks also go to St Annes for organising a superb tournament on a lovely sunny seaside day.

Langho U11 Girls at Year 5-6 Schools Tournament

Last Thursday it was great to see almost all the Langho U11 girls playing in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Year 5 and 6 tournament for different local schools. To help grow girls participation in girts football at the club a group of about 14 girls from St Leonards in Langho have been regularly attending Monday lunchtime since the new year coached by Langho FC coaches on the club’s 3G pitch.

The St Leonards team with goals from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte beat both schools in their group (1-0, 7-0) and proceeded through quarter finals 2-0 and 2-0 to reach the final. A terrific display of concerted attacking and passing from Sophia, Issy and Charlotte was plain to see and solid defence from Lillie and Heather keeping threats largely away from their goal although Emily made a few important saves.  In the final St Leonards put loads of pressure on the St Mary’s Osbaldeston goal which featured 3 more Langho players (Ellie, Aleasia and Eva) but could not quite put the ball in the net and so the match went to a penalty shoot-out.  With both Aleasia and Ellie confidently converting their penalties St Marys took the crown.  It was fantastic to see so many skills on display and such a brilliant team spirit between the players at different schools.  Langho FC had bred some lovely friendships.

Free girls football training from 6pm Friday night at The Rydings Langho throughout the summer for all Ages – Contact the  coaches or just come on down and join in.

U11 Girls – Langho v St Annes Match and Party

Back to the 70s - Halftime Oranges all round

Back to the 70s – Halftime Oranges all round

Today’s U11 girls game was a combined home match with Charlotte’s post-confirmation party, so it was off with the fancy shoes and on with the footie boots to play St Annes at the Rydings! The girls had a record turnout of 11, so Jason was faced with the fun and games of substitute dilemmas for 7v7.  Langho started off on the front foot, but both sides kept attacks at bay for a fashion.  Heather had tussles on the right with her opposite number and Emily made some good saves and a sweeper clearance.  Aleasia and Jade were their characteristic battling selves and Sanya made 2 goal-line clearances and at the other end she made a superb overhead kick which lobbed the keeper for goal of the season probably.  Issy got on the score sheet, as did Eva upfront and Charlotte buried a shot in the corner of the net from an angled pass across the goal mouth from Jade.  St Annes had goals too and Langho survived several goal mouth scrambles to add to the nerves.  Ste resurrected halftime oranges from the 1970/80s and the girls gobbled up the lot; this could be a feature going forward. It was an exciting game to watch and Charlotte was awarded man-of-the-match which completed her day.

St Annes parents, coaches and girls joined in the party in the clubhouse afterwards as well as the bouncy castle Grand National as did the coaches – completely non-competitively of course! This was a great day girls’ football between 2 really friendly community teams.  Thanks go out to Gavin and all at St Annes for helping complete this a really enjoyable day for the kids and parents.  Thanks also to Dawn for all her cooking and organising plus Jason for opening the bar!

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

Langho attack moments before a cross and goal

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 U14 Girls – Academy Round Robin Tournament

With all the weather cancellations in the league lately, the U14 Girls were invited to play in a 5-a-side round robin on the 3g pitches at Bolton Arena kindly organised by Academy Juniors. This was the girls’ chance to play against a range of West Lancs League teams including PNE and Burnley so was a mouth-watering prospect with Langho’s form this season.  Langho took a squad of 6 consisting Annie, Issy, Laura, Katie, Misty and Hazel in nets.

Langho team smiles after the fun

Langho team smiles after the fun

The matches kicked off with the daunting prospect of playing Preston NE. These fears were seemingly quickly brushed aside as Langho outplayed PNE emphatically winning 5-1 over the 12 minutes with goals from Issy, Katie and Annie, sound defence from Laura and saves and distribution from Hazel.

Misty made her debut in the second game against Ashton Athletic. After going behind by 2 and the goal being under siege which Hazel largely kept out under a lot of pressure, in the second half the girls came back strongly and lost narrowly 1-2 just running out of time in the end.  Next up, after a short break, were Academy B who Langho defeated 9-1.  The girls’ passing was superb, pressure on the ball and defence was really sound with the tracking back support from the whole team.  It already seemed remarkable that the girls had never played this format of the game before.

Team Respect Applause

Team Respect Applause

Then another scary opposition were up next, Burnley, but as the girls’ confidence grew. Some great runs from Annie down the right and Katie down the left, despite being knocked off her feet several times she bravely got up, and Issy menacingly down the middle.  All 3 girls continued to rain in well placed shots and Laura was rock solid at the back and distributed the ball beautifully. Hazel made countless terrific saves again and Misty took some hard knocks and put in some good tackles and passes when substituted on for Laura in defence.  Too high a clearance from the nets gave away a penalty, but Hazel made good by saving it. The final score was Langho 6-2 Burnley – Wow!  The final fixture was against Academy A.  This was again tight, but Langho won this 7-2 with a goal from Laura playing on the wing in the mix too.

So the tournament finished with 4 wins from 5 and the Langho girls have once again proved just how good they are. They surpassed all the coaches and parents expectations having never played this fast a furious format of the game.  The girls once more proved their fitness, skills and distribution across the park:  Scoring 29 and only conceding 8 speaks for itself!  The Langho U14 girls are playing in the 5-a-side FA Peoples Cup tournament in Liverpool in 2 weeks’ time and after this first outing – Can’t wait.  Not sure a trip to Wembley is in the offing, but we can dream!

Langho U14 Girls 8 – 1 Myerscough

Today’s U14 girls league match was at home against Myerscough on a Misty afternoon at Northcote. The girls started strongly with Amelia putting an early shot wide.  Annie then opened her account from the right to put the girls ahead then Amelia had a shot from distance saved.  Annie followed with both her shot and dogged rebound saved from an away team keeper who was really on form today.  Annie surged down the left again, Katy drew away a defender and Annie crossed beautifully for Issy to tap in at the far post from the perfect position.  With Laura out injured, the defence was different than normal with Katy playing centrally at the back and often pushing forward.  Freya and Tyla seem to be gaining in confidence as the season continues and were winning more tackles and particularly taking players on:  Both girls beat the opposition and laid off balls down the wings numerous times.  Balls were played back to Hazel in the net to make clearances under pressure and she made a brave dive in front of a determined attack.  Amelia then made it 3-0, then she put one wide after Annie had a shot saved.  Misty came on for Amy and Amber for Freya.  Katy put through a nice pass to Issy who then converted her second.  Amelia got a deserved second then Annie had another shot saved but followed in the rebound to score her deserved second leaving the girls 6-0 at half time.

Langho U14 Girls Score through the mist

Langho U14 Girls score through the mist

With a swap of Katie and Hazel in net, the girls continued to push forward. Issy laid a ball off for Hazel which she smashed in from the edge of the box for 7-0.  After more rattling of the bar, post and quite a few rugby 3-pointers from Hazel, Issy lobbed the keeper to make her hat-trick.  Misty then went into the net and Amber was pushed into midfield.  Misty made a save just after coming but before she was ready, comically launching both ball and glove from a throw out.  Amber made a superb chase after Myerscough break, blocking and shepherding the ball out and let fly a few shots including one narrowly wide of the top right hand post.  The away team scored a constellation on the break for a final score of 8-1.

Amber was awarded her first man-of-the-match for Langho. The girls passed brilliantly today and bossed the game throughout.  They have now racked up 7 wins from 7 league matches.  Phenomenal!

U12 Girls – Langho 1 – Great Harwood 4

This was the new U12 girls team’s first home match of the season against Great Harwood. As last week the girls effort and enthusiasm was there to see right from the start. We created two good chances early on with Olivia and Amelia going close to opening the scoring. At the back we looking fairly comfortable with Alice looking her usual assured self alongside Scarlett and Eloise. Unfortunately we conceded two late goals to trail 2-0 at half time.

In the second half we created a multitude of chances with Chloe running from midfield and Niamh in attack. Eventually the girls got reward for their efforts with Niamh scoring to make it 2-1. As Langho continued to push forward the Great Harwood girls were getting plenty of chances as well in an end to end game and scored again to make it 3-1. We continued to keep the Great Harwood keeper who had an excellent game very busy and Niamh had another great chance which hit the post. Great Harwood scored a fourth near end and the game finished 4-1.

Alice was Langho’s man of the match. It was good to see all the girls still smiling at the end. Keep creating the chances and the goals will come.

James Buckley

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