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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!

U15 Girls Langho 1-2 Feniscowles – What-a-Scorcher

A team of 13 Langho U15 girls took on the undefeated West Lancs league leaders Feniscowles at Northcote. Fenny had the balance of play in the first half as Langho played a little deep, but the girls still hit the away team on the break with Ella looking threatening and standing up to some physical challenges up front really well.  Hazel bossed her box and Laura too was doing a sterling job.  A split second miscommunication let Fenny in, which they converted for 0-1.  Sadly Laura went off shortly after due to injury.  Bella was pulled into central defence to fill Laura’s big shoes and she had a blinder.  Amber characteristically relished Fenny’s tactics in defence and Misty was bought on at left back and Freya to the right.  With Charley on for Ella upfront, she took up the mantle chasing balls down and looking threatening too.  An oh-so-nearly chance saw their keeper fumble but recover before the ball crossed the line.

After the break, Katy, Iola and Amelia battled for the ball and the passes started to cut through the opposition. As the game progressed Annie started to make more and more inroads down the right.  A slip in defence saw Fenny make an unstoppable 2-0, but Langho fought on and increasingly took hold of the game.  Hazel made more fine stops in the net and sweeping decisions.   Rebecca intercepted, tackled moved which was fab to see.  With Misty moved upfront she nearly put pulled one back in a goal mouth scramble, but clinically smashed one in the back of the net from distance for 1-2.  Langho just seemed to get stronger as Fenny continued to rock against a series of corners.  A post was glanced, but sadly the girls ran out of time (ode to Fergie time!).

So, so pleased with the girls efforts today across the park. It was a great match and the girls were terrific; right from the established to newest players.  We hope for a speedy recovery for Laura.

U11 girls – Cadley v Langho

Langho U11 Girls Team Photo against Cadley

Langho U11 Girls Team  against Cadley

The 7 Langho U11 Girls started with Charlotte in goal, Lillie and Emily in defence, Eva, Jade and Alicia in midfield and Ellie up front. Jade and Ellie had a couple of half chances but the Cadley keeper made saves. Charlotte played well in goal but Cadley played well and scored a scrappy goal and then Emily went in goal.

With Ellie going in net Langho started the second half very well and after some very good passing moves Jade scored a well-deserved equaliser. After this the whole team got a lift and continued to put pressure on the Cadley defence and keeper who had to make several saves. Emily then went back into the nets and was beaten by a wonder goal from outside the area. Langho heads didn’t drop and they kept going until the final whistle with Jade voted man-of-the-match by the opposition. Well done girls.

Jason Walmsley

Langho U14 Girls 15-0 Myerscough

Sunday’s Langho U14 girls was a 7-a-side friendly on the Langho 3G pitch against Myerscough. The match was played in quarters to allow the away team rest against a home squad of 10.  Langho positions and subs were rotated in 3s with 10 minute intervals to give all the girls equal playing time and a fair shout in attack and defence.  Hazel and Katie shared halves in the net and both kept clean sheets as well as both getting on the score sheet. Amelia played fantastically in front of the back 2 and scored 5, Laura a hat trick, Annie 2 and Issy, Amy and Misty all notched up one each.  The girls passed brilliantly again and the performance was great across the team after all the weather interruptions this season.

The U14 girls completed an unbeaten day for all the 3 Langho girls teams in action with the U11 girls achieving a milestone first league win too. A great day for girls football at the Rydings.  Thanks too for Dawn running the tuck shop supplying well needed hot drinks and helping the clubs coffers.

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.

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.


U12s Girls – Langho 0 Feniscowles and Pleasington Blue 7

Another warm sunny Sunday saw Langho U12s girls welcome Feniscowles & Pleasington Blue to The Rydings. This was expected to be another tough encounter against an experienced team who did well in the league last year. The away team started well and put the Langho girls under pressure and soon took the lead. However the Langho girls tried to push forward and created a number of half chances. Chloe had a great chance from a free kick just outside the penalty area but put it narrowly wide. At half time the away team led 5-0 but the Langho girls were feeling positive for the second half.

Again for the second week running the girls kept their heads up and produced another really determined second half display. The girls continued to create chances as they pushed forward with Niamh and Alice both going close and Eloise chasing everything energetically. The girls still got back to defend with Scarlett getting back on a number of occasions to make clearances and assist Olivia in defence. Feniscowles scored two further goals to make the final score 7-0. Amelia again showed she has the makings of a goal keeper with a sound display. Chloe received the opposition’s man of the match award. The away manager did comment after the game how the girls never let their heads drop and tried right to the final whistle. Now on to AFC Darwen next week.

We are still on the lookout for players to bolster the squad.

Interested? Contact James Buckley on 07967-039001, e-mail jebuckley68@gmail.com or just turn up to the U12 girls (year 7) practice on Friday Evenings (6-7pm) on the clubs 3G pitch at The Rydings and join in to see if you enjoy it.

Myerscough 1 – 8 Langho U14 Girls

Today’s league match was away at Myerscough. With some key players unavailable, this was a weaker Langho U14 team than usual and they only had enough to play 8v8. The home team played sportingly with 2 subs. The game kicked off and Issy created and converted an early chance after a pass from Misty. Issy unluckily looped one over the bar shortly afterwards. At the other end Hazel made some fine saves and was acting sweeper too supported by the ever-dependable Laura. Tyla demonstrated some nice touches showing how far she has come in her first full year, beating some good players and laying off passes to Katy and her other team mates. Katy played really well down the right demonstrating some close ball skills, passing and supplying crosses to Issy. She put a tantalising ball, almost in slow motion, right across the goal mouth which the girls somehow missed in one of those ‘Noooo’ moments. Our latest recruit put a shot narrowly wide of the left hand stick. Issy created and converted 2 more great goals, racking up her hat-trick, leaving the girls 3-0 up at the half-time whistle.

Hazel and Katy then swapped positions for the restart. Laura hit the post in an early attack from a corner and then shortly after a well weighted pass from Misty to Hazel was buried for 4-0. Issy then put in her forth and then Hazel ran the whole length of the pitch for a wonderful solo second. A well taken lob from the home team clawed back a deserved goal. A long throw from Amber, who was having a real tussle with the opposing team’s man-of-the-match, saw another shot saved from Hazel. The Myerscough keeper was having a good game. Inter-passing between the girls saw Issy then smash in her fifth and then Hazel picked off a fumble from their keeper for her hat-trick. There was more sound defence on display from Laura, Amber and Tyla and Katy made some brave dives plus dribbled the ball round an attacker after a pass-back. The final action was Hazel hitting the post and the rebound was put over the bar from the keeper’s outstretched leg.

So a final score of 8-1 maintained the U14 girls 100% record and Katy was voted man-of-the-match. The girls all played fantastically again today with a high tempo with all the players played their part; experienced and new. And this was a weakened team!……

Langho U13 Girls 11 – St Annes Red Stars 1

Well what a game the U13 girls had today!  A home league match against St Annes who we have seen a lot of lately due to fixture shifting and last week’s friendly.  What coaches and parents saw was a  performance from the whole team on a heavy pitch.

Langho won the toss and elected to play up the slope in the first half.  The girls settled quickly this week again playing a high back line. The girls didn’t give the away team much time to settle on the ball and after a few thwarted attacks Charlotte opened the girl’s goal account from inside the box.  Issy later put in her first and Laura had a great flighted free kick from the left hand side deflected over the bar.  We saw decisive and effective tackling, backing up and most pleasing was the passing and movement.  Hazel made some important diving saves and came out when St Annes made some dangerous breaks.  Alice’s game continues to improve and Tyla made some well-timed tackles, clearances and passes.  Amelia and Annie covered brilliantly too and Laura was instrumental in central defence.  Chloe and Misty were substituted on and contributed to the midfield with Chloe making tackles and unleashing a shot or two plus Misty’s positioning was good to pick up crosses.  Amelia scored her first and then Issy racked up 2 more goals to bring up her hat-trick before the half-time whistle: 5-0 up.

With Charlotte in the goal in the second half and Hazel down the left the game restarted.  Amelia the stepped over several attempted tackles and buried the ball in a fabulous individual goal.  Red Stars then pulled one back before Issy got her fourth.  Annie put on a great run down the wing and put a tantalising cross right across the goal mouth which could not quite be converted.  Laura was pushed ahead of the defence to allow her to launch from distance and better distribute the ball and we saw Laura shine further up field.  Annie dropped into central defence where she was outstanding too supported solidly by Freya and Tyla.  Hazel ran two-thirds of the length of the pitch on the counter, then hit the post before later converting a good cross for her first goal for the team.  Amelia racked up her hat-trick then Hazel beat a couple of players and slotted home her second and the team made double figures.  Issy then scored her fifth rounding off a match showing great understanding between midfield and the attack.  Misty had the last word putting a driven shot over the bar.

So the final score of 11-1 which was a delight to watch.  An outstanding team performance by the girls leaving us all feeling very proud against a good team as we have seen over the last 2 weeks.  Thanks again to St Annes for an enjoyable game played in the right spirit; whatever the result.

St Annes Red Stars 0 – Langho U13 Girls 3

Langho U13 Girls after another win

Langho U13 Girls after another win

The sixth league fixture of the season away at St Annes Red Stars; a team who the girls beat a few weeks ago in the cup.  The teams played 9v9 with Langho with 1 sub and the home team 2 on a beautiful sunny morning.  Langho had Charlotte in goal following a training injury to Hazel and the team welcomed Freya’s match debut.

Langho attacked from the whistle playing straight into the sun, although St Annes pushed forward too and intercepted balls well in midfield.  The thing that set the 2 teams apart in the cup match began to shine through again:  There was great passing between Amelia, Annie, Hazel and Issy slashing holes in a big determined home team defence.  The Langho defence played an advanced straight back line and Laura, Tyla and Alice had a great game with all 3 girls putting in determined tackles and passing accurately out well even under pressure.  Tyla showed a never-say-die attitude making her a real contender for man-of-the-match today.  Hazel put a great ball through to Issy who buried it the back of the net for Langho’s first.  After more exchanges a well-placed pass from Misty through to Amelia then on to Issy for her second leaving the girls 2up at half-time.

The second half was tighter forcing a few more saves off Charlotte and she distributed the ball well both from goal and from long drop-kicks.  The defence remained strong with support from midfield including Freya and once again there was some wonderful 1-2s presenting lots of opportunities including bursts where Hazel hit the post twice and had a lob well saved.  Issy then made her hat-trick and there were two occasions when the ball went tantalisingly right across the goal mouth.  There were some desperate goal mouth scrambles too in front of the home team’s net.  Amelia ran virtually the whole length of the pitch beating players to put the ball undeservedly into the side netting.

The final score ended 0-3 to Langho with impressive performances all over park, particularly in the passing and tackling.  The girls played against a skilful team with ex-Rovers players and did not give them time to get comfortable on the ball.  The girls played with a high tempo too and the opposition’s head did not drop this time.  Hazel was voted man-of-the-match playing on the left wing and this result leaves the U13 Girls firmly second in the League Table.  Well done again girls.  Next week is the reverse home fixture against St Annes.

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