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U12 girls League Cup 1st Round – Langho 3-2 Pendle Forest

The U12 girls faced Pendle Forest in the first round of the League Cup at home at The Rydings. Langho were under pressure from the whistle and struggled to find their rhythm and normally characteristic  passing.  Aleasia came off with an injury, Ellie on and Anabelle made her debut for the team.  The girls defended doggedly, including with Amber even heading, Charlotte W making tackles and Emily making several brave saves; so Forest remained frustrated.  The home team found their form towards the end of the half and started to threaten, but the score remained goalless at the break.

Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive

Langho U12 Girls Celebration dive

After the whistle Eva put Langho ahead, but the girls conceded after a mistake from a restart. The game was more finely balanced and both teams threatened.  Heather and Charlotte J made some good runs down the opposite wings and Ellie had a couple of shots from distance.  Lillie forced a save from the Forest keeper off a free kick after clearing the wall and Jade continued to threaten but still the score was 1-1 at full time.

So on to two halves of 7minutes of extra time. Langho came out on fire and found their fluid passing.  Charlotte J made a pass to Jade who buried the shot as the girls surged down the hill.  After the turnaround the girls continued to look dangerous.  Aleasia had a looping top corner shot saved but Pendle equalised in the dying minutes.  As nails were gnawed to the bone, a run and perfect pass from Charlotte J saw Jade pick the ball up and bury the winner 3-2:  Phew!

A gripping game to watch and even better with a pint in hand with the clubhouse open! Well played girls – Onwards into the final 8 (quarter finals). Thanks to the coaches Jason and Ste as well as the volunteers running the tuckshop and bar.

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.