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Langho U11 Girls at North Valley and Burnley League Fun Day Tournament

Last Sunday the Langho U11 girls went to play in the North Valley and Burnley League fun day tournament at The Prairie. This was the girls’ first taste of a tournament.  There were 4 teams in their age group and the girls played an unfamiliar 9v9 format for 12miute games to decide the semi-final places.

The girls attacked for the majority of the first match against Clitheroe. The second was against Bispham, a nervy game which the girls played bravely but the other team were dominant.  The final group match was against Cadley where Charlotte had an early shot saved and Heather hit the crossbar:  The girls on balance deserved a win, but this too ended honours even.  The girls’ pool third place earned them the toughest semi-final against Bispham and this time, after a pep talk from Jason, showed more confidence in the face of further physical tactics but this was was to be the end of their campaign.

The U11 girls enjoyed the experience despite the biting wind and kept going until the end. With no subs they all played for each other and have made great strides since the start of their first season. Today they spotted passes and were even putting the occasional square ball across the box.  Ellie did a terrific job in goal against Bispham making numerous good saves and Emily came out and critically made dives on the ball.  Alicia, Jade and Eva were amongst those making some determined tackles and Lillie unleashed her now familiar clearances.  Smiles were all around again and they each got a trophy for their efforts.  Well done girls!  Now just 3 matches left in the season and at least a tournament at St Annes on 22nd May.

Myerscough 2 – 4 Langho U14 Girls

Today’s Langho U14 girls league match was away at Myerscough on a chilly yet sunny morning. Langho started strongly but just couldn’t find the back of the net today early doors despite some great passing and prolonged pressure. Deadlock was broken by a decisive squared pass from Amelia which Issy drove home.  Katie was playing a key connecting role in front of the back two.  A relatively rare attack from the home team saw Hazel hitting a keeper’s sweeper’s clearance into the opposite box bouncing in front of their keeper and forcing a save.  A couple of Langho goals were rightly ruled out for offside, before Amelia had a probing run and the shot well saved.  Issy’s run and pass to Amelia was then put away low down in the corner of the net for 0-2, but Myerscough pressed down the left themselves to pull one back just before the break.

Katie and Hazel swapped positions. Langho continued to pile on the pressure, but the home team seemed to keep the ball out and the girls could not quite put away crosses in front of the face of the goal.  Myerscough had a corner which was well defended and Hazel and Katy showed a good understanding at the back defending against breaks where they were outnumbered with help from other team members.  Freya made a terrific run, passed to Issy who laid off the ball to Amelia who made it 3 and then Issy made a more individual effort to stretch the lead further.  Hazel made a piecing run down the left but smashed her shot over the bar.  A lay off from Hazel to Issy went the same way before a mistake from the restart at the back saw the ball intercepted and a consolation goal giving a final winning score of 2-4.

Katie was voted man-of-the-match and the result racks up the 12th straight win for the Langho girls and sets up a thoroughly deserved trip to Turf Moor to collect the league trophy on 12 June as well as a first for girl’s football in the history of the club.

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 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 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.

Derby Day!

Derby Day once more at the Rydings as we hosted Wilpshire U11’s again. Wilpshire were keen to avenge the previous Halloween mauling; Langho keen to extend their 8 game winning run.
It was a cagey start, but played almost entirely in the Wilpshire half as Langho worked hard to keep them pinned back. Early probing runs from Sean down the left were defended well, but Langho moved the ball round and created chances that unfortunately didn’t hit the target. On the couple of occasions the Langho defence (Connor, Jack and Will) were tested, they were up to the task. Midway through the first half, Theo slid a lovely ball through from midfield that Noah ran on to, beating the offside trap he slotted home to break the deadlock. Strong work from Harrison in midfield and a similar pass for Noah gave us our second shortly after. Noah netted his hat-trick with a lovely looping free kick and Langho cruised into half time. The second half saw Langho kicking down hill. Wilpshire came out fighting, and netted an early goal to deny Thomas a deserved clean sheet, but Langho responded well. It was from a Sasi throw-in, Theo cross and Harrison finish that Langho netted a fourth. Max battled hard in midfield, reading the game well and intercepting several Wilpshire passes. Meechai tackled tenaciously, but was denied a goal after receiving another Sasi throw and unleashing a sweet shot, Myles in the Wilpshire goal parried the shot but Sean followed in to smash the ball home. Wilpshire had more attacks in the second half, but Jack put in a really solid full back performance to clear our lines. Wilpshire were having no joy on the wings either as Will and Connor closed down quickly forcing errors or winning tackles. A bursting run from Harrison through the middle, then released Theo who dragged the defence over before releasing Noah who finished cooly for his fourth and Langho’s sixth. Bragging rights remained firmly with Langho this Derby Day too :)

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.

U12s Girls – Great Harwood 0 Langho Juniors 4

The girls travelled to Great Harwood today looking to avenge the 4-1 home defeat by Great Harwood at the start of the season. After their recent good performances both in training and matches they went into the match with a very positive attitude.

Langho U12 Girls at Great Harwood

Langho U12 Girls at Great Harwood

The girls were playing up the slope in the first half and looked very strong right from the start. Niamh was causing Great Harwood all sorts of problems with her weaving runs and mid-way through the first half Langho took the lead after one of these runs with an excellent finish. Great Harwood created a few chances of their own and one break down the middle saw Bailey pull off an excellent save from one particular chance. Apart from those chances, Alice and Olivia at the back with Chloe sitting in front of them kept Great Harwood at bay. Towards the end of the half Niamh went another run and extended Langho’s lead with her second goal to give Langho a 2-0 half time lead.

At the start of the second half Great Harwood really tested the Langho defence, however the defence with the help of the midfield trio of Scarlett, Danielle and Chloe held strong. As the half continued the girls created a number of chances with Amelia and Danielle going close. Following a positional change with Alice moving into midfield, Langho scored number three following a great run by Alice who finished confidently. Langho were not finished yet and Niamh completed her hat-trick scoring the final to complete a 4-0 victory.

This was another great team performance by the girls who look better and better every week. – James Buckley

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 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

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