FOOTBALL: Strachan Football Foundation

The Strachan Football Foundation team
The Strachan Football Foundation team

International opposition with Vietnam Under 19s

Lilleshall National Sports Centre

Strachan Football Foundation were invited to play the Vietnam U19s national team as Coventry City pulled out of the fixture we happily replaced them. Having played Arsenal U19s and winning 3-0 earlier in the week the Kilsby Lane side knew they were in for a testing 90 minutes.

Vietnam started the brighter of the two teams, showing immense confidence in keeping the ball and passing with tempo. The Vietnamese boys were supremely confident when passing the ball, but the experience of the SFF boys did show within their performance.

It was a learning experience for every SFF player and coach as playing against a team so supremely confident in possession was something to admire, however admire is not what the players of SFF did they worked tremendously hard to prevent Vietnam’s passing game.

SFF stayed compact and work tirelessly to prevent Vietnam from playing through them, however, SFF were undo after Vietnam number 17 took advantage of mistake in possession and placed home into the bottom left of the SFF net.

It wasn’t long until SFF were on level terms following a corner from Karabo Motsweni which was met by big centre back Jefferson Woodward who smashed a header in off the bar to equalise.

The hardwork continued throughout the half some fantastic passing football played by both teams making it a very enjoyable game to be involved in, the technical ability and attitude of the Vietnamese players was lesson to any British Team.

Half time 1-1

The second half was similar the first with Vietnam producing some high quality patterns of passing throughout the pitch, SFF continued to press the ball well and work very hard when not in possession.

With all the possession Vietnam had when SFF had the ball they did very well and showed a high level of technical ability when it came to keeping possession of the football, matching the levels of Vietnam. To see SFF boys match an international side who had recently beaten Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur was a very proud moment.

The SFF lads continued to work tirelessly when not in possession and created a number chances to take the lead as did Vietnam. By the end of the game Vietnam had the better of the chances and SFF did ride their luck at times.

From their work ethic and endeavour SFF did deserve their draw. It was a unique experience to actually play against an International team of such quality. The Vietnam were a pleasure to play against and actually only gave two free kicks away all game. The second half was a more equal affair and a very entertaining game and it finished 1-1.

Thank you to our new Vietnamese friends we wish them all the best for the rest of their tour and please keep in touch.

Dan Elliott