THE FUTURE looks bright for the Strachan Football Foundation (SFF) after its young players triumphed in the ECFA National College Cup.
Birmingham City’s St Andrews Stadium provided the stage for SFF who beat DESA Academy from Dereham 1-0 last Wednesday thanks to a superb late individual goal by Dylan Otshudy.
Both sides played contrasting styles with DESA opting to use a more direct approach while SFF provided a crowd-pleasing display of entertaining, passing football.
Chances were created by the energy of SFF wide players Junior Boyaback and Jack Jurasheik, who were supported by full backs Aiden Print and substitute Jordan De Vos but neither side could make a breakthrough in a fairly even opening period.
SFF controlled the game in the second half but they came up against a stubborn DESA backline who refused to concede.
Junior Boyaback struck from 20 yards out which went just wide of the right-hand post and the same player forced the DESA goalkeeper into a smart save moments later as the threat by SFF increased.
A goal-saving tackle by Jordan De Vos prevented DESA scoring a breakaway goal before the deadlock was finally broken two minutes from time.
A well struck pass into Otshudy from De Vos allowed Otshudy to flick the ball inside of the DESA centre half before spinning round into the penalty area and neatly lobbing the oncoming goalkeeper.
That proved to be the only goal of the game as SFF stole victory away from a physical DESA side but they failed to match SFF’s passing and movement.