ACE face early test
It will be a hard game, but a good game, says Takeru Saito
MIDFIELDER Takeru Saito believes ACE face one of their toughest tests of the season on Saturday against Lions at Wolter Park, kick-off 5.45pm.
The Richlands-based visitors are top of the Flight Centre Premier League as the only team with maximum points from two games.
Lions won 4-2 at Peninsula Power and crushed Capalaba 7-0. ACE had a 1-1 draw at Ipswich and 2-1 victory over Holland Park, leaving them in fourth place
“It will be a very hard game, but a very good game,” said Saito (pictured by Andrew Shaw against Holland Park last weekend), “we need to be ready for Saturday.
“Lions have a lot of good players, they have high intensity and high skill. We have to try to stay concentrated all the time and work hard too.”
Last season ACE felt unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Lions at Wolter Park but drew 1-1 at Richlands thanks to a superb strike from Yasu Fujimoto.
“We have to have good defence on Saturday,” said former Japanese university star Saito. “Lions style is to enjoy their football and a lot of short passes. We have to have good defence and keep our shape.
“But we will be more offensive (than last year) because we have Chom and Royce. They have good skills and are good for us.”
Given the choice Saito would have preferred to play Lions a little later in the season.
He said ACE has been working on improving aspects of last week’s game against Holland Park, when they needed a 93rd-minute winner from Adam Piddick against nine-man opponents.
But he was still confident. “Saturday will be a good game and we would like to have a good crowd there,” said Saito.
ACE Reserves face Lions Reserves at Wolter Park at 3.30pm on Saturday, while the under 18s meet at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale on Friday, kick-off 8.30pm.