Bezhad's appeal to fans
Help us in six-point showdown at Wolter Park, says 'keeper
GOALKEEPER Behzad Ariayee Ravesh has made a rallying call to ACE fans ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday) “six-pointer” at Wolter Park
Logan Lightning are the visitors, kick-off 8.30pm, with ACE one of the top four Premier League teams, level on 10 points behind Holland Park, Lions and Mitchelton.
ACE also have the league’s best defensive record, with Holland Park and Easts, having conceded just six goals entering tomorrow’s clash with seventh-placed Logan.
“We have a really important game against Logan,” said Behzad, “not just a three-point game, a six-point game - come and support us.
“At Wolter Park we do not feel alone. This season we are not alone. As goalkeeper between the posts I feel the support. I want to say thanks to the supporters and I ask please come and support us.
“Last season we had two games against Logan and got one point. It is very important to me as a goalkeeper to have a clean sheet – and for the other players, I feel they really want to win.
“This season everyone wants to win. Everyone is working hard, very hard, definitely we believe we can do the top four at end of the season.”
Behzad made a number of important saves at Grange in Sunday’s 2-1 win – ACE’s third in four games and all by a single-goal margin.
“I can play better,” said Bezhad, “but the goalkeeping coach (Jamie Young) is really helpful for me. I feel really different to last year. I can feel it. Jumping, reactions are better because I am doing more training.”
The goalkeeper is also adapting to different formations with ACE using both three and four defenders at the back this season.
“Most of my career, 15-20 years, I have played with four at the back,” said Behzad, “three is different, but we are working on it. We have a good team, friendly and always helping each other.”
ACE Reserves take on Logan Lightning Reserves at Wolter Park, kick-off 6.30pm and ACE Under 18s face their Logan counterparts at Brendale 8.30pm. Good luck to all three teams.