ACE have a great opportunity to reach a cup final, says Pouria
ACE coach Pouria Nabi sees tomorrow’s Canale Cup clash at Peninsula Power is a “massive chance to get to the final”.
The regional derby semi-final follows an impressive display by Pouria’s men in their 5-1 thumping of Souths, in the final round of the Brisbane Premier League.
ACE hit top form on Saturday creating dozens of chances and could have doubled their score, according to Pouria.
“The boys’ work rate was fantastic. That was the key,” said Pouria, “their performance was fantastic. I could not have expected any more.
“It could have been 11-1, 12-2, 13-2. We created so many chances.
“It was a great result in one game, but perhaps the worst ever win, leaving us two goals short of the finals. It’s hard to take.
“I love ACE and wanted the finals to be a present to the club.”
That comprehensive victory lifted ACE to fifth in the Brisbane Premier League – their highest finish - but agonisingly two goals short of their first top flight play-offs.
ACE finished on 32 points, as did Mitchelton, but with a goal difference of four to Mitchelton’s six. Mitchelton took the final play-off position.
Meanwhile, Peninsula Power secured second spot, behind Rochedale, with a 4-2 win at Holland Park.
“I’ve tried to be positive, but I cannot help thinking about other things,” said Pouria, “could I have done better as a coach?
“Those late equalisers by Peninsula Power and Mitchy. The penalty not awarded at Mitchy.
“But now we’re looking forward to Tuesday. We have a massive chance to get to the final. The show must go on. We must prepare everyone for the next game.”
There was some concern over Tarig Hammad on Saturday. After scoring a sensational goal, chipping the Souths keeper from 30 yards, Hammad rolled an ankle. Early indications are it was not as bad as first feared.
Tomorrow’s game kicks-off at 7.15pm at AJ Kelly Park. The winner plays Rochedale, who beat Brisbane Knights, at Underwood Park, on Saturday.