Must win game
Three points vital for ACE's Premier League finals dream
THERE can be no doubting the importance of ACE’s derby clash with Peninsula Power at Wolter Park on Saturday (July 15) kick-off 6pm.
Coach Pouria Nabi said this is a “must win game” and with trademark confidence believes ACE “will win”.
And midfielder Liam Previtera, who joined ACE last month, said: “We need three points if want to be playing in the finals.”
ACE are seventh, three points off the finals positions and five behind second-placed Power with just five games remaining.
Victory, for either side, will have a huge impact on their season’s goals as the Flight Centre Premier League title and play-off race hots up.
Ironically it is the second time in eight days these sides have met after last weekend’s rescheduled game at AJ Kelly Park - won by Power 1-0.
But Liam, who spent the last two seasons at Moreton Bay United and is pictured against Olympic last season, said: “This weekend will be totally different.
“I thought the game at Peninsula Power was a little disjointed. I don’t think either team played really well.
“This game will have a higher intensity. There’s more riding on it and it’s good having Royce (Brownlie) back for his experience and leadership.”
Previtera, a cardiac technician, moved last summer to take up a position in Hervey Bay and had no football behind him when Pouria rang last month.
“I was happy just to help out the reserves,” said Liam, “I played (for ACE Reserves) at Logan and was on the bench for the senior game.
“Last week I played (seniors) against Peninsula Power and was surprised how I got used to the pace of the game.
“I train two or three times a week in the gym, done a few runs and then just travelled down to play.
“It’s a good feeling being back playing. I’m enjoying it. I’ve missed it.”