One of toughest ties
We'll treat it same as any other game, says Pouria
IT was the draw neither club wanted, but ACE will face Jets in the Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Round 5 next week.
For ACE, drawn as the home team, it will be their third tie after wins at Springfield and Toowong this season. Jets, officially the away team, will be making their 2017 cup debut at Wolter Park on Friday, May 5, kick-off 7pm.
Both coaches are predicting a tough game.
“I wouldn’t say I am happy to be playing Moreton Bay United at this stage,” said ACE coach Pouria Nabi. "It’s one of the toughest games in the FFA Cup.
"But we’ll be treating it the same as any other – and as soon as the referee blows the final whistle we’ll be best of friends.
“I’d like to invite all members of both clubs to come down and enjoy the evening and support their team. I’d love to see that happen.”
Jets' technical director Adam Piddick echoed his ACE counterpart's thoughts: “It’s a big game for the club," said Adam.
“We know the ACE boys will work really hard. For us it’s probably not the game we wanted. It’s the hardest of all of them. We have to match their physicality, drive and hunger.
“It (being drawn against ACE) was always going to happen. If not this year, it could happen next year or the year after.
“But I’m sure Pouria will be saying the same things as us. It’s a football match. As soon as we walk over that line there are no friends.You’re there to do a job.”
Will Adam play for ACE? “Pouria’s asked me and I’m definitely not available,” he said.
ACE also have a new date for their postponed Premier League derby clash with Mitchelton. It will now be on Friday June 9, at Wolter Park. Reserves kick-off 6.30pm. Seniors at 8.30pm.