Praise for point
Coach Pouria pays tribute to players who stepped up against league leaders
THERE were mixed emotions after ACE’s 1-1 draw at league leaders Easts last night.
Chom Arop had put ACE ahead with a first-half penalty – his 10th goal in six games – and raised hopes of a vital victory. Easts had a player dismissed, but equalised from the spot in the second half.
However, ACE’s point came despite losing key midfielder Takeru Saito who dislocated a shoulder after just 15 minutes and being taken to hospital.
Coach Pouria Nabi said Takeru is back home but will be out of action for a couple of weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Saito’s injury stretched ACE’s squad further on the night, but drew praise for the the battling display and taking a share of the points.
ACE started with a bench including Reserve team players Jack Baresic and Daniel Sciarretta who had played all 90 minutes in the preceding 2-0 victory over Easts Reserves.
Also Matthew Sanchez who played 40 minutes against Easts Reserves and Dino Mujkanovic stepping up from the ACE Under 18s.
“Dino replaced Takeru and had a good game. It was his first for the senior team” said Pouria.
“We were short on players. Ahmed and Adam Piddick were out of this game, Takeru got injured, our substitutes had played for the Ressies before us.
“To be honest a point away to the league leaders was not too bad.”
ACE are back at Wolter Park on Friday to face Grange. Reserves kick-off at 6.30pm. Seniors at 8.30pm.