Relief and delight for ACE

Adam Piddick jumps for joy after scoring ACE's late, late winner. Picture: Andrew Shaw

But Lions already in sights of coach Pouria Nabi

ACE coach Pouria Nabi admitted to having mixed emotions after last night’s 2-1 victory over Holland Park at Wolter Park.

There was relief and delight at snatching all three points with a last-minute goal from Adam Piddick, pictured celebrating. But the coach was also ready to move on and get Lions in his sights.

“From a coaching perspective, we got a result (tonight) and I’m happy with the three points and the boost it will give the boys’ confidence,” said Pouria

“Holland Park hit eight goals last week against Capalaba and came to this game with high confidence. We gave our boys instructions on how they needed to play and they responded very well.

“But in the second half there was a really, really tough job for us. It is very difficult when the opposition are down on numbers, sit back and focus more on counter attack.

“It was difficult to penetrate their back line and that’s why I am so delighted for the boys.”

But there were aspects of the game which need work. “To be honest, I think we didn’t handle the pressure (of the second half situation) as well as we could,” said Pouria.

“We didn’t help ourselves. We’ll have a chat about that at Monday’s session. For me though, this game is now history.

“From the coaching perspective, the Lions game has already started. I need to plan the next three training sessions and come up with a good game plan for us.

“Lions are a top team and if we want to make this a great year for the club we need to tackle all the teams.”

ACE face Lions on Saturday at Wolter Park, kick-off 5.45pm, following the ACE Reserves against Lions Reserves at 3.30pm.

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