Three cup finals
ACE need maximum points, says coach Pouria Nabi
THE equation is simple, according to coach Pouria Nabi.
ACE, in sixth place, need three wins from their last three Premier League games to keep their play-off dream alive.
It’s a tough challenge against three sides above them, starting with a trip to fifth-placed Mitchelton on Saturday, kick-off 6pm.
Mitchelton, who have played one game less than ACE, snatched a 2-2 draw with a goal four minutes into injury time at Wolter Park last month.
Leaders Rochedale visit Wolter Park on August 12, kick-off 5pm and the final match is a trip to Souths, currently fourth, on August 19, kick-off 7pm.
ACE, Mitchelton and Souths are all on 29 points, Lions have 33, Peninsula Power 34 and leaders Rochedale 36.
“We are trying to encourage the boys to think of this as three cup finals,” said Pouria, “every single game is a cup final. A draw may not be good enough for us.
With nine goals in the last two games, ACE have found their scoring touch and it is something Pouria hopes they will take in to the season’s finale.
“The ACE coach has also watched three recent Mitchelton games, including this week’s Canale Cup home defeat by Easts.
“I think they are the same team as before (earlier this season) but we need to be ready and aware of their strengths,” said Pouria.
“Our defenders know what they must do and the attackers know how they must cause Mitchelton problems.
“I think the boys are really pumped for this, our first final of the run-in.”
ACE are still waiting on midfielder Darren Thompson, pictured against Mitchelton earlier this season, who has missed the last couple of weeks through injury and is rated 50-50 for Saturday’s game.
Otherwise ACE have a full squad to select from.