ACE are looking forward, not back, says striker Ryan Shaughnessy.
Wednesday’s dramatic Canale Cup tie with Grange is history. All eyes are on tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Brisbane Knights at Wolter Park.
With just three matches remaining, every point is precious for league leaders ACE who are being pursued by Toowong and Grange.
But Ryan’s advice is: “Just play it one game at a time. This is the biggest game of the season for us, because it’s the next game.
“Of course, we need three points, if not it will be a tough run-in. We have to switch off quickly (from the cup tie). It’s done. Finished.
“The boys were a bit down after the (Grange) game, being beaten on penalties, but the comments on WhatsApp and social media shows everything’s fine.
“We’re looking forward to Sunday. Concentrating on the game and playing the way we play – that’s what we’re good at.”
Speaking before today’s fixtures, Ryan said: “I have been in this (title-chasing) position before and so have some of the lads who were here last year. I think it’s really between Grange, Toowong and us.”
Where would Ryan’s money be? “On us,” he said.
The former Manchester United youth team player smiled when reflecting on the effects of Wednesday’s cup clash.
The Ressies need to keep the pressure (points and goal difference) on leaders Toowong to force a dramatic last-round showdown.
“I was sore the day after,” he said, “my calves were tight, my back – it’s just old age!”
Ryan joined a number of ACE players in a light session on Saturday morning and will be looking to add to his goals and assists tally on Sunday.
Ryan assisted two and scored one against Grange including a stunning 88th minute free-kick which he said he “owed the lads”.
“I had two before that and they were like passes back (to the keeper),” he said, “I owed the lads a decent strike.’’
ACE Reserves will be equally determined to get three points from tomorrow’s clash with Knights at Wolter Park, at 3pm.