ACE coach Steve Glockner has praised his team’s character during a seven-week mid-season period which could ‘make our season’
In that time ACE have recorded two wins and two draws against three sides in the top five of the Premier League (Toowong, Taringa, Bayside) and Caboolture – all away from home.
With another away trip on Saturday, to Acacia Ridge (5pm), it will be five games and seven weeks between home fixtures.
In their last home match ACE beat North Pine 4-1 at Wolter Park on May 11 and next play host to UQ on June 29.
“It’s very different to playing one at home and one away every fortnight,” said the coach.
“We knew this run would be very difficult period for us – and the making of our season. The team has shown great character during this month.”
That determination has shone through with equalisers in the 95th minute at Toowong (3-3, Ally Russell), 92nd minute at Taringa (3-3, Yuya Ono) and an 86th-minute winner at third-placed Bayside (2-1, Matt Sanchez) on Saturday.
“Although we went one down (at Bayside) it would have been a crime to lose the game,” said Glockner.
“I thought we were excellent. If it was a boxing match, we just deserved to win on points.”
New signing Josh Masters started his first game for ACE at Bayside, at just a few hours’ notice, after Andrew Ford was ruled out through injury on the day.
“Josh had an excellent game,” said Glockner, “he is a tough competitor, and his tackles and work-rate were really needed.
“He was one of 14 players who all worked their butts off and contributed to a great victory.”