The 2013/14 season kicked off with AFC hosting Richhill at Cheney Park on Saturday August 10.
New First Team Manager, Chris Beattie has been impressed with the Boys Club since coming on-board during the summer.
The AFC lads had the ball at their feet and the fluid passing was underway.
In a game were AFC dominated possession, the outcome from early on seemed simple. The first shock however came 20 minutes through the first half. A long ball over the top from Richhill’s left side beating Monaghan and Spiers; three sharp passes later and a fine finish from Morrison put AFC 1-0 down.
AFC’s domination resumed, a few long range chances and well worked openings but still no goal. Canning’s disguised pass into the box left the Gartland with a simple finish which he dragged wide. Sean Cunningham’s effort was saved easily at the goalkeeper’s feet.
Shortly into the second half the visitors broke down the right, pulling AFC’s defence wide. A well delivered ball led to a simple tap in from Allen.
AFC pressed again, but were frustrated. Substitute Mullaghan also forced his way through only to shoot weakly at the feet of Richhill’s keeper.
The locals were visibly deflated on the full time whistle with a final score which didn’t reflect the game. A well organised and determined Richhill walked away with all three points, scoring two of their six chances.
Manager Beattie voiced his disappointment for his players who worked hard and showed good commitment. He said, “If we don’t take our chances we have no-one to blame but ourselves.
Overall this was a good game to watch, with AFC needing to learn from mistakes and be more decisive in front of goal and with their decision making.
More improvement is required for Tuesday’s match at the Showgrounds to take on Newry City, kick-off 7.30pm.