Newington announced their arrival in the Lough 41 Championship with a stunning 4-1 win over Dergview.
he Premier Intermediate League champions scored in the first minute of the game through Patrick Downey following a mix-up in the Dergview defence. Captain Richard Gowdy made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, before the Dergs pulled one back through Calvin McCallion.
But Dergview restored their two-goal advantage in the 33rd minute when Darren Stuart completed a counterattack. Stuart scored his second of the game in the second half to seal a comfortable victory.
Recently relegated Warrenpoint Town’s life in the Championship got off to the worst possible start, as Barry Gray’s men lost 2-0 to Loughgall.
After a scoreless first half, Jamie Rea broke the deadlock at Lakeview Park 10 minutes into the second half. Debutant Benji Magee scored the second after some fine work from Nedas Maciulaitis.
Last season’s runners-up Annagh United got off to winner start with a 2-0 victory over Knockbreda at the BMG Arena. Conor Mullen converted a Craig Taylor cross in the 39th minute before Stephen Murray made sure with a strike five minutes from time.
Greg Hall marked his return to Ards with a rare goal, as Matthew Tipton’s team defeat Harland and Wolff Welders 2-0 at Blanchflower Park.
The right-back, who rejoined Ards in the summer after four years at Portadown, beat the Welders offside trap before scoring from a one-on-one. Patrick Cafolla made sure of the points with a late goal when he swivelled on a loose ball after the Welders failed to clear a corner-kick.
It’s a big improvement for Ards, who lost 4-0 to the Welders at the same venue in March.
Niall Currie’s Dundela mad a winning start to the season. A 59th minute strike from new boy Chrissy Rodgers gave the Duns a 1-0 win over Institute at Wilgar Park.
Elsewhere, Ballyclare Comrades and Ballinamallard United played out a scoreless draw at Dixon Park.