Loughran and Mulholland net plaudits in the battle of Saints
St Enda's, Glengormley may have reigned supreme in the intermediate sector last year but they found the cutting edge of the Antrim senior football championship rather too much to bear at the weekend.
In going under to St Mary's Aghagallon by 2-11 to 1-8, St Enda's tended to make things difficult for themselves by having Eathen Gibson and James McAuley dismissed in addition to squandering several scoring chances.
The Aghagallon side always looked more assured and goals from Ruairi Loughran and Paul Mulholland were to prove crucial in their victory.
Indeed Mulholland's goal pulled his team clear at 2-11 to 0-8 and there was simply no way back for Frank Fitzsimons' side even though veteran Philly Curran managed to squeeze in a late consolation goal.
In the Antrim senior hurling championship Dunloy Cuchullians proved too strong for O'Donovan Rossa winning by 2-21 to 1-17, while Loughgiel Shamrocks outclassed St Gall's by 3-23 to 0-15.
Conal Cunning was man of the match for Dunloy registering 0-14 (10 frees) while Paul Shiels and Nigel Elliott grabbed the team's goals.
Deaghlan Murphy hit 10 points for Rossa (nine frees) while Michael Armstrong contributed 1-1.
Loughgiel encountered little difficulty in hurdling St Galls by 3-23 to 0-15 with Eddie McCluskey, Shay Casey and Shane McGrath each grabbing 1-2, while James McNaughton landed 0-7.
In the Armagh senior football championship, Madden sprang a surprise when they beat fancied Maghery by 1-9 to 0-6.
And Armagh Harps came a cropper when they fell to Granemore by 0-15 to 1-11 having trailed by 0-7 to 0-6 at the interval against a side that sustained their effort right to the end.
Crossmaglen Rangers strolled to a fine win over Clan Eireann (3-18 to 0-9) while Silverbridge were not unduly troubled in beating St Peter's by 2-13 to 0-6.