Kilpatrick shines on Tyrone debut, while McBride is the Antrim hero
Tyrone began life without Cathal McShane, their joint-top scorer in last year's All-Ireland Championship who is set to move to Australia, with a routine 1-16 to 0-13 win over last year's Ulster finalists Cavan in their first outing of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup.
Debutant Conn Kilpatrick, of Edendork, had a most impressive first showing for Mickey Harte's men and was man of the match.
With Cavan naming a side not far off their strongest and the Red Hands giving out four debuts, it would seem that Tyrone are set for their traditional good start to the year.
Going in 0-8 to 0-6 ahead at the break having benefited from a strong wind, a powerful third quarter edged them further ahead. In McShane's absence, Harte handed Conall McCann the full-forward role and he capped a decent showing by finishing off a smart move to the net.
Meanwhile, it took a late goal from Paddy McBride to gain Antrim a win over an experimental Fermanagh side in Ahoghill.
By half-time, the Ernemen had pushed themselves 0-8 to 0-4 ahead.
Soon after the break, St John's man McBride had the ball in the net and as the clock ticked down, he produced a special effort to leave the scores at the end 2-8 to 0-13.
Donegal got their season under way in Ballybofey by edging out visitors Monaghan by a point, the final scoreline 1-12 to 0-14.
They had to withstand a second yellow card for Brendan McCole and had Michael Langan sin-binned for the last 10 minutes, but a goal from Peader Morgan in the final quarter was good enough for them to sneak through.
In Saturday night's Conor McGurk Cup final, Antrim beat Down on a 2-18 to 0-13 scoreline.
Niall McKenna batted the ball home from close range to grab an Antrim goal in the first half, and Alex Delargy found the net in the second period.