Slaughtneil certainly hit the ground running when they launched their bid to land an eighth successive Derry senior hurling championship title.
Michael McShane's fired-up side were in unstoppable mood as they brushed aside the feeble challenge of a dispirited Ballinascreen on a 6-26 to 1-11 scoreline.
But the wily McShane is not reading too much into the outcome.
"We got off to a good start and we were able to maintain our momentum," he said.
"I have to say that I was happy with the way in which we took our chances."
By half-time, the reigning champions had already assured themselves of a place in the next round when they led by 3-13 to 0-4.
As they piled on the pressure after the break, Cormac O'Doherty (1-12) and Jerome McGuigan (3-3) remained in the vanguard of their scoring onslaught.
Eoghan Rua, still coming to terms with the recent sudden death of popular player Michael McQuillan, were held to a draw by Banagher. Sean Leo McGoldrick brought all his experience into play in pocketing a string of scores as Eoghan Rua compiled 2-14, but courageous Banagher stayed the course by totting up 1-17 in what was a thrilling draw.
Lavey, meanwhile, managed to edge out a gallant Na Magha outfit by 0-15 to 0-10 after a tense tie in which the sides were deadlocked at 0-7 each at half-time.