The hurlers of Tyrone and Roscommon both recorded home wins as the 2013 Nicky Rackard Cup got underway this afternoon.
Newly promoted Tyrone impressed when registering a 1-11 to 0-12 victory over visitors Louth at Carrickmore.
Many had fancied the visitors to come out on top in this encounter, having reached the Rackard Cup final last year, but Pat Clancy's charges were wasteful in front of the posts and hit 18 wides over the 70 minutes.
Louth began brightly with four unanswered points from Brian Corcoran, but Tyrone took a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead with Kiefer Morgan registering the only goal of the contest.
Damien Casey and Diarmuid Murphy traded points early on the restart, before a Wee County fight-back.
Louth cut the gap to the minimum, but Tyrone proved hungrier for victory with a late point from substitute Sean Óg Grogan cementing the result.
Roscommon impressed throughout as they claimed a 1-18 to 0-14 triumph over Connacht rivals Sligo at Athleague.
The hosts led by 0-5 to 0-2 at the start of the second quarter, and moved 0-13 to 0-5 clear by the interval.
The only goal of the game arrived 16 minutes after the restart - former All-Ireland Poc Fada champion Jerry Fallon smashed the ball into the Sligo net.
Sligo tried to edge their way back into contention, but Cormac Kelly, Cillian Egan and Fallon each struck points late on as Roscommon held out for a seven-point win.