Ronan Sweeney began life as a manager in the Kildare SFC with a comprehensive win as Moorefield beat Carbury by 2-20 to 1-6 on Saturday in Newbridge.
Éanna O'Connor was in superb form as his father Jack, the Kildare manager, watched from the terraces. He scored 12 points from 12 shots, ten frees, to go with goals in either half from Ciarán Kelly and Ian Meehan.
It's 20 years since Kildare won their last Leinster title and a couple of Sweeney's former teammates had good weekends. Tadhg Fennin's first game in charge of St Laurence's ended with a 0-14 to 0-12 win.
Glenn Ryan's Round Towers beat a fancied Naas team by 1-11 to 0-11. Towers were the better throughout and a Matthew Kelly goal helped them to a 1-7 to 0-5 half-time lead.
Naas were handed a golden opportunity to draw when they were awarded an injury-time penalty but Eamon Callaghan's effort was pushed around the post by James Robinson.
Celbridge enjoyed a big win over Confey. David Hughes scored a hat-trick of goals in a 4-20 to 2-7 win but teenager Aaron Browne stole the show by kicking six points from play.
Clane held last year's Intermediate champions Monasterevan to just two points when scoring 3-17 themselves. Kyle Devey, Ethan O'Donohue and Ciarán Brady got their goals.
Raheens registered an impressive 3-9 to 0-8 win over a Maynooth side who badly missed injured county star Neil Flynn. Paddy Woodgate (penalty), Liam Power and Nicholas Kennedy scored the Raheens goals.
In the IFC, 42-year-old Johnny Doyle continued his record of not missing a club championship game since making his debut in 1996 as Allenwood beat TMH by 1-15 to 0-7.
Meanwhile in Meath, inter-county duo Eamonn and Joey Wallace were notable absentees as county champions Ratoath made an impressive start in the defence of their title with a facile 5-21 to 2-6 victory over Nobber.
Former county player Brian Farrell, who was one of the stars in Nobber's IFC win 12 months ago, is now the Ratoath manager having taken charge following the shock departure of Davy Byrne in the aftermath of that maiden title success.
Bryan McMahon accounted for 2-5 for Ratoath, who trailed to an early goal from Jordan Morris.
Summerhill, beaten finalists for the past three years, hit four answered points from Barry Dardis (two) Diarmuid McCabe and Conor Frayne to defeat neighbours Moynalvey by 0-17 to 1-12.
Reigning champions Garrycastle were impressive Westmeath SFC winners over neighbours Athlone in Tubberclair.
Goals from Danny Reid and Richie Greene gave Athlone a 2-3 to 0-8 lead at half-time, but the holders proved they are strong contenders again, despite Dessie Dolan's retirement, by firing over a string of quality points on the restart to win by 0-17 to 2-7.