A busy summer in the transfer market paid immediate dividends for St John’s as their bid to make an instant return to the top flight started in fine fashion on Saturday.
The JCK Division Two title favourites launched their campaign with a 5-0 win at Braddan, courtesy of a hat-trick from new signing Steven Glover, one from his brother Andy – another new arrival – and one from Mark Wolfenden.
The other relegated side, Union Mills, had to settle for a point as they were held at home by Pulrose.
Michael Nash fired the Millers ahead before Barry English equalised.
Foxdale came from behind to defeat Ronaldsway 2-1 at Billy Goat Park.
Willie Woods and Anthony Corkill grabbed the goals to overcome a half-time deficit and they held off the Rockets, despite being reduced to 10 men in the closing stages.
Two goals from Martin Murphy, one from Steve Jordan and an own goal settled a fiery contest as Ramsey Youth Centre won 4-1 at Douglas and District.
Stuart Christian netted for D& D who finished the match with nine men with Youth Centre reduced to 10 players.
Last year’s bottom team the Police have a new look and a new start - new signings Jamie Stoy (two), Tony Edgar and Craig Cowin the scorers in a 4-0 win at Malew.