TNS too slick for the Druids
TNS opened the defence of the trophy with a comfortable win over the Ancients, who were fortunate to escape with only a three-goal defeat.
The Saints dominated from the start with some slick passing on a wet Treflan surface, but only had Scott Ruscoe's 19th-minute free-kick to show for their efforts.
Debutante Druids' keeper Carl Edwards was forced into early action to deny Richie Harris and then saved from Michael Wilde and Ruscoe in quick succession.
The best move of the night ended with John Toner firing just wide as Druids somehow held out, with Carl Lamb managhing to force a save from Gerard Doherty in a rare visitors' break.
Toner was just wide on the resumption from another good build-up before Wilde added the second on the hour from John Leah's through ball.
Toner brought another save from Edwards and then had his 65th minute tap-in ruled out for offside when Edwards could only parry Leah's 20-yard drive.
The keeper continued to be the busiest man on the field, saving superbly a long range Martyn Naylor piledriver, but was forced to head clear outside his area to stop Steven Beck, and the rebound found sub Alfie Carter who coolly slotted into an empty net.