STRATHDALE made a superb start to the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League division one championship season, defeating Knockout Cup champions Golden City 4-0.
A hat-trick from striker Sean Boxshall set up the win for the Blues.
Strathdale only led 1-0 at half-time, but the home side dominated the second half.
Julian Taylor complemented Boxshall's hat-trick with a goal of his own.
Golden City's cause wasn't helped by red cards to Oliver Leonard-Shannon and Chris Hayden.
Epsom opened its campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Colts United at Strathfieldsaye.
After a tight first half, the Scorpions had the better of the second half to clinch all three points.
Traditional rivals Eaglehawk and Spring Gully played out a 1-1 draw in the final game of the round.
A Kyle Hopley goal gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first half.
However, Spring Gully bounced back in the second half to clinch a valuable away point.
In this week's matches, Epsom hosts Strathdale on Saturday night and Spring Gully is at home to Colts United on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Spring Gully's women's team stamped itself as the big improver in 2014 with a commanding 9-0 win over Eaglehawk.
Young gun Nicole Ford and Paige Condor scored two goals each in the big win.
The Reds had seven individual goal scorers.
Strathdale defeated Golden City in a 10-goal thriller.
In an entertaining encounter, the Blues won 6-4 after scores were tied 2-2 at half-time.
Jasmine Lina scored two goals for the Blues, Brodie Key kicked two goals for the Rams.
In the final match of the round, Colts United outclassed Epsom 5-1.
Swan Hill staked its claim for favouritism in the youth division by smashing Moama 13-0.
Spring Gully scored a thrilling 4-3 win over Eaglehawk.
The Reds were 3-0 down at half-time, but rallied strongly to kick four goals after the break.
Strathdale opened the season with a 3-0 win over Golden City.