Highland League champions Buckie Thistle unfurled the title flag at Victoria Park and began their title defence with a 1-0 win over Clachnacuddin.
John McLeod grabbed the vital goal for the Jags but Clach missed a penalty in a tight encounter.
Jonny Smith began the new season with a bang for Cove by grabbing a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Huntly at Harlaw Park.
Cove captain Eric Watson was also on the scoresheet.
Watson is set to be recognised by Cove by a testimonial on Sunday (2pm) at Links Park, Montrose.
Cove will go up against a Tayside legends side that will include players like Dave Bowman, Barry Smith, Steven Tweed and Darren Dodds.
Watson, 35, has generously agreed to donate 50% of the proceeds from the match to Cancer Research.
Ahead of the clash with Cove, Huntly defender Michael Clark signed a contract extension to summer 2020.
The 22-year-old returned to Christie Park last November for a third spell after a four-month stint at junior side Islavale.
Keith defeated Fort William 2-1 at home and completed the loan signing of Lewis Buxton from Peterhead before the match.
Deveronvale lost 4-3 at home to Turriff Utd. Forres Mechanics beat Nairn County 1-0 and Fraserburgh defeated Wick Academy 3-1.
Lossiemouth lost 2-0 to Brora Rangers and Rothes beat Strathspey Thistle 3-0.