Francis Forkey Doe and Adam Nor Azlin struck in quick succession to give Selangor a priceless 2-0 victory over Penang to begin their 2017 Malaysia Super League campaign at Selayang Stadium on Saturday night.
All eyes were set on new FIFA Puskas winner Faiz Subri prior to kickoff, but it was Selangor who started strongly in front of their home fans.
Raimi Md Nor saw his free kick saved by new Penang goalkeeper Syed Adney in the fourth minute before Saiful Selamat saw an effort sail just wide 12 minutes later.
The powerful Syed -- signed from Negeri Sembilan before the season -- continued to be kept busy in the Penang goal, palming away a shot from Selangor striker Adam Nor Azlin midway through the first half.
There was a loud roar when Penang were awarded a free kick within range, and Faiz lined up to emulate his famed strike.
The forward, however, saw his set piece fly just wide of Selangor's goal.
But the home side, who have been plagued by constant off-field issues, finally gave their fans something to cheer when Adam struck after 35 minutes.
On half-time, the Red Giants doubled their advantage, thanks to new import Francis Forkey Doe.
The Liberian's joy was shortlived as he was substituted by Afiq Azmi due to injury.
The second half paled in comparison to the first, and Selangor saw out the game for an important victory after a trouble off season.
At Perak Stadium, Syamim Yahya scored on debut for Pahang, but Brazilian defender Thiago Junior levelled for Perak, with the sides settling for a 1-1 draw.
New Felda United signing Norshahrul Idlan Talaha scored the winner against PKNS FC to give the Settlers another good start to the 2017 campaign.
2016 MSL strugglers T-Team and Sarawak, meanwhile, played out to a 1-1 draw.
Kelantan and Melaka United saw their game postponed due to an unplayable pitch because of torrential rain.
On Friday, Kedah clinched the 2017 Malaysian Charity Shield after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Johor Darul Ta'zim after the sides were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes.