Mikael Ndjoli capped his Football League debut by providing the assist for Gillingham’s goal in their 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Ndjoli, who made 31 appearances for Scottish Premiership outfit Kilmarnock last season, was named in new boss Steve Evans’s first starting line-up for the League One clash.
And the 20-year-old frontman supplied the pass for Alex Jakubiak to slam home the opening goal for the Gills in the 30th minute.
However, the battle of the two new managers ended all-square when Kieran Sadlier’s stunning volley earned Darren Moore’s men a share of the spoils.
Ndjoli, who scored four times during a productive pre-season for the Gills, was replaced by Mark Byrne after 72 minutes.
Jermain Defoe was an unused substitute as Rangers kicked off their Scottish Premiership campaign with a dramatic 2-1 win at Kilmarnock yesterday.
Scott Arfield opened the scoring for Rangers at Rugby Park and Connor Goldson’s stoppage-time header sealed victory after Stephen O’Donnell had levelled for Killie.
Emerson Hyndman came off the bench in Atlanta United’s 3-0 win over Major League Soccer rivals LA Galaxy – in front of a crowd of 72,548 at their Mercedes-Benz Stadium headquarters.
Hyndman replaced Ezequiel Barco in the 62nd minute and won a penalty for their third goal after being fouled by Giancarlo Gonzalez.
Earlier, own goals by David Romney and Gonzalez had given Atlanta a 2-0 lead at the break, the visitors missing Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was serving a one-match suspension.
Atlanta put the game out of reach when a video review determined Gonzalez had felled Hyndman with Josef Martinez netting the resultant spot-kick.
Frank Vincent played 90 minutes as Torquay United marked their return to the National League with a 2-1 win over 10-man Boreham Wood at Plainmoor.
The visitors had Jamal Fyfield sent off after just 30 minutes for a poor challenge on Manny Duku before a quickfire second-half double from Opi Edwards and Jamie Reid put the Gulls 2-0 in front.
Although Tyrone Marsh pulled one back for the visitors at the death, Torquay, last season’s National South champions, held on.
Goalkeeper Calum Ward made his debut for Weymouth in their thrilling 2-1 victory over National South rivals Maidstone United.
Ward, a member of the Cherries under-21 squad, was powerless to prevent Justin Amaluzor from giving the hosts a 54th-minute lead.
But the Terras, promoted as Southern League champions last season, levelled through Ben Thomson after 74 minutes before the same player headed home the winner two minutes from time.
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