Avenue began their defence of the West Riding County Cup with a comfortable win over Albion Sports.
Chib Chilaka, who scored the winner against Garforth in last year’s final grabbed a brace as Bradford romped home with a seven goal victory.
Richard Marshall also scored twice in the first period before Michael Potts, Craig King and Jason St Juste added their names to the scoresheet in the second.
However it was the hosts who threatened early, hitting the woodwork in the first minute. A near post corner nearly caught the Avenue defence out as it was flicked onto the upright through a sea of bodies.
Despite the early scare, it didn’t take the visiting side long to take the lead through Marshall.
The midfielder picked up the ball around the centre circle and turned away from a number of men before controlling a powerful strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
And Avenue took control of the game from there, extending their lead 20 minutes with Marshall’s second.
Chib Chilaka showed great pace, strength and endeavour to hold off the defender and get to the by-line before squaring to the midfielder, who fired in from three yards out- albeit via the crossbar.
Albion had another chance later in the half, as the ball broke to Ferdinand Annor just inside the area but he fired a yard wide of the mark when he should have done better.
Jon Stewart had to be at his best not long before half time, as the ball bounced off Omar Habib and into the path of pacey forward Marcus Edwards, who went to slot it past the big stopper but Stewart got down well to push it round the post.
Craig King then cut in from the left and with a good shooting opportunity fired just wide and into the side-netting.
Avenue made it three just before the break through the match-winner in last year’s final.
Jason St Juste slipped the ball in to Chilaka’s feet, and the Bradford top scorer turned and duly slotted it under the keeper.
After the interval, the visitors should have made it four as Billy Priestley found himself completely unmarked from a Craig King corner, but he misheaded the ball and it went well wide.
Chib Chilaka then missed even more criminally as he was through on goal. Some great footwork saw him beat the last man Sam Bradley on the halfway line, but as he ran towards goal, he somehow managed to put the ball a yard over the bar.
Avenue did have their fourth moments later however, as Avenue found themselves with a large number of men in the box, Chilaka found Potts who beat a sliding defender before firing into the top corner.
It was five just one minute later as Chilaka did grab his second of the game. Craig King sent in a looping cross and Chilaka was there to head down and into the back of the net.
In a frantic spell, Stewart then had to be alert, as Brice Tiani got a shot away which sent Stewart scrambling across his line and he did well to claw it out of his bottom corner.
King was then on hand to add a sixth, a great pass from Marshall found him on the right, and the winger cut inside before seeing his shot sneak under the keeper for his first goal of the season.
Stewart was determined to keep his clean sheet intact, doing excellently to get down and save from Alex Cusack as he cut inside and shot.
Substitute James Walshaw’s first touch was an excellent one as he controlled and flicked round the corner to Potts, the midfielder taking one too many touches but finding Marshall but on a hat-trick, the midfielder could only fire straight at home keeper Jack Bentley.
Avenue grabbed their second in excellent fashion, with a move starting with Jon Stewart.
After a spell of possession, Stewart clipped the ball over a defender to Alex Pursehouse. The full back burst forward before finding Potts, who perfectly weighted a ball into the path of St Juste, and the Kittitian international fired first time into the bottom corner.
Walshaw had a chance of his own to make it eight as Pursehouse delivered an excellent cross but the striker headed well wide from six yards out.
There certainly should have been another Bradford goal late on, substitute Danny Schofield playing an excellent pass through to King, but as he strolled through on goal, he opted to shoot rather than square to Walshaw, and keeper Jack Bentley saved well with his feet.
Albion Sports: Bentley, O’Brien, Erangey, Annor, Firth, Bradley, Dalton, Tiani (Eastwood 65), Edwards, Habib (Singh 58), Cusack (Maturine 74)
Subs not used: Elam, Bower
Bradford (Park Avenue): Stewart, Pursehouse, Mather, Turner (Dean 70), Burgin, Priestley, King, R.Marshall, Chilaka (Walshaw 74), Potts, St Juste (Schofield 80)
Sub not used: Scott
Goals: R.Marshall (7, 20), Chilaka (44, 60), Potts (59), King (65), St Juste (80)
Referee: Jason Whiteley