With the top eight Frauen-Bundesliga teams given a bye in the DFB-Pokal first round, it was a chance to see the likes of Bayer Leverkusen and MSV Duisburg in action.
All the top tier sides breezed through but there were a few causalities from the second tier, 1. FC Köln being one of seven 2. Frauen-Bundesliga sides to bow out.
The biggest surprise came courtesy of TSG Neu-Isenburg, who beat TSV Crailsheim, and they will be overjoyed to have made it into the second round.
No drama for Frauen-Bundesliga sides
As far as the four top division teams were concerned, it was easy does it in the opening round. MSV Duisburg were involved in the first game and recorded a comprehensive 9-0 win over SV Alberweiler. Kathleen Radtke managed a hat-trick, with Sofia Nati also grabbed a brace. Lee Falkon, Anna-Sophie Fliege, Linda Bresonik and Sandra Betschart also got on the scoresheet.
It was a little closer for SC Sand against FSV Hessen Wetzlar, but they still managed a 3-1 win in Colin Bell's first game in charge. Isabelle Meyer and Dominika Skorvankova gave Bell a two-goal lead but the minnows hit back through Marie Henrich to set up a nervy finish. But there would be none as Furtuna Velaj secured the win.
Elsewhere, Borussia Mönchengladbach will have been given a confidence boost after beating Karlsruher SC 5-1. Nadja Pfeiffer was the star with a hat-trick, with an own goal and Kerstin Bogenschütz rounded off the scoring. Bitter rivals, Bayer Leverkusen also made it through to the next round after a 4-0 win against 1. FFC Niederkirchen. Merle Barth, Nina Ehegötz and Marina Hegering had the Werkself 3-0 up early on, and a late Melissa Friedrich strike added the icing on the cake.
Bremen take Kiel apart, Köln out after late goal
Duisburg's 9-0 triumph was impressive, but it had nothing on what Werder Bremen produced as they trounced Holstein Kiel 15-0. Between Stefanie Sanders and Cindy König alone, Bremen had seven goals alone; Sanders grabbing three, König four. Pia-Sophie Wolter also managed to score twice before the break, while Jessica Golebiewski grabbed her first of three goals in the opening period to make it 10-0 at half-time. Michelle Ulbrich, Meggie Schröder and Verena Volkmer also scored.
The biggest name to depart at the first hurdle was 1. FC Köln. They were beaten by fellow 2. Bundesliga side, TSV Schott Mainz. Marleen Schimmer opened the scoring for Mainz midway through the first half, only to see Karoline Kohr's brace and a Carolin Schraa effort turn the game around in eight minutes. Herrmann had briefly levelled for the visitors before Kohr struck for the second time but they would not be outdone. Meike Weber's penalty and Schimmer's second secured Mainz's passage through.
Few surprises in the first round, majority of 2. Frauen-Bundesliga clubs make it through
As for the best of the rest, it was TSG Neu-Isenburg who took that title as the fourth tier side overcame TSV Crailsheim - who are two divisions above them - to claim a famous cup scalp. That aside, the other six 2. Bundesliga clubs to exit were all put out at the hands of their league opponents. Herforder SV, Meppen SV, 1. FC Union Berlin, 1. FC Köln, TSV Crailsheim, FSV Hessen Wetzlar and 1. FFC Niederkirchen were those to bow out.