Tipp began brightly and kicked the first two points through Hugh Coghlan and Philip Austin, but the visitors responded with three points from Michael Armstrong, Tomas and Michael McCann.
The home side hit back with Austin kicking two points and Barry Grogan adding a third. Antrim responded with the only goal in the 23rd minute from James Loughrey. Despite Barry Grogan responding with a point, Antrim hit the last four points to lead 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time.
With their midfield dominant, Antrim increased their lead to nine. Michael Quinlivan kicked Tipp’s first score of the second half in the 52nd minute and with Barry Grogan kicking six points, five from frees, they dominated the final 20 minutes. But their comeback was too little too late.
Scorers for Tipp: B Grogan 0-8 (6f); P Austin 0-3; H Coghlan, M Quinlivan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Antrim: T McCann 0-5 (3f, 1 45); J Loughrey 1-1; P Cunningham 0-3 (2f); M Armstrong 0-2; M McCann, M Magill 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; R Costigan, P Codd, C McDonald; H Coghlan, T Ryan, R Kiely; B Jones, E Ryan; S Carey, P Austin, D Leahy; M Quinlivan, S Ryan, B Grogan.
Subs: D Heffernan for S Ryan (ht); B Mulvihill for Carey (ht); D Lynch for Coghlan (45); L McGrath for Leahy (53); G Hannigan for E Ryan (62).
ANTRIM: C Kerr; P Gallagher, D O’Hagan, M McAleese; T Scullion, J Crozier, J Loughrey; M McCann, C Kelly; M Sweeney, K Brady, M Armstrong; B Neeson, T McCann, P Cunningham.
Subs: S Finch for O’Hagan (22); M Magill for Neeson (26); A Healy for Armstrong (48); A Gallagher for Healy (65).
Referee: C Lane (Cork).