Sligo’s best work came in the first half that they dominated with veteran forward Mark Breheny, the winners’ joint top scorer along with Adrian Marren, pulling the strings. The game’s only goal helped give Sligo an seven-point interval cushion (1-8 to 0-4).
Antrim produced a second-half revival despite the dismissal of Kevin Niblock after 48 minutes (two bookings) and sub Michael McGill’s straight red in the 65th minute. Five unanswered points including two from sub Paddy Cunningham, meant Antrim made matters competitive but they never managed to draw level or get ahead.
Scorers for Sligo: M Breheny (0-4, 2f), A Marren (0-4, 2f), P Hughes (1-0), B Curran (0-1), J Clarke (0-1), N Ewing (0-1), N Murphy (0-1).
Scorers for Antrim: P Cunningham (0-3, 2f), C Murray (0-3), M Pollack (0-2), R Murray (0-2, 1f), J Crozier (0-1), M McCann (0-1, 2f), K Niblock (0-1, 1f).
SLIGO: P Greene, N Ewing (0-1), J Martyn, C Harrison, M Quinn, R Donovan, B Curran (0-1), S Gilmartin, A McIntyre, S McManus, J Clarke (0-1), P Hughes (1-0), M Breheny (0-4, 2f), A Marren (0-4, 2f), N Murphy (0-1).
Subs: F Quinn for J Clarke (20), B Egan for N Murphy (60).
ANTRIM: J Finnucane, K O’Boyle, P Doherty, N Delargy, T Scullion, J Crozier, J Laverty, M McCann, J Carron, C Murray (0-3), K Niblock (0-1, 1f), B Herron, R Murray, M Herron, M Pollack (0-2).
Subs: S Finch for J Laverty (31), P Cunningham (0-3, 2f) for J Carron (h-t), C Kelly for M Herron (52), M McGill for R Murray (58).
Referee: Liam Devenney (Mayo).