They got off to a great start when PJ O’Connell took a simple pass from Ciarán Clarke to find the net. Carlow fought back with some great points, notably, from Jack and Shane Kavanagh but Antrim led 1-11 to 0-12 at the interval. It was nip and tuck in the second-half and while Paul Shiels was the Antrim ace, he was one of the main play-makers drawing a number of frees on himself.
Essentially, Carlow needed a goal to get back into the contest in earnest but they never really looked like scoring one.
Scorers for Antrim: P Shiels (0-11, 8fs), PJ O’Connell (2-3), C Clarke (1f), C McManus (0-2 each).
Scorers for Carlow: M Kavanagh (1-4, 1-0 pen, 1f), D Murphy (0-3fs), J Kavanagh, S Kavanagh, A Gaul, P Coady (0-2 each), R Coady, J Doyle (0-1 each).
ANTRIM: C O’Connell; O McFadden, C McKinley, C Johnson; A Graffin, N McAuley, N McManus; E Campbell, S McRory (BMcFall h/t); C Carson (JMcGreevey 52), P Shiels, C McManus; C Clarke (T McCann 67), D Hamill (D McKernan 51), PJ O Connell.
Subs: B McFall for McRory (ht), J McGreevey for Carson (52), D McKernan for Hamill (51), T McCann for Clarke (67).
CARLOW: B Treacy; A Corcoran, P Doyle, G Kelly; HP O’Byrne (D Byrne h/t), D English, R Coady; J Kavanagh, C Wall; S Kavanagh, E Byrne (A Gaul 3), J Doyle; M Kavanagh, P Coady, D Murphy.
Subs: D Byrne for O’Byrne (ht), A Gaul for Byrne (3).
Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).