DIT, with the wind at their backs, opened with four points, three from frees and one from a ‘65’ by Wexford star Jack Guiney.
After 11 minutes, following a good save by Antrim ‘keeper Chris O’Connell, the ball fell to Daryl Roberts who goaled and followed with a point for a half-time lead of 1-10 to 0-9.
Antrim went on a scoring spree after the restart, bagging an unanswered 1-6 before Derek McNicholas cracked in 1-1 for the visitors.
However, the Saffrons tagged on a late six points without reply, while Christy O’Connell pulled off a fine save from a Guiney penalty.
ANTRIM: C O’Connell; O McFadden, N McAuley, A Graffin; S McCrory, C McKinley, M Bradley (0-2); C Johnston, B McFall (0-1); N McManus (0-5, 1f), E McCloskey (0-2), P Shiels (0-7, 3f); C McCann (0-3), D Hamill, PJ O’Connell (1-2).
Subs: C Clarke for Hamill (h-t), R McCambridge for McFadden (39), E Campbell for McCrory (44), J McGreevy for McFall (45), S McAfee for O’Connell (31).
DIT: P McKenna; P O’Reilly, T Doyle, S Barron; G Whelan, K Bergin, C Robinson; C Sheehan, J Henderson (0-1); J Sweeney, D McNicholas (1-3, 1S/L), A Nugent (0-1); M Lee, J Guiney (0-5, 3f, one 65), D Roberts (1-2).
Subs: E Hayes for Henderson (53), B Carey for Lee (67). Yellow Card: J Guiney (33), J Sweeney (45).