FREE-TAKER MATTHEW OLIVER led the scoring with 11 points as Dublin bounced back from their provincial heartache to secure an All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final clash with Tipperary.
First-half goals from Eoghan Conroy and Fergal Whitely were also significant as the beaten Leinster finalists progressed to a 16 August clash with the Munster champions.
Dublin led from the game’s first score, a Whitely point, until full-time though were rarely comfortably clear of the battling Saffrons at Kingspan Breffni Park.
Dublin moved 1-4 to 0-0 ahead thanks in part to Conroy’s ninth minute goal after a failed Antrim clearance, and were eight ahead after 12 minutes.
Antrim conjured their best form in the second quarter though and hit 1-3 without reply at one stage; their goal brilliantly created by a Ryan McKee pass and finished by Conor Small.
The Ulster champions had the margin down to two at 1-6 to 1-4 before Whitely struck Dublin’s second goal from close range after 19 minutes.
It settled Johnny McGuirk’s side who tacked on five more points to lead 2-11 to 1-8 at half-time.
The second-half was a similar story with Dublin always in control, though unable to rack up the big win many expected.
Christy McNaughton top-scored for Antrim with 1-6 and his 44th minute goal left four in it — 2-15 to 2-11. Dublin responded with seven points without reply, however, to secure a slightly flattering 11-point win.
Scorers for Dublin: Matthew Oliver 0-11 (0-10f), Fergal Whitely 1-2, Eoghan Conroy 1-0, Mark Maguire 0-3, Carl Sammon 0-2, Daire Gray, Eoin Foley, Alex Considine and Gavin King 0-1.
Scorers for Antrim: Christy McNaughton 1-6 (0-6f), Conor Small 1-0, Keelan Malloy 0-2, Dylan McLaughlin, Ryan McKee and Conal Doherty Cunning 0-1.