Tyrone remain undefeated but it took every ounce of effort, and greater experience, to push aside Antrim at Casement Park yesterday.
Substitute Stephen O'Neill was central to the win, with a haul of 1-3, and his injury-time goal slammed the door firmly shut on the home side.
Antrim led 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. Tyrone hit back in the second half before the home side got a grip of the action and scored three points to leave the minimum between the teams with six minutes to play.
O'Neill then got a point and his late goal was vital in securing a Tyrone win.
SCORERS - Antrim: P Cunningham 0-4 (3f), B Neeson, C Kelly 0-2 each, C Murray, T McCann 0-1 each. Tyrone: Stephen O'Neill 1-3, P Hughes 0-3, P Harte 0-2 (1f), R O'Neill (f), S McNulty, C McCarron, M Donnelly 0-1 each.
ANTRIM - C Kerr; J Crozier, R Johnston, M Johnston; S Finch, D O'Hagan, J Loughrey; C Kelly, S McDonagh; C Murray, P Cunningham, M Armstrong; B Neeson, M Dougan, K Brady. Subs: C Duffin for Armstrong (23), P Gallagher for R Johnston (44), A Gallagher for McDonagh (49), T McCann for Brady (51), M McAleese for Finch (66).
TYRONE - J Devine; A McCrory, C Clarke, PJ Quinn; C McCarron, D Carlin, S McNulty; A Cassidy, C Cavanagh; P Harte, P Hughes, M Donnelly; C Gervin, N McKenna, R O'Neill. Subs: Stephen O'Neill for Cassidy (28), M Penrose for Gervin (56), Sean O'Neill for McNulty (59).
REF - C Brannigan (Down)