As the old saying goes, goals win games, it rang true yet again in this decider as Antrim found the net twice in the second half to see off Waterford, who had come back to force a replay last week in Croke Park.
In the opening half hour it was the Deise who raced clear, with Aine Lyng proving very accurate from placed balls. After Jane Adams opened the scoring for Antrim, Lyng got her first and had hit four points after 17 minutes.
At the break the scoreline read 0-9 to 0-3 in Waterford's favour and it looked like they were well on their way to making up for last year's final heartbreak. But Antrim were transformed in the second half and began to dominate, with Rhona Torney imposing herself at midfield.
With the wind at their backs Antrim began to find Adams and Racquel McGarry with good ball and they really came to life.
Torney and Lyng swapped scores before the first goal of the day -- Michaela Convery making a great fetch from a McGarry ball and dispatching it emphatically.
McGarry, now on free duty, converted two in quick succession before Kerrie O'Neill made it all square. Another McGarry free saw Antrim in front for the first time since the first minute.
Lyng finally got her side going again -- having failed to score for over 20 minutes -- but soon Waterford were dealt a knockout blow as newly-introduced Laura Connolly found the net.
Lyng tapped over another free as the game entered injury-time, but Shannon Graham had the last say.
Waterford will hope for better fortune after losing two finals in a row, but luck had little to do with a deserved Antrim win built on a quality second-half showing.
Scorers -- Antrim: M Convery 1-1, R McGarry 0-4 (0-3f), L Connolly 1-0, J Adams 0-2 (1 '45', 0-1 f), R Torney K O'Neill S Graham 0-1 each; Waterford: A Lyng 0-8 (0-3 '45's, 0-3f), N Rockett 0-2, P Jackman (0-1f), K Kelly 0-1 each.
ANTRIM -- M Graham; C Doherty, A Jackson, M Quinn; B Orchin, A McCall, E Connolly; R Torney, K O'Neill; M Convery, N McGuinness, S Graham; R McGarry, K McAleese, J Adams. Subs: C Hamill for McAleese (42), B McKinley for Doherty (50) L Connolly for McCall (55)
WATERFORD -- A O'Brien; E Hannon, S Curran, KM Hearn; P Cunningham, PJackman, J Simpson; C Raher, S Kiernan; N Morrissey, A Lyng, J McCarthy; N Rockett, A Kelly, K Kelly. Subs: D Fahy for Kelly (20), M Murphy for Kiernan (38), M O'Donnell for Fahy (57).
REF -- K Looney (Cork)