Quinlivan and Austin come to Tipp's rescue
Tipperary 2-12 Antrim 0-13
Second-half goals from All Star Michael Quinlivan and Philip Austin propelled Tipperary to an opening day league victory for the first time since 2014.
A much-improved display after half-time got the job done for promotion candidates Tipp, in front of 722 spectators at Semple Stadium.
Tipp were four points down in the first-half, and trailed by 0-5 to 0-7 at the break, before a more direct approach paid real dividends.
Both of Tipp's goals came from long Alan Moloney deliveries from midfield, with Conor Sweeney providing the assists.
Quinlivan profited in the 56th minute before Austin claimed the second goal with six minutes remaining.
It was encouraging stuff from Tipp, who were two points down before turning the screw.
Both teams finished the game with 14 players as Tipp had used all six subs when they lost a second player, Willie Connors, to a black card. Brian Fox had received a black card earlier. Antrim were a man light for the closing seconds when Conor Murray was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
A black card for Ryan Murray, who had been motoring well, cost the visiting Saffrons at the end of the first-half.
Tipp manager Liam Kearns reflected: "I wasn't happy at half-time, we were poor in the first-half.
"We sorted out a lot at half-time and I was happy with the second-half. We left a few scores behind us, but we got the job done."
Scorers - Tipperary: P Austin 1-2, C Sweeney 0-4 (2f), M Quinlivan 1-0, J Keane 0-2f, K Fahey, R Kiely, L McGrath (f) & B Fox 0-1 each. Antrim: C.J. McGourty 0-4 (2f), R Murray 0-3 (2f, 1 sl), P McBride & M Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, P McAteer & C Murray 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: E Comerford 7; A Campbell 6, P Codd 7, W Connors 7; K Fahey 6, R Kiely 7, J Feehan 7; A Moloney 8, M Dunne 7; J Keane 7, L McGrath 5, B Fox 7; C Sweeney 7, M Quinlivan 6, P Austin 8. Subs: K O'Halloran 7 for McGrath (h.t.), E Moloney 6 for K Fahey (46), I Fahey 7 for Dunne (66), Liam Boland N/R for Quinlivan (68), J Hennessy N/R for Codd (69), Luke Boland N/R for Fox (b/c 70+1).
ANTRIM: C Kerr 7; P Healy 6, P Gallagher 6, C Hamill 6; P McBride 8, J Laverty 6, P McAteer 7; M Johnson 6, J Dowling 7; D Lynch 5, C Murray 6, S Beatty 6; R Murray 7, C Small 6, M Fitzpatrick 7. Subs: CJ McGourty 7 for R Murray (b/c 35), R McCann 6 for Small (52), R Scott 5 for Beatty (63), S Donnelly 5 for Lynch (64).
REF: B Cawley (Kildare)