Published Sunday, 08 July 2012
Antrim's Aaron Graffin and Derry's Paddy Henry in action. (© Presseye)
The Saffrons went into the game on the back of a humbling 32 piont defeat to Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers, but showed no signs of any lingering disappointment as they powered past the Oak Leaf county.
Antrim took an early lead thanks to a goal from Conor Carson, and although Derry battled gamely they still trailed by 1-9 to 0-5 at half time.
However, Jim Nelson's side were far superior to their Derry counterparts, and soon extended their lead to 1-16 to 1-7.
Shane McNaughton and Eddie McCloskey hit late goals after Derry's Mark Craig and Michael Warnock had been sent off to put a gloss on the scoreline, although in truth Antrim were good value for their win.
It's the 52nd time - and the 11th year in succession - that the Saffrons have claimed the Ulster title.