CARLOW found strength in adversity to get their campaign off to a winning start against in Thurles.
The winners' corner-forward Daniel St Ledger was stretchered off in the first half with a serious injury and wing-back Kieran Nolan was sent off for a second booking midway through the second.
Tipp were cruising approaching the break, leading by 0-11 to 0-5, but a Paul Reid goal dragged Carlow back into contention and they made the most of wind advantage in the second-half, with Brian and Brendan Murphy both scoring points from frees to send them two points clear.
Man of the Match: Brendan Murphy (Carlow)
SCORERS – Carlow: P Reid 1-1, Brian Murphy (3f), D Foley (2f), 0-3 each, W Minchin, E Ruth 0-2 each, T Bolger, D St Ledger (f), B Murphy (f) 0-1 each;Tipperary: B Grogan 0-5 (2f, 1 45), A Maloney 0-4 (4f), B Fox 0-3, G Hannigan 0-2, C Sweeney, L McGrath 0-1 each.
CARLOW – T O'Reilly 7; BJ Molloy 6, S Mernagh 7, B Kavanagh 6; K Nolan 5, D Hayden 7, T Bolger 7; D Foley 8, S Redmond 7; R Walker 7, P Reid 8, E Ruth 8; Brian Murphy 7, W Minchin 8, D St Ledger 5.
Subs: Brendan Murphy 8 for St Ledger (26), J Murphy 6 for Foley (66).
TIPPERARY – P Fitzgerald 6; A Morrissey 5, P Codd 6, J Coghlan 6; B Fox 7, R Kiely 6, C McDonald 6; G Hannigan 7, P Quirke 6; D Leahy 6, A Maloney 6, D Lowry 6; M Quinlivan 5, P Acheson 6, B Grogan 6. Subs: L McGrath 6 for Quinlivan (44), A Campbell 6 for Morrissey (54), H Coghlan 6 for Maloney (58), C Sweeney 6 for Lowry (63), A Matassa for Quirke (66).
REF – P Fox (Westmeath).