The Game at a glance
Published 20/06/2011 | 05:00
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)
The elegance and power of Padraic Maher and the steady hand he provided was a feature but Callanan's resurgence was reflected here in the 1-5 he picked off. Any loss in form he suffered in 2010 appears to be behind him.
Clare were leading by 1-5 to 0-2 when their goalkeeper Philip Brennan needlessly came off his line to deal with a Padraic Maher ball and failed to claim it, allowing Eoin Kelly to nip in for Tipperary's first goal from a tight angle. That instantly dispelled any doubts the All-Ireland champions might have had in those opening 16 minutes against fired-up opponents.
Tipperary now look to have the experience and patience to deal with any situation thrust upon them. The manner of their response to Clare's early surge was clinical and measured. But the defence that started here couldn't start together again.
James Owens allowed play to flow as much as possible and the evidence of that was in the free count -- just 14 awarded throughout. But his leniency didn't suit everyone. Clare didn't win a free for the first 20 minutes and their manager Ger O'Loughlin cut an infuriated figure along the sideline. He expressed his frustration quite openly afterwards. Perhaps too much was let go.
What they said
Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager):
"The performance in the first 20 minutes wouldn't be what you would be looking for in a Munster semi-final. We responded well to the challenge. Our ability to get goals has stood to us again. There is a lot of composure in the group, a lot of experience and even the younger guys -- they are winners.
Ger O'Loughlin (Clare manager):
"The fact that nobody gave us a chance meant that we came in here with very little pressure on us. July 2 will tell if we have turned the corner or not. If we have it would be a very good year despite not getting out of Division 2."
Wides: Tipperary 13 (4); Clare 6 (2)
Frees: Tipperary 6 (2); Clare 8 (4)
Yellow cards: Tipperary 2 (Conor O'Mahony 22, Eoin Kelly 27); Clare 3 (Pat Vaughan 19, Fergal Lynch 32, James McInerney 41)
Tipperary meet Waterford in the Munster final on Sunday July 10. Clare are into a second-round qualifiers clash against Galway in Pearse Stadium on Saturday, July 2.