Game at a glance - Tipperary v Clare
MAN OF MATCH
In addition to scoring 0-12, his busy style across the full-forward line opened up avenues for colleagues on several occasions.
Patrick 'Bonner' Maher's second goal in the 43rd minute stabilised Tipperary at a time when Clare were going well, having cut the seven-point half-time deficit to three.
Tipp's rate of improvement since the dark days of losing successive games to Kilkenny, Clare and Galway last month has been phenomenal. Have they timed their spring run to perfection??
It was more a day for hard work than subtle touches although some of Tipp's forward play was a delight to watch.
Colm Lyons did quite well overall but might have made better use of the advantage rule.
WHAT THEY SAID
Eamon O'Shea (Tipperary manager):
"It seems strange to be in a National League final to be honest after the slow start we made to it but the most important thing is the spirit we're consistently showing in our games. Even when we were losing games, the team never capitulated."
Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager): "We wanted to find the gears today but we couldn't. We'll make sure now we do that bit extra to get ready for Cork or Waterford. That won't be easy."
Clare 13 (6 first half);
Tipperary 8 (3)
Clare 12 (6);
Tipperary 16 (7)
Clare 5 (D McInerney 28, J Browne 34, P Donnellan 50, C Dillon 59, Conor Ryan 66);
Tipperary 1 (S McGrath 55)
Clare 0; Tipperary 0
Tipp play Kilkenny in the league final on Sunday week in Thurles. Clare head for warm-weather training on Wednesday in preparation for the Munster semi-final clash with Cork or Waterford in June.