After a sluggish start, champs Tipperary ran out five-point winners over Clare in the Munster minor hurling semi-final at Thurles last night.
Clare got the ideal start with a goal by Conor McGrath on two minutes. It took Tipp some time to settle but Paddy Murphy's goal on 22 minutes put them ahead and, at half-time, they were 1-4 to 1-3 clear.
Murphy grabbed his second goal in the 14th minute of the second half and they added five points in five minutes without reply.
Scorers -- Tipperary: P Murphy 2-1, N McGrath 0-3, K Morris, R Gleeson 0-2 each, J O Neill, J Gallagher, J ODwyer, B O Meara 0-1 each. Clare: C McGrath 1-3, D Honan 0-5, P Fitzpatrick and C McInerney 0-1 each.
Tipperary -- B McCormack; L Butler, K O Gorman, C Haugh; D Maher, J Barry, A Ryan; N McGrath, J Gallagher; K Murphy, T Butler, P Murphy; J O Neill, B O Meara, K Morris; Subs- J O Dwyer for Butler; R Gleeson for K Murphy; B Stapleton for Barry; K Shelley for O Meara
Clare -- K Brennan; D Nash, C Chaplin, K Ryan; L O Loughlin, P Fitzpatrick, B O Connor; K Moynihan, L Markham; K Heagney, T Downes, P O Connor; F Kennedy, D Honan, CMcGrath; Subs- I Fahy for Downes; C McInerney for Kennedy; S McConigley for Moynihan; D Morey for O Loughlin.