Ryan happy with Tipp's response
Tipperary 1-21 Clare 2-12 WATERFORD CRYSTAL (SH) FINAL
Tipperary justified favouritism when capturing their first piece of silverware of the season at the expense of Clare at Sixmilebridge yesterday.
With a number of changes from the side which disappointed in the opening round of the league against All-Ireland champions Kilkenny a week earlier, the Premier outfit deservingly captured the honours this week before an attendance of 1,632.
A strong start saw them race into a three-point lead, but Clare hit back and led through an Aaron Cunningham goal. But the lead was short-lived as Tipp hit 1-5 without reply -- the goal coming from full-forward Brian O'Meara -- on their way to a half-time lead of five points, 1-12 to 1-7.
The home side have reason to be concerned with the fact that they hit 11 wides in that opening period. This is an aspect of their play that they will be looking to eliminate.
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald acknowledged that they made a lot of mistakes, stating: "We were a bit dead, but given the amount of work we did last week, I am happy enough with the performance."
Tipp boss Declan Ryan said: "We were looking for a good performance after our display against Kilkenny last week and I am delighted we got away with a win. This is a good kick-start for the rest of the League.
Midway through the second half, a Daire Keane goal brought Clare to within a point of Tipperary and this was a signal for the visitors to introduce the experienced pair of Eoin Kelly and John O'Brien.
The Banner had a couple of chances to draw level, but they failed to take advantage.
In the final eight minutes, the visitors regained the upperhand and added six points while conceding just one to seal victory.
SCORERS -- Tipperary: J Woodlock 0-5, N McGrath 0-4, B O'Meara 1-0, C O'Mahony, J O'Neill 0-3 each, G Ryan, E Kelly 0-2 each, A Ryan, T Hammersley 0-1 each. Clare: D Keane
1-1, C Ryan 0-4, A Cunningham 1-0, N O'Connell, P Donnellan 0-3 each, C Morey 0-1.
Tipperary -- B Cummins; M Cahill, J Coghlan, C O'Brien; D Maher, C O'Mahony, S Maher; D Young, J Woodlock; G Ryan, N McGrath, A Ryan; J O'Neill, B O'Meara, T Hammersley. Subs: S McGrath for A Ryan (44); E Kelly for Young (57); J O'Brien for O'Neill (59).
Clare -- D Tuohy; D O'Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; S Morey, J McInerney, E Barrett; N O'Connell, P Donnellan; C Morey, D Keane, F Lynch; A Cunningham, C Ryan, J Clancy. Subs:
J Conlon for Clancy (62), E Hayes for Cunningham (62).
Ref -- D Kirwan (Cork).