Tipp rout Clare to top Division 1A
TIPPERARY annihilated Clare by 3-19 to 1-14 at Semple Stadium, Thurles to finish at the summit of Division 1A.
Tipp await the winners of Division 1B in the semi-finals while woeful Clare play Cork in the relegation playoff.
Tippperary with s strong breeze started well Eoin Kelly and Shane Burke pointing and then Lar Corbett's strong run set up Kelly to rifle to the net and Tipp had an early 1-2 to 0-1 lead.
Tipperary extended their advantage with Eoin Kelly on fire but Clare hit back through Colin Ryan.
Brendan Maher had a shot saved which went over the bar to put Tipp 1-7 to 0-4 in front.
Shane Bourke and Noel McGrath added points as Tipp extended their lead to nine points.
John Conlon and Colin Ryan pulled back points from Clare and they trailed 1-11 to 0-06 at the break.
Both sides exchanged early scores with John Conlon on the mark for Clare.
Noel McGrath and Colin Ryan exchanged scores as Clare struggled to eat into Tipp's lead with the wind.
Lar Corbett had an effort saved but then he slammed to the net to make it 2-13 to 0-9.
Both sides added points as Tipp kept the Banner at arms length.
Eoin Kelly had a free which dropped in off the stick off a Clare hurley to add insult injury.
Tony Kelly added a late goal for Clare but it was a mere consolation.