Tipperary 1-21 Clare 2-12
Tipperary claimed their first Waterford Crystal Cup title since 2008 after a hard-earned win over Clare before 1,632 spectators at Sixmilebridge this afternoon.
Declan Ryan's charges led by 1-12 to 1-07 at half-time, but were forced to battle bravely in the second half against an eager Banner outfit.
An Aaron Cunningham goal gave Clare a 1-2 to 0-3 lead early on, but Tipperary responded in perfect fashion.
The visitors added 1-5 without reply with full-forward Brian O'Meara netting their only goal of the decider after 20 minutes.
The sides were evenly balanced before the break, with Tipperary taking a five-point advantage into the second half.
Wides proved costly for Clare on the restart, but the sides went point for point as the intensity increased.
A Daire Keane goal cut the gap to the minimum on a 2-11 to 1-15 scoreline with 18 minutes remaining.
However, Tipperary outscored the hosts by six points to one in the closing quarter, with Clare left to rue 16 wides at the full-time whistle as the Premier County inflicted a first defeat of the season on Davy Fitzgerald's side.
After the game Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins accepted the cup, on behalf of the victors, from Munster GAA Chairman Robert Frost.