Seamus Callanan was the star man for the winners, hitting 1-8 in an impressive display and his accuracy helped the Premier County to a two points interval lead (0-9 to 0-7).
Callanan had 1-1 within two minutes of the restart as Tipperary began to pull clear. But Davy Fitzgerald’s men never buckled and even though they conceded another goal, in the 55th minute from Noel McGrath, they tagged on some good points to remain in touch.
A goal by Clare sub Colin Ryan from a 20m free with five minutes remaining kept them in contention. Ryan had another effort deep in injury time to snatch the win but this attempt flew over the bar.
Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan (1-8, 3f, 2 65’s), N McGrath (1-0), S Curran (0-3), D Collins (0-1).
Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (1-3) 1-2 f’s, J Conlon (0-6) f’s, B O’Connell, J Clancy, D Keane, D O’Donovan, C Morey, C Cooney (0-1) each.
TIPPERARY: D Gleeson, D Maher, J Coughlan, C Coughlan, T Stapleton B Stapleton, S McGrath, J Woodlock, J Ryan, S Curran, S Callanan, L McGrath, D Collins, N O’Meara.
Sub: B O’Meara for Callanan (66).
CLARE: A Fahy, M Early, D O’Donovan C Cooney, L Markham , N O’Connell (Capt.), P Kelly, C Chaplin, B O’Connell, D McMahon. J Clancy, C Morey. P Duggan, J Conlon, D Keane.
Subs: F Lynch for McMahon (51), S Golden for O’Connell (51), C Ryan for Duggan (51), P Donnellan for Keane (62), P O’Connor for Conlon (61).
Referee: P O’Conor (Limerick).