Tipperary are through to the Bank of Ireland Munster football final after beating 13 man Clare by 1-08 to 0-08 in Limerick this afternoon. Played in poor conditions at the Gaelic Grounds in an atmosphere more akin to League football Tipp enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but only led by two points at the break despite Brian Consadine's sending-off in the opening minutes.
That dismissal followed Michael O'Shea's opener for Clare, but three points from Declan Browne ensured Tipp led by 0-04 to 0-02 at half-time. The second-half was barely a minute old when Peter Lambert found the net with an excellent strike and the enormity of Clare's task was made even greater minutes later when Mark O'Connell was dismissed to reduce Clare to 13.
To their credit Clare outplayed Tipp in the last 20 minutes kicking six points but Tom McClinchey's men held on to earn a place in the provincial decider against either Kerry or Cork who drew in Killarney this evening.
Filed by Shane Murray