Clare 0-15 Tipperary 0-10
Tipperary and Clare met in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick today for the right to meet Kerry in this year’s Munster football final. The affair was never a marvel to the eye but a more composed, efficient display from the Bannermen made up for the hurlers loss to the Premier County and gives Tommy Curtin’s side at the favourites. Martin Daly was prominent for Clare along with youngster Brian o’Driscoll up front while at the other end Tipp sharp shooter and former All Star Declan Browne was well marshalled throughout. With more possession in Clare hands the Tipp forwards were often starved of decent ball and a hungrier Clare outfit pulled away to a five-point victory.
The win marks a turnaround in fortunes for Clare who have had to content with some barren years in the shadow of their hurling brothers. Since Munster success was theirs in 1992 Tipperary have been the strongest of the challengers to the Kerry Cork stranglehold and as such were hopeful of pushing the Kingdom even closer this year.
There was no doubt but that Clare were the better side and fully deserved their victory but whether Kerry supremo Paidí O’Se, in the stand today, will fear Clare is debatable.