Gallery: Joy for Clare but despair for Tipp as Munster Under 21 Hurling Final is decided
The Munster Under 21 Hurling Final was decided in Semple Stadium tonight as Clare met Tipperary
There could only be one winner, and it was the young men from the banner county who came out on top.
It was a tight opening first quarter, but when Peter Duggan grabbed a goal for Clare, the game began to open up a bit. Tipperary responded well with points straight afterwards to ensure Clare never pulled too far clear, with Jason Forde grabbing some vital scores from frees.
By the time they made it to the break, Clare had a six point lead by a score of 1-09 to 0-06, and it was Forde who had scored all the points for Tipp in that half.
They needed to make more of an impact up front, but the two sides traded points in the opening minutes through Cathal O'Connell, Liam McGrath and Colm Gavin.
No surprise however that it was Forde who grabbed the goal for Tipp when it looked as though Clare might finally be making their pressure pay, but equally important was the ball being cleared off the line when it looked like Clare were about to score through O'Halloran.
The tension mounted even further when Tipp got a penalty late on after Niall O’Meara was brought down, which Forde duly slotted home for this second goal, but Clare hung on for the win by a score of 1-17 to 2-10.