Tipp see off Clare challenge

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Tipperary are through to the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-finals.

The reigning champions were made to fight all the way to overcome Clare this afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh.

The Premier led by 5 points at half time 16 points to 2-5 despite conceding a brace of goals in the space of 2 minutes in the opening period.

It was nip and tuck through the second half with Clare keeping Tipp under pressure and came to within a point of Michael Ryans side.

However Tipp held on to win by 3 points on a scoreline of 28 points to 3-16.

Afterwards Killenaule clubman John Bubbles O’Dwyer said Tipp were happy to come out on the right side of a tough battle.

Clare join manager Donal Moloney said the loss was hard to take having run the defending champions so close.

Wexford and Waterford meet in their quarter-final tomorrow afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh.