Tipperary senior hurlers lost their first game under new boss Eamon O’Shea when going down by two points to Dublin at Nenagh on Sunday, 1-21 to 1-19.
However of more concern to O’Shea will be the loss of Seamus Callanan who limped off in the second half with a suspected hamstring injury.
The Drom-Inch player has impressed in recent games but now looks an unlikely starter on Sunday next when Tipp begin the defence of their Waterford Crystal Trophy with a home game - again in Nenagh - against Limerick.
Callanan had scored seven points before his forced departure.
Others to impress in the game were Conor O’Mahony, Brendan Maher and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer.
Former captain Eoin Kelly scored four points when he came on a second half substitute.
Tipp looked set for another victory when they led by two points in the 63rd minute but the Dubs finished in style with four unanswered points to run out winners by two.
Tipperary: Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Séamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Joey McLoughney (Toomevara, 0-2, 0-1 sideline), Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch, 0-7, 0-4 frees), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule, 0-2), Patrick Maher (Lorrha), Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, 0-1), John O’Neill (Clonoulty-Rossmore, 0-2). Subs: (38th) Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone, 0-4, 0-2 frees, 0-1 penalty) for Séamus Callanan, (53rd) Johnny Ryan (Drom & Inch, 0-1, 0-1 free) for John O’Neill, (53rd) Shane Bourke (JK Bracken’s, 1-0) for Michael Heffernan.
Dublin: Gary McGuire, Niall Corcoran, Paul Schutte, Ruairí Trainor, Peter Kelly, Michael Carton (0-1), Chris Crummey, Joey Boland, Shane Durkan, Conal Keaney (0-2), John McCaffrey (0-3), Danny Sutcliffe (1-2), Paul Ryan (0-9, 0-5 frees), Mark Schutte, Eamon Dillon (0-3). Subs: (52nd) Conor Murphy for Niall Corcoran, (55th) Niall McMorrow for Mark Schutte, (64th) Ross O’Carroll for Conal Keaney, (64th) Simon Lambert (0-1) for Chris Crummey.
Referee: John Sexton (Cork).