Tipp through to meet Clare in Waterford Crystal decider

Tipperary will meet old rivals and All Ireland champions Clare in an early season clash on Friday night.

Tipperary will meet old rivals and All Ireland champions Clare in an early season clash on Friday night.

They won through to the Waterford Crystal Cup final with a comprehensive 2-30 to 0-22 win over University of Limerick at Nenagh.

Tipp have enjoyed a comfortable route to the decider but will face their first real test against the Banner under lights at Sixmilebridge.

Clare’s win in the corresponding fixture last year was a forerunner of greater things to come so both sides will be keen for the early silverware this weekend.

Last Sunday’s lineouts were -

TIPPERARY: Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Jack Peters (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) (0-2), Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) (0-2), David Collins (Drom & Inch); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule) (0-1), Mikey Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) (0-2), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) (0-3); Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan) (0-2), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) (1-9, 0-5f, 0-1 65), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris) (0-6, 5f).

Subs: James Logue (Ballingarry) for Egan, Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens) (0-1) for Bergin, Brendan Maher (Borrisoleigh) (0-1) for Callanan, Conor Kenny (1-1) (Borrisoleigh) for O’Dwyer (all half-time), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) for Collins (39).

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK: Shane Hassett (Tipperary); Mark Carmody (Limerick), Jack Sheehan (Cork), Pa Ryan (Tipperary); Daire Quinn (Tipperary), Michael O’Flaherty (Tipperary), David King (Offaly); Martin Boran (Kilkenny), Brian Stapleton (Tipperary) (0-2); Mikey O’Neill (Clare) (0-1), PJ Scully (Laois) (0-9, 7f), Thomas Geraghty (Offaly); Mikey Ryan (Limerick), Tommy Heffernan (Tipperary) (0-2f), Peter Geraghty (Offaly) (0-1).

Subs: Padraig Walsh (Kilkenny) (0-4) for Peter Geraghty, Kevin Connolly (Galway) (0-1) for O’Neill, Bill Maher (Tipperary) (0-1) for Boran, Tom O’Brien (Limerick) (0-1) for Heffernan (all half-time), Eamon Murphy (Waterford) for Thomas Geraghty (53).