Tipp's success is Antrim wake-up call
Antrim will surely have been kicking themselves when they watched the moderate fare served up in the Allianz Football League Division Four final between Clare and Tipperary.
Although the sides were level on nine occasions, effort and commitment rather than style and flair underpinned the contest and had Liam Bradley's side not suffered early setbacks in their campaign, they might well have found themselves gracing Croke Park.
As it was, Tipperary finished strongly with man of the match Conor Sweeney, veteran George Hennigan and the tireless Robbie Kiely prominent in their narrow 1-16 to 1-15 win.
Sweeney grabbed his team's goal and was instrumental in underpinning their strategy, while David Tubridy of Clare helped himself to seven points.
Martin O'Leary's scored Clare's goal and his side might well have stolen victory in the end had they protected possession better.
There was food for thought for another Ulster county, too, with Donegal hurlers falling to Roscommon by 1-12 to 1-11 in the Nicky Rackard Cup competition.
Gerry Fallon struck a late winning point at Athleague.
Having lost last year's Rackard Cup final and this year's Allianz League Division 3A decider to the same opposition, revenge was sweet for Roscommon.
Donegal led by 1-9 to 1-7 at half-time thanks to an Enda McDermott goal and a succession of points from Kevin Campbell.
Roscommon got back on terms with a brace of points from Robbie Kelly before Campbell edged Donegal back in front. However, Fallon brought Roscommon level and then struck the winner.