Tipperary selector hospitalised after altercation with Mayo player during today's National Football League encounter

Shane Stapleton

Shane Stapleton

Twelve minutes after the break, Clare's Jamie Malone was given a straight red card following a collision with Tipperary selector Shane Stapleton, close to the sideline.

"Tipp selector Shane Stapleton will be kept overnight in hospital for observation". Subsequently, team-mate David Tubridy was shown a black card by referee Jerome Henry for remonstrating with officials.

Clare, however, did not have enough composure to complete a first league victory over their neighbours in 15 years, as two injury-time chances went a-begging, with a third denied by the final whistle - much to the outrage of the home side. And with the home side momentarily down to 13, Tipperary took full advantage to arrow over successive points through wing-backs Jimmy Feehan and Bill Maher.

Conor Sweeney's fifth free of the afternoon had Tipperary a point ahead but Keelan Sexton scored from a placed-ball to ensure the encounter in Ennis ended in a draw.

Tipp lead by 0-5 to 0-1 after 14 minutes, with ace marksman Conor Sweeney providing four of those scores.

The teams were level with six remaining, when Lillis kicked a long-distance point to make it 0-10 apiece.

Stapleton got back to his feet following the incident but was said to have felt unwell shortly after.

Three minutes later, Sexton did strike on target but found goalkeeper Evan Comerford in stubborn mood to tip the ball over the bar at 0-5 to 0-3.

Tipperary, despite the loss of former All Star Michael Quinlivan to injury, countered with points from Liam Casey and a third Sweeney free.

The tie was levelled early in the second half, thanks to Clare scores by Pearse Lillis and Jamie Malone. And it could have been more when a hopeful Gearoid O'Brien effort spilled from the hands of Comerford before recovering to clear it off the line.