Tipperary overcame a stubborn Galway outfit to claim a hard fought win by 2-20 to 2-18 at Semple Stadium.
Both sides went back and forth trading blows for 68 minutes before late points from substitute Johnny Ryan and Noel McGrath helped Tipp to sneak a vital victory and get their league campaign up and running.
The home side started slugglishly and were four points in arrears inside the opening two minutes as first Bernard Burke opened the scoring with a point before James Regan found the back of the net.
“Tipp” roared back to level it with four consecutive points, two of which came from Brendan Maher and one each from John O’ Neill and Brian O Meara.
Both sides continued to trade scores until just before the break when Pa Bourke’s goal put the home side ahead by 1-8 to 1-6 .
It looked like that would be enough to give the Premier County side a half time lead but Anthony Cunningham’s charges responded impressively.
Another point from Bernard Burke and two from namesake Niall meant that it was the charging Tribesmen who took a lead into the break. 1-9 to 1-8
In contrast to the first half, the home side were sharper to start the second scoring 1-3 to a point in the opening ten minutes with Noel McGrath’s goal opening up a four point lead.
As they had in the first half though the men from Galway responed well to conceding and Damien Hayes goal levelled the scores with less than 25 minutes to go.
Points from James Woodlock, Conor O’Mahony and Bourke again gave the home side a three point cushion but, Hayes and Niall Burke answered to bring the sides level once more.
They continued to match each other score for score until with the scores level for an incredible 10th time, Ryan put the home side in front before a McCrath 65′ sealed the win and proved their may be life after Lar yet for Tipperary.