Weather conditions made it hard to produce free-flowing football but the closeness of the second half kept the small crowd on their toes.
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.
Team-mate David Tubridy was shown a black card by the referee for remonstrating with officials.
Stapleton hit his head off the concrete when he fell backwards. Late in the game Tipp lost Josh Keane for a second yellow card offence and deep into injury time Clare's Eoin Cleary was issued with a black card but wasn't replaced as the final whistle sounded before a substitution could be made.
Honours were finally shared after a frantic finish to an incident-packed Allianz Football League Division 2 clash between Clare and Tipperary in Ennis.
Later in the evening Tipperary GAA tweeted to say that Stapelton was being kept in hospital overnight.
"Our thanks to both Tipperary and Clare backroom medical teams for their prompt treatment to Shane in what were hard circumstances while play was ongoing".
We wish him a speedy recovery..
Sexton grabbed Clare's first point from play on seven minutes before Tipp kicked four in-a-row by the 16th minute.
The Premier County held sway for most of the half but a pair of valuable Clare points close to the break by Ciarán Russell and Cleary left the Banner just two behind at the whistle.
The tie was levelled early in the second half, thanks to Clare scores by Pearse Lillis and Jamie Malone.
Replies from Keelan Sexton, substitute Kieran Malone and Pearce Lillis finally reeled in the visitors by the 63rd minute at 0-10 to 0-10.
Sweeney put Tipp back in front with time running out before Sexton converted a long range free to level things again.