Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy conceded that his side got a few lucky breaks as they ended Kilkenny’s All-Ireland SHC dominance.
The Rebels arrived in Thurles on the back of a Munster final defeat to Limerick, a game in which they played 35 minutes with 14 men after the dismissal of forward Patrick Horgan.
The Glen Rovers man was subsequently cleared for the quarter-final and landed 11 points against the Cats.
Barry-Murphy told RTÉ Sport: “We were disappointed with our performance in the Munster final and I knew it was going to take a huge effort to get over Kilkenny.
"In fairness, luck wasn’t with us in the Munster final, but we got the breaks today.
“When we had the extra man we should have pulled further ahead and made it more comfortable for ourselves in the end, but Kilkenny are great champions and they went down with pride.
“It’s very hard in the modern game to survive with 14 men as we found out in the Munster final.
“But Kilkenny played with phenomenal heart like they always do, they are a very hard team to put away, but we just about saw it out in the end.
"They did [respond] and it took one great save from Anthony Nash to keep the scoreboard where it was. They are proud champions and they die very hard."
"Luck wasn’t with us in the Munster final but we got the breaks today" - JBM
The Rebels led by five at the end of a first half that saw Henry Shefflin, starting his first game of the summer, red-carded.
They responded by winning a penalty at the start of the second half, but Richie Power’s second effort – the first successful shot was ordered to be retaken for encroachment – was saved magnificently by the out-rushing Nash.
Barry-Murphy hailed the Kanturk man for his efforts which helped them book a semi-final date with Dublin on 11 August.
“That penalty save and the save afterwards from general play, it was a dangerous ball on a greasy surface, he dived full length to put it away to safety. I though those two points were vital,” he said.
“We’ll take it one step at a time.
“Dublin in a fortnight’s time is going to be a massive game for us as well. They beat Kilkenny in a replay, which is a very difficult thing to do.
“Anthony Daly has done a fabulous job with Dublin. It’s great to be there and we’ll think about that tomorrow.”