What's rare is wonderful.

It was great to witness the scenes as Tipperary's small band of supporters applauded their teams's effort in the aftermath of the stunning win over Galway in the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final.

In the end, the Premier County coasted home by nine points, but in reality it should have been more as they made the Tribesmen look very ordinary indeed.

Next up is a date with either Tyrone or Mayo in the semi-final on 21 August - the first time Tipperary footballers have reached that juncture of the championship since 1935.

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What makes this story even more remarkable were the 11 players that Tipperary lost for various reasons since last year's championship. Included in that number were Colin O'Riordan, Steven O'Brien and Seamus Kennedy.

Despite all that, new manager Liam Kearns engineered a stunning win over Cork in the Munster semi-final. And while Tipp were a bit off the pace in the provincial decider against Kerry, they seized their opportunity in the last-chance saloon with a thrilling win over Derry.

A last-eight appearance in the Sam Maguire race, though fully deserved, was expected to be their last stand of the summer against a Galway outfit who signalled their intent when crushing the Rossies in the Connacht final replay.

Yet Tipperary, playing a brand of simple, direct football, made a mockery of the pre-match predictions. 

Premier skipper Peter Acheson is now focused on reaching an All-Ireland final.

Speaking on RTÉ's GAA Podcast - Jones' Road, the Moyle Rovers clubman said: "There is no fear of us resting on our laurels. Everyone was saying 'fair play to ye' for getting to the last 12 with all the players that we lost.

"And then we beat Derry and we were told fair play to ye. And now we're in the last four and it's the same thing we're hearing.

"We want to get to the final. That's what this group of players deserves.

"From Wednesday on we're going to be back in the zone. We want to get to the last two, we're not stopping here. Why wait until next year to get to an All-Ireland final?"

Looking ahead to their next Croke Park engagement, Acheson added: "Tyrone and Mayo are serious teams but it's 15 v 15 and we're coming in with absolute confidence."

That air of confidence seems to have been there from the start of the year, as revealed by Acheson when he outlined the team's goals at the start of the year.

"The first goal was to get promoted from Division 3. That didn't happen. We lost a few more lads playing for Clonmel Commericials. After that we aimed to get to a Munster final and then to an All-Ireland quarter-final and we achieved that.

"The win over Cork gave us a massive belief and while may not have used the positive energy from the result in the Munster final, we certainly applied it in a more productive way against Derry and Galway." 

Reflecting further on the win over Kevin Walsh's side, Acheson singled out Michael Quinlivan's first-half goal. 

"That goal gave us the confidence to drive on and after that we bossed the game," he said. 

"Prior to that score we hadn't been converting our chances. If that happens in most games it usually comes back to haunt you."