Waterford football manager Tom McGlinchey paid tribute to his players after their surprise win over Wexford, claiming they "don’t do media bans, drink bans and we’re definitely going to enjoy tonight".
The 3-14 to 1-18 success was only their second-ever qualifier win and first since 2011.
After an 11-point loss to Tipperary in the Munster Football Championship, little was expected of the Déise today, but they will take their place in Monday’s qualifier draw.
"It's fantastic. It's great for the players to get this reward," McGlinchey told RTÉ Sport.
"We try so hard. We know we're in Division 4 and understand that, we wouldn't be considered one of the top teams. Over the last number of years we haven't had the reward. We've been close. Last year against Cork we were close.
"Some of the lads involved against Galway a couple of years ago were close to getting that elusive win and a Championship win away to a Division 3 team is absolutely fantastic. The odds were totally against us."
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Highlights of the game will be broadcast on the Sunday afternoon live programme on RTÉ2 in a hurling and football double bill – and this game is likely to feature prominently because it was a thriller.
Waterford led for much of it but a late Wexford fightback gave the visitors a scare as they closed in on the win.
The Waterford manager jested: "You'll have to have 50 minutes of highlights it was so good. It was absolutely fantastic. The Sunday Game staff here are telling me they are going to use as much as they can.
"We were down 0-05 to 0-02 in the first half and got a great goal to bring us back level. We led then and there was a time we got seven or eight points up.
"It got squeaky bum time towards the end because Wexford came back and there was six minutes of extra time. They got a goal and a point during it so the lead was down to two points.
"It definitely was back to the wall stuff. I'm delighted the lads held out. They won that last kick out and got a free-out and that was the victory."
It’s likely Waterford will get a much stronger opponent in Monday’s draw (live on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ News Now and RTÉ Player) at 8:30am.
But that doesn’t matter much now for McGlinchey who is keen to be at home to see the team’s supporters come out in big numbers.
He joked that the target is for the team bus to be back in Waterford in time for the hurling team to travel to Limerick tomorrow.
"Bring them all on [in the next round]. It's fantastic for Waterford just to be in that second round. I'm just so delighted for the group of players and the Waterford GAA public.
"Hopefully we get a home draw the next day and the crowd up to support us.
"If the bus is back in time for the match in Limerick tomorrow, the lads will be delighted. The thing about us is we don't do media bans and we don't do drink bans. We're definitely going to enjoy tonight."