Cork defender Sean Powter acknowledged his team had been "through a lot" in the wake of their stunning upset win over Kerry in the Munster SFC semi-final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh.
Powter delivered a Man of the Match display as Cork dumped last year's All-Ireland runners-up out of the championship in the most dramatic fashion possible, with a last-second goal at the end of injury-time.
The winning goal was forced to the net by a player contracted to Collingwood AFL club and is only home for a short stint.
"It's just incredible. We knew what Kerry were about, we knew what we were about and that, today, we had the beatings of them," Powter told RTÉ Sport after the game.
"It's surreal. No one expected us to win. I'm just so proud of the lads. They gave it absolutely everything."
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"It's been a long road for me personally. And I'm just so grateful to be out there playing for Cork because I just love Cork football."
The victory was Cork's first over Kerry in the championship since 2012. After winning the first All-Ireland title of the past decade, the county slid alarmingly down the pecking order, falling into Division 3 at the beginning of 2018 and shipping a number of heavy losses against Kerry.
"We've been through a lot as a group together. We were down in Division 3. We were getting abuse. We were getting abuse that was deserved. I'm just thankful we got over the line. And hopefully we can use this as a stepping stone for future success.
"We know what Tipperary are about. We've played them up along, Division 2 and 3. It's been nip and tuck all the way. We'll get the body right now and look forward to a Munster final.
"It's always nice to get one the over the neighbours. It's just a pity the Cork fans aren't here to celebrate with us."