Cork captain Seamus Harnedy believes a youthful Cork will come again as he nursed the heartache of another All-Ireland SHC semi-final defeat.
Limerick took a pulsating encounter after extra-time, but the Rebels will know this was a huge missed opportunity.
They were five points to the good with 18 minutes to play and looked in control heading for the closing stages. The Treaty reeled off six scores without reply though and only a Pat Horgan free at the death gave Cork th chance to win it in extra-time.
It was a chance they couldn't take as weary bones ran out of gas and John Kiely's men summoned the energy to pull away to a 3-32 to 2-31 success.
Back-to-back Munster champions Cork have now lost three All-Ireland semis in the last five years.
"An extra-time defeat is always hard to take," Harnedy told RTÉ Sport.
"With the past two performances in semi-finals we weren't particularity proud of our own performances. Today we were really eager to bring our best selves forward. We felt we performed adequately well.
"We just didn't close out the game, myself included. I has a chance as well, if you take one of those chances you never know what could have been. But I'm incredibly proud of all the lads in the dressing room down below.
"They're every young. I'm sure they'll have great days up here yet. It's a tough moment to take."
The provincial crown offers some solace even if Cork supporters will be understandably down tonight.
Harnedy, 28, also stressed that more talent is coming down the assembly line and aired his hope that the good days will come again.
"From January onwards they have put everything into this. Everyone has bought into it. Even though we came up a bit short today, I just want to thank them all.
"There's great talent coming through in Cork but it's never easy. It's the same in Limerick, Galway, Clare, Kilkeny are coming again, Tipperary will be back.
"Everyone is back into the hat. You start from scratch again. But there's good things happening in Cork. That's always encouraging."