Cork made history at the weekend, but not the sort of history they would have wanted to create.

Their elimination by Kilkenny means that for the first time in the long life of the GAA, a full decade has passed and the Rebels haven't won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship title.

The All-Ireland was first played for in 1887 and Cork’s first crown game three years later in 1890 in what was, in fact, just the third running off of the competition in full as 1888 was incomplete due to the 'American Invasion’ fund-raising tour to the United States.

Since then, the Rebels had managed to win an All-Ireland every decade. That is, every decade until now.

They only managed one in the 1910’s, the 30’s and the 60’s, but this was offset by golden decades like the 40’s, which was their most successful with five Liam MacCarthy Cups in six years, and a Sam Maguire for football thrown in there in the gap year.

Rebels boss John Meyler

This was a bad 10-season stretch for Cork on the national stage and they actually only made one All-Ireland final – 2013 when they lost to Clare after a replay.

In the last six years they have picked up three Munster titles, ’14, ’17 and ’18, however so they aren’t a million miles away.

It does appear though that this team is at a crossroads. Manager John Meyler has seen out his two year-term in charge and it is expected that he will walk away with candidates to take over thin on the ground.

Whoever is in charge in 2020 will have problems to solve all around the field.

The defence has given up big scores repeatedly, like Sunday's 2-27 in the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kilkenny at Croke Park.

Up front they are hugely reliant on the once-in-a-generation talent of Patrick Horgan, scorer of 3-10, 2-02 from play, against the Cats, and, to a lesser extent, the fast and crafty Alan Cadogan. Horgan is 31 and won't be around forever.

When Bill Cooper was missing from the midfield in their Munster Championship opener against Tipperary at the start of the summer the work-rate in the middle third dropped alarmingly and he went off injured after 50 minutes against Kilkenny.

They are getting a reputation for losing games from winning positions too. They were two up at the break in the quarter-final, conceded a goal and then fell apart for long enough, in the third quarter outscored 1-08 to 0-01, to make their comeback a case of too-little, too late.

Cork have tradition and self-belief, both of which count for a huge amount of hurling, but they no longer 'come up overnight like mushrooms’ as the old adage used suggest. The planning and investment made at underage suggest the county are no longer taking things for granted either.

It’s now 15 seasons since the team of Dónal Óg Cusack, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Joe Deane and Brian Corcoran lifted the Liam MacCarthy. That’s not the longest gap between All-Irelands, that came between 1903 and ’19.

But they only have one season to win before they equal that stretch. Barren spells like this aren’t what Rebels fans have become used to.