So the build-up to the All-Ireland hurling final has begun in earnest.

This group of Limerick players are looking to create their own piece of history by becoming the first from the county to win back-to-back senior titles.

For Cork, it's a first appearance in the game's showpiece in eight years while Liam MacCarthy hasn't wintered by the banks of the Lee since 2005.

The Rebels will be going into a hurling decider as outsiders - not the norm for the county with 30 All-Irelands in the trophy cabinet.

But one of the big discussion points over the next 13 days is likely to be the best place for Shane Kingston. The son of manager Kieran, he only came on yesterday in the second half but still managed 0-07 from play.

His dad declared that he had indeed proved a point with his cameo appearance - "he was out to prove a point and he did it today" - but does it guarantee him a start in the final?

"Do you start with your best team or finish with your best XV," pondered Lee Chin on RTÉ's Sunday Game.

"I thought Cork finished with their strongest XV and it's a big reason why they got over the line. The likes of Alan Cadogan and Shane Kingston were on the field in normal time and made huge impacts - Shane in particular.

"These lads are some of the fastest players in the game and particularly in extra-time the lads showed that the bench made a massive impact."

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For Shane Dowling, who made plenty of appearances off the bench in the latter part of his career for Limerick, Kingston's impact might counterintuitively see him starting the next game on the bench.

"It was a role that I happened to fall into," he said of regularly playing off the bench.

"Shane Kingston is going to find himself in the situation where he's meeting the Cork people and they'll be telling him that he'll be starting in the final - the same thing was said to me.

"If I was was Kieran Kingston - it's not an easy thing to do - I'd keep in him reserve as well the next day."

Echoing the other analysts, Dónal Óg Cusack - who started the last time Cork won the All-Ireland - said that Kingston might be a bigger asset to the Rebels coming off the bench.

"I think in a way starting young [Shane] Barrett was a shot to nothing," Cusack suggested.

"If things weren't working out for him it was a much less risk than having to be bringing him on and then things mightn't work out for him.

"We know the way the game is now that sometimes it's more important to finish with your strongest team. It gives your fierce options to have the likes of Shane [Kingston] on the bench."