Former Limerick hurler Niall Moran says he remains wary of the threat Cork will pose in Sunday's All-Ireland SHC final but is confident his countymen will "make hay while the sun shines".

Limerick go into the game aiming for back-to-back titles at Croke Park and a third final triumph in four years against a youthful Cork side enjoying a resurgence this year and coming off the back of a pulsating semi-final win over Kilkenny when their resilience was evident.

Speaking on RTÉ's Game On alongside former Cork All-Ireland winner Tom Kenny, Moran suggested that the Rebels have the ability to spring a surprise.

"There's always a curveball that can be thrown on the day," he said.

"The Cork management are well capable of throwing curveballs, especially Donal O'Grady, so we would be very, very wary of the challenges that are coming and there will be new challenges that will be coming as well off Cork."

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Moran added that Limerick need to be "conscious" of "tying down" the Cork forwards who will be capable of punishing any defensive lapses.

However, he remains confident that this Rebels generation are not yet at the peak of their powers and that a Limerick that appear to be at the summit of theirs will find a way to win.

"I honestly think, and I know it's cliched, but it's probably a year too soon for that Cork team," Moran said.

"I think this Limerick team realise the privileged position that they're in that the stars are aligned in terms of people in the background, staff and everything else. I think we really need to make hay while the sun shines and I think we will on Sunday."

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