Marty Quinn has savoured Irish Cup finals as manager of Cliftonville and Coleraine.
He is demanding that his Glenavon players approach tomorrow’s fifth round clash with H&W Welders with the right mentality if he is to do the same with a third club this season.
The Lurgan Blues trip to Tillysburn has ‘potential banana skin’ written all over it and Quinn is determined not to go skidding out of the competition at the first hurdle.
“There is no way we are going to get it easy against the Welders and we can’t afford to under-estimate them in any shape or form,” said Quinn.
“In my experience players from intermediate clubs who come up against senior teams are always up for the challenge and they won’t be intimidated by us.
“For us it’s all about having the right attitude, getting our heads right and making sure we take their challenge seriously and don’t look upon them as a pushover.
“You see it in cup competitions all the time, that top level teams are the victims of shocks. You only have to look at Manchester United losing to Leeds a couple of weeks ago.
“I don’t want to end up like that.
“I’ve had some great experiences in the Irish Cup as a player and as a manager and I hope that I’m not finished yet.”
Quinn’s men — like the vast majority of their counterparts in the Premiership — have kicked little more than their heels since before Christmas.
Four weeks without a game means match fitness will have dipped, but with everyone in the same boat nobody will be left at a disadvantage when the action starts again.
“We’ve only had one night when we’ve cancelled training, although it’s been difficult to get facilities,” said Quinn.
“We’ve been able to use a GAA hall in Lurgan and we’re indebted to St Peter’s GAA club for the use of that.”