The faith and patience that Jody Gormley has shown in his Antrim squad should bring their own reward on Sunday when they face Waterford at Casement Park, Belfast (2.30pm) knowing that victory will give them a coveted place in Division Three of the National League next year.
The Saffrons have dropped just three points to date - a draw against pacesetters Offaly and an unexpected reversal at the hands of Tipperary - but overall, the team has shown increased fluency, skill and commitment.
But while their promotion goal looms large on the horizon, Gormley is taking precisely nothing for granted.
"When you look at the number of players that have come into this Waterford team from their very successful Under 21 side of a couple of years ago and when you assess the confidence they have gained from what has been a decent league campaign for them so far, you realise that we will have our hands full on Sunday," insists Gormley.
While his own team have perhaps been conceding rather too many scores, Gormley remains hopeful that players like Tómas McCann, Paddy Cunningham, Aodhan Gallagher and Michael McCann can point the way to success.