Two years ago Kevin McKernan (pictured right) was at the helm of an Abbey CBS Newry side that landed MacRory Cup and Hogan Cup (All Ireland Colleges) glory.
Today university student McKernan is on the scent of more success, this time with his club Burren.
They will confront Castlewellan in the Down Senior Football Championship quarter-final at Hilltown on Sunday (6pm) anxious to take another step towards atoning for last year's disappointment in the county final when they fell to Mayobridge.
In that game, McKernan made a tremendous contribution although he finished on the losing team.
Son of former Down All Ireland winning corner back Brendan McKernan, Kevin is currently playing the best football of his career at club level in the centre three-quarters position from where he orchestrates Burren's attacking strategy.
However, the team are expected to be without ace sharpshooter James McGovern for their quarter-final mission as he is currently in the United States.
Kevin, though, could perhaps compensate for his absence.
He certainly did so against Warrenpoint in the previous round, when he bagged 1-5 of the Burren total of 1-9.
It's this kind of accuracy that could help to make Burren favourites to advance to the semi-finals.
But club officials are playing it cool, mindful that the team has flirted with championship glory in recent years only to see Mayobridge retain their position of eminence.