David Jeffrey has called on his Ballymena United players to produce one more massive push to finish a miserable campaign with a bang.
In a year in which football has been badly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, there is still time for more Irish Cup heroes to be born.
The league campaign was booted into touch on the 31-game mark and the Sky Blues were happy to see it disappear.
A 10th place finish was a poor return for a club that had previously pushed Linfield all the way in a title sprint.
But there is still time to salvage something special, meaningful and lucrative when the senior game returns with two semi-final blockbusters at an empty Windsor Park today.
First up is United's derby thriller with League Cup winners Coleraine and the good news for Jeffrey is that he can be on the sidelines after United and Cliftonville saw their appeals against suspensions lifted following arbitration.
That's a nice feeling to look forward to but it will be even sweeter to lead his side out in Friday's decider.
In his remarkable managerial career, Jeffrey steered Linfield to 31 trophies including seven Irish Cup triumphs... all netted after United last won the prize in 1989.
A League Cup success has been added to the Sky Blues' honours board since he and Bryan McLoughlin arrived at the Showgrounds but creating more Irish Cup history with the Braidmen would rank high in the list of their proudest achievements.
Particularly after a Danske Bank Premiership season which was blighted by injury and inconsistent performances.
"There is no point in sugar coating it, we started the season well and got ourselves to a County Antrim Shield final where we cruelly lost in injury time against Cliftonville," said Jeffrey.
"But you must be upfront and say the league campaign was horrible, in that we had injuries and suspensions which affected competition for places within the squad.
"As a group, we didn't reach the heights of the previous season and, ironically, Coleraine have done this season what we did the previous season in pushing Linfield to the end. That's gone now and we are in a semi-final. It's a new competition and you have to be very focused and pragmatic.
"Bryan and I have had a number of battles against Coleraine which we have thoroughly enjoyed.
"This is a one-off game and anything can happen on the day."
The Irish FA have worked hard to get the tournament completed and the four semi-finalists also deserve significant praise for going about their preparations in difficult circumstances.
"It's been a challenging time but everyone at the club has shown total commitment and we've had fantastic support from the likes of Iain Black, our Covid officer, Philip Simpson, Matthew Armstrong and boys who work on the board and committee," added Jeffrey.
"Iain has taken the lead and it's crucial we follow all the health protocols.
"Training has been well organised and we've had to adapt to a certain way of doing things.
"But everyone has embraced the challenge. It's not a normal situation and we certainly aren't going to risk serious injury by pushing people too far, too early.
"We have applied ourselves and done our best.
"The hope is that everything goes okay. We have worked incredibly hard in terms of following procedures to make sure nothing has gone wrong.
"Everyone has followed all the advice and we are as ready for the semi-final as we can be, given the time constraints."
Each finalist will be given 250 tickets for supporters but the managers aren't looking that far ahead.
"We aren't even thinking about the fact supporters won't be there for the semi-final," said Jeffrey.
"For me, this is about the health and wellbeing of the greater community and until people can safely go to games, it shouldn't be considered.
"If we don't win on Monday night, the final is not an issue for us.
"We are practical and dealing with the here and now."