Glentoran hero Elliott Morris has admitted this year's Irish Cup won't feel the same without the club's passionate support cheering on the side but he hopes to do the business for the faithful at home.
No fans are allowed into Monday night's semi-final against Cliftonville, a match that would have attracted a crowd of several thousand, and it will be played out in a strange and surreal Windsor Park atmosphere.
The Covid-19 pandemic threatened to finish off the Irish Cup, just as the league campaign had to be curtailed, but the Irish FA have succeeded in getting the semi-finals and final played before the end of July.
For the clubs going for Cup glory and the Europa League place on offer, the prize remains a golden one but although 250 supporters from each finalist will be allowed into the National Stadium for the decider, the tournament will still feel very different.
Goalkeeper Morris has played in five finals, lifting the trophy three times including as skipper, and the electric atmosphere generated by the club's fans in the big semi-finals and finals make the Irish Cup the special competition it is.
The 39-year-old player-coach, who made his Glens debut back in 2002, is gunning for more Cup success but he's saddened the fans can't turn up in big numbers.
"The atmosphere the Glenmen make is frightening and it's unfortunate they aren't there," said Morris. "I can remember the 2015 semi-final when we played Crusaders at Mourneview Park and the fans filled the stand and made a hell of a noise.
"When we do the job on the pitch, the fans are unbelievable.
"The 2004 final when I won the first one against Coleraine was a brilliant atmosphere, like all the finals.
"To lift the trophy as a captain is an unbelievable memory that never leaves you.
"I've pictures of the kids up around the house and it's hard to explain to people what those memories mean.
"I think the supporters make the Irish Cup semi-finals and finals. We've seen with the Premier League games how the game has become virtually meaningless without the fans.
"The matches have been boring because there is no atmosphere.
"Any Cup win is special and will mean a great deal to players but the occasion loses something without the supporters.
"But the prestige, trophy, medal and European place is still there for the winners, even if the atmosphere isn't the same.
"We are paid to do a job and that will be our focus."
Morris, with an incredible 739 Glentoran appearances under his belt, knows the size of the task facing his side on Monday.
"Cliftonville are a quality side, capable of beating anyone," he added. "They are very strong in midfield and have probably the best strike force in the league.
"We are taking nothing for granted, it will be a tough test and we must be right on the money or it will be a very difficult evening for us."
The experienced stopper, who had a spell at West Brom in his early career, believes Irish Cup success would represent a significant step in the right direction for a club in the Mick McDermott and Ali Pour era.
"In some ways winning the Irish Cup could feel better than winning the league," he added.
"It's a special trophy to win and it's such an important day in the season that it can make you feel as good as winning the league.
"The league title is the biggest prize but the Irish Cup remains a major trophy and it was a more realistic target for us this season than the championship which wasn't able to be completed.
"Any major trophy at this point for ourselves would be fantastic. Our goal was to become competitive again and it's a fantastic achievement to be so close to an Irish Cup final.
"I just hope we can go out and perform, earning a place in the final."