Former midfield maestro Jim Cleary knows a thing or two about winning trophies and believes Glentoran can end their five-year drought in tonight's Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup final showdown against Ballymena United at Windsor Park.
Mick McDermott's boys squeezed past Cliftonville in a tense semi-final penalty shoot-out on Monday which punched their ticket to the final for the first time since 2015.
With a major trophy and a lucrative European place now dangling tantalisingly, the east Belfast team have the chance to continue their renaissance under McDermott and his trusty lieutenant, Paul 'Windy' Millar.
Cleary, who has impressive Irish Cup pedigree having lifted the trophy five times in his nine years at the Oval, believes it could be their year.
"It hasn't been great for the last few seasons, a lot of that has been down to money problems, but thankfully that has been resolved," says the former Northern Ireland international.
"If they could manage to win the cup, it would be a big step forward for them. It would give everyone - management, players and supporters - something to look forward to next season.
"There has been a good improvement both on and off the pitch. The team has turned in good performances and, equally important, the debts have been cleared which have been hanging over the club for some years.
"Mick and Paul Millar have shaken up the place. They have a bit of money to spend and that helps, so it's great to see the all-round improvement."
Although the Glens turned in an impressive showing against the Reds, Cleary warns they must tread warily against the Sky Blues.
"Both teams are going to be well prepared," he adds. "Ballymena United have one of the best managers ever to grace the Irish League in big David Jeffrey. He's been round the block in this competition. He has won it on numerous occasions, he knows all about it.
"In contrast, Mick doesn't have that experience as a manager, but he has Paul Millar beside him and he has the experience of winning it as a player with Glentoran.
"Ballymena may have finished 10th in the league, but that counts for nothing. Going into this final, I think both teams are evenly matched.
"When I look back at the finals I played in, every one of them was decided by only one goal.
"Even the final I lost, playing for Portadown in 1979, the Reds beat us 3-2. When I moved to the Oval, we beat Linfield twice. The first, in 1983, we won a replay 2-1. The second was two years later and, again, we won a replay 1-0.
"We beat Coleraine 2-1 (1986), Larne 1-0 (1987) and Glenavon 1-0 (1988). They were all close games. It never made any difference on the day. Personally, I never played in an easy cup final - there was no such thing.
"Once you get to a final, no matter how strong or weak the opposition is, it's a battle."
The one thing Glentoran will miss will be the backing of their fanatical supporters.
Cleary recalls: "We always had great crowds at cup finals. It's just a pity the fans will be missing for this one, especially has they haven't seen live football for a while.
"I wouldn't fancy it myself (playing behind closed doors), it must be really hard on the players. I watched the two semi-finals and credit must go to all four teams for the effort they put in, especially as they haven't played since March. I know they have taken part in friendlies, but that's still not the same as a competitive environment.
"The fitness of all four sides was exceptional especially as they had to endure extra-time.
"At least both teams go into the final on a level playing field."
David Jeffrey does not want history to be a burden for his Ballymena United players when they attempt to bring the Irish Cup back to the Showgrounds for the first time since 1989.