THIS week's Europa League draws filled me with further optimism that neither Linfield nor Coleraine's European journey need necessarily come to an end in the second qualifying stage.
I've no doubt Bannsiders boss Oran Kearney will have been on to his Glentoran counterpart Mick McDermott for a few facts and figures about Motherwell after the Scottish Premiership side got the better of the east Belfast outfit in the last round.
Although I still feel this will be Coleraine's toughest test in the competition to date, they will be aware that for 60 minutes at Fir Park, the Glens gave as good as they got, however missed chances and a red card for Seanan Clucas sealed their fate with the hosts taking full advantage to clock up a 5-1 victory.
Kearney's men will start the September 17 clash as underdogs but they are looking solid and confident, and are in a rich vein of form at present - so who would bet against them turning Motherwell over in another night of glory at The Showgrounds?
Linfield have also got a home draw, with Floriana of Malta bound for Windsor Park on Thursday week, and my money is on the Blues to progress.
Again, it won't be easy but David Healy has made some superb signings during the transfer window and now have what I consider to be the best squad - both in terms of quantity and quality - in the country.
There's an undoubted buzz of excitement and expectancy around the Irish League at the minute and both Linfield and Coleraine are bursting with confidence as a result of their excellent performances in Europe to date, so, without wanting to sound overconfident or indeed cocky, don't be in the slightest bit surprised if both of our clubs extend their European adventures even further.
I certainly wouldn't bet against it, would you?