"I've been dreaming about lifting the Irish Cup since I started playing football!" declares Glentoran skipper Marcus Kane as he prepares to do battle with Cliftonville tomorrow night.
The two Belfast teams face each other in a Sadler's Peaky Blinder Irish Cup Semi-Final at Windsor Park, where the winners will return on Friday to tackle either Ballymena United or Coleraine in the decider.
Kane has a strong pedigree in the blue riband competition having been on the fringes of Linfield's Cup-winning team three times before making the switch across the city eight years ago.
The 28-year-old Shankill Road man won the Cup in 2013 and 2015 with the Glens and reveals he feels a bond with the prestigious trophy he dreams of hoisting aloft on Friday.
"I've always had an affinity with 'that sunny day in May'," he explains.
"I was still a young pup at Linfield when they won it but I really enjoyed the experience, the colour, the noise, the atmosphere.
"Then, when I moved to Glentoran, I scored the winner against Portadown in the Semi-Final in 2013 and that remains one of my most treasured memories from my career so far.
"Stephen Carson started in front of me in the Final against Cliftonville, but I wasn't too disappointed because I knew if I got on I could have an impact, which I did.
"I remember that Final well. Once Cliftonville went 1-0 up, it was like flicking a switch, and I really don't know how we didn't win it in 90 minutes.
"The Final two years later against Portadown was much different - it was absolutely freezing!
"I had my two-year-old daughter there on the day but my wife didn't want me to bring her out after the game, it was so cold.
"There was a lot going on in that match, including the most dramatic five minutes I can remember in an Irish Cup Final.
"Willie Garrett played a short back pass to Elliott Morris, gave Michael Gault a clever, subtle nudge and I thought he was off. It happens.
"Then Elliott picked the ball up, threw the ball to me, I passed to David Scullion, he fed Jordan Stewart who then crossed for Scully to score the winner.
"It was a great touch and finish, and to hear the roar at our home ground, it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I always felt we were going to win the Irish Cup that year."
Kane has had a very difficult year following the tragic loss of baby son Harrie last December and reveals how the sport he loves helped him through some dark days.
"Football is a great help," he explains.
"It helps mentally. I hear people complaining about having to play football and it annoys me.
"I really missed it. I have been playing a lot of golf to help with the stress too, and my wife Aimee and I set up a charity to raise money for the Royal Victoria Hospital bereavement unit.
"Our initial aim was to raise £10,000 but we have raised £40,000 to date and I want to thank everyone who donated, it means a lot to us.
"We are hoping to keep going until Harrie's birthday on December 18 and £50,000 is the target."