Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson insists the Sky Blues are hungry to defend their County Antrim Shield crown.
Ballymena kick-off the defence of the trophy they won last November with a quarter-final clash with Donegal Celtic at the Showgrounds on Tuesday night.
Ballymena recorded their first major cup success in 23 years when they defeated Linfield at the Oval 10 months ago.
It was a heroic effort from the Showgrounds club – one they are determined to repeat this season.
“We are the holders of the trophy, so naturally we want to try and defend it,” Ferguson said.
“It is going to be tough on Tuesday night against Donegal Celtic. They have changed quite a bit of personnel since they got relegated last season.
“There may have been changes, but they will be fired up for this. It is a quarter-final of a cup competition and they are also two games away from a final.
“There are financial incentives also, so there is a lot to play for.
“We are under no illusions. We have to be professional and be on our game. If we do that then I would be confident we can progress to the next stage.”
Captain Allan Jenkins returns for United following a one-match suspension.
Ballymena are also hopeful midfielder David Cushley will be fit for the clash.
Cushley was forced off during Saturday’s draw with Glentoran.
Michael Ruddy (back spasm) remains doubtful.