John Sheran wants Cove to vanquish one cup final disappointment by winning the Highland League Cup.
His side face local rivals Formartine at Fraserburgh’s Bellslea Park on Saturday as Cove chase the double.
But had they claimed the Aberdeenshire Cup in November, there is a very real possibility the club could have been going for a historic treble.
An agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Buckie Thistle saw them fall at the final hurdle.
Now they have a prime shot at redemption in what is arguably a more significant trophy.
As two of the Highland League’s big guns, both camps are eager to get their hands on silverware.
And Sheran expects everyone at his club to be looking to make up for the previous disappointment with success in this showpiece.
He said: “We love playing big games and if you ask any football person, they would rather be in cup finals. Everyone involved with Cove is really looking forward to Saturday.
“Cup finals, you either win them or you lose them and sometimes it’s your day and sometimes it isn’t.
“We lost one earlier this year when it wasn’t our day and we’ve got to make sure on this occasion it is our day.
“Formartine will be exactly the same, a tough game against good players, but we are looking forward to it.”
Back in November in the Aberdeenshire Cup, two of the league’s best attacks were pitted against each other and could not be separated in normal time. Once more, a pair of the Highland League’s most dominant attacks will duel it out for supremacy.
And now Sheran is again looking for his side to show what they are capable of on the big stage.
He said: “If you look at the performance that day, we played really well but it was just that Buckie’s name went on the cup.
“We created chances and had opportunities to win it but we didn’t take it.
“This game will be an exciting game, it will be an attacking game, and undoubtedly there will be a few thrills and spills.
“We’ll do everything we can to win it.”
Neither Cove nor Formartine have had it easy on their routes to the final. Formartine had to beat Turriff in the semis while Cove overcame Brora.
Coupled with league commitments, both sides have shouldered large cup fixture burdens this season.
But Sheran enjoys the different competitions and expects a ding-dong contest between the two high-flying rivals.
He said: “The way we look at the cup is it’s a one-off occasion, that’s how we have done it all the way through this time.
“We’ve had to go to the likes of Brora and win so these have been tough games.”
He added: “The one thing you are going to get is a game full of passion and commitment.
“Anyone coming to watch will enjoy a great spectacle. Both teams like to attack, both teams want to win games. So, if you are free on Saturday, get yourself to Fraserburgh.”