BONUS territory. That's what Laune Rangers boss Joe Shannon sees his side's participation in the County Championship semi-final as, but if that leads you to think that his ambition has been stated then think again.
"I'm absolutely thrilled that a lot of hard work on behalf of the guys has paid off now that we're in the semi-final," the Killorglin native said this week.
"But now that we are in a semifinal the expectation has been raised even further. It represents a huge challenge, but we're not daunted by the task, because we're in bonus territory there's a relaxed approached to it as the pressure is not on us. The expectation is that Crokes will win and they will win well in that regard, while there's certainly pressure it's not as if you were going in there as clear favourites."
Having lost a substatial number of players in the past twelve months to retirement and emigration Shannon has embarked upon a substantial rebuiding job. One which posed difficulties, but later blossomed into a remarkable turnaround
"The first number of months up until May were hard going in terms of keeping guys facing ahead, staying positive, despite losing games," he said. "And then once we got guys training collectively it started to click then over the next couple of weeks. They could see themselves then themselves the improvement and that has boosted their confidence no end as well."
There will be a lot of talk this week about their county club championship semi-final defeat to Dr Crokes, but for Shannon the game isn't something that he will dwell on and when he does consider it he considers it to be a better performance by his side than, perhaps, the final scoreline suggested it was.
"That was a moment in time and what people don't realise – and look I suppose I always look for the positives in things – [is that] we played against a gale force breeze that day against one of the best sides in the country and they nailed us in the first ten / fifteen minutes and the game was over by half-time, but we could have packed up our bags but the lads knuckled down and in the second half, as a matter of fact, we outscored the Crokes when the same breeze was to our backs.
"It was a huge learning opportunity I would say in terms of where we thought we were and were we needed to get to in terms of our game plan and level of fitness."
He's confident of a good, open game of football in the best traditions of games between the Crokes and the Rangers. He thinks his team can win. He admits that things are going to have to go their way if they're to succeed.
Then again as the man himself says: "stranger things have happened."