Buckley Aiming To Scuttle Saints' Dream

  • Thu, Sep 11, 2008 @ 9:58

AS a former Saint himself, Liam Buckley knows all about St Patrick's Athletic's Holy Grail.

It's 47 years since the Saints last won the FAI Ford Cup and Buckley is determined to extend their wait tonight when his Sporting Fingal team take on Pat's in the first of this season's quarter-finals at Morton Stadium (7.45).

Buckley has a long history with the Inchicore outfit, having helped them to win the League of Ireland on three occasions -- once as a player, once as manager and once as assistant manager -- but they also dealt his career a huge blow with a shock sacking way back in 1999, just eight months after winning the champion-ship.

The former international insists, however, that no bad blood remains between himself and the Saints.

"I have lots of respect for the supporters and, even though things didn't end well there, I don't hold any grudges."

Some of Fingal's most experienced players are unavailable for the biggest game in the club's short history. Barry Ferguson is cup-tied, while John Frost and Brendan Clarke are ruled out because they are on-loan from the Saints.

Pat's will be without Keith Fahey and Dave Rogers, while Gary Dempsey is doubtful.

Next Fixture

Sligo Rovers / February 21st @ 7:45pm
Competition: League
Venue: The Showgrounds
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