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Saints keen to avoid a dose of the Blues

LIAM Buckley is wary of Limerick giving his own side the Blues at Richmond Park tonight.

Saints fans, who were a rather morose bunch after a recent run of three league games without a win or even a goal, have been buoyant of late, Buckley's side dumping Shamrock Rovers out of the FAI Cup and also enjoying back-to-back league wins.

They're so eager to show off their new-found confidence that Pats have guaranteed free admission into Richmond Park for tonight's game against bottom side Limerick to anyone in a kilt, a clever marketing ploy which could just tempt some of the visiting Scotland fans in Dublin - 10,000 are expected - to Inchicore. Saints supporters would expect a handy three points against a Blues side who have lost four in a row and have yet to win all season.

But Limerick were a bogey side for Pats last season (two wins and a draw for Martin Russell's men) and Pats have also struggled against Limerick this term.

"We played Limerick down in Jackman Park back in April and it was a tough game for us," said Buckley.

"We did well to go two up and then they pegged us back and could have got something from it so we know that Limerick will come here and believe they can get a result.

"Martin has them playing his style of play now too so it'll make for a really good game of football for neutrals to come down and watch."

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