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BUCKLEY FEELING CAUTIOUS.

Byline: MICHAEL SCULLY

Siroki Brijeg v St Pat's, tonight, 8.00pm ST PAT'S boss Liam Buckley can't see his side's superior fitness being an advantage as they step up a level in Europe tonight.

Hot on the heels of the first round qualifying over Icelandic outfit IBV, the Saints are in southwest Bosnia and Herzegovina to face NK Siroki Brijeg in the first leg of the second round.

Buckley's side needed an away goal in extra time to see off IBV in Vestmannaeyjar seven days ago. And although their next opponents' have to wait another fortnight for their domestic season to start, the Pat's manager is wary of what's ahead.

Siroki Brijeg have finished runners-up in the Bosnian Premier League three times in the past five years - including last season.

Buckley said: "Their last competitive game was at the end of May, they would've had a few weeks off and they've now been back around three weeks and had a few preparations matches in the past couple of weeks.

"I don't think they will have lost much fitness so I don't see it being an issue for them."

The Saints travelled without experienced duo Pat Flynn and Mark Rossiter, although Barry Murphy could be on the bench despite sustaining an injured finger at the weekend.

Flynn, left, suffered concussion in Sunday's damaging league defeat to Drogheda United, while Rossiter is still working his way back from a knee problem.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2012
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