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Livvy will have to act Swift-ly to beat Boro to Bens ace Steve; JUNIORS.

BENBURB hero Steven Swift is set to clinch a dream move to First Division hot- shots Livingston.

The 20-year-old hit a stunning hat-trick as the Bens booked a Beaton's League Cup semi-final clash against Cambuslang on Saturday after a 3- 0 win over Shettleston.

Benburb boss Jim Sinnett said: "Steven's just turned 20 and apart from his goalscoring ability he's got a tremendous engine.

"Middlesbrough are very interested but at the moment it looks as if Livvy are the favourites and that would suit us.

"They are prepared to take Steven on a delayed transfer which means he would still be able to play for us."

Shotts, who beat Neilston on penalties, and Bellshill, who also needed penalties to see off Vale of Leven, contest the other semi- final.

Born-again Beith striker Billy Ferguson bagged a double to dump Irvine Meadow out of the Kerr & Smith League Cup and end a year of woe.

The veteran striker suffered a miserable spell at Arthurlie where he spent most of his time on the bench.

After the 4-1 quarter-final win, Ferguson said: "Arthurlie don't use wingers and it didn't suit my style of play.

"Get the ball into the box and I'll get goals."

Derek Cook and Jim Donnelly were also on target for Beith while Maurice George netted for Irvine.

Former Clydebank manager Stevie Morrison became the first man to score against Kilwinning this season but it counted for nothing as Norman Montgomery (2), Iain Gallagher and a hat- trick from second-half substitute Charlie Adams gave Buffs a 6-1 win in their quarter-final tie.

Hurlford won the replayed sectional game against Whitletts 5-0 to book a home quarter-final tie with Glenafton. Cumnock entertain Craigmark in the other outstanding match.
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Date:Sep 4, 2000
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