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Jubilant Falkirk boss Alex Totten worked his Scottish Cup magic again yesterday then warned the big guns: We can go all the way again.

Tott's brilliant Bairns strolled into the semi-finals for the second year running with a 3- 0 hammering of Premier League St Johnstone.

Now the hard-up Brockville side are set to swell their coffers in a money- spinning last four clash.

They took in pounds 9,100 from yesterday's tie and will pocket pounds 11,750 for making the semis PLUS a bumper pay-out from gate receipts.

The First Division title-chasers - last year's final losers - were joined in the hat for Tuesday's draw by Hearts who KO'd Ayr United 4-1.

And Totten beamed: "This is the same team that reached the final last year, minus one player. We beat three Premier teams on the way then and now we've proved again that on our day, with sheer hard work and desire, we can beat anyone.

"We defeated Celtic over two games in the semis last year when no-one gave us a chance so we have NOTHING to fear from the last four this time either.

"I don't mind who we get - my boys know there are no short cuts.

"People say there are problems at this club but there are certainly none when it comes to team spirit and harmony."

Meanwhile, gutted Ayr boss Gordon Dalziel saw his Cup dream fold and told red- carded Derek Anderson: You blew it.

Del was sent packing after 28 minutes when he flicked his boot into the face of grounded Jambo Jim Hamilton.

Dalziel said: "It was fair enough. Derek deserved to go and he's let us down.

"I was pleased with all my other players but Derek's discipline - or lack of it - dragged us out of it and he knows it. He's devastated."

Three other Ayr men were booked, leaking a vast slice of sponsors' cash in the crime count.

Hamilton, who grabbed the fourth goal after a comical error from Ayr keeper Kristian Finbogasson, confessed: "I caught Anderson late but I was going for the ball.

"He got up and kicked me in the face and the ref saw it. Simple as that."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Waddell, Gordon; King, Iain
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 8, 1998
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