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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2004, 21:15 GMT 22:15 UK
Pars boss hails cup win
Barry Nicholson celebrates
Barry Nicholson scored a wonderful goal at Pittodrie
Dunfermline manager Jimmy Calderwood was full of praise for his team as they booked a Scottish Cup final place.

"It's a magnificent achievement and it's great to be back in a final after 36 years," Calderwood said. "To get into Europe is important for the fans."

"Barry's (Nicholson) goal was reminiscent of Archie Gemmill's Scotland finish all those years ago. It was a goal fit to win a semi final."

"At 3-1, I thought we were cruising but we got a scare with that penalty."

Calderwood had been involved in four previous semi-finals as a player and coach and tasted defeat on every occasion.

But after the 3-2 replay win over Inverness at Pittodrie, he can look forward to a meeting with Celtic at Hampden on 22 May.

"It will be a great day out," continued Calderwood.

"Celtic are a powerful, strong team and it's going to be Henrik Larsson's swansong."

"But we'll enjoy tonight and worry about that nearer the time."




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