STYLE IS BOT'S SLAVIN GRACE; Double Hero Bryan Hails His Talbot Class Acts

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Byline: Ally Graham

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TWO-GOAL Bot hero Bryan Slavin insists he always knew his side had the class to claim their biggest scalp of the Scottish Cup.

The only pre-match concern for the Beechwood Park skipper was whether his troops had the bottle for the battle - and after a blood and guts Ayrshire classic Slavin got the answer he was hoping for.

The Talbot star slammed home two second-half spot kicks to see off bigspending Medda and send his men into the semi-finals of the competition.

And Slavin reckons the thousands of fans at Meadow Park were treated to a fine advert for the junior game, although he admits his men had to get their hands dirty before they could make their ability count.

He said: "We had to win the battle first and foremost and class will always tell.

"There's no reason why we can't go all the way this season as the squad have been together for a while now and we feel it's all coming together at the right time.

"This game summed up just what we're all about.

"The first couple of tackles set the tone of the match and we have been together so long as a group that we have a great mental strength in our squad.

"This will be the biggest win of the lot because we have travelled away to beat some big sides this season but earning a result at Meadow tops the lot.

"We thought when John Boyle limped off we'd be up against it because he has been a massive player for us this season. But David Gillies came on and played his part.

"We won't get complacent as we know if we are to lift the trophy this season then the hard work starts now."

Talbot started the brighter and Colin Spence set the tone with a thumping tackle on Medda's Chris Strain.

Red-hot Bot striker Mick McCann ran at the home defence in the ninth minute but his right-foot shot lacked power. …