Ayr United boosted their play-off aspirations by holding second-placed Dunfermline to a draw at Somerset Park.

The Pars' Alex Whittle had a shot saved early on by David Hutton and Ayr's Brian Gilmour sent his effort wide.

Ryan Thomson put Dunfermline into the lead after the break after heading home Faissal El Bakhtaoui's cross.

But that was soon cancelled out by Alan Forrest, who drew the home side level with a neat finish from close range for his eighth of the season.

Ayr's top scorer, Michael Moffat, failed to convert a chance late on and Brian Gilmour fired a good opportunity over the bar as the full-time whistle neared.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (2)

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 McAusland
  • 03 Pope
  • 06 Gilmour Booked
  • 04 Campbell Booked
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 07 Forrest
  • 08 McLaughlin
  • 10 Malcolm
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Kyle
  • 14 Shankland
  • 15 Crawford
  • 16 Hunter
  • 17 Marenghi
  • 18 Longridge
  • 19 Newman

Dunfermline

  • 01 Goodfellow
  • 02 Millen
  • 03 Grainger
  • 06 Spence Booked (Geggan - 77' )
  • 04 Martin
  • 05 Young Booked
  • 07 Whittle (Smith - 61' )
  • 08 Byrne
  • 11 Thomson
  • 09 El-Bakhtaoui Booked
  • 10 Forbes

Substitutes

  • 12 Geggan
  • 14 Page
  • 15 O'Kane
  • 16 Smith
  • 17 Williamson
  • 18 Graham
  • 20 Scully
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 1,272

Match Stats

Shots

12 15

On target

4 10

Corners

5 11

Fouls

19 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

90:00 +2:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

90:00 +0:14

Attempt saved. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

88:14

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

86:42

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:44

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

80:44

Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:41

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

77:37 Booking

Booking Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

77:33

Michael Moffat (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:33

Foul by Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic).

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Andrew Geggan replaces Lewis Spence.

76:16

Attempt missed. Kyle McAusland (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:18

Attempt missed. Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

74:49

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Daniel Grainger.

74:16

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

73:57

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Lewis Spence.

72:20 Booking

Booking Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

72:08

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:08

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

70:09

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:09

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic).

68:56

Attempt blocked. Michael Donald (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

67:03

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic).

67:03

Michael Moffat (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:14 Booking

Booking Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

66:10

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:10

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

63:36

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

63:36

Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:42

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:36

Attempt saved. Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:03

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

60:47

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

60:47

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Allan Smith replaces Alex Whittle because of an injury.

59:54

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

59:54

Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:03

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:03

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

56:42

Attempt saved. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:31

Attempt saved. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

54:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martyn Campbell.

53:49

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kerr Young.

53:34

Attempt blocked. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

52:42

Attempt missed. Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

52:12

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by David Hutton.

52:03

Attempt saved. Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

51:39

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

50:12

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

49:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

49:25

Attempt saved. Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

48:41

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Martyn Campbell.

47:34

Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

46:49

Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:49

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

45:34

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Martyn Campbell.

45:00

Second Half begins Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

45:00 +0:46 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

44:06

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

44:06

Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:23 Booking

Booking Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

43:16

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:16

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic).

42:26

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

42:26

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:12

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

39:31

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

39:31

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:23

Hand ball by Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic).

34:34

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Martyn Campbell.

34:09

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Brian Gilmour.

33:58

Attempt blocked. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:30

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

33:30

Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:23

Attempt missed. Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

31:01

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

31:01

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:53

Attempt saved. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

28:19

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

27:37

Attempt blocked. Gordon Pope (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26:22

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:22

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

25:28

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:28

Foul by Kerr Young (Dunfermline Athletic).

24:14

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

24:14

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:56

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

21:17

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

21:17

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:04

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:04

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

19:33

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

19:33

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:00

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

17:00

(Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:08

Attempt missed. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high from a direct free kick.

15:04 Booking

Booking Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

15:00

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:49

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

13:27

Attempt blocked. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

12:22

Attempt saved. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

11:00

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:58

Foul by Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic).

8:13

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:13

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

6:45

Attempt saved. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

5:25

Hand ball by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

4:20

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:20

Foul by Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic).

3:44

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

3:23

(Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:23

Foul by Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

2:42

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Forrest.

2:00

Hand ball by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

1:11

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

1:11

Lewis Spence (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:00

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:58

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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