Scottish League One
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Ayr United 4-1 East Fife

Craig Malcolm fired a hat-trick to secure Ayr United's play-off place by thumping an East Fife side who at least avoided outright relegation.

Arbroath drop to League Two after their defeat by Airdrieonians, while the Fifers face the League Two play-offs.

Liam Buchanan's headed consolation goal for them came eight minutes from time.

Brian Gilmour scored the other goal for an Ayr side who have been in the top four in League One all season and remain in the hunt for promotion.

After Craig Johnstone had hit the bar for the visitors early on, Ayr took the lead three minutes before the break when Malcolm's lobbed finish gave them a half-time lead.

The striker picked up where he left off after the break, with two-close range finishes completing his hat-trick.

Ayr now host Cowdenbeath in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, East Fife travel to Cumbernauld to face Clyde, who finished fourth in League Two, in their League One play-off semi-final first leg.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 2Hunter
  • 3Pope
  • 6Gilmour
  • 4CampbellSubstituted forMcAuslandat 31'minutes
  • 5Lithgow
  • 7Forrest
  • 8McLaughlin
  • 10MalcolmSubstituted forShanklandat 76'minutes
  • 9Moffat
  • 11Donald

Substitutes

  • 12Kyle
  • 14Shankland
  • 15Crawford
  • 16Marenghi
  • 17McGowan
  • 18McAusland
  • 19Newman

East Fife

  • 1Paterson
  • 2Thom
  • 3Johnstone
  • 6O'NeillSubstituted forAustinat 59'minutes
  • 4Campbell
  • 5Mbu
  • 7Durie
  • 8StewartSubstituted forBarrat 71'minutes
  • 10Smith
  • 19Buchanan
  • 11McBrideSubstituted forClarkeat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Cowan
  • 14Barr
  • 15McKenzie
  • 16Austin
  • 17Clarke
  • 18Maskrey
  • 21Rooney
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
1,952

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamEast Fife
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 4, East Fife 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 4, East Fife 1.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

Scott Durie (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Nathan Austin (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 4, East Fife 1. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Barr following a corner.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

Lewis Barr (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

Attempt missed. Michael Donald (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Brian Gilmour.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Craig Malcolm.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Scott McBride.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 4, East Fife 0. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Malcolm.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Lewis Barr replaces Jonathan Stewart.

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Kevin Smith (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 3, East Fife 0. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Donald.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Stephen O'Neill.

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Hutton.

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 2, East Fife 0. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Donald.

Adam Hunter (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott McBride (East Fife).

Attempt saved. Kevin Smith (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ayr United 1, East Fife 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ayr United 1, East Fife 0.

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, East Fife 0. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Hunter.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers36333088102
2Dunfermline36196111463
3Stranraer3614913051
4Ayr3614715-149
5Stenhousemuir36121212-948
6Airdrieonians3612915-1045
7Forfar3612717-743
8Brechin3612618-1442
9East Fife369522-3832
10Arbroath369423-2331
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