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Dunfermline Athletic 3-2 Ayr United

League One leaders Dunfermline came from two goals down to see off 10-man Ayr United at East End Park.

A crowd of 3319 saw the visitors move ahead through an Andy Graham header and a Craig Moore penalty.

Brian Gilmour was sent off for handball on the goal-line and Michael Moffat reduced the deficit from the spot on the stroke of half-time.

Joe Cardle beat the offside trap to level and the winner came from Faissal El Bakhtaoui's deflected strike.

With closest challengers Peterhead also winning, Dunfermline's lead stays at eight points with a game in hand.

The Pars were well on top before Graham stunned them by thundering home a header from a corner and worse was to come for the hosts when a defensive mix up led to Alan Forrest beings brought down for Moore's successful spot-kick.

The game turned back in the Fife side's favour when Gilmour elected to prevent Josh Falkingham's header with his arm.

Moffat converted from the penalty spot to begin the comeback.

Cardle's shot for the leveller squeezed in despite the gallant efforts of Nicky Devlin and, with all the momentum and an extra player, Dunfermline went on to claim all three points.

Top-scorer El Bakhtaoui cut in from the right hand and from 22 yards his shot was taken beyond Greg Fleming by a touch off a defender.

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Reid
  • 4McKay
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 3Talbot
  • 7Paton
  • 6Geggan
  • 8FalkinghamBooked at 73mins
  • 11CardleBooked at 44minsSubstituted forHopkirkat 87'minutes
  • 9MoffatBooked at 90mins
  • 10El BakhtaouiSubstituted forWallaceat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Hopkirk
  • 14Byrne
  • 15Rooney
  • 16Wallace
  • 17McCabe
  • 18Martin
  • 20Hutton

Ayr

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 4Murphy
  • 5Graham
  • 3Donald
  • 7GilmourBooked at 45mins
  • 6StevensonBooked at 45mins
  • 8AdamsSubstituted forBoyleat 28'minutes
  • 10Forrest
  • 11MooreBooked at 11minsSubstituted forWardropeat 45'minutes
  • 9PrestonSubstituted forCrawfordat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Boyle
  • 14Trouten
  • 15Crawford
  • 16McLauchlan
  • 17McCracken
  • 18Wardrope
  • 19Newman
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,319

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 2.

Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Peter Murphy (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Dunfermline Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Greg Fleming.

Attempt missed. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. David Hopkirk replaces Joe Cardle.

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

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

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

Attempt missed. Craig Reid (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Peter Murphy.

Patrick Boyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Wallace replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Attempt missed. Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United).

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

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

Booking

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Ayr United).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 2. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Robbie Crawford replaces Jordan Preston.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline24165358174153
2Peterhead25129458292945
3Ayr23124743321140
4Airdrieonians24103113337-433
5Albion239592431-732
6Stenhousemuir2495103349-1632
7Stranraer2594122637-1131
8Cowdenbeath2374123249-1725
9Forfar2247112938-919
10Brechin2346132441-1718
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