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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 4, East Fife 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

    Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Brian Gilmour.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Craig Malcolm.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Scott McBride.

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, East Fife. Lewis Barr replaces Jonathan Stewart.

  20. Post update

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