Match ends, Peterhead 2, Ayr United 0.
Peterhead did the damage in the space of six minutes midway through the second half as they saw off third-placed Ayr at Balmoor.
There wasn't too much to excite The Blue Toon faithful in the first period, but affairs livened up after the interval when Jamie Stevenson fired Peterhead in front in the 56th minute.
Rory McAllister was the architect with a clever pass to the midfielder, who found the bottom-left corner.
Peterhead struck again shortly after when Ryan Strachan drove the ball past Davie Hutton following a fine pass by McAllister.
Having been competitive up to the first goal, Ayr floundered under the two-goal deficit and Peterhead cruised to victory.
- 7MillarSubstituted forMcCannat 55'minutesSubstituted forRichardsonat 66'minutes
- 8GilfillanSubstituted forCoxat 26'minutes
- 3DonaldSubstituted forMcGillat 80'minutes
- 8BeattieSubstituted forShirkieat 66'minutes
- 9DonnellySubstituted forMuirat 81'minutes
- Alan Muir
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Peterhead 2, Ayr United 0.
Graeme Sharp (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dale Shirkie (Ayr United).
Foul by Rory McAllister (Peterhead).
Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jamie Stevenson (Peterhead).
Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
David Cox (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jon Paul McGovern (Ayr United).
Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Scott Ross.
Reece Donaldson (Peterhead) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Peter McGill (Ayr United).
Substitution, Ayr United. Andrew Muir replaces Ryan Donnelly.
Substitution, Ayr United. Peter McGill replaces Michael Donald.
Attempt missed. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by David Cox (Peterhead).
Paul Slane (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Graeme Sharp.
David Cox (Peterhead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.