League One round-up: Ayr United move eight points clear at the top

Ayr United's Lawrence Shankland
Lawrence Shankland took his tally to 12 for Ayr United this season

Craig Moore and Lawrence Shankland were again on target as in-form Ayr United powered on at the top of League One with a 4-1 win at East Fife.

Second-placed Raith Rovers' home match with Albion Rovers was postponed due to a frozen pitch, as was the clash between Alloa and Arbroath.

That allowed Stranraer to move into third place with a 3-0 home triumph over Forfar Athletic.

In Saturday's other match, last-placed Queen's Park drew 1-1 with Airdrie.

Ayr United's win puts them eight points clear at the top, albeit having played two games more than the chasing pack.

The home side held a surprise half-time lead thanks to Chris Duggan's strike, but Ayr hit back after the break to record an 11th win during a 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Michael Rose struck twice to put Ayr in front before Moore and Shankland both took their season tallies to 12 in the league with late strikes, leaving the pair as the joint leading scorers in the division.

At Stair Park, all three goals came in the second half with Ryan Wallace breaking the deadlock through a 56th-minute penalty - having seen team-mate Jamie Hamill miss from the spot in the ninth minute - before Angus Beith wrapped up the win with a brace in the final six minutes.

Luke Watt put visiting Airdrie ahead at Hampden in the 10th minute after Luke Donnelly had spurned an early penalty for the hosts, but Adam Cummins' 38th-minute equaliser earned Queens a point.


East Fife 1-4 Ayr United

Queen's Park 1-1 Airdrieonians

Stranraer 3-0 Forfar Athletic

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