Scottish Championship
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Ayr United 4-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Ayr United's Alan Forrest
Alan Forrest scored twice for Ayr United

Ayr United continued their excellent start to the season with a commanding win against Dunfermline.

Alan Forrest put the Honest Men on course for the three points with a looping header, followed by another close range finish.

Ayr took a three-goal advantage into the break when Lawrence Shankland netted from eight yards.

Jackson Longridge's low shot pulled one back, but Michael Moffat's tap-in sealed the deal.

That Longridge strike was only the second goal Ayr have conceded in their opening nine competitive games this season, with defenders Michael Rose and Jamie Adams providing a largely watertight central pairing, as well as goalkeeper Ross Doohan.

When allied to the firepower of Shankland - who scored his 12th goal of the campaign - Michael Moffat and Alan Forrest, it leaves the Somerset Park side sitting pretty. Remember too, that the potency of Craig Moore is currently burning a hole on the bench, should United sell Shankland.

A one-sided first half made way for a much more dynamic display by the Pars after half-time, something you would expect given Dunfermline are expected to be in the promotion mix come May.

Post-match reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "We've played miles better than that. We didn't think the pitch needed watered today and it did. It was really sticky.

"But we still scored some good goals. Alan Forrest ran himself into the ground. The three centre back couldn't handle Lawrence Shankland - he was gutted because he only got one goal."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "It's a tough one to take. That's nowhere near good enough. It's not as if they cut us open with great passing, they just outworked us."

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 6Geggan
  • 5Rose
  • 16Adams
  • 27Smith
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forMcDaidat 78'minutes
  • 4KerrSubstituted forMcGuffieat 84'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forBellat 73'minutes
  • 7Moffat
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 9Moore
  • 11McDaid
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 15Bell
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty

Dunfermline

  • 16Robinson
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 5Durnan
  • 14DevineBooked at 18minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 29'minutes
  • 2Williamson
  • 28CraigenSubstituted forConnollyat 70'minutes
  • 19Vincent
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 48mins
  • 10Longridge
  • 18El BakhtaouiBooked at 44mins
  • 9RyanSubstituted forHigginbothamat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Higginbotham
  • 11Connolly
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 17Thomson
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd
  • 27McCann
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
2,597

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 4, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 4, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Jamie Adams (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Aidan Connolly (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Declan McDaid (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Mark Kerr.

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

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 4, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Kallum Higginbotham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt blocked. Steven Bell (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Andy Ryan.

Liam Smith (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Declan McDaid replaces Alan Forrest.

Attempt missed. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Attempt blocked. Aidan Connolly (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Steven Bell replaces Robbie Crawford.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Aidan Connolly replaces James Craigen.

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

Hand ball by James Vincent (Dunfermline Athletic).

Michael Rose (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

James Vincent (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 3, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Myles Hippolyte.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Andy Ryan (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Ayr United).

Mark Durnan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr32106157
2Morton32106337
3Dundee Utd32017526
4Ross County32015326
5Inverness CT31203215
6Queen of Sth31116424
7Partick Thistle310236-33
8Dunfermline310259-43
9Alloa301225-31
10Falkirk300316-50
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