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Dunfermline Ath 0-0 Ayr Utd: Ian McCall's side slip to second

Ayr United lost the leadership of the Scottish Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Dunfermline at East End Park.

Lawrence Shankland, who has 28 goals in 24 games this season, missed a glorious late chance to win it, steering wide from a few yards out.

Michael Moffat also missed a chance for the visitors, but it was Dunfermline who had the majority of shots on goal.

Kallum Higginbotham and Jackson Longridge went close for the hosts.

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston: "It was a hard fought game but we probably edged it.

"We're still struggling with scoring goals. That's been the problem since the start and it puts the rest of the team under pressure, but there are lots of positives against the team that's top of the league."

Ayr manager Ian McCall: "I didn't enjoy watching it - it was poor and we were poor. We didn't do well enough, but it's a draw and we move on.

"We are a point behind Ross County but have a game in hand but every game now is tough and I think it will tighten the league right up."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 16Robinson
  • 28CraigenBooked at 39mins
  • 14Devine
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 3Longridge
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 19Vincent
  • 8BeadlingBooked at 74mins
  • 17ThomsonBooked at 81mins
  • 35Keena
  • 18El BakhtaouiSubstituted forHippolyteat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Martin
  • 5Durnan
  • 12Martin
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 20Gill
  • 27McCann
  • 36Muirhead

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 15BellBooked at 79mins
  • 5Rose
  • 3Harvie
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forMcGuffieat 71'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 6GegganBooked at 57minsSubstituted forDochertyat 78'minutes
  • 8Crawford
  • 7MoffatSubstituted forMooreat 67'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 9Moore
  • 12McGuffie
  • 14Ferguson
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty
  • 25McCowan
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
4,916

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

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

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic).

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Craig Moore (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

Booking

Steven Bell (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aidan Keena (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ross Docherty replaces Andrew Geggan.

Booking

Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic).

Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Myles Hippolyte replaces Faissal El Bakhtaoui.

Andy Murdoch (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Declan McDaid.

Attempt saved. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Moore replaces Michael Moffat.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Liam Smith.

Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt saved. Aidan Keena (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Aidan Keena (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Andrew Geggan (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County18106233141936
2Ayr17105233151835
3Dundee Utd189542826232
4Inverness CT1751112418626
5Queen of Sth185852621523
6Morton185762027-722
7Dunfermline185581623-720
8Alloa183781726-916
9Partick Thistle1842121630-1414
10Falkirk1834111427-1313
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