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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Steven Bell.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Myles Hippolyte (Dunfermline Athletic).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

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

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Craig Moore (Ayr United).

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Steven Bell (Ayr United).

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