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Ayr 0-1 Dunfermline: Substitute Louis Longridge strikes for visitors

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Somerset Park
Michael Rose
Michael Rose, who only arrived 20 minutes before kick-off, gave away a penalty

Substitute Louis Longridge scored a penalty immediately as Dunfermline secured victory at Ayr United.

The spot-kick came after a handball by Michael Rose, who only arrived 20 minutes before kick-off due to traffic.

Michael Moffat's bullet header went narrowly wide as the hosts hunted an equaliser.

Ayr stay second but have fallen further behind championship leaders Ross County with the gap opening to five points.

Dunfermline move up to sixth after recording their second win in a row under manager Stevie Crawford.

It's only Longridge's second appearance in 2019 after groin and knee injuries, but what a contribution from the bench as he continues his return to full match sharpness.

'I don't think either team deserved to win' - reaction

Ayr United manager Ian McCall said: "I don't think either team deserved to win. The first half-hour we played well, but second half we were terrible, awful, and there wasn't enough urgency in our play. We're very disappointed.

"Lawrence Shankland is still getting up to speed again and were we too reliant on him? I don't know. It's a sore one to take at home but we have no divine right to win."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Stevie Crawford said: "They were causing us a lot of bother in the wide areas, to the extent we changed our shape and went with a flatter midfield four.

"It wasn't one of our best performances but there's been signs of togetherness with two clean sheets to give us confidence.

"Louis's got good energy and good awareness and I'm delighted he's got his goal because it's been a frustrating few months for him."

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 5Rose
  • 30Muirhead
  • 3Harvie
  • 28CaddenSubstituted forMillerat 69'minutes
  • 18Murdoch
  • 15BellSubstituted forAdamsat 79'minutes
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forMcDaidat 69'minutes
  • 7Moffat
  • 17Shankland

Substitutes

  • 2Higgins
  • 4Kerr
  • 11McDaid
  • 16Adams
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty
  • 29Miller

Dunfermline

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 40Scully
  • 2Williamson
  • 14Devine
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 28CraigenBooked at 88mins
  • 19Vincent
  • 8Beadling
  • 17Thomson
  • 35Blair
  • 12AndersonBooked at 82minsSubstituted forHippolyteat 82'minutes
  • 11ConnollySubstituted forLongridgeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Durnan
  • 7Higginbotham
  • 10Longridge
  • 15Hippolyte
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd
Referee:
David Munro
Attendance:
2,202

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  7. Booking

    James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Calvin Miller (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Calvin Miller (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic).

  13. Booking

    Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Myles Hippolyte replaces Bruce Anderson.

  15. Post update

    Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Jamie Adams replaces Steven Bell.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joseph Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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