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Ayr Utd up to third after win at Dunfermline

Declan McDaid curls in the only goal of the game at East End Park
Declan McDaid curls in the only goal of the game at East End Park

Ayr United moved back up to third in the Championship thanks to a lovely curling effort from Declan McDaid at East End Park.

Lawrence Shankland was twice denied by Dunfermline goalkeeper Ryan Scully as the visitors sought a second goal.

Dunfermline rallied, with Danny Devine and Louis Longridge going close before Bruce Anderson blasted a last-minute chance over the crossbar.

Ayr are now nine points behind Dundee United with two games in hand.

Dunfermline remain fifth, four points behind Inverness Caley Thistle, after back-to-back home defeats.

Ian McCall's visitors had gone into the match on the back of a poor run, with just one win in six games, but they dominated the first hour in Fife.

The only goal arrived on 31 minutes with McDaid swing a shot into the right-hand side of the net from the left of the box.

Shankland shot straight at Scully just before half-time and was later denied by the keeper in a one-on-one situation.

Dunfermline had chances to rescue a point, with Devine shooting over from a Faissal El Bakhtaoui flick-on, while Longridge had two shots stopped by Ross Doohan before Anderson's glaring late miss.

'A big win for Ayr United'

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "That was a big win for us - it was a very nervous last five minutes but I don't think anyone would say we didn't deserve to win. I'm disappointed we weren't three or four goals ahead at that point.

"There was one clear chance for Dunfermline at the end but it would've been a travesty if we hadn't taken all three points.

"If we can make the play-offs, that would be fantastic. We go again on Tuesday night against Morton, which will be tough."

Dunfermline manager Stevie Crawford: "It's bitterly disappointing. There's a way of losing football, our first half was unacceptable. They came and dominated. I'm not pointing the finger but collectively they outdid us.

"If you don't work hard enough or do jobs properly you get punished. We didn't get the rub of the green but the first half performance wasn't good enough."

Line-ups

Dunfermline

  • 40Scully
  • 2Williamson
  • 6Ashcroft
  • 14DevineBooked at 69mins
  • 3Longridge
  • 17ThomsonSubstituted forCraigenat 45+3'minutes
  • 8Beadling
  • 19VincentSubstituted forToddat 74'minutes
  • 7HigginbothamSubstituted forEl Bakhtaouiat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12Anderson
  • 10Longridge

Substitutes

  • 5Durnan
  • 18El Bakhtaoui
  • 20Gill
  • 26Todd
  • 27McCann
  • 28Craigen
  • 35Blair

Ayr

  • 1Doohan
  • 27Smith
  • 5Rose
  • 15Bell
  • 3HarvieBooked at 80mins
  • 18Murdoch
  • 4KerrBooked at 90mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 11McDaidSubstituted forDochertyat 90+1'minutes
  • 17ShanklandSubstituted forMillerat 74'minutes
  • 7Moffat

Substitutes

  • 6Geggan
  • 10Forrest
  • 19Hare-Reid
  • 23Docherty
  • 28Cadden
  • 29Miller
  • 30Muirhead
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
4,671

Match Stats

Home TeamDunfermlineAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 1.

Booking

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Mark Kerr (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

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

Foul by Andy Murdoch (Ayr United).

Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Ross Docherty replaces Declan McDaid.

Attempt missed. Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Ross Doohan.

Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Lewis McCann (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

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

Foul by Danny Devine (Dunfermline Athletic).

Mark Kerr (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Booking

Daniel Harvie (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bruce Anderson (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Harvie (Ayr United).

Foul by Ryan Williamson (Dunfermline Athletic).

Declan McDaid (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

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

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Steven Bell.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Matthew Todd replaces James Vincent.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Calvin Miller replaces Lawrence Shankland.

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by James Craigen (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Tom Beadling.

Jackson Longridge (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Ayr United).

Booking

Danny Devine (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Devine (Dunfermline Athletic).

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

Foul by Tom Beadling (Dunfermline Athletic).

Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ross County28176550272357
2Dundee Utd3016774135655
3Ayr28137843281546
4Inverness CT29111264133845
5Dunfermline30117123032-240
6Morton28810102736-934
7Queen of Sth2879123535030
8Falkirk2979133140-930
9Partick Thistle2985163147-1629
10Alloa2968153046-1626
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