Michael Donald scored twice as Ayr bounced back from two successive defeats with a convincing win at East Fife.

The Methil side stay rooted to the bottom of the Scottish League One table.

Donald opened the scoring for Ayr with a crisp left-footed finish in the 29th minute and Scott McLaughlin set up Michael Moffat, who doubled the visitors' advantage seven minutes later.

The Fifers hit back before half-time when Liam Buchanan picked himself up after being fouled in the area by Ayr defender Martyn Campbell to convert the subsequent penalty.

But United striker Kevin Kyle sent over a pin-point cross for midfielder McLaughlin to head home the visitors' third goal in the 53rd minute and Donald converted an assist from Craig Malcolm in the last minute to secure his side's first win in eight matches.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Durie Booked
  • 03 Naysmith
  • 06 Stewart (Dutot - 84' )
  • 04 Thom
  • 05 Campbell
  • 07 Moosari (Tuta - 61' )
  • 11 McBride (Stewart - 44' )
  • 10 Clarke
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 08 Johnstone

Substitutes

  • 12 Mbu
  • 14 Dutot
  • 15 Austin
  • 16 Tuta
  • 17 Stewart
  • 18 Lennie
  • 21 Shaw

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter
  • 03 Pope
  • 07 Roberts (McGowan - 30' )
  • 04 Campbell Booked
  • 05 Lithgow Booked
  • 08 Crawford
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 10 Kyle Booked (Malcolm - 81' )
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 McGowan
  • 16 Malcolm
  • 17 Longridge
  • 18 Marenghi
  • 19 Muir
Ref: Iain Brines
Att: 753

Match Stats

Shots

4 10

On target

2 6

Corners

3 1

Fouls

11 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, East Fife 1, Ayr United 4.

90:00 +1:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, East Fife 1, Ayr United 4.

89:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 1, Ayr United 4. Michael Donald (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Malcolm with a cross.

88:11

Hand ball by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

87:29

Attempt missed. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

86:40

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

86:40

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:43

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

83:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Alexis Dutot replaces Jonathan Stewart.

81:33

Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:33

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

80:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Malcolm replaces Kevin Kyle.

80:04

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:04

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

78:00

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

77:57

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

77:15

Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:15

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

75:47

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael Donald.

74:50

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

71:40

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

71:40

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:51

Ryan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:51

Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).

63:37

Foul by Cedric Tuta (East Fife).

63:37

Adam Hunter (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:39

Hand ball by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Cedric Tuta replaces Cyrus Moosari.

59:57 Booking

Booking Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

59:41

Ryan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:41

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

58:16 Booking

Booking Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

58:04

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:04

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

57:25

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

55:04

Attempt saved. Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

54:10

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:10

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

53:00

Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:58

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

52:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 1, Ayr United 3. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Kyle with a cross.

51:19

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:19

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

49:41

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

49:41

Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:51

Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:51

Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).

46:03

Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:03

Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).

45:31

Foul by Pat Clarke (East Fife).

45:31

Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins East Fife 1, Ayr United 2.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, East Fife 1, Ayr United 2.

45:00 +0:04

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

45:00 +0:04

Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:00

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Gary Naysmith.

43:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Ryan Stewart replaces Scott McBride.

42:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 1, Ayr United 2. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

41:48

Penalty East Fife. Liam Buchanan draws a foul in the penalty area.

41:48

Penalty conceded by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) after a foul in the penalty area.

39:00

(East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:57

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

38:19

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

38:19

Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 2. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Scott McLaughlin.

33:24

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:24

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

29:53

Foul by Pat Clarke (East Fife).

29:53

Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:12

Scott McBride (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:12

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

29:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Michael McGowan replaces Mark Roberts because of an injury.

28:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 1. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

24:46

Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

23:39

Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:39

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

22:55

Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:06

Gary Naysmith (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:06

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

18:19

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

18:19

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:14

Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:14

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

13:00

Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

11:48

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:47

Attempt missed. Craig Johnstone (East Fife) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

5:00 Booking

Booking Scott Durie (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

5:00

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:55

Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).

2:43

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:04

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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