Ayr United earned a deserved replay with a second-half fightback but may regret not taking the many chances they had to win this tie on home soil.

They dominated the first half but went in at the break a goal down, Andy Geggan sweetly converting a rare Dunfermline opportunity.

The second period was a more balanced affair, but Ayr got their equaliser through Michael Donald.

Dunfermline subsequently had the better chances to win it.

But Ayr could and perhaps should have been out of sight long before then against their League One rivals.

The visitors, despite creating very little else in the opening stages, scored a fine opening goal.

Ross Millen whipped in a low cross from the right and Geggan clipped a lovely first-time shot high past David Hutton in the home goal.

Having passed up numerous opportunities before and after that strike, Ayr eventually drew level early in the second half.

Kevin Kyle headed into the path of Donald, who fired a low drive into the bottom left-hand corner of Ryan Scully's net.

Dunfermline looked more dangerous in the closing stages, with Ryan Thomson, Shaun Byrne and Ryan Wallace all going close to a winner.

However, Ayr could have been forgiven for wondering just how they went in behind at the interval, having created significantly more problems for the opposition defence.

Kyle's presence was a thorn in the side of the visiting back-line from early on and, even before Dunfermline made the breakthrough, he could have had his side in front, only for Scully to push his shot away.

Moments before Dunfermline made the breakthrough, Ayr almost scored a contender for goal of the round as Michael Moffat and then Anthony Marenghi had shots blocked at the end of a move that started deep in their own half.

Another Kyle effort squirmed under Scully but crept wide of the post and, as the half drew to a close, Marenghi was denied twice, with Moffat and Donald also going close to an equaliser.

It finally came through Donald, but Mark Roberts' team may feel their best chance of progressing to the last 16 has gone.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (2)

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter
  • 03 Pope
  • 06 Gilmour
  • 04 McLaughlin
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 07 Marenghi
  • 08 Crawford (Forrest - 64' )
  • 10 Kyle Booked
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Malcolm
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 McGowan
  • 16 McCracken
  • 19 Muir

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully
  • 02 Millen
  • 03 Whittle
  • 06 Geggan
  • 04 Young
  • 05 Morris
  • 07 Byrne
  • 09 Wallace Booked
  • 11 Thomson
  • 08 Smith (Dargo - 71' )
  • 10 Falkingham

Substitutes

  • 12 Moore
  • 14 Dargo
  • 15 Martin
  • 16 Kane
  • 17 Ferguson
  • 18 Williamson
  • 20 Goodfellow
Ref: Stephen Finnie
Att: 1,391

Match Stats

Shots

14 14

On target

10 2

Corners

2 8

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

90:00 +1:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

88:40

Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:33

Hand ball by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

85:15

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

84:23

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

83:35

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

77:53

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

77:08

Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

71:53

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:08

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

70:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Craig Dargo replaces Allan Smith.

70:16

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

69:55

Attempt blocked. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

69:18

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

68:42

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

68:42

Foul by Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

67:44

Attempt blocked. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

67:02

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Marenghi.

63:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Robert Crawford.

61:04

Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:04

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

60:13

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

60:13

Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

57:05

Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

55:49

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

55:49

Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:02

Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).

54:02

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:00

Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

51:55

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

50:53

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:53

Foul by Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic).

50:25

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

48:19

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

47:41

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Donald.

46:17

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

45:00

Second Half begins Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

45:00 +0:48 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt saved. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

44:20

Attempt saved. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

43:45

Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:45

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

42:34

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

41:09 Booking

Booking Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

41:05

Robert Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:05

Foul by Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic).

40:11 Booking

Booking Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

38:01

Attempt saved. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

36:51

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

36:51

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

35:46

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

34:03

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

34:03

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

33:29

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:29

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

32:44

Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

32:25

Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:25

Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).

31:27

Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).

31:27

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:24

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

27:56

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

27:56

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

26:36

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:36

Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).

25:35

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

23:25

Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:25

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

22:27

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

22:10

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

21:49

Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:23

Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).

21:23

Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:43

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

17:43

Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:07

Attempt saved. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

12:48

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ryan Scully.

12:22

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

9:58

Attempt blocked. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:00

Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

4:32

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

3:22

Attempt missed. Ross Millen (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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