Michael Moffat scored twice as Ayr United beat East Fife to maintain their place in the top four of League One.

Joe Mbu rattled a post after eight minutes for the visitors while Anthony Marenghi went close for the home side.

Marenghi was then upended and Moffat lashed in the rebound after his penalty was parried by Greg Paterson.

Moffat added his second with 22 minutes remaining after Marenghi's pass found him and he rifled his 17th goal of the season into the top-right corner.

Gary Fisher almost gave East Fife a way back into the game minutes later but David Hutton parried away and Ayr held on for a second successive victory.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 McAusland
  • 03 Pope
  • 06 Gilmour
  • 04 McLaughlin
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 07 Marenghi
  • 08 Malcolm
  • 10 Kyle (Shankland - 81' )
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 Hunter
  • 16 McGowan
  • 17 Longridge
  • 19 Muir

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Durie
  • 03 Johnstone (Clarke - 62' )
  • 06 Stewart Booked
  • 04 Campbell
  • 05 Mbu
  • 07 Stewart (Austin - 80' )
  • 08 Fisher
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 10 Brown (Willis - 62' )
  • 11 McBride

Substitutes

  • 12 Thomson
  • 14 Thom
  • 15 Barr
  • 16 Willis
  • 17 Clarke
  • 18 Austin
  • 21 Andrews
Ref: Des Roache
Att: 1,059

Match Stats

Shots

19 8

On target

7 4

Corners

6 6

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ayr United 2, East Fife 0.

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ayr United 2, East Fife 0.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

89:51

Attempt saved. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

88:55

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

88:55

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

87:33

Attempt missed. Kyle McAusland (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

86:59

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

85:39

Foul by Mark Shankland (Ayr United).

85:39

Scott McBride (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:25

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

83:25

Nathan Austin (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:41

Attempt saved. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

81:03

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

80:52

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

80:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Kevin Kyle.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Ryan Stewart.

78:02

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:34

Attempt missed. Gary Fisher (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

75:33

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

75:33

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

74:31

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

70:23

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Hutton.

70:04

Attempt saved. Gary Fisher (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

69:09 Booking

Booking Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

69:00

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

68:53

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

67:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 2, East Fife 0. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Marenghi.

66:38

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

65:32

Attempt missed. Pat Clarke (East Fife) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

64:47

Attempt missed. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

64:06

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:06

Foul by Gary Fisher (East Fife).

62:27

Attempt saved. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Pat Clarke replaces Craig Johnstone.

61:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Paul Willis replaces Ross Brown.

59:19

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

59:03

Kyle McAusland (Ayr United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

57:20

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

57:20

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

56:53

Attempt missed. Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

55:01

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

55:01

Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:01

Attempt missed. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

53:37

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Joe Mbu.

52:42

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Scott Durie.

51:26

Joe Mbu (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:26

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

49:25

Foul by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

49:25

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

47:02

Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Ayr United 1, East Fife 0.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ayr United 1, East Fife 0.

43:39

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Kevin Kyle.

43:14

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

37:07

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

33:48

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

33:48

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

33:00

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

32:42

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

31:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ayr United 1, East Fife 0. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

30:35

Penalty saved! Michael Moffat (Ayr United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

30:00

Penalty Ayr United. Anthony Marenghi draws a foul in the penalty area.

29:53

Penalty conceded by Craig Johnstone (East Fife) after a foul in the penalty area.

27:56

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Steven Campbell.

27:37

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

27:37

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:55

Attempt missed. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:06

Hand ball by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

23:31

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Craig Johnstone.

23:01

Attempt saved. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:24

Attempt missed. Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

19:49

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

15:37

Foul by Michael Donald (Ayr United).

15:37

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

8:51

Joe Mbu (East Fife) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

8:09

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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