Dunfermline claimed their third victory in a row with a comfortable win over fellow promotion chasers Ayr.

Ross Forbes gave the home team the lead with a fine strike from distance in the eighth minute.

Later, Forbes' shot hit the post before finding Lawrence Shankland inside the area who scored with a simple tap-in.

The Pars sealed the win through Shankland, again set up by Forbes, but it was a fine finish from the striker for his fifth goal of the season.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Dunfermline

  • 01 Scully
  • 02 Millen
  • 03 Grainger
  • 06 Geggan
  • 04 Page
  • 05 Morris Booked
  • 08 Husband (Whittle - 84' )
  • 11 Forbes (Byrne - 84' )
  • 07 El-Bakhtaoui (Wallace - 79' )
  • 09 Shankland Booked
  • 10 Falkingham

Substitutes

  • 12 Wallace
  • 14 Moore
  • 15 Whittle
  • 16 Byrne
  • 17 Martin
  • 18 Williamson
  • 20 Goodfellow

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter Booked
  • 03 Pope
  • 08 Malcolm Booked
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 04 McLaughlin Booked
  • 07 Crawford (McGowan - 77' )
  • 06 Gilmour (Marenghi - 77' Booked )
  • 10 Kyle
  • 09 Forrest (Shankland - 68' )
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 McGowan
  • 15 Marenghi
  • 16 Longridge
  • 18 Wardrope
  • 19 Roberts
  • 20 Newman
Ref: George Salmond
Att: 2,773

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

3 2

Corners

9 7

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 0.

90:00 +2:30 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 0.

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

90:00 +2:11

Adam Hunter (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:07

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by David Hutton.

84:28 Booking

Booking Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

84:22

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

84:22

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

83:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Shaun Byrne replaces Ross Forbes.

83:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Alex Whittle replaces Stephen Husband.

82:34 Booking

Booking Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

82:25

Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:25

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

81:13 Booking

Booking Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

81:05

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:05

Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).

80:00

Mark Shankland (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:56

Foul by Ross Millen (Dunfermline Athletic).

78:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Ryan Wallace replaces Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui.

77:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 3, Ayr United 0. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

76:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Anthony Marenghi replaces Brian Gilmour.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Michael McGowan replaces Robbie Crawford.

72:34

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:34

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

70:24

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

69:29 Booking

Booking Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

69:00

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

68:56

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

67:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Alan Forrest.

66:28

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

65:27

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

64:48

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by David Hutton.

64:15

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

61:49

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

60:04 Booking

Booking Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

60:00

Fayssal El-Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:58

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

58:43 Booking

Booking Adam Hunter (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

58:36

Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:36

Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).

57:48

Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:48

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

57:04

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Callum Morris.

56:17

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Callum Morris.

54:26

Attempt saved. Robbie Crawford (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:22

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:22

Foul by Robbie Crawford (Ayr United).

48:00

Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:57

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

47:09

Foul by Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic).

47:09

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

46:20

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic).

46:20

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

45:00

Second Half begins Dunfermline Athletic 2, Ayr United 0.

45:00 +2:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Dunfermline Athletic 2, Ayr United 0.

45:00 +0:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 2, Ayr United 0. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

44:00

Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:59

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

40:49

Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:49

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

38:46

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

36:33

Foul by Daniel Grainger (Dunfermline Athletic).

36:33

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:02

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

33:18

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Millen.

31:30

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

28:56

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Callum Morris.

28:40

Attempt blocked. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

28:02

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Millen.

26:53

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

26:53

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

24:58

Attempt missed. Stephen Husband (Dunfermline Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

24:29

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

23:52

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Craig Malcolm.

22:50

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

22:15

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jonathan Page.

21:34

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

20:38

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

14:54

Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic) header from very close range is too high.

14:29

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

12:00

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

11:49

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

10:36

Foul by Lawrence Shankland (Dunfermline Athletic).

10:36

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

10:07

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:04

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

9:32

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

9:32

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

9:00

Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:59

Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).

7:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Dunfermline Athletic 1, Ayr United 0. Ross Forbes (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

5:50

Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).

5:50

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

4:22

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

3:46

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

3:46

Foul by Alan Forrest (Ayr United).

3:12

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Millen.

1:00

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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