Ayr United boosted their play-off hopes with a thumping win away to struggling East Fife.

Michael Moffat tucked away a penalty on 36 minutes before adding a second goal three minutes later from close range.

Kevin Kyle headed in Scott McLaughlin's corner before the interval.

Michael McDonald bundled the ball home six minutes after the restart and substitute Alan Forrest completed the scoring with another close-range effort deep into stoppage-time.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

East Fife

  • 01 Paterson
  • 02 Campbell
  • 03 Durie
  • 06 Stewart
  • 05 Rutkiewicz
  • 04 Thom Booked (Austin - 67' )
  • 11 McKenzie
  • 07 O'Neill
  • 19 Buchanan
  • 20 Hughes
  • 10 Johnstone

Substitutes

  • 12 Barr
  • 14 Stewart
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 Clarke
  • 17 Austin
  • 21 Shaw

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 McGowan Booked
  • 03 Pope
  • 08 Hunter
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 04 Campbell (Forrest - 62' )
  • 07 McLaughlin Booked
  • 06 Gilmour
  • 09 Moffat
  • 10 Kyle (Shankland - 70' )
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 Marenghi
  • 16 Longridge
  • 17 Wardrope
  • 18 Roberts
  • 19 Newman
Ref: Euan Norris
Att: 647

Match Stats

Shots

7 12

On target

2 8

Corners

10 7

Fouls

9 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, East Fife 0, Ayr United 5.

90:00 +0:38 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, East Fife 0, Ayr United 5.

90:00 +0:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 5. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Shankland.

88:19

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

86:14

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Adam Hunter.

84:51

Attempt missed. Liam Buchanan (East Fife) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

83:50

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

81:15

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Hutton.

81:05

Attempt saved. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

79:40

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

78:42

Attempt missed. Adam Hunter (Ayr United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

77:04

Attempt missed. Nathan Austin (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

76:38

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

75:03

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

75:03

Foul by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife).

73:25

Attempt missed. Stephen Hughes (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

69:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Mark Shankland replaces Kevin Kyle because of an injury.

68:44

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Scott Durie.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, East Fife. Nathan Austin replaces Gary Thom.

64:10

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jonathan Stewart.

63:47

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Greg Paterson.

63:31

Attempt saved. Adam Hunter (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

62:19

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Stephen Hughes.

61:48

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jonathan Stewart.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Martyn Campbell because of an injury.

60:50 Booking

Booking Gary Thom (East Fife) is shown the yellow card.

60:45

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

60:45

Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).

58:45

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael McGowan.

57:29

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

55:36

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

55:00

Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:59

Foul by Kevin Rutkiewicz (East Fife).

53:54 Booking

Booking Michael McGowan (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

53:42

Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

51:37

Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).

51:37

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

50:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 4. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Moffat.

49:46

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

49:46

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

45:00

Second Half begins East Fife 0, Ayr United 3.

45:00 +1:35 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, East Fife 0, Ayr United 3.

45:00 +1:15

Marc McKenzie (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:15

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

45:00 +0:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 3. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott McLaughlin with a cross.

44:38

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Kevin Rutkiewicz.

41:00

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

40:57

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

40:05

Attempt missed. Scott Durie (East Fife) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

38:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 2. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

35:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! East Fife 0, Ayr United 1. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

35:09

Penalty conceded by Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) after a foul in the penalty area.

35:09

Penalty Ayr United. Michael Donald draws a foul in the penalty area.

26:08

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Gary Thom.

25:30

Foul by Steven Campbell (East Fife).

25:30

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

22:16

Foul by Stephen O'Neill (East Fife).

22:16

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

21:08

Attempt saved. Adam Hunter (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

19:19

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Martyn Campbell.

17:54

Attempt missed. Gary Thom (East Fife) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

17:43

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by David Hutton.

17:32

Attempt saved. Gary Thom (East Fife) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

14:49

Foul by Scott Durie (East Fife).

14:49

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

11:36 Booking

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

11:29

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

11:29

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

8:24

Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael McGowan.

4:15

Attempt missed. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

2:48

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

2:48

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

1:09

Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

1:09

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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