Dale Hilson scored a brace as Forfar Athletic thumped fourth-placed promotion hopefuls Ayr United.

The hosts were quick out the traps, as Jamie McCluskey lifted the ball over Ayr goalkeeper David Hutton to open the scoring.

And Hilson netted before Omar Kader's low finish made it three.

Michael Moffat then scored a consolation goal from the spot for Ayr before Hilson made it 4-1 and a late Brian Gilmour strike ended the scoring.

Ayr remain a point ahead of Stenhousemuir, who lost at home to Airdrieonians, with a game remaining.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Forfar Athletic

  • 01 Hill
  • 02 Fusco
  • 03 Campbell
  • 08 McCluskey (Dale - 71' )
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dods Booked
  • 07 Kader
  • 06 Malin
  • 11 Campbell
  • 09 Templeman (Duggan - 77' )
  • 10 Hilson Booked (McLelland - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 12 McLelland
  • 14 Dale
  • 15 Duggan
  • 16 Gibson
  • 17 Keiller
  • 18 Smith
  • 20 Douglas

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 McGowan (McAusland - 55' )
  • 03 Pope Booked
  • 06 Gilmour Booked
  • 04 Campbell
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 07 Forrest (Shankland - 83' )
  • 08 McLaughlin Booked
  • 10 Malcolm
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Kyle
  • 14 Shankland
  • 15 Hunter
  • 16 Crawford
  • 17 Marenghi
  • 18 McAusland
  • 19 Newman
Ref: Euan Anderson
Att: 532

Match Stats

Shots

11 13

On target

7 7

Corners

2 8

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Forfar Athletic 4, Ayr United 2.

90:00 +2:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Forfar Athletic 4, Ayr United 2.

90:00 +1:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 4, Ayr United 2. Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

90:00 +0:14 Booking

Booking Gordon Pope (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:05

Ross Campbell (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

88:48

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Hill.

88:32

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

86:48

Foul by Paul McLelland (Forfar Athletic).

86:48

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

84:52

Attempt saved. Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

83:11

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Iain Campbell.

82:19

Foul by Chris Duggan (Forfar Athletic).

82:19

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

82:03 Substitution

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

79:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Paul McLelland replaces Dale Hilson.

79:08

Attempt missed. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

78:26

Attempt saved. Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

78:15

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Gary Fusco.

77:48

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Ross Campbell.

76:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. Chris Duggan replaces Christopher Templeman.

74:37 Booking

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

74:22 Booking

Booking Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

74:00

Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:13

Foul by Jamie McCluskey (Forfar Athletic).

72:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 4, Ayr United 1. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

70:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Forfar Athletic. James Dale replaces Jamie McCluskey.

70:24

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

68:57

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

67:48

Foul by Marvin Andrews (Forfar Athletic).

67:48

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

63:54

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

62:16

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

59:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 3, Ayr United 1. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

59:21 Booking

Booking Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

59:12

Penalty conceded by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) after a foul in the penalty area.

59:12

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

55:27

Attempt missed. Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

55:13

Corner, Forfar Athletic. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

54:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Kyle McAusland replaces Michael McGowan.

54:11

Foul by Gary Fusco (Forfar Athletic).

54:11

Alan Forrest (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 3, Ayr United 0. Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

49:49

Attempt saved. Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Forfar Athletic 2, Ayr United 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

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

45:00 +0:47

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

44:57

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Iain Campbell.

43:53

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Dods.

42:48

Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:48

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

41:51

Foul by Darren Dods (Forfar Athletic).

41:51

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

41:22

Marvin Andrews (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:22

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

40:53

Foul by Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic).

40:53

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

38:02

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

38:02

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

36:54

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

36:54

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

34:39

Attempt missed. Jamie McCluskey (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

34:01

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:01

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

32:50

Foul by Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic).

32:50

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

29:51

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

27:22

Jamie McCluskey (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:22

Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

24:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 2, Ayr United 0. Dale Hilson (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

24:14

Attempt saved. Michael McGowan (Ayr United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

23:07

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:07

Foul by Michael McGowan (Ayr United).

21:24

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

18:45

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Hill.

17:41

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

15:16

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:16

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

15:00

Omar Kader (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:51

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

13:52

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

9:33

Attempt saved. Iain Campbell (Forfar Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

8:47

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).

8:47

Christopher Templeman (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:07

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

5:23

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Omar Kader.

4:23 Booking

Booking Brian Gilmour (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.

4:13

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

4:13

Gavin Malin (Forfar Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Forfar Athletic 1, Ayr United 0. Jamie McCluskey (Forfar Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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