Cowdenbeath dashed Ayr United's hopes of promotion by completing an aggregate victory in the Championship play-off semi-final.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Cowden took the lead through Kane Hemmings before he set up Greg Stewart to convert from a difficult angle.

Michael Donald pulled one back for Ayr from close range.

But Tom O'Brien rounded keeper David Hutton to complete the scoring for the hosts.

The Central Park side will face Dunfermline over two legs with a place in the Championship the prize for the eventual winner.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Cowdenbeath

  • 01 Flynn
  • 14 Brett
  • 02 McKeown
  • 06 Wedderburn
  • 05 Armstrong
  • 23 Brownlie Booked
  • 18 Milne (Stevenson - 64' )
  • 04 O'Brien (Kane - 76' )
  • 21 Hemmings
  • 09 Stewart (Gold - 88' )
  • 22 Robertson

Substitutes

  • 03 Adamson
  • 08 Stevenson
  • 11 Morton
  • 12 Gold
  • 17 Usai
  • 20 Miller
  • 26 Kane

Ayr United

  • 01 Hutton
  • 02 Hunter
  • 03 Pope (McGowan - 67' )
  • 07 Malcolm Booked
  • 04 McAusland (Forrest - 57' )
  • 05 Lithgow
  • 08 McLaughlin
  • 06 Gilmour
  • 10 Kyle
  • 09 Moffat
  • 11 Donald

Substitutes

  • 12 Shankland
  • 14 Forrest
  • 15 Marenghi
  • 16 Crawford
  • 17 Longridge
  • 18 McGowan
  • 19 Newman
Ref: John Beaton
Att: 933

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

9 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

13 21

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Cowdenbeath 3, Ayr United 1.

90:00 +4:29 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Cowdenbeath 3, Ayr United 1.

90:00 +4:13

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Thomas Flynn.

90:00 +3:58

Attempt saved. Michael McGowan (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +3:10 Booking

Booking Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:00

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

90:00 +2:53

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath).

90:00 +1:57

Attempt missed. Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +1:30

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

89:18 Booking

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

89:14

David Gold (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:14

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. David Gold replaces Greg Stewart.

86:01

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:01

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

84:45

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Darren Brownlie.

84:18

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

81:58

Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

80:53

Attempt missed. John Armstrong (Cowdenbeath) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

80:20

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:20

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

79:00

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

78:57

Foul by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

77:49

Chris Kane (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:49

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

77:20

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath).

77:20

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

76:52

Foul by Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath).

76:52

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

76:27

Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) header from very close range is blocked.

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Chris Kane replaces Thomas O'Brien because of an injury.

74:41

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David Hutton.

74:30

Attempt saved. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

72:43

Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:43

Foul by Alan Forrest (Ayr United).

67:50

Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:50

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

67:22

Foul by Jamie Stevenson (Cowdenbeath).

67:22

Michael McGowan (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Michael McGowan replaces Gordon Pope.

66:22

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

63:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Jamie Stevenson replaces Lewis Milne.

63:00

Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:58

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

61:50

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

61:50

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

60:38

Foul by Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

60:38

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

59:37

Attempt missed. Alan Forrest (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

58:36

Lewis Milne (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:36

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

57:24

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:24

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Kyle McAusland.

55:44

Hand ball by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

55:16

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

54:23

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:23

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

52:19

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:19

Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).

51:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 3, Ayr United 1. Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

49:40

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

49:05

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by David Hutton.

48:43

Attempt saved. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:00

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

47:59

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

45:00

Second Half begins Cowdenbeath 2, Ayr United 1.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Cowdenbeath 2, Ayr United 1.

45:00 +0:37

Corner, Ayr United. Conceded by Jon Robertson.

42:48

Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:48

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

40:16

Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:16

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

39:48

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

37:01

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Kyle McAusland.

35:56

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

35:56

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

34:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 2, Ayr United 1. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Malcolm.

31:31

Attempt missed. Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

31:00

Attempt saved. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:12

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

30:12

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

29:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 2, Ayr United 0. Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kane Hemmings.

27:00

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:58

Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

26:12

Foul by Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath).

26:12

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

25:31

Attempt missed. Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

24:22

Foul by Thomas O'Brien (Cowdenbeath).

24:22

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

22:03

Dean Brett (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:03

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

20:52

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:52

Foul by Brian Gilmour (Ayr United).

18:57

Rory McKeown (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:57

Foul by Craig Malcolm (Ayr United).

14:47

Attempt missed. Darren Brownlie (Cowdenbeath) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high.

14:28

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Adam Hunter.

14:07

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

13:43

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.

13:10

Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).

13:10

Jon Robertson (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:20

Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:20

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

9:47

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

8:38

Foul by Greg Stewart (Cowdenbeath).

8:38

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

5:28

Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:28

Foul by Kyle McAusland (Ayr United).

0:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Cowdenbeath 1, Ayr United 0. Kane Hemmings (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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