Scottish League One
East Fife1Ayr4

East Fife 1-4 Ayr United

Michael Donald scored twice as Ayr bounced back from two successive defeats with a convincing win at East Fife.

The Methil side stay rooted to the bottom of the Scottish League One table.

Donald opened the scoring for Ayr with a crisp left-footed finish in the 29th minute and Scott McLaughlin set up Michael Moffat, who doubled the visitors' advantage seven minutes later.

The Fifers hit back before half-time when Liam Buchanan picked himself up after being fouled in the area by Ayr defender Martyn Campbell to convert the subsequent penalty.

But United striker Kevin Kyle sent over a pin-point cross for midfielder McLaughlin to head home the visitors' third goal in the 53rd minute and Donald converted an assist from Craig Malcolm in the last minute to secure his side's first win in eight matches.

Line-ups

East Fife

  • 1Paterson
  • 2DurieBooked at 5mins
  • 3Naysmith
  • 6StewartSubstituted forDutotat 84'minutes
  • 4Thom
  • 5Campbell
  • 7MoosariSubstituted forTutaat 61'minutes
  • 11McBrideSubstituted forStewartat 44'minutes
  • 10Clarke
  • 19Buchanan
  • 8Johnstone

Substitutes

  • 12Mbu
  • 14Dutot
  • 15Austin
  • 16Tuta
  • 17Stewart
  • 18Lennie
  • 21Shaw

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 2Hunter
  • 3Pope
  • 7RobertsSubstituted forMcGowanat 30'minutes
  • 4CampbellBooked at 60mins
  • 5LithgowBooked at 59mins
  • 8Crawford
  • 6McLaughlin
  • 10KyleBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMalcolmat 81'minutes
  • 9Moffat
  • 11Donald

Substitutes

  • 12Shankland
  • 14Forrest
  • 15McGowan
  • 16Malcolm
  • 17Longridge
  • 18Marenghi
  • 19Muir
Referee:
Iain Brines
Attendance:
753

Match Stats

Home TeamEast FifeAway TeamAyr
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, East Fife 1, Ayr United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, East Fife 1, Ayr United 4.

Goal!

Goal! East Fife 1, Ayr United 4. Michael Donald (Ayr United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Malcolm with a cross.
Hand ball by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).
Attempt missed. Craig Malcolm (Ayr United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Foul by Gary Thom (East Fife).
Michael Donald (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Alexis Dutot replaces Jonathan Stewart.
Craig Johnstone (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Craig Malcolm replaces Kevin Kyle.
Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).
Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).
Jonathan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Moffat (Ayr United).
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Michael Donald.
Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Foul by Liam Buchanan (East Fife).
Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ryan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).
Foul by Cedric Tuta (East Fife).
Adam Hunter (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Hand ball by Craig Johnstone (East Fife).

Substitution

Substitution, East Fife. Cedric Tuta replaces Cyrus Moosari.

Booking

Martyn Campbell (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Stewart (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Martyn Campbell (Ayr United).

Booking

Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.
Gary Thom (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alan Lithgow (Ayr United).
Corner, East Fife. Conceded by Gordon Pope.
Attempt saved. Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Liam Buchanan (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).
Cyrus Moosari (East Fife) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gordon Pope (Ayr United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rangers88003224
2Stenhousemuir9522-417
3Dunfermline8512416
4Ayr9342213
5Arbroath9405-412
6Stranraer9324-311
7Brechin9234-49
8Airdrieonians9225-78
9Forfar9216-37
10East Fife9216-137
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