Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Ayr United 1-1 Dunfermline Athletic

Ayr United earned a deserved replay with a second-half fightback but may regret not taking the many chances they had to win this tie on home soil.

They dominated the first half but went in at the break a goal down, Andy Geggan sweetly converting a rare Dunfermline opportunity.

The second period was a more balanced affair, but Ayr got their equaliser through Michael Donald.

Dunfermline subsequently had the better chances to win it.

But Ayr could and perhaps should have been out of sight long before then against their League One rivals.

The visitors, despite creating very little else in the opening stages, scored a fine opening goal.

Ross Millen whipped in a low cross from the right and Geggan clipped a lovely first-time shot high past David Hutton in the home goal.

Having passed up numerous opportunities before and after that strike, Ayr eventually drew level early in the second half.

Kevin Kyle headed into the path of Donald, who fired a low drive into the bottom left-hand corner of Ryan Scully's net.

Dunfermline looked more dangerous in the closing stages, with Ryan Thomson, Shaun Byrne and Ryan Wallace all going close to a winner.

However, Ayr could have been forgiven for wondering just how they went in behind at the interval, having created significantly more problems for the opposition defence.

Kyle's presence was a thorn in the side of the visiting back-line from early on and, even before Dunfermline made the breakthrough, he could have had his side in front, only for Scully to push his shot away.

Moments before Dunfermline made the breakthrough, Ayr almost scored a contender for goal of the round as Michael Moffat and then Anthony Marenghi had shots blocked at the end of a move that started deep in their own half.

Another Kyle effort squirmed under Scully but crept wide of the post and, as the half drew to a close, Marenghi was denied twice, with Moffat and Donald also going close to an equaliser.

It finally came through Donald, but Mark Roberts' team may feel their best chance of progressing to the last 16 has gone.

Line-ups

Ayr

  • 1Hutton
  • 2Hunter
  • 3Pope
  • 6Gilmour
  • 4McLaughlin
  • 5Lithgow
  • 7Marenghi
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forForrestat 64'minutes
  • 10KyleBooked at 41mins
  • 9Moffat
  • 11Donald

Substitutes

  • 12Malcolm
  • 14Forrest
  • 15McGowan
  • 16McCracken
  • 19Muir

Dunfermline

  • 1Scully
  • 2Millen
  • 3Whittle
  • 6Geggan
  • 4Young
  • 5Morris
  • 7Byrne
  • 9WallaceBooked at 42mins
  • 11Thomson
  • 8SmithSubstituted forDargoat 71'minutes
  • 10Falkingham

Substitutes

  • 12Moore
  • 14Dargo
  • 15Martin
  • 16Kane
  • 17Ferguson
  • 18Williamson
  • 20Goodfellow
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,391

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.
Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Hand ball by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).
Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.
Attempt missed. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt saved. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Craig Dargo replaces Allan Smith.
Attempt missed. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.
Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).
Attempt blocked. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Marenghi.

Substitution

Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Robert Crawford.
Gordon Pope (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan Thomson (Dunfermline Athletic).
Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).
Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Foul by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).
Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Robert Crawford (Ayr United).
Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Adam Hunter (Ayr United).
Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic).
Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Michael Donald.
Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 1.
Attempt saved. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Attempt saved. Michael Donald (Ayr United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).
Attempt missed. Michael Moffat (Ayr United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Robert Crawford (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic).

Booking

Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic).
Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Alan Lithgow.
Foul by Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic).
Alan Lithgow (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott McLaughlin (Ayr United).
Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Andrew Geggan (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).
Foul by Anthony Marenghi (Ayr United).
goal