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

By Alasdair LamontSenior football reporter, BBC Scotland
Ayr United's Michael Donald

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Kevin Kyle (Ayr United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Whittle (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Kyle (Ayr United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Wallace (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Byrne (Dunfermline Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Craig Dargo replaces Allan Smith.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Falkingham (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Scott McLaughlin.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Allan Smith (Dunfermline Athletic).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Morris (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Marenghi.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Alan Forrest replaces Robert Crawford.