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Ayr United 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Somerset Park

Ayr United and Dunfermline Athletic had to settle for a point apiece in front of a healthy crowd at Somerset Park.

The hosts have not beaten the Pars at home since 2009 but looked like changing that in the first half when Brian Gilmour, Conrad Balatoni and Allan Forrest all forced visiting goalkeeper Sean Murdoch into good saves.

Dunfermline threatened more after the break, particularly when substitute Farid El Alagui's scissor-kick tested Greg Fleming.

Gaps opened up towards the end as play moved from end to end but neither side could capitalise.

It means there was no home win against Dunfermline at the 10th attempt, in front of a 2883 crowd who had paid only five pounds to get in on the day former chairman Donald Cameron was remembered by a minute's silence.

But there had been plenty of chances for the Honest Men to take the lead in the opening 45 minutes.

Gilmour's volley from 25 yards brought out the best in Murdoch as the ex-Hibernian man tipped the effort over the bar, before clutching Balatoni's header from the ensuing corner kick.

The Pars' 'keeper earned his corn again as he kept out Forrest's header at the back post.

Dunfermline lost Nicky Clark and John Herron in the first half but El Alagui's introduction speared their attack in the second half and in addition to his acrobatic effort he almost assisted a Joe Cardle strike but it was ruled out because of a push by the French-born Moroccan.

It was interesting to watch the effective role Ayr United midfielder Jamie Adams played in the match.

The 29-year-old former Kilmarnock, Queen of the South and Dundee man has had an injury-blighted career, even spending some of last season at South of Scotland outfit Wigtown and Bladnoch to build fitness.

Several fans at Somerset Park label him 'the disrupter' due to his ability to "run about the pitch and break up play all over the place". That quality was certainly evident today and the Stranraer-born player nearly scored as well.

Ayr United manager Ian McCall: "It's our home game so you're never happy, but I thought it was a really good game for a 0-0.

"I thought we shaded it and worked their goalie more than ours was - but overall a fair result. We're getting performances and getting points."

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston: "I thought both clubs gave all they had and I felt we shaded it with the chances and possession we had.

"We had good control of the game but we've got to turn that into goals. The most pleasing thing for me was the clean sheet.

"John Herron's ankle is quite swollen and Nicky Clark was feeling his groin since Thursday and it was just starting to get a bit tight."

Line-ups

Ayr

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Fleming
  • 2Devlin
  • 22Balatoni
  • 18Meggatt
  • 3Boyle
  • 4Gilmour
  • 16AdamsSubstituted forMcGuffieat 81'minutes
  • 23Docherty
  • 12Harkins
  • 8CrawfordSubstituted forCairneyat 87'minutes
  • 10ForrestSubstituted forNisbetat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Murphy
  • 7Thomas
  • 11Donald
  • 14Cairney
  • 17Nisbet
  • 19Hart
  • 21McGuffie

Dunfermline

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Murdoch
  • 2Williamson
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 4Martin
  • 3Talbot
  • 6Geggan
  • 7Paton
  • 21HerronSubstituted forMcCabeat 17'minutes
  • 11Cardle
  • 17ReillySubstituted forMoffatat 81'minutes
  • 37ClarkSubstituted forEl Alaguiat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Moffat
  • 14Richards-Everton
  • 16McCabe
  • 18McMullan
  • 20Higginbotham
  • 43Hutton
  • 48El Alagui
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,883

Match Stats

Home TeamAyrAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ayr United 0, Dunfermline Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Paul Cairney (Ayr United).

  4. Post update

    Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Cairney (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig McGuffie (Ayr United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Paul Cairney replaces Robbie Crawford.

  8. Post update

    Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Craig McGuffie replaces Jamie Adams.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Dunfermline Athletic. Michael Moffat replaces Gavin Reilly.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Farid El Alagui (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Farid El Alagui (Dunfermline Athletic) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Adams (Ayr United).

  17. Post update

    Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ayr United. Kevin Nisbet replaces Alan Forrest.

  19. Post update

    Nicky Devlin (Ayr United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Farid El Alagui (Dunfermline Athletic).