Dunfermline Athletic

Fixtures : 2013-2014 : Ayr United

Sat, 14th Dec 2013 Kick Off: 15:00

Ayr United 2 Dunfermline 4

Saturday, 14th Dec 2013

Young and Smith out, Martin and Husband in. Brian Gilmore (17) 1-0; Moffat (26) 2-0; Husband (44) 2-1; Wallace (60 pen.) 2-2; Wallace (69) 2-3; Moore (90) 2-4.

Ayr United 2 Dunfermline 4

The Pars returned to Somerset Park just two weeks after playing out a 1-1 draw there in the William Hill Scottish Cup. Jim Jefferies made two changes from the team that drew with Forfar Athletic the previous Saturday; Allan Smith dropped to the bench making way for Stephen Husband and Kerr Young found himself sub as 17 year old Lewis Martin was brought in for his starting debut.

There were three changes to the Pars team that faced Ayr in the Scottish Cup ten days ago and Mark Roberts made two to his although it was unchanged from the team that lost to Rangers in the intervening match.  Heavy rain through the morning caused some concerns for the pitch which was forked for a while during the warm up. Gusting wind possibly created the bigger problem. If the wind got worse then it would be impossible to play football.

Lewis Martin in warm up
Lewis Martin in warm up

The hosts kicked off with the wind behind them through Kevin Kyle and Michael Moffatt attacking the goal in front of the hundred travelling supporters sheltering in the standing area. In the conditions you would have expected a shoot on sight policy but when Ryan Wallace was given the first opportunity he chose to lay the ball off for Alex Whittle and his weight was too strong.

It was on nine minutes before either keeper was brought into action and it was Ryan Scully who had to stop a Kyle header as he flicked on a ball towards the edge of the box by Gordon Pope. The next minute Dunfermline won a free kick on the left that was within Husband`s range but he powered it over the bar.

Stephen Husband

Scully was made to save again when Kyle tried a speculative shot from distance and then tempers were raised when Josh Falkingham was taken down 25 yards out. After a few handbags, the Pars captain was given a severe ticking off from referee Stevie O`Reilly. Husband took the free kick but again his sights were set too high.

Ayr had certainly got the message to shoot on sight and in 17th minute Brian GILMOUR did exactly that.  Scully could only wave at the ball as it caught in the wind and dipped in from a shot launched from just inside the Ayr half. 1-0

Ayr`s first goal

The home side followed that up with a dangerous free kick into the Pars box and the Pars reaction was a shot from 20 yards by Wallace that was blocked. The keeper then had to dive to his left to hold a Falkingham effort from the same distance after a free kick in from the right that was only half cleared.

Then in 26 minutes the wet pitch caught out Williamson with his underhit pass back to Scully and Michael MOFFAT was able to nip in and stick the ball away. 2-0

Ayr`s second goal

Dunfermline went forward and after exchanges in front of goal it was Andy Geggan who took the chance to shoot but it was deflected behind for a corner on the right. That came to nothing as the Fifers struggled to produce the kind of football that the conditions demanded. Playing in such swirling wind the home side`s tactics appeared to be working better.

There were appeals for a penalty five minutes from half time when Craig Malcolm and Falkingham clashed inside the box on the right. No award but Wallace got yellow carded. Then in 44 minutes Williamson got up the right and cut back from the byeline. Wallace fed the ball out of the box for HUSBAND to smash the ball home. 2-1

Stephen Husband bulges the net

The goal came just at the right time and the interval would allow Jim Jefferies to dictate what tactics he would like in the second half with the advantage of the wind and in such terrible conditions.

Half Time: Ayr United 2 Dunfermline 1

The second period started and the Pars were faced with a swirling wind rather than constantly on their backs. In the atrocious conditions more goals could be expected. In fifth minute of the half Whittle did really well to beat off the challenge of two opponents and cut back the ball for Wallace who put in a shot that came back off the crossbar.

At the other end a throw in caused problems in the Pars box and Moffat headed at the left post but from an offside position. Ayr kept up the pressure and Morris was fortunate that Martin was on hand to clear a ball that came back off an Ayr man.

Ryan Wallace scores from the penalty spot

Ryan Williamson made another great surging run up the right, beating his man to cross and earn a corner. Whittle sent that in and there was a scramble in the six yard box but Ayr cleared.  Then in 59 minutes Whittle drove up the left and was tumbled in the box by Forrest to earn his team a penalty. Ryan WALLACE took the spot kick sending it right and under the diving David Hutton. 2-2

Then just nine minutes later Dunfermline got ahead for the first time in the game. Williamson drove forward. laid the ball off to Husband who switched play left and Falkingham just inside the Ayr half advanced. He looked like he might try a shot but instead slipped the ball for WALLACE to hit into the right side of the goal. His goal from the edge of the box was his eleventh of the season. 2-3

Ryan Wallace fires in Dunfermline`s third

Wallace then came close to a hattrick after Shaun Byrne did all the hard work on the left side of the Ayr box but the home team then tried to retrieve their position with sub Kyle McAusland heading on the to right post and forcing corners despite the swirling rain and wind.

Jordan Moore replaced Stephen Husband with nine minutes remaining and had a chance with his first touch but only a corner transpired. Play got bogged down deep down the Pars right with several throw ins. Ayr then mounted a final challenge but referee O`Reilly gave Dunfermline decisions that angered the Somerset Park faithful.

It was MOORE that sent many of them home before the end as he clung on to a chance and finished Ayr off at 4-2.

Jordan Moore strikes


AYR UNITED: David Hutton; Adam Hunter, Alan Lithgow, Scott McLaughlin (c), Gordon Pope; Alan Forrest (Kyle McAusland 63), Craig Malcolm, Blair Gilmour, Michael Donald, Kevin Kyle (Anthony Marenghi 74), Michael Moffat.
SUBS NOT USED: Robbie Crawford, Mark Shankland, Jackson Longridge, Michael McGowan, William Muir (GK).
SCORERS: Gilmour (17), Moffat (26)
YELLOW CARD: Kyle (47), McLaughlin (58)

DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully; Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris, Lewis Martin, Alex Whittle; Shaun Byrne, Stephen Husband (Jordan Moore 81), Josh Falkingham (c), Andy Geggan; Ryan Wallace, Ryan Thomson.
SUBS NOT USED: Kerr Young, Allan Smith, Craig Dargo, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow (GK).
SCORERS: Husband (44), Wallace (60 pen. 69), Moore (90)
YELLOW CARD: Wallace (41)

REFEREE: Stevie O`Reilly.
WEATHER: Damp, Very Windy 10°C

NEXT MATCH: SPFL League One (away) v Arbroath
Saturday 21st December 2013, kick off 3.00pm

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Preview Ayr United

Wednesday, 11th Dec 2013

Ayr United are the opposition for the third time in four matches

Dunfermline v Ayr United 

Next up for Dunfermline will be Ayr United and that is the third time in the last four previews that has been the case. Athletic required a replay to get the better of their opponents in the Fourth Round of the William Hill Scottish Cup after seeing out a 1-1 scoreline on the last Saturday of November.

This will be the 83rd league meeting; the Pars have won 35 to Ayr`s 26, 21 have been drawn.

Milestones v Ayr United (away)

Last League Victory



First Division

Last League Defeat



First Division

Best League Victory



First Division

Worst League Defeat



Div Two (old)

Kevin Kyle is denied by Ryan Scully

The Pars have won ten of the last dozen league meetings.  Ayr United have only won 5 of the last 34 games between the sides in all competitions stretching back to 1983. The most recent league meeting at East End Park in September saw Ayr taking an early lead through Michael Moffatt and Dunfermline hitting back to register a comfortable 5-1 win over the team that was just below them on League One.

Last Twelve League Matches v Ayr United 






28/09/13 H 5-1 W League One
10/04/10 A 2-1 W First Division
20/02/10 H 0-1 L First Division
05/12/09 A 0-1 L First Division
10/10/09 H 3-1 W First Division
11/04/00 A 2-0 W First Division
22/01/00 H 2-0 W First Division
04/12/99 A 3-0 W First Division
25/09/99 H 2-1 W First Division
22/04/95 H 3-0 W First Division
25/02/95 A 2-1 W First Division
10/12/94 H 6-0 W First Division

Ryan Thomson v Ayr United

The 1-0 cup victory over Ayr on Wednesday 4th December will give Jim Jefferies` side confidence as they travel back down to Somerset Park but the Pars dropped league points on Saturday when they could have put greater distance between them and their fellow play off place challengers.

Ayr United Dunfermline
Current League Position
4 2
Recent League Results
League Points
23 28
Goal Difference
0 +8
Home / Away League Record
P7, W3, D2, L2 P7, W4, D1, L2

Ryan Scully saves another

In all competitions, Dunfermline are unbeaten in their last six matches while Ayr United have won only one of their six matches.

   Recent Form this season - home / away
  Ayr United (home)  




  Dunfermline (away)
  Dunfermline D 1-1   Ayr United D 1-1
  Stenhousemuir W 4-3   Airdrieonians W 3-0
  Stranraer L 3-6   Rangers L 1-3
  Queens Park  W 3-2   Elgin City W 5-3
  Arbroath  W 2-0   Stranraer W 2-1
  Rangers   L 0-2   Forfar Athletic L 0-4

Dunfermline have lost twice on the road in the league this season, at Ibrox and Station Park, Forfar.  Ayr`s home record is lost only two - v Rangers and Stranraer.

Ryan Wallace v Ayr United

Last Time Out

DUNFERMLINE (v Forfar Athletic): Ryan Scully; Ryan Williamson, Alex Whittle, Kerr Young, Callum Morris, Andy Geggan, Shaun Byrne (Stephen Husband, 82), Allan Smith (Jordan Moore 53), Ryan Wallace, Josh Falkingham, Ryan Thomson (Craig Dargo 82).
SUBS NOT USED: Lewis Martin, Ross Millen, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Ryan Goodfellow (GK).

AYR UNITED (v Rangers): David Hutton; Michael Donald, Alan Lithgow, Greg Pope, Scott McLaughlin, Adam Hunter (Michael McGowan 82), Adam Forrest (Michael Wardrobe 89), Craig Malcolm, Blair Gilmour, Kevin Kyle (Mark Shankland 87), Michael Moffat.
SUBS NOT USED: Robbie Crawford, Jackson Longridge, Chris McCracken, William Muir (GK).

Referee will be Stevie O`Reilly.

C`mon Ye Pars!

Ross Millen

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