2 March 2024
Dunfermline Athletic
Chris Hamilton (41), Chris Kane (45+1)

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0

HT 2 - 0
Ayr United
Dunfermline Athletic
Chris Hamilton (41), Chris Kane (45+1)
2
Ayr United

0

Dunfermline return home on Saturday seeking their first success in front of their home fans since 28th November. Back in October when these sides last met at KDM Group East End Park, Ayr United won with the only goal of the game.  Just over two months ago Dunfermline went to Somerset Park and were flying after Alex Jakubiak shot the Fifers into a two goal lead after just nine minutes. Lee Bullen’s Ayr did not lie down however and earned a 2-2 draw.  Now judging by current form under the guidance of Scott Brown and former Pars player Steven Whittaker, Ayr will prove formidable opponents yet again.

Dunfermline’s league record against Ayr United is won 50, lost 33 and drawn 30. At home the Pars lead 29 v 14 with 13 games drawn.

Milestones v Ayr United (home)

Last League Victory | 16/04/22 | 2-1 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 21/10/23 | 0-1 | Championship
Best League Victory | 10/12/94 | 6-0 | First Division
Worst League Defeat | 13/10/73 | 0-4 | Div One (old)
Last Goalless League match | 23/01/21 | Championship
First League meeting | 30/11/1912 | 0-0 | Div Two (old)

Last time at East End Park
cinch Championship, Saturday 21st October 2023
Dunfermline 0 Ayr United 1

Ayr’s first attempt at goal was a George Stanger header in seven minutes when he was on the end of a dangerous Logan Chalmers cross from the right. Dunfermline then survived a penalty appeal when a cross from the left was deflected behind off a Pars arm. Worse was to follow however when Ayr took a tenth minute lead. It was a ball in from the left with Anton Dowds that picked out CHALMERS in front of goal and he executed the chance perfectly to take the lead. 0-1

It was a first 45 minutes in which Dunfermline had found their opponents difficult to deal with. The Pars chances had been extremely limited while Ayr had created a great many and it was possibly a relief to go in only one behind at the interval.

Ayr put in a strong performance in the second half. Mehmet held a stinger of a shot from Rose in 80 minutes before the Fifers made their final push. Ayr made it hard to break them down and even a long throw into the United box could not alter the scoreline. Every effort was frustrated and the three points took Ayr above the Pars into sixth place.

DUNFERMLINE: Deniz Mehmet: Aaron Comrie, Rhys Breen (Paul Allan HT), Ewan Otoo: Chris Hamilton (c) (Sam Fisher 32): Michael O’Halloran, Ben Summers, Joe Chalmers (Owen Moffat 32), Josh Edwards: Craig Wighton (Alex Jakubiak 63), Lewis McCann.
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Harrison Sharp (GK), Max Little (GK).

AYR UNITED: Charlie Albinson: Elicha Ahui, George Stanger, Sean McGinty (c), Paddy Reading: Logan Chalmers (Francis Amartey 88), Jay Senga (Akheem Rose 69), Roy Syla (Paul Smith 76), Jamie Murphy: Mark McKenzie (Jack Young 69), Anton Dowds (Fraser Bryden 76)
SUBS NOT USED: Scott Tomlinson, Finn Ecrepont, Dylan Watertown, Robbie Mutch (GK).

Last Twelve Meetings v Ayr United

Dunfermline have won four of the last twelve league matches, Ayr United three and five have been drawn. The Pars have only won two of the last ten matches between the teams but those two were in the last five.

Date | H/A | F-A | W D L | League

30/12/23 | A | 2-2 | D | Championship
21/10/23 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
16/04/22 | H | 2-1 | W | Championship
05/02/22 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship
20/11/21 | H | 3-0 | W | Championship
11/09/21 | A | 1-3 | L | Championship
10/04/21 | A | 1-1 | D | Championship
23/01/21 | H | 0-0 | D | Championship
07/11/20 | A | 0-0 | D | Championship
04/01/20 | H | 0-1 | L | Championship
03/12/19 | A | 1-0 | W | Championship
19/10/19 | H | 3-2 | W | Championship

Recent Form

Dunfermline have won only once in their last 11 matches but they are now undefeated in their last three and everyone hopes that they are finding some form. They have scored only four goals in their last six matches and three of them came in the goalfest against Partick Thistle last Friday night.

Ayr United have won five and lost three of their last eight matches. Their three defeats were against the Championship’s top two – Dundee United and Raith Rovers – and against Rangers in the Scottish Cup and they have not lost any of their last three away matches in the league.

League Stats

DUNFERMLINE
League Position: 8th
League Points: 29
Goal Difference: -6
Home League Record: P12 W2 D3 L7 GF13 GA20
Last Six Match Form: DLLDWD

AYR UNITED
League Position: 5th
League Points: 32
Goal Difference: -10
Away League Record: P13 W5 D3 L5 GF22 GA24
Last Six Match Form: WLLWLW

Last six matches

DUNFERMLINE
Inverness Caley Thistle (A) D 1-1
Partick Thistle (A) W 3-1
Arbroath (H) D 1-1
Queen’s Park (H) L 0-3
Morton (H) L 0-5
Dundee United (A) D 0-0

AYR UNITED
Partick Thistle (H) W 4-3
Raith Rovers (H) L 1-2
Airdrieonians (A) W 3-2
Rangers (A) L 0-2
Dundee United (H) L 1-2
Queen’s Park (A) W 2-1

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (v Inverness Caley Thistle): Deniz Mehmet, Miles Welch-Hayes, Chris Hamilton (c), Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Josh Edwards, Matty Todd (Owen Moffat 74), Paul Allan (Michael O’Halloran HT), Ewan Otoo, Ben Summers (Joe Chalmers HT), Alex Jakubiak, Lewis McCann (Brad Holmes 28).
SUBS NOT USED: Miller Fenton, Taylor Sutherland, Xavier Benjamin, Max Little (GK)

AYR UNITED (v Partick Thistle): Josh Clarke: Nick McAllister, Frankie Musonda, Sean McGinty (c), Jack Sanders, Ben Dempsey, Harry McHugh, Fraser Bryden, Jamie Murphy (Scott Tomlinson 76), Kurt Willoughby (Francis Amartey 82), Mark McKenzie (Roy Syla 75).
SUBS NOT USED:  Aiden McGeady,  Paul Smith, Max Guthrie, Shaun Donnelly, Charlie Albinson (GK)

Other cinch Championship fixtures

Arbroath v Raith Rovers (Friday)
Airdrieonians v Queen’s Park
Morton v Inverness Caley Thistle
Partick Thistle v Dundee United

Last 12 Meetings

30/12/23Ayr United2Dunfermline2
21/10/23Dunfermline0Ayr United1
16/04/22Dunfermline2Ayr United1
05/02/22Ayr United1Dunfermline1
20/11/21Dunfermline3Ayr United0
11/09/21Ayr United3Dunfermline1
10/04/21Ayr United1Dunfermline1
23/01/21Dunfermline0Ayr United0
07/11/20Ayr United0Dunfermline0
04/01/20Dunfermline0Ayr United1
03/12/19Ayr United0Dunfermline1
19/10/19Dunfermline3Ayr United2

Last 6 Matches

Dunfermline Athletic

Ayr United

  • D
Inverness Caley Thistle
(Away)
0-0
  • W
Partick Thistle
(Home)
4-3
  • W
Partick Thistle
(Away)
3-1
  • L
Raith Rovers
(Home)
1-2
  • D
Arbroath
(Home)
1-1
  • W
Airdrieonians
(Away)
3-2
  • L
Queens Park
(Home)
0-3
  • L
Rangers
(Away)
0-2
  • L
Greenock Morton
(Home)
0-5
  • L
Dundee United
(Home)
1-2
  • D
Dundee United
(Away)
0-0
  • W
Queens Park
(Away)
2-1

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