By Ben McNicol
Ayr were looking to bounce back from a dramatic 3-2 defeat at Cappielow last weekend where they blew a two-goal lead in the last 10 minutes. Stevie Crawford’s men were aiming to make it four Championship wins on the bounce following an impressive start to the season.
The first half brought little goalmouth action for either side, but the visitors were in control overall and despite holding the majority of possession, they struggled to break through a well-organised United defence.
Fraser Murray impressed, however, his snapshot from inside the box after eight minutes was the only shot on target in the opening 45 minutes. The Honest Men were struggling to create openings, but so nearly profited when Murray’s pass hit his own man and the home side broke forward with pace through Luke McCowan, his eventual cross smothered by Owain Fon-Williams.
On the 30th minute, Dom Thomas was brought down after advancing beyond his marker and despite his strong claims for a penalty, referee Craig Napier deemed the contact to be just outside the box.
Arguably the best chance for The Honest men arrived on the 62nd minute when Patrick Reading found Bruce Anderson down the left and his inch perfect pass to McCowan put the winger in-behind, but a timely intervention from Josh Edwards prevented an opening goal.
Dunfermline had two quickfire chances to break the deadlock shortly after the 75th minute, Kerr McInroy’s free-kick flashing just wide of the right-hand post before the on-loan Celtic midfielder was in on the act once again a couple of minutes later when his strike was well saved by Viljami Sinisalo.
The game was beginning to get stretched as both sides went in search of all three points but nobody could find that cutting edge as a share of the spoils were had. Here are three things we learned.
Four of the last five fixtures between these two sides have finished with only one goal and history repeated itself as another battle ended in a low-scoring affair.
Pars unbeaten run continues
Dunfermline have been well known for their scoring power this season and their winning run was always going to come to an end at some point. However, there are still undoubtedly positives to take for Crawford as his side remained unbeaten in all competitions.
Response from The Honest Men
Kerr will be delighted with the response he got from from his side following a tough defeat to take against Morton last weekend. His side also recorded their first clean sheet of the Championship campaign following a very impressive defensive performance, keeping the likes of McManus and Thomas quiet for the majority of the afternoon.