Dunfermline Athletic 0, Ayr United 0.

There were little waves of excitement for Dunfermline or Ayr United as the teams endured a goalless draw.

The match had been given the green light with a lunchtime pitch inspection despite the recent cold spell but the fixture failed to create a warm glow for either side.

Dunfermline made just one change from the team which got a goalless draw at Greenock Morton the previous weekend.

Kyle Turner was brought in with Lews McCann dropping down to the bench.

There was little in the way of goal action in the first half with both sides enjoying respective spells of possession but creating very little.

Dunfermline had a chance early on when Dow picked up the ball just inside the box and put in an effort which grabbed a deflection and went out for a corner.

Dom Thomas tried to produce something on the 15 minute mark and delivered a lovely ball across the Ayr box but there was noone near to capitalise.

A free kick in the middle of the park just after the half hour mark was floated in to the box, again by Thomas, which came to Wilson but was cleared and came to Dow who then crossed in but saw the ball out for a goal kick.

A corner for Ayr shortly before half time saw Luke McCowan deliver a low drive which went just wide of the Dunfermline post.

The second half did bring more chances for both sides and keeper Fon Williams had to react quickly just minutes after the break.

He pulled off a miraculous save from Tom Watson at close range when it looked like the visitors were going to go ahead.

Dunfermline could have broken the deadlock five minutes later when Comrie pulled the ball back from to Declan McManus but he was unable to connect properly and his effort looped over.

Dow was next to hit over on 61 minutes. The ball came out to the Pars player but he couldn’t keep his volley down.

Substitute Lewis McCann had a chance to make an instant impact just before the 70 minute mark. The ball came to him after a Thomas corner but he couldn't keep his shot down and it flew over.

The away side were close to going ahead on 77 minutes through former Par Michael Moffatt. He edged the ball past Fon Wiliams but his effort trickled wide.

Dunfermline Athletic

Fon Williams, Comrie, Edwards, Murray, Turner (McCann 66), McManus, Dow, Wilson, Whittaker (Mayo 74), Thomas (Murray 77), Watson

Subs: Gill, MacDonald, O’Hara, McInroy.

Ayr United

Sinisalo, Muirhead, Miller, Ndaba, Murdoch, Zanatta (Moffat 64), Chalmer, Smith, Walsh, McCowan, Baird.

Subs: Hare-Reid, Houston, McKenzie, Reading, Kerr, Roscoe.

Referee: Don Robertson