Peterhead manager Jim McInally felt nothing but pride despite his side’s title challenge, and their 19-game unbeaten run, came to an end with a 1-0 defeat by Cowdenbeath at blustery Balmoor.
Greig Spence scored the only goal on 31 minutes when he tucked away Lewis Milne’s pass, with the Blue Brazil seeing things out despite home pressure in the second half. McInally said: “It is a disappointing result but our players have performed really well for months now. Dunfermline never gave us any encouragement in the title chase and they are deserved title winners.”
Spence’s goal, which was cheered in his home town of Dunfermline just as much as it was 145 miles away in the north east, lifted Cowdenbeath two places in the table with manager Colin Nish saying: “We lost to Dunfermline last week but I told the players to keep playing the same way as we would win games. We have given ourselves a real boost.”
Ayr United ensured that they will compete in the promotion play-offs thanks to a 2-1 win over visitors Stranraer. Alan Trouten netted the hosts’ opener via the woodwork and Michael Wardrope took advantage of a mistake by visiting goalkeeper Cameron Belford to grab the second just after the hour.
Ryan Thomson headed in with 15 minutes left but the fourth-placed side could not get a leveller.
Airdrie and Albion Rovers remain in the play-off hunt after a 1-1 draw at the Excelsior Stadium where Marc Fitzpatrick’s long-range shot had the Diamonds in front after the break but Ally Love equalised ten minutes from time.
Stenhousemuir ended a disappointing run with a 2 – 1 success over Forfar at Ochilview thanks to Colin McMenamin’s late winner.
Mark Gilhaney scored to put the Warriors in front on 12 minutes but it looked like Forfar had earned a point when Steven Craig netted after being set up by Andy Ryan with nine minutes left.