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Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald’s second-half penalty save on his 500th professional appearance extended Raith’s unbeaten run to 14 matches in all competitions with a goalless draw at home to Ayr.

Mark McKenzie won the foul for the 51st-minute spot-kick but Ben Dempsey, with three goals – including two penalties – in his previous six matches, was denied when MacDonald dived to his left to block.

Ayr had a chance to snatch victory with a minute to go but Dipo Akinyemi’s downward header bounced wide as the visitors missed the chance to move ahead of second-placed Dundee on goal difference with a first league win since the end of January.

Raith have now not been beaten since early December but a seventh draw in nine league matches did nothing for their hopes of closing the gap on the top two.