Pittenweem Rovers crowned champions

Pittenweem (in orange) had drawn 1-1 with Valleyfield on Saturday to set up Monday night's 'do or die' match. Pic: Rob Stewart
Pittenweem (in orange) had drawn 1-1 with Valleyfield on Saturday to set up Monday night's 'do or die' match. Pic: Rob Stewart
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PITTENWEEM Rovers were crowned Fife Amateur Football Association Premier Division champions on Monday night - the club’s first league title win since 1935.

Goals from Gary Wishart, David Young and Craig Cameron saw Gordon Muir’s men triumph 3-1 away to Greig Park Rangers.

That meant Rovers finished level on 39 points with Valleyfield, but won the title thanks to having a far superior goal difference.

Afterwards Ian Bruce, chairman and secretary of the club, paid tribute to the side.

He said: “We scored early on and we were 3-0 up at half-time, so we were pretty much in control throughout really.

“We were gutted on Saturday (after losing a late equaliser to Valleyfield) but it meant we had to go out and win the game and we played the best football we have played all season.

“There must have been close to 200 people there, which for an away match is unbelievable.

“We had a little bit of a celebration but unfortunately a lot of the guys were working the next day.”

Next up for Rovers, who won the Premier League Cup in a penalty shoot-out against Greig Park earlier in the season, is the final of the Peter Omand League Cup Challenge Cup on Friday night against Lomond Victoria.

The match will be played at Kelty Hearts Juniors Park, with a kick-off 6.45 p.m.

The following Friday Rovers face, a sure to be disgruntled, Valleyfield side in the McIntyre Cup Final.

Ian continued: “It could be our most successful season ever if we win everything.

“I think if we do, it would be down to having a great committee, a great bunch of players playing for us - and the manager Gordon Muir has brought them all together.
“They are all friends and play as a team, rather than as individual players.

“It’s been a hard slog, we have struggled over the years, but the last two or three years we have just gradually improved every season, so we are delighted.”