Crowning glory for Leven pub side

The Crown Inn team celebrate
The Crown Inn team celebrate

THE Crown Inn won the Fife Sunday Amateur Football League Division Three title at the weekend after an enthralling 4-1 victory over Torleys.

The amateur side, based at the Leven High Street pub, started nervously, knowing a win would assure them of the championship, with chances for James Good and Jamie Armitt in the first few minutes failing to find the net.

Torleys, from Lochgelly, also pushing for promotion, sat deep and hit Leven on the break in the first half which remained goalless.

The second half started with Torleys hitting Leven on the counter-attack and with a neat finish by their forward it was they who took the lead on 50 minutes.

This prompted the Crown to make some tactical changes and they brought on Ross Henderson to spearhead the attack.

From some clever football in the middle of the park Alan Fortune played in Jamie Armitt, who finished from 20 yards levelling the game at 1-1.

This gave the Crown the momentum to push on and, on 62 minutes, they took the lead when Ross Henderson crossed for Jamie Armitt to head home from five yards.

Crown Inn made a further two changes bringing on Lee Harley and Pete Cunningham in the last 20 minutes to try and kill the game off.

The substitutions proved inspired choices as goals in the 75th and 80th minutes from Harley secured the win for the Crown Inn.

The Leven side’s manager Ross Henderson said: “It was a hard game with both sides playing attacking football.

“Over the 90 minutes we deserved the win, which has capped off a great season for us, winning the league in our first year.

“It has been a real team effort from the players, committee and everyone at the Crown Inn over the season.”