Tre Ming aiming to bow out with FA Cup title against former side PHC
The FA Cup final will be a truly emotional experience for North Village midfielder Tre Ming regardless of the outcome.
The 28-year-old intends to hang up his boots after coming up against former club PHC Zebras at Flora Duffy Stadium tomorrow.
“I am retiring after this game,” Ming said.
“I have just fallen out of love with the game and surgeries are starting to pile up on my body. I’d rather be a fan and coach the young ones.
“It was an extremely difficult decision to make, but people that are close to me have supported my decision.
“I am solely 100 per cent focused on giving everything on Sunday and that will be it.
“Once that final whistle blows it will be emotions all over the place, win, lose or draw, it will definitely hit me.”
Ming hopes to bow out with a second winner’s medal having earned one with PHC, whom he has spent most of the career with before joining Village at the beginning of this season.
It will be the second meeting between the two teams in the final of the prestigious competition in six years and fourth overall.
PHC, who have won the competition a record 11 times, edged Village 1-0 the last time they faced off the FA Cup final during the 2016-17 campaign.
There is plenty at stake for PHC who are on the verge of their second Triple Crown, and their first in 52 years, having already won the league and Friendship Trophy this season.
Ming says he and his team-mates are up for the big occasion.
“These last two weeks have probably been the most locked in I have seen North Village,” he added.
“This week especially because we are hungry, dialled in and are just looking to come out there, make a statement and set the tone from early.
“I am looking forward to it. It’s a perfect narrative to it and I am just happy it will be a good one for the fans.”
The former national team player admits it has been odd playing against PHC this season.
“I can’t put it into words, but it’s a strange feeling because I would usually be on the opposite side wearing the black and white,” Ming said.
“But it’s fun because I played for PHC since I was 4 years old and all of them are my friends and it’s also just for bragging rights.”
Even though PHC are without suspended captain and playmaker Marco Warren, Ming is expecting a difficult match.
“It’s definitely a big impact. But as far a structure and tactics, I don’t see any hindrance in that because they are the fittest team, well organised, and have got a good coach” he added.
“They also have players that can step up and play, so they will still be all right; we are not taking them for granted at all.”
Tomorrow’s final will be the second between the teams for the season as PHC edged Village 1-0 to win the Friendship Trophy on New Year’s Day.
Ming says he and his team-mates have used that experience as motivation heading into the fifth meeting between the sides this season.
“We have a video of us receiving the second-place medals that we watch daily, so that is solely our motivation,” Ming said.
“We watch that video every day, so to say we are hungry is definitely an understatement.”
Village are heading into the final tied with Somerset Trojans for the second-most wins in the competition on nine.
The Cup Final will be preceded by the Appleby Under-17 Knockout final pitting Dandy Town against Somerset.
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