ABERGAVENNY Women FC are preparing for the biggest game in their history on Sunday when they take on Cardiff Met Ladies AFC in the final of the FAW Women’s Cup and it will be a real family affair.

Club founder and secretary Wayne Jeremiah will be the proudest man at Newport’s Dragon Park as his son Richie leads out the team as manager and his daughter Kate stars on the right wing.

It will be a tough task for Abergavenny as they try to prevent Cardiff Met from completing a treble, with the Welsh Premier Women’s League and League Cup trophies already won.

But Wayne Jeremiah is relishing what will be a special occasion for everyone connected with the club.

“It will be a proud day for me and my wife Lorraine and the whole club,” said the man who started the ball rolling when he formed Mardy Tigers in 2003 as a club for his 10-year-old daughter Kate to play for.

After a successful decade with the Tigers, Jeremiah formed a senior side at PILCS AFC in Pontypool and won two league titles in the South Wales Women’s League before gaining promotion into the Premier League in 2013.

He was named the Welsh Football Trust’s Coach of the Year in 2012 and enjoyed more success before handing over the reins to his son Richie, a UEFA B license coach who combines playing for Abergavenny Town men’s team with his role as head of youth development for Total Pro Soccer in Bristol.

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The women’s team moved to Abergavenny in 2015 and have steadily progressed over the past few seasons with Richie’s sister Kate there every step of the way.

The 25-year-old has scored in every round of the cup this season and netted both goals as Abergavenny beat Cardiff City 2-0 in the semi-final on March 31 to seal their place in the final for the first time.

“It’s a journey that started 16 years ago for all of us,” said Wayne Jeremiah.

“There were only six girls at the first training session in 2003 when we started as Mardy Tigers.

“Kate has been there since the beginning and she and the rest of the team have worked so hard to reach the final.

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“Richie has done a great job as coach – he’s taken the team on to a new level and it would be great for him to win his first trophy as a manager.

“We know it’ll be tough against opponents who are a million miles away from us in terms of resources and facilities, but we’ll give it everything.

“We’ve shown we can compete with the likes of Swansea City, Cardiff City this season and if we can pull it of on Sunday it will be amazing.”

The match, at Dragon Park in Newport, kicks off at 2pm on Sunday.

Tickets are available on the gate costing £3 for adults and £1 for juniors and OAPs.

The final will also be streamed live on the Sgorio YouTube and Facebook pages with commentary available in both Welsh and English.