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03 March 2024 Venue Essity Stadium Attendance

Kick off 17:10 (UK)

Wrexham AFC
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4-2-3-1
  • 1
    Del Morgan
    GK
  • 2
    Phoebe Davies
    DF
  • 3
    Liv Fuller
    DF
  • 22
    Keren Allen (C)
    DF
  • 4
    Erin Lovett
    DF
  • 10
    TJ Dickens
    MF
  • 21
    Lili Jones
    MF
  • 27
    Mari Gibbard
    MF
  • 11
    Amber Lightfoot
    FW
  • 12
    Carra Jones
    FW
  • 9
    Rosie Hughes
    FW

Substitutes

  • 13
    Charlotte Bolland
    SUB
  • 15
    Katie Sharp
    SUB
  • 6
    Brooke Cairns
    SUB
  • 8
    Libby Mackenzie
    SUB
  • 7
    Rebecca Pritchard
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Steve Dale

4-3-3
  • 13
    Ellie Suckley
    GK
  • 3
    Lauren Dunkerley
    DF
  • 12
    Tia Lockley (C)
    DF
  • 32
    Isobel Redding
    DF
  • 42
    Evie Williams
    DF
  • 11
    Chloe Shirley
    MF
  • 34
    Lia Lewis
    MF
  • 18
    Helen Evans
    MF
  • 21
    Matilda Edge
    FW
  • 35
    Emily Ridge
    FW
  • 9
    Chantelle Teare
    FW

Substitutes

  • 2
    Beth Lewis
    SUB
  • 4
    Melanie Barlow
    SUB
  • 5
    Nicole Sampson
    SUB
  • 29
    Evie Manders
    SUB
  • 41
    Lois Jones
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Greg Draper

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Match Previews

PREVIEW | The New Saints vs Wrexham AFC

The Welsh Cup Final awaits for one of these Northern rivals

2 March 2024

The final is just one step away as Wrexham look to set up a memorable end to the season and TNS seek consolation after narrowly missing out on a top 4 spot.

THE WREXHAM ANGLE

A first Welsh Cup semi-final since the team were officially encorporated into Wrexham AFC is a significant occasion, which allows Steve Dale's team not only a chance of silverware, but also an opportunity to illustrate how the women's team performs a vital function in ensuring we maintain our historic close links with the Welsh game.

We suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday to Stourbridge, who are going well in the third tier of the English game, but the intention was to line up a tough test before facing TNS, and the match allowed Keren Allen and new signings Liv Fuller and Brooke Cairns to get some valuable minutes in before the cup tie.

LAST TIME WE MET

THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE

The last match day of Phase 1 of the Adran Genero League was tough to take for TNS. They headed into a winner-takes-all game at Aberystwyth level on points with their hosts, who occupied the precious 4th place in the table, the last spot in the Championship Phase of the season. Town's superior goal difference meant only victory would see TNS end up on the right side of the line. Despite taking an early lead, they were behind in the second half when Lia Lewis' fine strike gave them hope. Town went 3-2 up though, and although a goal in the 5th minute of added time earned a 3-3 draw, TNS weren't quite able to get the 3 points in a topsy-turvy match.

Since that disappointment, TNS played the Adran Trophy semi-final, losing 5-1 at home to Swansea City, for whom Stacey John-Davis struck a hat trick. After a strong finish to 2023, 2024 has begun in disappointing fashion with one draw and 5 losses. 

Two new signings have arrived in the last fortnight to bolster Greg Drapers' squad, with midfielder Mel Barlow arriving from Connah's Quay Nomads and Grace Dunkerley signing from Denbigh Town. Having them available certainly helped Draper in terms of squad depth, as his side weren't able to field a full-strength team against Swansea. He had to make four changes, and a further positional alteration from the said which drew at Aberystwyth, but Draper's expecting his selection problems to ease with players returning from injury to face Wrexham.

Dunkerley came on to replace key player Caitlin Chapman after 39 minutes of the Swansea game, but Draper is hoping Chapman will be available for the semi-final. Further good news was a first goal of the season for Chloe Shirley, who has missed most of the season after suffering an injury in October.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 1-0 TNS

Red Dragons win cross-border derby to seal place in Bute Energy Welsh Cup Final

12 Hours ago

Rosie Hughes' goal proved the difference as Wrexham claimed a third cross-border derby win of the season to book their place in the Bute Energy Welsh Cup Final.

Hughes scored the only goal of the game late in the first half to seal victory, and earn Wrexham their first ever place in the final of this competition.

And with league leaders Cardiff City beating Swansea City earlier in the day, it will be the Bluebirds awaiting in the showpiece fixture.

Three weeks after Wrexham’s last league outing, Steve Dale made three change to his starting line-up – including a competitive debut for defender Liv Fuller.

Keren Allen also returned at the back – having played with Fuller in last week’s friendly against Stourbridge, while Mari Gibbard started in midfield, after her late equaliser against Cardiff Met three weeks ago.

With a place in the final against the Bluebirds up for grabs, there were nervous moments for both sides in the opening exchanges.

First, Rosie Hughes closed down a TNS defender in the fifth minute, on the edge of the area, only for the ball to spin kindly back to goalkeeper Ellie Suckley.

Then, at the other end, there were hearts in Wrexham mouths when Del Morgan was caught in possession on the edge of the area, but she did just enough to prod the ball to safety.

Wrexham had the first big chance of the game on nine minutes, counter-attacking with pace after an important defensive block in their own area. Fuller released Amber Lightfoot down the left, who played a one-two with Rosie Hughes and raced into the box but dragged her shot just wide.

Just moments later a poor defensive clearance, Gibbard had a sight of goal but did not get hold of her shot and Hughes was in an offside position as it dropped to her in front of goal.

Emily Ridge had TNS’ first big chance, after Erin Lovett blocked in the area only for it to spin to the TNS winger, but Del Morgan saved and grabbed the rebound.

Helen Evans then headed Grace Dukerley’s corner goalwards on 29 minutes, but Phoebe Davies headed clear off the line.

Davies charged forwards at the other end two minutes later, before the ball eventually fell to Hughes, but – off balance – the striker’s tame shot was saved.

Wrexham were gifted an opportunity on 37 minutes, when Suckley handled a backpass in the area, but Jones free-kick was blocked and Hughes volleyed wide from the rebound.

At the other end, Chantelle Teare headed goalwards at the back post from a deep corner in the 41st minute but Morgan saved.

Two minutes later, an excellent TNS passing move ended with Emily Ridge in space to shoot on the right, but she sliced it into the side-netting.

Wrexham took the lead on the stroke of half-time, however – Carra Jones blocking a clearance on the edge of the area, and the ball dropping for Hughes to coolly slot in.

There was still time for Hughes to get another sight of goal, spinning her defender and racing down the right, but her shot lacked power and Suckley saved.

With Fuller still managing her return to action, she was replaced at the interval by fellow new signing Brooke Cairns, with Lili Jones dropping back into defence.

Cairns’ first action was to skip away from a defender on the edge of the box and win a free-kick, but Wrexham could not take advantage of the set piece.

Chances were harder to come by after the break, with both sides locked in a midfield battle. Steve Dale’s response was to introduce Rebecca Pritchard for Erin Lovett on 64 minutes.

Dunkerley’s cross flashed wide across the face of goal on 70 minutes for TNS – no attacking player able to get the crucial touch.

Katie Sharp replaced captain Allen on 72 minutes as she also continues to manage her minutes after injury.

Evans won another header on 76 minutes, after Lili Jones’ foul to the left of Wrexham’s area, but again Morgan saved.

Morgan saved from Evans again on 84 minutes, this time when the TNS midfielder shot from a 25-yard free-kick.

Lia Lewis was next to try her luck from distance, but Morgan watched the ball well as it bounced awkwardly and held the shot. Moments later, Teare headed wide at the back post as the Shropshire side really upped the pressure.

Wrexham were inches away from sealing victory in the 90th minute when Lightfoot intercepted a loose ball and shot across goal, but her effort clipped the bottom of the post. Cairns shot as Wrexham kept the ball alive but her effort was blocked.

Wrexham stood firm through stoppage time, however, to seal a narrow victory.

Line-ups

Wrexham AFC: Morgan, Lovett (Pritchard 64), Allen (Sharp 72), Fuller (Cairns 46), Davies, Dickens, L.Jones, C.Jones, Gibbard, Lightfoot (Mackenzie 90+2), Hughes

Subs: Bolland (G/K)

TNS: Suckley, Williams, Lockley, Redding, Dunkerley, Lewis, Shirley, Edge (Manders 85), Evans, Ridge, Teare

Subs: Lewis, Barlow, Samson, Jones

Referee: Nick Pratt

Bookings

Wrexham: Davies (71, foul)

TNS: Teare (68, foul)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Bute Energy Welsh Cup Semi-Final

Find out how to support Wrexham AFC Women as they look to book a place in the final

28 February 2024

Ticket information for our Bute Energy Welsh Cup semi-final against The New Saints on March 3 has now been confirmed.

You can support Steve Dale's side as they attempt to secure their place in their first-ever major cup final since the Club's reformation. 

The match will take place at 5:10pm and due to competition rules, the fixture will be hosted at a neutral venue - the Essity Stadium, Flint. 

Tickets for the clash are priced at £5 for adults, and £2 for concessions (U16s, 65+, Students). 

Please note that all sales will be on the day only, as there is no provision for advance sales for this fixture. 

Card and cash payments are taken at Essity Stadium. 

Additionally, all tickets for home matches in Phase Two of the Genero Adran Premier can be purchased online now, via our eTicketing website

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