Wrexham AFC were knocked out of the Genero Adran Trophy, after falling to a 3-1 defeat against Cardiff City at The Rock.
Both sides started their first match of 2024 with intensity, but it was Cardiff who landed the first blow as Seren Watkins broke the deadlock after 15 minutes.
Things went from bad to worse, as Molly Kehoe doubled the Bluebirds’ lead before the break, giving Iain Darbyshire’s side control in the match.
Amber Lightfoot got a goal back for Wrexham in the 73rd minute, but Eliza Collie quickly responded with a goal of her own to confirm Cardiff’s progression into the semi-finals.
Steve Dale named two changes to his side, with Ava Suckley and Louisha Doran replacing Katie Sharp and Rosie Hughes.
The visitors started strongly and forced Del Morgan into action after just two minutes. Ffion Price was released through inside the Wrexham box and fired a powerful strike on her right foot, but the Red Dragons’ number one produced a fine stop to deny Iain Darbyshire’s side.
Suckley then recorded Wrexham’s first chance of the match, as they went toe-to-toe with the reigning Genero Adran Premier champions.
The forward battled away and was first to the ball on the edge of the box, but her ambitious volley drifted just wide of the post after seven minutes.
Despite a positive start, the Bluebirds were clinical in their play and took the lead in the 15th minute. Seren Watkins drove towards the ball on the edge of the box and struck a thunderbolt that left Morgan with no chance.
Molly Kehoe, who caused Steve Dale’s side issues last time out, doubled the visitors advantage with another long-range effort, which flew into the top-right corner with ease after 26 minutes.
Amber Lightfoot got a goal back for the Red Dragons, as Rebecca Pritchard’s delivery dropped into the path of the winger, who calmly finished to bring Wrexham back into the match with 73 minutes gone.
However, the league champions showed their quality and just three minutes later, they found themselves level.
Eliza Collie, who scored a hat-trick against Aberystwyth Town, continued in her rich vein of form and restored Cardiff’s two-goal advantage with an impressive finish.
Wrexham battled to try and get back into the match, but Collie’s goal came at a vital time and stopped the Red Dragons from gaining any real momentum.
Dale’s team continued to battle, but they were eventually beaten by the visitors, ending their journey in the Genero Adran Trophy.
Wrexham AFC: Morgan, Pritchard, Allen (C), Doran (Sharp 64'), Davies, Dickens, L. Jones (Mackenzie 46'), C. Jones, Gibbard, Lightfoot, Suckley.
Subs not used: Bolland, Whitefoot, Marsh.