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REPORT | Wrexham AFC 1-6 Cardiff City

Red Dragons fall to heavy defeat at the Rock

17 March 2024

Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 1-6 Cardiff City

Red Dragons fall to heavy defeat at the Rock

17 March 2024

Wrexham AFC were handed a 6-1 defeat by reigning Genero Adran Premier champions Cardiff City, following a late flurry of goals from the visitors.

The Bluebirds opened the scoring after 10 minutes through Eliza Collie, before Rosie Hughes levelled the scores four minutes later from the spot. 

Both sides battled away, but it was Cardiff who regained their lead after 18 minutes through Rhianne Oakley. 

Wrexham continued to try and take the game to City, only for the visitors to assert their dominance and score four second-half goals to claim all three points. 

Steve Dale made one change to the side that played against Swansea last Sunday, as Charlotte Bolland came in to replace Del Morgan in goal. 

Wrexham started strongly and took the game to the reigning Champions, with Amber Lightfoot and Lili Jones both having good chances to break the deadlock early-on. 

Brooke Cairns and Rosie Hughes both occupied advanced positions, and the Bluebirds largely struggled to contend with the Red Dragons’ attacking threats.

However, the Bluebirds broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, as a swift counter-attack caught Wrexham on the break, allowing Eliza Collie to tap home from Rhianne Oakley’s cross to give City an early lead. 

While an early set-back was far from ideal, just as Steve Dale’s side had done last weekend against Swansea, they provided the perfect response just four minutes later. 

Liv Fuller managed to gain control over the ball in Cardiff’s box, before she was brought down, causing the referee to point straight to the spot. 

Rosie Hughes stepped after a slight delay due to the keeper needing treatment, and smashed the ball past Ceryn Chamberlain to level the scores after 14 minutes in North Wales. 

The Bluebirds continued to battle away, trading blows with the Red Dragons before they managed to land a vital blow. 

Oakley went from recording an assist, to scoring City’s second goal of the afternoon, as she headed home Ffion Price’s free-kick to restore Cardiff’s lead in the 18th minute. 

Lightfoot tried her luck as Wrexham attempted to draw level again, but her effort was wide of the post after 35 minutes and the hosts went into the interval with a one-goal deficit. 

The Red Dragons came out quickly from the break, as Rosie Hughes took kick-off, but soon enough, the task became larger for Wrexham. 

Having netted against Wrexham three times this season in as many matches so far, Molly Kehoe continued that trend as she extended Cardiff’s lead in the 54th minute. 

Eight minutes later, Lightfoot found herself in on goal, but Hollie Smith put in a brilliant last-ditch challenge to deny the forward from close-range. 

Oakley then doubled her tally against Wrexham for the afternoon, as she lifted the ball over Bolland and into the back of the net with a fine finish in the 76th minute. 

From here, the Bluebirds really got into the flow of things. Eliza Collie netted her second goal in North Wales, having enjoyed success against Wrexham in previous matches too. 

Collie then made it a hat-trick in the 86th minute, sealing an emphatic victory for the league leaders 

Wrexham AFC: Bolland, Allen (C), Fuller (Lovett 70’), Davies (Small 78’), Pritchard, C.Jones, L.Jones, Gibbard, Cairns, Lightfoot (Mazkenzie 78’), Hughes (Suckley 70’).

Subs not used: Ankers

Cardiff City: Chamberlain, Owen (Cook 55’), Price, Power, Walsh © (Bowen 78’), Oakley, Watkins, Kehoe (Walklett 64’), Smith, Beynon (Adams 78’), Collie  

Subs not used: Phelps

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