The Young Dragons exited the Welsh Youth Cup after losing out to Airbus at Colliers Park on Sunday afternoon, in a closely fought second round encounter.
A hat-trick from the impressive George Peers lifted the Wingmakers over their hosts, although the Reds did miss a late twice taken penalty, that might well have pushed the tie into extra time.
With both Kyle Robinson-Murray and Cian Williams unavailable, plus Calum Huxley still struggling to get over a virus, coach Dan Nolan found his options reduced.
The game did start brightly for Wrexham, as they poured forward and pinned Airbus back in their own half.
Jac Humphreys had an effort from 15-yards deflected for a corner, Bobby Beaumont’s long-range shot fizzed past an upright, while Jake Bickerstaff’s jinking run into the visitors’ area ended with his shot blocked.
There were also a number of crosses from both wings that ran in front of the Airbus goal without anyone able to make contact with the ball.
A minute after missing a glorious chance of their own, the Wingmakers took the lead through George Peers on 27 minutes.
Ryan Austin was booked for conceding a penalty and Peers fired home from 12-yards.
Wrexham lifted themselves and on seven minutes later were level.
A corner into the Airbus box was only kicked out to full back Jamie Nash, lurking o the edge of the box and his low effort through a forest of legs fly into the bottom corner of James Worman’s goal for the equaliser.
Oliver Lanceley missed a chance for Airbus, before Wrexham’s Lewis Parry forced Worman into a very decent save.
Then into added time the visitors had a goal chalked off, when a header from a corner found the back of the net, only for a linesman’s flag to deny them.
Minutes after the break, Airbus regained the lead, as corner was knocked down and Peers was on hand to finish from close range.
On 50 minutes, Bickerstaff beat the offside trap and with only the keeper to beat, saw Worman deny him.
After the hour, substitute Luke Urey hit a 25-yard effort that wasn’t far off target, but Airbus were still hunting a third goal and it arrived on 71 minutes.
Wrexham conceded possession cheaply and Peers’ low effort went under Ben Tinkley to stretch the visitors’ lead.
There could have been more goals for Airbus, as Peers was riding high with confidence, but twice denied by the Wrexham keeper.
Wrexham had to leave spaces at the back as they searched for a way back into the game, and the got a lifeline on 80 minutes.
A free kick was lofted into the box from the left and Bobby Beaumont came through bodies to hammer his header home from six yards.
Buoyed by this goal, the Reds poured forward and looked to have given themselves a great chance of drawing level, when Beaumont was fouled inside the Airbus penalty area.
Bickerstaff stepped up to take the spot kick, but put his effort went over the crossbar, although encroachment into the area, meant the kick had to be retaken. This time Worman pulled off a great save, diving to his left and leaving the Dragons still trailing.
Wrexham had one more opportunity to salvage something, when the ball was played into the Airbus six-yard box, but with only a finishing touch required, it bounced on through for a goal kick.
Congratulations to Airbus for inflicting defeat on the Reds for the first time this season and we wish them well in the next round.
Wrexham: Tinkley, Allen (Nicholas 65), Nash, Austin (Urey 46), Beaumont, Cleworth, S Williams (Huxley 56), Humphreys, Bickerstaff, Jones, Parry.
Airbus: Worman, Burrows, Payne, O’Shaughnessy, Greenall, Hickey, Peers, Jones, Lanceley, McCormick, Smith.
Subs: Cotgrove, Cunnah, Wardell, Griffin, Vickery.
Referee: Richard Wright
Wrexham: Austin (25, foul)
Airbus: Hickey (70, foul), Lanceley (85, foul), McCormick (84, dissent), Peers (90, time wasting).