West Ham United Ladies were eliminated from the FA Women's Premier League Cup following a 5-3 defeat at Cardiff City on Sunday.
Mark Saunderson's side made a 400-mile round-trip to the Welsh capital and looked on course to gain a positive result when Cherrelle Albert's two goals levelled the group-stage tie at 2-2 before half-time.
After losing their opening Cup game at home to Keynsham Town, West Ham needed a victory and pushed players forward in search of further goals. However, the tactic backfired as Cardiff scored three goals to put the game beyond the Hammers.
Mark Saunderson's side found space hard to come by after the interval and, despite outstanding displays from Abbie Solly, Emily Masters and Lindsey Morgan, the Bluebirds dominated the second 45 minutes.
To their credit, West Ham did not give up and continued to try to play attractive football and Kelley Blanchflower found the back of the net two minutes from time with a volley from outside the penalty area.
The Hammers have not won in their last seven matches in all competitions, but will hope to get back to winning ways when they return to FA Women's Premier League Southern Division action at home to leaders Gillingham on Sunday 24 November. Kick-off at Thurrock FC's Ship Lane will be at 2pm.
Ladies: Parlane, King, Sorenson (Skillen 46), Reed, West (Mellors 73), Solly (Bottom 67), Masters, Morgan, Lipley-Hinton, Blanchflower, Albert
Subs not used: L.Picton, F.Picton
*Elswhere, the Hammers' junior sides were also in action. The U15s lost their unbeaten record at Woodbridge FC. There, despite goals from Eleanor Landen and Hannah Humphreys helping the girls recover from 2-0 down, a last-minute goal saw them lose 3-2 in the Essex County Girls League U15s A Division. West Ham are fourth in the table.
There was better news for the U13s, who maintained their own 100 per cent record in the Essex County Girls League with a 3-0 home win over Colchester Town. A deflected Amber Denton effort put the Hammers in front before substitute Hannah Landen scored twice. The U13s have won all six of their league matches and sit top of the A Division table.
Finally, the U11s defeated Little Thurrock Dynamos 5-0 at home in their own Essex County Girls League fixture. Sienna Sherman-Botton netted a hat-trick, while Lucy Brewster and Holly Hutson were also in the goals. The U11s have now won six out of six to top the table.