Limerick shine too late
Limerick went down despite giving their best display of the season in beating Wexford in Newcastlewest, where Seanie Buckley scored a contender for goal of the season.
Wexford had to play for 45 minutes without Daithi Waters, who was shown a second yellow card after a tussle with John Galvin.
Limerick, who welcomed back Stephen Lucey, led 1-3 to 0-4 at that stage, Ger Collins converting a penalty goal.
Their second goal came on 32 minutes. Wing-forward Buckley breezed past several players in a 60-yard run before hammering home a magnificent goal.
Shane Roche sparked a second-half revival, scoring three points as the visitors dominated the final quarter.
Man of the Match: S Buckley (Limerick)
Scorers -- Limerick: G Collins 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), S Buckley 1-1, E O'Connor 0-3, I Ryan, T Lee 0-2 each, S Lucey, J McCarthy 0-1 each. Wexford: C Lyng (2f), S Roche 0-3 each, R Barry, P Byrne, A Morrissey 0-2 each, A Doyle, R Quinlivan, 0-1 each.
Limerick -- B Scanlon 5; M O'Riordan 6, S Gallagher 5, S Lavin 6; J McCarthy 6 S Lucey 6, P Ranahan 6; T Lee 6, J Galvin 6; E Hogan 5, J Kelly7 S Buckley 7; I Ryan 5, E O'Connor 6, G Collins 5. Subs: E Joy 5 for Kelly (48), J Mullane for Hogan (57), J Donovan for Lee (68).
Wexford -- A Masterson 7; N Murphy 6, G Molloy 6, A Doyle 6; B Malone, D Murphy, A Morrissey 6; R Quinlivan 5, D Waters 4; S O'Neill 5, R Barry 5, C Morris 5; C Lyng 6, P Byrne ,B Brosnan 5. Subs: B Doyle 6 for O'Neill (h-t), S Roche 7 for Brosnan (41), L Og McGovern 5 for Morris (54), S McLoughlin for Byrne (68).
Ref -- F Glennon (Leitrim).