Casey brace helps Wexford run riot
Wexford 3-15 Louth 2-5 Leinster MFC
WEXFORD enjoyed a carefree day-trip to the sunny northeast, easily brushing aside Louth in Drogheda.
Louth opened the scoring in the first minute, but they didn't manage another one until after half-time, and in the meantime Wexford sprinted into a 13-point lead.
They were 0-4 to 0-1 up by the time Seamus Casey weaved his way through the home defence and drilled a low shot past Niall Carrie in the 18th minute.
With Tony Smith in top form, the visitors turned the screw, kicking a further seven points without reply to lead by 1-11 to 0-1 at the break.
Louth mustered a mini-revival after the break as Ryan Burns converted a free and followed up with a superb goal, but Wexford answered with three quick points from Ian Carty, Glen Malone and Ben Cowman, making it 1-14 to 1-2.
A second goal from Casey put the issue beyond doubt before sub Tom Byrne added a third goal. Burns fired home a penalty late on for Louth, who have 10 days to bounce back for a qualifier with Longford.
SCORERS – Wexford: T Smith 0-7 (4fs), S Casey 2-1, T Byrne 1-0, I Carty 0-2, D Barden, N Hughes, B Cowman, A Swan, G Malone 0-1 each. Louth: R Burns 2-2 (1f, 1 pen), R Rooney, P Matthews, C Doherty 0-1 each.
WEXFORD – E Cummins; S Lyne, S Donohoe, D Redmond; J Stafford, S Doyle, B O'Connor; D Barden, N Hughes; B Cowman, I Carty, A Swan; S Casey, G Malone, T Smith. Subs: N Rossiter for O'Connor (46), P Devereux for Barden (48), T Byrne for Smith (50), G Browne for Swan (54), S Kelly for Casey (57).
LOUTH – N Carrie; K Carr, M Corcoran, C Lenehan, D Lennon, P Thornton, N Craven; C Early, C O'Brien; R Rooney, J Connolly, P Matthews; R Burns, D Maguire, C Doherty. Subs: R Lynch for O'Brien (20), C Moore for Connolly (29), J Traynor for D Lennon (37), T McEneaney for Doherty (48), A Brodigan for Lenehan (54).
REF – B Tiernan (Dublin).