the game at a glance
Man of the match
Sean McCormack (Longford)
For the second year in a row McCormack was Longford's star man in a league final in Croke Park, scoring with both feet in his 0-8 (6f) haul.
This was a slow waltz of a game but if there was a pivotal moment it was substitute Paul Kelly's goal before half-time because it gave Wexford too great a mountain to climb.
Just how dreadful Wexford were in the first 35 minutes. They scored just three points by half-time and it took 28 minutes for their first from play.
Conor Lane got most decisions right, including giving Graeme Molloy just a yellow for upending Paul Barden, which initially looked worse.
What they said
Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):
"I thought we'd need an extra score there coming to the end but our fellas showed great willingness to work hard and be disciplined."
Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):
"Every time you lose it's a knock but the plus is we didn't play as well as we know we can; we were sub-standard in the first half and at least the guys will know there is room for improvement."
Wides: Longford 14 (5 in first half); Wexford 8 (5)
Frees: Longford 17 (11); Wexford 19 (9)
Yellow cards: Longford 3 (Kavanagh 31, P McCormack 33, Brady 60); Wexford 5 (Waters 39, Molloy 46, Malone 48, Banville 60, Lyng 65)
Red cards: 0
Longford play Laois in the Leinster championship on May 20 -- and Wexford play the winners on June 3.