Hughes keeps Model flying high
Niall Hughes' 13th-minute goal proved the difference between the sides as Wexford stretched their unbeaten run with victory over a much-improved Wicklow side at Aughrim.
Hughes' goal gave Wexford the lead for the first time, but the visitors wouldn't score again until the 30th minute as Wicklow goalkeeper Robert Lambert made a couple of crucial saves.
The hosts, with the aid of the wind, kicked three points to regain a one-point advantage before Paul Curtis levelled proceedings and it was 0-7 to 1-4 at half-time.
The teams traded points at the start of the second half and a Ben Brosnan free gave Wexford the upper hand once again.
The Model men took full control of the match in a ten minute spell midway through the second half.
Two outrageous Ciaran Lyng scores, one off either foot, plus scores from Ben Brosnan and Kevin O'Grady extended the lead to six.
Wicklow, led by Darren Hayden, battled back to get within four near the end but the goal they needed never materialised.
Scorers - Wexford: B Brosnan 0-4 (2fs), N Hughes 1-0, C Lyng (1f), K O'Grady 0-3 each, P Curtis, B Malone, M O'Regan 0-1 each. Wicklow: S Furlong 0-8 (6fs), R Finn 0-2, D Healy, S Kelly, T Kelly 0-1 each.
Wexford - S Roche 7; B Malone 7, J Rossiter 7, M Furlong 6; E Nolan 7, J Wadding 7, T Rossiter 7; D Waters 8, C Kehoe 6; K O'Grady 8, B Brosnan 8, P Curtis 6; C Lyng 8, J Tubritt 7, J Stafford 6. Subs: N Hughes 7 for C Kehoe (10), M O'Regan 7 for P Curtis (HT), C Carty 6 for J Stafford (51), J Firman 7 for J Tubritt (59), R Devereux 6 for J Rossiter (67).
Wicklow - R Lambert 6; E Murtagh 7, R O'Brien 7, J Snell 7; D Hayden 8, D Healy 6, J Crowe 6; R Finn 7, A McLoughlin 6; C Ffrench 6, S Kelly 7, J McGrath 6; Paddy Byrne 6, S Furlong 7, P Cunningham 7. Subs: P McLoughlin 7 for A McLoughlin (HT), M Kenny 7 for J McGrath (48), T Kelly 7 for P Cunningham (51), G Allen 7 for C Ffrench (51), Padraig Byrne 7 for Paddy Byrne (66).
Ref - J Bermingham (Cork)