Wexford edged a pulsating Leinster quarter final thanks to an inspired first half performance against a more fancied Louth team in Drogheda on Sunday afternoon, by 2-13 to 1-15.
A late fightback from the Wee County saw them get back to within one point in the closing stages thanks to a Brian White point, however a late red for Louth’s defender John O’Brien killed off any hope for the home side.
Wexford stormed into a five point lead at the break with Ciaran Lyng netting for them and Shane Lennon raising the green flag for Louth.
It was Ben Brosnan with five points, all from frees, who led the line for Wexford in the first half and his free with a minute left did enough to see the model County home and dry in the end.
SCORERS WEXFORD B Brosnan (0-5, 5f), Ciaran Lyng (1-3, 1f), PJ Banville (1-0), Adrian Flynn, James Holmes, Aindreas Doyle, Redmond Barry, Paddy Byrne (all 0-1).
Louth Shane Lennon (1-5, 3f), Brian White (0-6, 3f), Paddy Keenan (0-2), Andy McDonnell and Derek Maguire (0-1)
LOUTH: Neil Gallagher, Padraig Rath, Dessie Finnegan, John Bingham, John O’Brien, Derek Crilly, Adrian Reid, Paddy Keenan, Brian Donnelly, Andy McDonnell, Brian White, Conor Rafferty, Ciaran Byrne, Shane Lennon, Derek Maguire. Subs: Colm Judge for C Byrne, 42 mins; Pauric Smith for B Donnelly, 48 mins; Ronan Carroll for C Rafferty, 52 mins; Jim McEneaney for C Judge 66 mins.
WEXFORD: Anthony Masterson, Michael Furlong, Graeme Molloy, Lee Chin, Brian Malone, David Murphy, Adrian Flynn, Daithi Waters, Rory Quinlivan, James Holmes, Ben Brosnan, Aindreas Doyle, Ciaran Lyng, Redmond Barry, PJ Banville. Subs: Shane Roche for R Barry, 47 mins; Paddy Byrne for A Doyle, 56 mins; Conor Carty for J Holmes, 61 mins; Robert Tierney for L Chin, 62 mins; Kevin Gore for D Waters, 65 mins.
REFEREE: Fergal kelly (Longford)