Already four points down in the league, new Cork manager Conor Counihan was anxious to see his men in action. Though both sides were in somewhat experimental mood, it was Cork who had the better of the opening-half exchanges.
With half-backs Noel O’Leary, Ger Spillane and Anthony Lynch prominent and Graham Canty outstanding at full-back, they restricted the Model County to one first-half point, from Ciaran Lyng.
It was evident from the opening exchanges that the Cork attack was somewhat rusty, although a fine John Miskella goal midway through the half set them on the way. Cork added points through Donncha O’Connor (two) and Kevin O’Sullivan to lead 1-3 to 0-1 at the interval.
Both managers used their entire squads, making it difficult for either side to play a flowing game, though the quality improved after the break.
Cork looked quite assured through the second-half, and Kevin O’Sullivan’s 50th-minute goal from close range set them up for victory.
Wexford introduced Mattie Forde late on, and he responded with two points, but it was Cork who capped their return with a four-point victory.
Both managers stressed it was a case of utilising all the players they had available as they step up preparations for their games next weekend.
CORK: A Quirke; D Duggan, G Canty, K O’Connor; N O’Leary, G Spillane, A Lynch; N Murphy, A O’Connor; J Miskella (1-0), K McMahon, P Kelly (0-1); J Hayes, D O’Connor (0-3, 0-1 free), K O’Sullivan (1-2).
Subs: K O’Halloran for Quirke; M Prout for K O’Connor; E Sexton for O’Leary; S O’Donoghoe for Lynch; R O’Sullivan for Spillane; C McCarthy for McMahon; D Hurley for Murphy; A O’Sullivan for Miskella.
WEXFORD: A Cullen; T Wall, M Hanrahan,D Walsh; G. Sunderland, D Murphy, N O’Sullivan; P Colfer (0-2), B. Doyle; G Brilly, P Curtis, J Mernagh (0-1); C Lyng (0-2), C Byrne, P Byrne.
Subs: M Forde (0-2, 0-1 free) for Byrne; C Morris (0-1) for Wall; A Morrissey for Curtis; A Flynn for Brilly; E Bradley for Colfer; A Masterson for Cullen; A Doyle for O’Sullivan; P Wallace for Hanrahan.