Davy Fitzgerald’s men looked sharp from the outset and had five points on the board without reply by the 8th minute.
Wexford struggled to cope with the two man full-forward line tactic of their hosts and were rocked by a John Conlon goal which left eight points between the sides by the 20th minutes (1-6 to 0-1).
Free taker Jack Guiney kept Wexford in touch and his side trailed 2-8 to 0-9 at the break with Sean Collins getting the second Clare goal following a fine move involving Jonathan Clancy and Conor McGrath.
On the restart, McGrath netted their third goal after collecting a long clearance from Brendan Bugler and turning James Tonks. Wexford’s cause wasn’t helped by the dismissal of full-back Matthew O’Hanlon to a second yellow card from referee Alan Kelly 11 minutes after the restart.
Wexford were overly reliant on Guiney while Clare, playing a passing game, managed to find the target from a number of sources. McGrath, especially in the second period, impressed and he was ably assisted by the likes midfielder Nickey O’Connell, Conlon and sub Liam Markham.
Scorers for Clare: C McGrath (1-7) 0-4 f’s, J Conlon (1-2), S Collins (1-1), N O’Connell (0-3) 1 f, L Markham (0-2), F Lynch (0-1).
Scorers for Wexford: J Guiney (0-12) 10 f’s, 1 ‘65, H Kehoe (0-2), D O’Keeffe, D Lyng, R Kehoe (f), J Berry (0-1) each.
CLARE: P Kelly, E Glynn, C Dillon, C Cooney, B Bugler, J McInerney, S Morey, N O’Connell, P Donnellan (c), J Clancy, S Collins, F Lynch, C Ryan, J Conlon, C McGrath.
Subs: C McInerney for Lynch (inj, ht), L Markham for Glynn (51), A Cunningham for Ryan (53), C Galvin for Donnellan (67).
WEXFORD: N Breen, J Tonks, M O’Hanlon, K Rossiter (c.), D Redmond, D Stamp, C Kenny, E Quigley, P.J. Nolan, J Guiney, J Leacy, H Kehoe, R Jacob, S Banville, D O’Keeffe.
Subs: D Lyng for Banville (half-time), R Kehoe for Kenny (51), P Morris for Nolan (54), B Kenny for Tonks (54), J Berry for H Kehoe (65).
Referee: A Kelly (Galway).