But the second half developed into a lively encounter with goals from Brian Kavanagh and Michael Quinn giving Glenn Ryan’s side the edge.
Although Wexford were reduced to 14 when corner-back Sean Culleton was sent off for a second yellow card offence in the closing stages of the first half, they trailed by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.
Longford looked to be in trouble when Paul Barden hit the post with his penalty in the 52nd minute. But he made amends to create Kavanagh’s goal.
Wexford were thrown a lifeline when Ciarán Lyng fired home in the 59th minute to leave just a solitary score separating the sides, 2-8 to 1-10. A further seven points, four for Longford, were shared in the free-flowing closing stages of the warm up for the Division 3 final.
Scorers for Longford: B Kavanagh 1-7 (3fs), M Quinn (45) 1-1, P McCormack, B McKeon, P Barden, N Mulligan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Wexford: C Lyng 1-4 (1f), M O’Regan 0-5 (2 45s, 2fs), S Roche 0-2, B Malone, PJ Banville 0-1 each.
LONGFORD: P Collum; CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Reilly; P Foy, M Quinn, N Farrell; J Keegan, J O’Shea; P McCormack, P Barden, N Mulligan; D McElligott, J McGivney, B Kavanagh.
Subs: S Mulligan for O’Shea (45), F Battrim for Smyth (54), B McKeon for Barden (59), J McKenna for Collum (70).
WEXFORD: A Masterson; N Murphy, G Molloy, S Culleton; L Chin, D Murphy, A Doyle; B Malone, R Quinlivan; S Roche, C Lyng, J Holmes; K Rowe, M O’Regan, P Byrne.
Subs: P Kelly for Rowe (53), C Carty for Holmes (53), B Hearne for Murphy (56), PJ Banville for O’Regan (61).
Referee: P Fox (Westmeath).