Ben Conroy had the opening Laois point after four minutes but Wexford took a fifth minute lead through Conor McDonald, a lead they would never lose. With Tony French, Conor McDonald and Sean Kenny picking off points, they led 0-5 to 0-2, when McDonald crashed home a superb goal.
A fine Aaron Moore hauled Laois back into contention, and they finished the half with two PJ Scully pointed frees, but it was the home side who led 1-9 to 1-5 at the interval. Wexford took control of the final quarter adding further points through Jack O’Connor, Kevin Foley, Conor McDonald and sub Kevin Ryan.
Scorers for Wexford: C McDonald 1-6 (1f), T French 0-6 (5fs), A Kenny (1 65, 1f), S Kenny, J O’Connor, J Broaders 0-2 each, C Heffernan, C Devitt, K Foley, K Ryan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Laois: PJ Scully 0-8fs, A Moore 1-0, C Dwyer, B Conroy 0-1 each.
WEXFORD: L White; S Doyle, S Murphy, E Conroy; L Ryan, A Kenny, A Roche; C Heffernan, C Devitt; K Foley, S Kenny, J O’Connor; J Broaders, C McDonald, T French. Subs: P Foley for Murphy; D Shanley for French; J Cash for Devitt; B O’Brien for Broaders; K Ryan for Kenny.
LAOIS: E Rowland; S Finan, C Dunne, D Palmer; A McGowan, C McEvoy, G Dunne; C Stapleton, A Corby; D Quinlan, C Dwyer, B Conroy; A Moore, J Campion, P j Scully. Subs: C Taylor for McGowan; J Lennon for Quinlan.
Referee: M Flynn (Kilkenny).