Wexford may have been in experimental mode but they recorded a comfortable victory over UCD in this Walsh Cup senior hurling game at Páirc Uí Siocháin, Gorey, yesterday. Early scorers from Podge Doran and Joe Kelly set the scene for a period of Wexford dominance as they led 0-10 to 0-0 before the visitors opened their account through a 20th-minute Pat Purcell point. But with Kelly (2) and Shane Tomkins on target, the Wexford surge continued, Ross King keeping UCD in touch as the visitors trailed 0-17 to 0-5 at the break.
UCD brought more cohesion to their game on the resumption. Four second-half points from King saw them reduce the deficit after 44 minutes but Wexford quickly regained the initiative through the splendid play of half-backs Lee Chin and Paudie Foley before sub Kevin Foley opened their second-half account.
The final quarter saw Wexford regain control as Joe Kelly — one of their most impressive attackers along with Ian Byrne — crashed home a 64th-minute goal.
Scorers for Wexford: J Kelly 1-6, 2f; I Byrne, C Shaughnessy 0-3 each; P Doran, S Tomkins 0-2; K Foley, L Chin, P Foley, R Kehoe, H Kehoe, 0-1 each.
Scorers for UCD: R King 0-9, 5f; P Purcell, C McDonald 0-2 each; C Cronin, C MacGabhainn 0-1 each.
WEXFORD: N. Breen; A Kenny, L Ryan, C Kenny; P Foley, L Chin, R Kehoe; B Barron, H Kehoe; J Kelly, P Doran, I Byrne; C O’Shaughnessy, S Tomkins, D Dunne.
Subs: K Foley for Dunne; S O’Gorman for foley; S Murphy for C Kenny; W Devereux for H Kehoe.
UCD: B Leydon; E Conroy, C O’Shea, S Murphy; C MacGabhainn, C O’Callaghan, C Buckley; C Devitt, P Purcell; C Cronin, C Conway, J O’Connor; M Brennan, C McDonald, R King.
Subs: D Higgins for Brennan; D Mulligan for Conway.
Referee: D Hickey (Carlow).