Wexford and Galway successfully negotiated their first competitive games of 2015 in Hurling’s Bord na Móna Walsh Cup this afternoon.
At Gorey, Liam Dunne’s side were always on top in their 1-21 to 0-15 win over UCD.
Ahead by 0-10 to 0-0 after 16 minutes, Wexford never lay down, with Paddy Purcell opening the students account in the 19th minute.
Wexford moved 0-17 to 0-5 ahead at half-time, and UCD mounted a mini-revival on the restart.
The Students scored the first three points of the second half, including points from Laois duo Purcell and Ross King.
King kept UCD in touch throughout the second half, but Wexford had other ideas, with Joe Kelly’s goal coming eight minutes from time.
Galway came out on top in the battle of the Maroons at Cusack Park, Mullingar, with a 1-21 to 0-16 win over Westmeath.
Jason Flynn (1-12) top-scored for Galway, with the Tommy Larkins clubman netting the only goal of the contest eight minutes from time.
Little separated the sides in the opening stages, with Westmeath starting brightly thanks to points from Brendan Murtagh (0-10) as they took an early 0-2 to 0-0 advantage.
Scores from Flynn and Eanna Burke levelled the tie, and the sides were also level at 0-3 apiece before Galway drove on.
Burke and Flynn were to the fore with Padraig Brehony and Joseph Cooney also on target as Galway took an 0-11 to 0-9 interval lead.
The visitors moved seven points clear early on the restart, with Dean Higgins, Brian Molloy and Flynn on target.
Murtagh kept Westmeath in touch with his dead-ball accuracy but Flynn and Burke continue to punish Westmeath.
Flynn netted Galway's only goal, seven minutes from the end, following a Cooney pass to cement an eight-point win.