Limerick 37 and Wexford Youths will meet again next Tuesday night following their 1-1 FAI Cup 2nd Round stalemate at Jackman Park.
The Youths opened the scoring in the 37th minute when Nigel Keady deflected a Joey Wadding cross from the left into his own net.
However, Limerick restored parity just under the hour mark after Ross Cosgrave netted with a close range volley, following Brian Buckley's sweeping free kick from the left wing.
Wexford defender Garrett Larkin was sent off for dissent in the 81st minute as tempers began to boil over following a yellow card for Limerick's Conor Molan.
The Youths almost edged in front inside two minutes when Stuart Lawlor headed a Tony Russell corner narrowly over the top from eight yards.
At the other end Conor Molan had Limerick's first real chance of note, firing narrowly over from 20 yards following a lay-off from Ross Cosgrave.
Buckley then crossed for Cosgrave who sliced his shot wide and the same player had a shot blocked following good work from Molan on the right.
Paul Finucane was next to go close for Limerick midway through the half with a volley from inside the box which deflected off a defender at the expense of a corner.
Former Limerick favourite Conor Sinnott almost opened the scoring in the 39th minute after the hosts were penalised for handball.
Sinnott took the free kick and with the Limerick defence anticipating a cross to the far post he instead shot at the near post and Dave Ryan had to react quickly to pull off a top-class save.
Wexford edged in front one minute later when Joey Wadding's cross was deflected off Nigel Keady's outstretched boot into his own net.
Cosgrave won a free-kick just outside the left of the area immediately after the re-start but Kevin Waters' effort was saved at the foot of the far post by Jason Russell.
Limerick restored parity in the 57th minute courtesy of a far post volley from Cosgrave following a sweeping free-kick from the left from Buckley after a foul on Dave Wall.
But Wexford should have regained the lead one minute later when Lloyd Colfer shot straight at Paul Finucane who was lying on the ground from eight yards out.
Five minutes later Limerick almost edged in front when Waters' header drifted wide of the post.
Man of the match Cosgrave then went close, beating a defender on the left of the area before firing in a low shot which Jason Ryan pushed around the near post.
The referee added on six minutes at the end, but the nearest Limerick came to avoiding a mid-week trip to Wexford was a Cosgrave cross which flew across the six-yard box.
Limerick 37: Ryan, White, Buckley, Finnucane, Keady, Molan, Maloney, (Glasheen 36) Hayes, Wall, (McCarthy 76) Waters, Cograve,
Wexford Youths: Russell, Larkin, Lawlor, Rossitor, Russell, Wadding. Brosnan, (Murphy 60) O'Loughlin, Colfer, (Kelly 78) Sinnott, Miller.
Referee: D Deady (Cork)