Derry chalked up their third win of the All-Ireland SFC qualifier series as they confidently dispatched 14-man Wexford 2-16 to 2-05 at Parnell Park.

The victory, set up by a 1-10 to 0-02 first half display, means five Ulster counties remaining in the hunt for Sam Maguire this year.

It went as planned for Mickey Moran from as early as the fifth minute when corner forward Enda Muldoon burst through to slot neatly under Wexford 'keeper John Cooper from close range.

Paddy Bradley launched the attack that led to the goal, and he was at the forefront of almost every Derry attack, picking off eight points in the bargain.

Wexford had their own goal chances, with John Hudson's arguably the best after 8 minutes. A great run from corner back Philip Wallace set up half forward Hudson for a strike on goal, but his effort came back off a Derry upright for Redmond Barry to fist over.

Jason Lawlor had another goal attempt denied and trailed by 11 points at the break. Matty Forde, the scoring hero against Offaly in the last round, could only manage one in the opening period, pointing on 18 mins. Muldoon crafted 1-02, with Bradley (0-08), James Donaghy and Johnny McBride the other Derry scorers.

Forde scored a neat 1-02 inside the first six minutes of the second half, but Muldoon and Bradley points staved off any revival hopes.

The championship death knell moments later when Philip Wallace received a straight red card for a reckless challenge and Derry substitute Dominic McIlvar grabbed his side's second goal and their ticket to round four.

Filed by Barry McEneaney