Wexford marked their return to the inter county season with hard-fought three-point win over Limerick at Mick Neville Park, thanks to a 1-13 to 1-10 victory over Billy Lee's side at a windy Rathkeale.

Wexford led by eight points - 1-8 to 0-3 at the end of the opening half in this Allianz Football League Division 4 clash when they had the strong breeze behind them, with Daithi Waters – making his 100th appearance for The Model County – grabbing his side’s goal.

Ben Brosnan top-scored for the visitors - the Castletown man and Wexford captain led by example and went on to produce a man of the match display, scoring seven points (five frees) of his side’s 1-13 tally.

Wexford had started the better from the outset and they led by 0-6 to 0-1 after just 15 minutes with Brosnan scoring four frees and Tubritt grabbing two from play.

Nick Doyle of Wexford in action against Darragh Treacy

Waters' goal came after the Wexford slalwart played a dangerous high ball in on top of Donal O'Sullivan in the Limerick goal, but the Monaleen goalkeeper pushed the ball off the crossbar and then over the line as the green flag was raised for the opening goal. 

With the wind now in their favour, Limerick looked like they had the momentum in the second-half and seemed confident of mounting a comeback, scoring 1-3 within 10 minutes of the restart.

Billy Lee’s side’s goal came just three minutes after the interval as half-time substitutes Sean McSweeney and Tommy Griffin linked-up well, making an immediate significant impact to the game.

McSweeney’s high effort towards goal found Griffin as he fisted into the back of the net to narrow the deficit to five points.

Corbett, Treacy and Bourke grabbed three in a row for Limerick to make it a two-point game before the second-half water break.

But Limerick struggled to get going again after that. Three Wexford points put five between the sides again.

Billy Lee’s side did manage to outscore Wexford by 0-04 to 0-02 in the final quarter but failed to get that all-important goal.

It was Sean Roche's first game in charge of Wexford

Limerick nearly found the net with the last play but Enright's effort hit the post and went wide, following some excellent play from the in-form Bourke.

The result keeps both sides in the hunt for promotion with Limerick facing a trip to Sligo next weekend knowing a win will end their four year stay in Division 4.

Wexford, meanwhile, will need to overcome near neighbours Wicklow if they are to gain promotion.

Six teams can still finish in the top two promotion places - Limerick, Wicklow and Wexford are all on eight points, while Antrim are on seven and both Sligo and Carlow are on six points.

Limerick: D O’Sullivan; S O’Dea, B Fanning, P Maher; T McCarthy (0-1), I Corbett (0-2), G Brown, D Treacy (0-1); T Childs, P De Bruin, C Fahy (0-1), A Enright (0-1), H Bourke (0-2, 2f) S O’Carroll, P Scanlon (0-2)

Subs: S McSweeney for S O’Carroll (h/t), T Griffin (1-0) for T Childs (h/t), K Ryan for P De Bruin (h/t), C Sheehan for P Scanlon (48), C McSweeney for G Brown (61).

Wexford: P Doyle; M O’Connor, G Sheehan, E Porter; G Malone (0-1), B Malone, S Ryan (0-1); N Hughes, D Waters (1-0); A Tobin, D Shanley (0-1), E Nolan; K O’ Grady (0-1), J Tubritt (0-2), B Brosnan (0-7, five frees) (capt.)

Subs: N Doyle for D Waters (46), J Stafford for S Ryan (48), T Byrne for E Nolan (61), M Rossiter for J Tubritt (65), S Nolan for D Shanley (67).

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary)