David Dunne bagged both goals to put newly-promoted Wexford on the road to a 2-20 0-19 victory against All-Ireland finalists Waterford in their Allianz Division 1A opener at a windy Walsh Park.
Waterford looked rusty after deciding to opt out of the Munster Hurling league while Wexford had benefited from their Walsh Cup-winning run to rack up seven unanswered points in the opening stages.
The visitors maintained that lead at the break 0-12 0-6 and although Waterford did claw half of it back, Dunne's opening goal in 44 minutes proved crucial.
The Davidstown-Courtnacuddy man collected a long punt from Aidan Nolan and left Conor Gleeson in his tracks before firing past Stephen O'Keeffe, and then used his pace again on the hour mark to notch another to put Davy Fitzgerald's side in easy street.
Deise earned some respectability with a series of late scores, but the points had long been lost.
Clare earned an opening-day win in their Allianz Leagues Division 1A campaign by beating a makeshift Tipperary 1-21 0-19 at Cusack Park in Ennis.
David Reidy secured the points with a stoppage time goal firing past Paul Maher into the net from a John Conlon pass.
The outstanding Reidy had already proved the difference with seven points (five frees) before his injury-time goal - the only shot on target by either side in the whole game - sealed the points.
The home side led 0-13 0-10 at the break despite dominating, and the boot of Jason Forde with 10 points (five frees) always kept Tipp in with a chance until Reidy's last intervention.
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