Carlow made a sensational start to this tie at Carlow IT last night when, within 30 seconds of the throw-in, left full-forward Eddie Byrne crashed the ball to the Wicklow net.
They never looked back after that and strolled to a comprehensive victory.
This was an impressive showing from Luke Dempsey's side, with Carlow midfielder Darragh Foley putting in a man-of-the-match performance.
Wicklow were in deeper trouble on nine minutes when Eddie Byrne fielded a Foley punt to shoot a superb second goal. Although Carlow lost right half-forward Murtagh Ware to a straight red card on 14 minutes, the sending off failed to alter the course of the game.
The home county led by 2-7 to 0-5 at half-time and never looked in danger of relinquishing their lead.
Scorers -- Carlow: E Byrne 2-0, D Keogh 0-6, D Foley 0-3 (2f), E Ruth 0-2, H Gahan, C Walshe, P McElligott 0-1 each. Wicklow: D Siney 0-7 (5f), P Cunningham 0-2, J Tanner, M Kenny, P McLoughlin (1f) 0-1 each.
Carlow -- B Doyle; R Mahon, C Lawlor, J Kenny; J Byrne, B Lambe, J Kane; H Gahan, D Foley; M Ware, C Walshe, E Ruth; D Keogh, R Power, E Byrne. Subs: P McElligot for Walshe (42), K McCabe for Byrne (52), D Roberts for Power (55), J Ryan for Foley (56).
Wicklow -- W H Philips; E McHugh, M Staines, J Tanner; C Foley, M Mangan, D Healy; M Kenny, P McLoughlin; E Doyle, P Cunningham, A Murphy; I McDonald, D Siney, T Kelly. Subs: C McGraynor for Staines (12), D Faulkner for Doyle (23), S O'Keeffe for McDonald (51), C Tyrrell for Healy (57).
Ref -- D Gough (Wicklow).