James Burke's introduction turned a turgid affair at St Conleth's Park in favour of Kildare, whose reward was a semi-final date with Antrim next Sunday.
Trailing by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time, Wicklow drew level courtesy of Gary Hughes after two minutes. And, with Christy Moorehouse's introduction intended to spark their forwards, all the impetus seemed to be with the visitors.
But Stephen Kelly's red card took away Wicklow's momentum as Kildare went on to outscore them by 3-12 to 0-3; Kelly's exit coincided with Burke's move to full-forward.
Burke's 47th-minute goal was a key moment. Brian Byrne and Ryan Casey added late goals after Paul Divilly had helped himself to three quickfire points
scorers - Kildare: B Byrne 1-6 (0-6fs), J Burke 1-2, R Casey 1-0, P Divilly 0-3, S Christiansen, K Whelan, C Dowling 0-2 each; A Kelly, R Gavin, B Deay 0-1 each. Wicklow: G Hughes 0-3, S Germaine (1f, 1 '65'), D Staunton 0-2 each; L Evan, P Doyle, J O'Neill 0-1 each.
KILDARE - M Doyle; C Gordon, J Doran, C Dervan; S Christiansen, M Fitzgerald, D Cahill; P Divilly, A Kelly; B Cormack, B Byrne, R Gavin; C Dowling, B Deay, C Smith. Subs: P Feerick for Gordon (21); J Burke for Kelly (26); R Casey for Gavin (h/t); K Whelan and J Dolan for Smith and Cahill (60); B Waters for Dervan (66).
WICKLOW - C McNally; B Kearney, S Kelly, W Kavanagh; P Keane, J Henderson, R Byrne; D Staunton, R Keddy; L Evan, P Doyle, G Hughes; S Germaine, E McCormack, M Boland. Subs: C Moorehouse for Evans (h/t); J O'Neill for Byrne (53); Martin O'Brien for Germaine (53); A Byrne for Hughes (60).
REF - K Brady (Louth)