Kerry produced the easiest of victories against a very poor Wicklow team in the Bank of Ireland football qualifier at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise today, winning 5-15 to 0-07. The Kingdom stormed away with the match and a 23-point winning margin over the Garden county. It was Wicklow who scored the first point of the match through Tommy Gill but Kerry then went on a massive scoring spree, eager to prove a point following their defeat to Cork in the Munster semi-final.

Kerry scored points and goals for fun and once Tomás O'Sé was allowed to control the ball he smashed home for their first goal. The Kingdom were leading by ten points after 20 minutes and it got worse for Wicklow with Eoin Brosnan scoring two goals. The score stood at 4-04 to 0-5 in favour of Kerry at half-time with their fourth goal coming from Michael Russell just on the stroke of the half-time whistle.

Dara O'Cinnéide and Brosnan increased the lead for Kerry on the score board in the opening period of the second half. Kerry scored their fifth goal from substitute Liam Hassett after Wicklow scored two points from Paddy Dalton and Tommy Gill. It was the easiest of matches for the Kingdom and they now await their next opponents. The draw for the next round of the qualifiers takes place on the Sunday Game on Network at 9.30pm tonight.

Kerry 5-15 (30) Wicklow 0-7 (7).

Filed by James Shortt