Ken Doherty was beaten 4-0 by Kyren Wilson in his qualifier at the Northern Ireland Open this morning in Belfast.

It was a scrappy match against world number six Wilson, but the 1997 world champion couldn't take the chances that came his way and bowed out on a 4-0 scoreline.

Doherty came into the match after his first win of the season against Dominic Dale in the Scottish Open qualifiers, but a victory at his home event wasn't to be.

It looked like neither played wanted to win the opener as both players had chances but failed to score heavily. Doherty took a 16-point lead into the colours, but couldn't get the ball he needed after potting the yellow and the green.

Wilson eventually got his chance and won it by a point on the black.

Doherty was in early in the second before calling a foul on himself, and the Englishman took full advantage, although it took him three attempts to finally put the frame to bed.

Wilson was in first in the next but broke down, but Doherty could only make 14 and he was punished by the Warrior with a frame-winning 67.

And the last was straightforward, as Wilson smashed in a century to finish off the match.

Later in the day Robbie McGuigan defeated 15-year-old Joel Connolly 4-0 in the wildcard round, which involved two players from Northern Ireland.

Mark Selby was given a bit of a scare before emerging a 4-2 winner over Reanne Evans, while Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson recorded 4-0 victories over Xu Si and Fraser Patrick respectively.

In the evening, Ronnie O'Sullivan made short thrift of Lukas Kleckers, whitewashing him 4-0 in front of a packed house, before Mark Williams overcame Peter Lines 4-2, including a break of 128.

Antrim native, and defending champion Mark Allen, also safely negotiated his match, hitting two centuries as he saw off Chang Bingyu.