An experimental Kerry side were deserving winners at Austin Stack Park in front of a small crowd.
Kerry led by five points with just six minutes to go but a flurry of late IT Tralee points closed the gap to the minimum in injury-time.
Kerry boss Jack O'Connor was particularly pleased with the Geaney cousins, David and Paul from Dingle, who amassed 1-6 between them, while the experiment of switching 2009 captain Darran O'Sullivan to wing-back also worked well.
However, it was at midfield where Kerry really excelled, with Anthony Maher and David Moran lording matters.
IT Tralee opened the scoring in the 10th minute through a Shane Carroll point and then struck for a 14th-minute goal, when Shane Carroll fed Michael Kiely and he found the net.
When Mikey Brennan added a quick point, Tralee led 1-2 to 0-0 after 15 minutes. Donnacha Walsh got Kerry going and with further points from Kieran Donaghy, and with two each from Niall O'Mahony and David Geaney, Kerry were on level terms 0-6 to 1-3 by the 27th minute.
Then came the crucial score: Donaghy batted down a high ball to Paul Geaney, who blasted to the net. Paul Geaney followed with a fine point as Kerry led 1-7 to 1-5 at half-time. And when Donaghy punched them three clear, Kerry were in control, with David Geaney adding four more points.
Scorers -- Kerry: D Geaney 0-6 ( 0-3f), P Geaney 1-1, K Donaghy, N O'Mahony 0-2 each, D Walsh, B O'Grady, M O'Donoghue 0-1 each. IT Tralee: M Kiely 1-0, BJ Keane 0-3 (0-2f), A O'Donoghue (0-1f), S Carroll 0-2 each, D Culloty, P O'Donoghue, G O'Driscoll, M Brennan, B Poff, D Coleman 0-1 each.
Kerry -- B Kealy; P Reidy, M Moloney, S Enright; J Lyne, A O'Sullivan, Darran O'Sullivan; A Maher, D Moran; G Sayers, D Walsh, N O'Mahony; D Geaney, K Donaghy, P Geaney. Subs: S Scanlon for A O'Sullivan (55), B O'Grady for G Sayers (55), M O'Donoghue for P Geaney (55), K Dwyer for P Reidy (63), C O'Mahony for Darran O'Sullivan (63).
IT Tralee -- S Dee; E Murray, S Brosnan, M Shanahan, G O'Grady, K Hartnett , D Culloty, P O'Donoghue, G O'Driscoll, M Brennan, B J Keane, B Poff, A O'Donoghue, S Carroll, M Kiely. Subs: M Deegan for K Hartnett (34), P Kelly for G O'Grady (45), D Coleman for M Kiely (47), K Hartnett for E Murray (60).
Ref -- R Moloney (Limerick).