Tralee CBS were made to fight all the way before they saw off the vibrant challenge of St Flannan's Ennis in Glin yesterday.
The outcome was in the balance right up to the final whistle as St Flannan's -- boosted by their dominant midfield pairing of Alan O'Neill and Tony Kelly -- threatened to spoil the Tralee party.
However, the potent Tralee attack, led by full-forward Jamie Moriarty, was enough to see the Kerry side advance.
Tralee CBS, despite having to play second fiddle in the middle of the park throughout, led 0-5 to 0-3 at the end of the opening quarter, thanks to three points from Moriarty and one each from Shane O'Callaghan and Sean Moloney.
Exchanges were tight until half-time, with Kelly the standout performer, kicking three points in the final six minutes of the half, but Tralee led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.
Martin O'Leary closed the gap with an early second-half free before the game exploded into life with two goals in a minute.
In the 34th minute, Shane O'Callaghan shot to the Clare net for Tralee, but Cathal Doohan goaled for St Flannan's almost immediately afterwards to leave just a point between the sides.
The game was tied on 1-10 apiece with 10 minutes left, but Tralee finished the stronger, with full-back Laurence Bastible a rock at the heart of their defence, as Moriarty showed his class -- his three late points killing off the St Flannan's challenge.
Scorers -- Tralee CBS: J Moriarty 0-8 (0-3f), S O'Callaghan
1-1, N Sheehy, S Moloney 0-3 each. St Flannan's Ennis: C Doohan 1-1, T Kelly 0-4, C Cleary 0-3 (0-2f), M O'Leary, J Malone 0-2 each.
Tralee CBS -- P Nammock; M Tierney, L Bastible, A Crean; J Moran, R O'Shea, C Deane; J C O'Connor, S Walsh; N Sheehy, S Moloney, I McCarthy; R Quill, J Moriarty, S O'Callaghan Subs: J Savage for S O'Callaghan (52).
St Flannan's Ennis -- J Neylon; M Malone, G Ryan, B Clancy; E Enright, J Colleran, G O'Connell; A O'Neill, T Kelly; L Breathnach, A Downes, C Cleary; M O'Leary, J Malone, C Doohan Subs: E Boyce for G Ryan (24), B Lynch for A Downes (42). Ref -- M Meade (Limerick).